A few Thailand highlights
Thailand as a whole tends to have a reputation for hedonism which attracts many backpackers and visitors from the West to its shores and islands, but it also features a natural beauty which attracts equal numbers of holiday-makers, so it should come as no surprise that Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular destinations. Thailand is also a mystical country deeply immersed in its religious culture and belief systems, its rich history and interesting quirks creating an unforgettable experience which stays with those who visit the country for the rest of their lives. We’ll be taking a general look at some of the main highlights that Thailand has to offer.
First on the list is of course, Bangkok, this restless and chaotic metropolis is pretty much the definition of a culture-shock to anyone from the West. While the hussle and bustle may not prove to be to everyone’s liking this is an incredible place to experience. If you do choose to visit there, you will have to see the bejewelled Grand Palace as well as take a trip to Wat Arun and Wat Po. Wat Arun is one of the oldest landmarks in the city and Wat Po is home to a gigantic reclining Buddha.
Film fans will want to visit the Floating Market which was made famous by the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”. The place is now very tourist-friendly but it still offers you a great idea into how trading was done in Thailand before modernization took hold. Obviously since you’re in a market you can buy some fresh produce here which you’ll have to do by hailing one of the long and narrow boats which are filled with all sorts of fruits, vegetables and other particularities of the area.
If Bangkok is on one side of a coin, then Chiang Mai is on the other. Chiang Mai is spiritual city dotted with temples, traditional craftsmen and many Thai massage and cooking schools. Chiang Mai is oftentimes mentioned by visitors as their favorite Thai city, most likely because it is a much more serene place than Bangkok is.
A more traditional vacation destination within Thailand is the Koh Samui and Koh Phangan islands. These are known for their white sandy beaches which are lined with palm treas and very clear waters. Koh Phangan features a very bohemian athmosphere in its bars and cafes and this is also where you’ll find the full moon parties. On the other hand if you’re looking for more of a retreat you can try out the Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan islands, these are more isolated and as such not as crowded.
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