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Travel Guide: Taking a Closer Look at Thailand


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Thailand is situated in Southeast Asia, with Malaysia as its closest neighbour & it’s blessed with amazing tropical weather. Thailand, is definitely one of the TOP destinations in the world, a haven for tourists due to it’s very affordability & wide array of things to see and do.

FACT: Did you know that Bangkok is the most visited city in the world!?

The country has a lot of things to be proud of. Its beaches are some of the best in the region. Its traditional cuisine is one of the finest – combining modern cooking methods with the freshest of ingredients – from seafood to meat to vegetables, and a cacophony of expertly blended traditional herbs and spices that result in the unique taste of Thai food. Thailand is a mecca for shoppers, from bargain shopping to fine jewellery and handicraft, especially in Bangkok.

Best Monuments and Temples


One of the most popular is the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which is located within the Grand Palace grounds. It houses the 66cm tall Emerald Buddha that was carved from a single block of stone. While you are here, explore the Grand Palace and marvel at its exquisite architecture. Next, you should visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the Wat Pho. The 43-metre long Buddha is covered in thick layers of gold leaf. You can get a traditional Thai massage from the students at the Thai massage school here. The stunningly beautiful Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) should also be included in your itinerary.


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Best Cities to Visit


Topping the list is Bangkok, where you can have the best of everything, from temples to palaces, to shopping and delicious cuisine, to vibrant nightlife. More serene than Bangkok is Chiang Mai, only one hour away by plane from the capital. It is one of the country’s most beautiful cities, located in a mountain-surrounded valley. If you are after incredible beach scenes, Phuket is your destination. The nightlife in Phuket is truly fantastic. The city of Hua Hin is only three hours by car from Bangkok. The pace here is also slower. The best attraction? Its fresh seafood dishes. You can also have made-to-measure clothing done here. For a combination of awesome natural scenery and great white sand beaches, then you should be heading to Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s most famous islands.


Best Places to Shop


Bangkok is the best place to shop in Thailand. Aside from the established malls are bargain centers were you can find the latest fashion at very low prices. There are also night markets and the biggest weekend market, the Chatuchak Weekend Market, where more than 8,000 stalls sell every conceivable kinds of items. You can also check out Silom Road, Suan Lum Night Bazaar, the China Town in Yaowarat, and Patpong.

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Best Local Food to Eat

Thailand cuisine is one of the best in the region. Try to sample the national dish, Pad Thai, made from flat noodles, vegetables and spices or the incredibly filling papaya salad. You cannot go wrong with Thai spring rolls made from fresh vegetables, shredded herbs and shrimps. You must also have a taste of Tom Yum Soup, a hearty, sour but spicy hot dish or any of the red and green curries.

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Some Travel Tips

Be very careful when renting a jet ski as there is a jet ski scam ran by organised groups in Thailand.  When riding a tuk tuk be sure to tell the driver where you want to go. There are some drivers that bring passengers to shops where they get commissions for bringing customers.

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