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.
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.
If you think of Netherlands probably the first city that comes to your mind is Amsterdam – the capital. It doesn’t surprise me. I am also a big fan. It’s a top city with lots of things to offer. However, Amsterdam is not the only place where you can lay back and feel vibrant atmosphere. I am sure there are plenty, but I want to turn you on to Groningen – the city I visited this year.
Last year, when I left Iceland after 7-day amazing adventure I promised myself that I will come back. I didn’t think, though, it would happen only 12 months later. Sooner than I expected I stood on the same land again, revisiting spots that I had already seen and exploring new places. This September I went to Iceland for 72-hour road trip, which at the beginning seemed a bit crazy. Who goes to Iceland for such a short time? I do. And I do not regret this decision. I had 3 intensive days full of magical moments and unexpected adventures.
I’m no big traveler (yet) and I hope that more is ahead of me not behind me. However, my recent trips during the last few years have changed my attitude towards the world and I want to share it. Recent events inspired me to put your thoughts into words. This blog was initially created for the purpose of presenting stunning photos and stories from all around the world, but this is also my little space that I own on the Internet. So I’m going to use it to share my view now. I will not reinvent the wheel with the following points, but in today’s reality I think it’s good to remind some people about it.