Thailand is a very interesting country in terms of culture and customs. People here have totally different mindset than the one I’m familar with back home. After a few weeks that I’ve already spent here I can draw some conclusions based on observation of Thai people, and their behavior. I met many Thais from various backgrounds and of distinct characters. They are all somehow different, but they share many qualities that make them alike. These feature can help you understand Thais more profundly and thanks to that make communication with them much easier.
This is going to be a very short entry, because it might be really hard to find something you cannot buy at this enormous market in Bangkok. Chatuchak weekend market is open, as its name indicates, only at weekends and provides both locals and tourists with every product category they can think of. Thus, if I were to give you examples of goods that cannot be purchased there, I’d have to leave the space empty:)
On the Saturday morning I visited one of the floating markets that are around Bangkok. As it was a first shot I decided to go for the closest one that can be easily reached by public transportation (air-co bus). I did enjoy the trip, but it wasn’t not something that I expected from a thing called floating market.
Grand Palace is one of the main tourist attractions of Bangkok. And you can feel it before you cross the main gates. I’m not sure how many people visit this place daily, but it must be a 4-digit figure. Combining it with intense heat coming from the sky it might spoil your Grand Palace tour. Nevertheless, I think it’s still worth your time and effort, but you should get prepared for all the nuisances.
Koh Chang is the second largest island of Thailand and it definitely should be on your list when you’re around. It’s still not so developed in terms of tourism as neighboring islands, but you will not regret a few-day-escapade to the island. It is big enough to accomodate large number of travelers and satisfy different tastes. On top of that, it offers plenty of attractions that would break your lying-on-the-beach routine.