Planning your next trip to the Land of Smiles? Good choice! I’ve spent over four months in Thailand and had a chance to see a great deal of the country. Can’t really say I’ve seen everything, but definitely spots in this article are all worth visiting. Depending on how much time you have to spare and what are your preferences pick your favorites and plan the next trip across the country with virgin jungles, tropical islands and one of the best food in the world!
When I was leaving Laos for Thailand I had two options for transportation: take a bus that would take me from Luang Prabang to the Thai border within the whole day or go for a 2-day boat ride on the Mekong River. I didn’t really considered the first option. I was tired of endless rides in rammed buses with horrible drivers. Especially that the roads are not in the best condition and I had heard about numerous accidents involving tourists. I opted for the boat which was one of the most pleasant journeys of my Southeast Asia adventure.
There is a reason why people call Thailand “the Land of Smiles”. Thais always keep their positive attitude towards life. They smile and laugh a lot, passing their enthusiasm on visitors. That’s why I love taking portraits of Thai people as they always look good on pics. Here is a compilation of 50 portraits I took in Thailand during my 3-month trip.
Thailand is famous for one of the best cuisines in the world. The balance between various flavors and different aromatic ingredients makes Thai food special. The country is a paradise for all the foodies around the world, so a post about best dishes I’ve had here cannot be missing. Here is the compilation of the most popular (and my favorite) foods from Thailand.
Erawan National Park is famous for its seven waterfalls that attract crowds every day. Many toruists frequent there to take a little hike up to the highest waterfall and swim in clear blue water at each level. The park has rich wildlife however except for lizards and fish you will not see many animals around the waterfalls area. This magical place is one of my favorite spots in Thailand so far where I can actively spend my day and chill out in the nature. As it is also close to Bangkok, you can go there for a one-day escapade to escape noisy urban life.
The infamous Full Moon Party attracts thousands of party animals to the picturesqe island Koh Phangan. It is an enormous event in which around 30,000 people participate every month. The big rave that’s held in the south of Koh Phangan, at the beach called Haad Rin, has gained many fans, but also lots of opponents. Before I went there I encountered split opinions. Some say that it’s nothing special, some think of it as a crazy drunk touristic party, others claim it’s one of their best experiences. I think it all depends on expectations and one’s character. There is no straight answer if the Full Moon Party is worth going or not and it’s best to form your own opinion. However, if you are debating if it’s for you or not, I think this article will help you dissipate doubts.
Have you watched the fantasy film “Jumanji”? When I first got off the minibus at Lopburi bus station, I felt as if I landed in the movie scene where crazy monkeys attacked everyone who got in their way. However, soon I realized that the animals were not that crazy and they actually fit urban scenery. Even though, they are quite a nuisance both for tourist and inhabitants, locals found their way to share the city with the monkeys. On top of that, cute animals are definitely the main reason for stopping in the laid-back town. Much more important one than the hundreds-year-old temple ruins.
Ayutthaya, or actually Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, is an ancient city located 80 kilometers north of Bangkok. Back in the days, it used to be a Thai capital and now it serves as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The city was founded in the 14th centrury and until it was sacked by the Burmese 400 years later, it was one of the world’s largest cities at that time with population perhaps reaching 1,000,000, sometimes known as the “Venice of the East”. The ruins of the old city are well preserved in the Ayutthaya historical park that comprizes a couple of spectacular temples.
Khao Yai National Park is the oldest and most remarkable national park in the country that offers its visitors a unique experience of getting close to the wildlife. Beyond numerous species of reptiles, birds and insects you get the chance to admire wild elephants, nimble gibbons and adorable macaques. There are more than 50 kilometers of trekking tours winding in the steamy jungle where except for impressive fauna and flora you can find numerous majestic waterfalls. Not many people know that one of them was a place where they shot Leonaro DiCaprio movie – The Beach. Most of Thailand’s visitors connotate the film with popular paradise-like island – Koh Phi Phi.
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.