Have you ever considered traveling 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 at least once in your life. Per the Coworker Lab: Thailand is simply “heaven on earth for foodies.” Be prepared for a feast!
Arrive in Bangkok
Getting to Thailand is not inexpensive but the relatively low cost after you arrive makes the trip more affordable. The 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 ($11.60), or a hotel for 1350 THB ($39.15). 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.
Must Do’s In Thailand
Thailand’s majestic temples and other historical structures prove its 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 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
Khao Yai National Park is a protected area in Thailand that was established in 1962. It covers an area of over 2,000 square kilometers and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including elephants, tigers, and several species of birds and reptiles. The park is located in the northeastern region of Thailand and is a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
It is the third largest national park in Thailand and contains 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 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 in Thailand.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is one of the most important and revered temples in the country and is a major tourist attraction in Chiang Mai. The temple is located on the mountain of Doi Suthep and offers panoramic views of the city below. It is believed to contain a relic of the Buddha and is a popular site for pilgrimage. Visitors to the temple can explore the beautiful grounds and buildings, and learn more about the history and culture of Thailand.
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand that served as the official residence of the Kings of Siam. It is a major attraction in Bangkok and is visited by millions of tourists each year. The palace is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and covers an area of over 2 million square feet.
It is made up of several buildings, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is considered the holiest temple in Thailand. The palace is known for its intricate architecture and beautiful gardens and is a must-see for anyone visiting Bangkok.
It was 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 is a district in Krabi Province in the southern region of Thailand consisting of 3 major islands and 50 other smaller islands in the Andaman Sea. The largest island, Ko Lanta Yai has 9 white sandy beaches spanning the entire west coast.
It is part of the Krabi province and is a popular destination for tourists. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush forests. It is a great place for activities like snorkeling, diving, and hiking. Ko Lanta is also home to a number of small villages and communities, where visitors can learn about the local culture and way of life. The island is easily accessible by ferry from the mainland, and there are several resorts and hotels that cater to tourists.
Also known as the Khwae Noi or Khwae Sai Yo, the River Kwai spans 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.
Sukhothai is an ancient city in Thailand that was the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom from the 13th to the 15th century. It is located in the central region of the country and is a popular tourist destination. Sukhothai is known for its well-preserved historical park, which contains the remains of several temples and other structures from the Sukhothai period. The city is also known for its beautiful lakes and gardens,
It 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.
Ayutthaya is an ancient city in Thailand that was the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom from the 14th to the 18th century. It is located in the central region of the country. Ayutthaya is known for its well-preserved ruins, which are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins include several temples and other historical structures.
The monasteries and towers are incredible. The urban organization of Ayutthaya will amaze you. Those who developed this ancient city planned the street and canals well.
For those looking to learn more about this topic, you can read more about this amazing country at Thailand’s official tourism site.
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