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!
Easy riders are your private guides that will help you get to know the real Vietnam. Go for a countryside tour with them and learn more about local people, their culture, traditions and industry. Great wait to spend a day in Dalat.
Unreal scenery, spectacular limestone formations, clear green-blue water and a giant waterfall. This place has it all. My visit to Kuang Si Falls in Laos.
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.
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.
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.