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7 Things You Must Do In Thailand

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Have you ever considered travel to Thailand? It should be on your bucket list and there is no time like the present to make it happen. Thailand is a long way from the United States so plan on going for more than a day. A couple of weeks is a better time frame. Just plan your trip carefully and take advantage of stops along the way. Remember to talk to your doctor before starting your trip. Taking baby aspirin and wearing compression socks may be of benefit as you will be on the flight for quite a few hours. However, the planning is worth it. Travel to see the best of Thailand.

Travel to Thailand between November and April to avoid the rainy weather notorious during the other months of the year. The jet lag going there is not easy but the jet lag coming back is much worse. Be prepared but do not let this stop you. The best of Thailand is a must see for at least once in your life. Per the Coworker Lab: Thailand is simply “heaven on earth for foodies.” Be prepared for a feast!

Getting to Thailand is not inexpensive but the relatively low cost after you arrive makes the trip more affordable. Thai baht is the currency in Thailand. As of this writing, one Thai baht is an awesome $.029. You read it correctly! However, expect to pay “normal”  travel costs for lodging and food in Bangkok. The costs go down significantly when you reach the outlying areas. You can discover rooms in Bangkok for 400 THB, or a hotel for 1350 THB. This may not be the norm so do not plan your costs according to this. Be prepared for Western rates as travel to Thailand becomes more frequent by those in the United States.

You Must Do In Thailand

Thailand’s majestic temples and other historical structures prove it’s name, the “Jewel of South Asia”. The country consists of a treasure chest of sultry beaches, breathtaking sceneries, highly imbibed traditions, and lush culture that you must do in Thailand. You should definitely dive into its exquisite culture and their cuisine. Be sure to try the street food as it is delicious. You will be disappointed if you do not experience this part of your travel to Thailand. Bangkok is the country’s capital which is a mecca of tourist attractions in itself, but heading out to the outskirts of Bangkok will truly make your entire Thai experience complete. Be sure to visit all of the other great locations you must do in Thailand: Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Phuket, and Ko Tao.

Khao Yai National Park

travel to thailandThe first national park and the third largest national park of Thailand, Khao Yai National Park  offers over 50 kilometers (or 31 miles) of hiking trails. You can go on a night safari and admire the abundant fauna. If you are up for it you can trek to the Wang Haew Falls and get a glimpse of the dinosaur footprint. The park is also home to lavish sites including the fauna and some gorgeous waterfalls. It is a site worth seeing and is one of the best of Thailand.

Wat Phra That Doi Suethep, Chang Mai

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Be in awe of the astounding architecture of the temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The Golden Buddha statue at the temple is awe inspiring. This temple sitting atop the mountain is considered sacred by many Thai people. The views of Chaing Mai form the site is impressive.

 

 

The Grand Palacetravel to thailand

A complex located at the heart of Bangkok, this is another site that you must do in Thailand. The building exudes in majesty, greatness, and holiness. You’ve never been to Thailand if you’ve never been here. It is the setting of the Rodgers and Hammerstein play The King and I. The play was set in Siam which was officially renamed Thailand in 1949.

Ko Lanta, thailandKo Lanta

Ko Lanta is a district in Krabi Province in the southern region of  Thailand consisting of 3 major islands and 50 other smaller islands. The largest island, Ko Lanta Yai has 9 white sandy beaches spanning the entire west coast. These beaches along with the forests and tropical jungles are what many tourists flock to. This area is popular with the younger crowd as well as with seniors.

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River Kwai

Also known as the Khwae Noi or Khwae Sai Yo, the River Kwai spans along western Thailand. The “death railway” of this historic river was a track built in the days of WWII. This is a nostalgic feel of Thailand’s rich history. It is a historic site that boasts the site of the memorable book and movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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Sukhothai

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO stands for The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Essentially this is a site that is unique and considered to belong to all of the people of the world. It is part of our “world” heritage.

Sukhothai was a 13th century kingdom in north central Thailand and was the first national capital. In the 13th and 14th centuries, it was the capital of Siam. The architecture is amazing. Visiting the city and wandering its streets is something you also must do in Thailand.

Ayutthaya

travel to thailandAnother UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya became the second capital of Siam (Thailand) after Sukhothai. It was destroyed in the 18th century but the remains hint at the splendor of the past. Its monasteries and towers are incredible. The urban organization of Ayutthaya will amaze you. Those who developed of this ancient city planned the street and canals well.

Additional Resources

For those looking to learn more about this topic, we’ve included a host of resources below. These include products that may be useful and places to find more information from quality sources about the best of Thailand.

Travel-Related Products

Mantra Sleep Eye Mask: This eye mask is the only adjustable mask we know of. It completely blocks out all exterior light making it much easier to fall asleep. It is indeed more expensive than other sleep masks but your sleep is worth the comfort.

Compression Socks from Amazon: Try these compression socks the next time you are traveling by car or by plane, or just walking. You will be amazed at how great your legs will feel!

Cable Locks for Luggage: Today don’t leave home till your luggage is locked, It just adds a bit more peace of mind.

Osprey Daylight Sling: You always need something on your travels. This sling bag is comfortable but holds the items you need the most on your daily travels.

Additional Resources

Thailand’ official tourism site: Read more about this amazing country.

100 Best Things to do in Thailand by Jen Reviews.

Read more about great destinations and places to visit at Guide for Seniors.


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