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Ko Phi Phi, a small archipelago of six islands is the most beautiful and widely popular tourist destination in Andaman. Beautiful bondage of two islands together by a narrow isthmus is something that makes this place this pretty.
The postcard picture-perfect beaches, unending thickets and craggy cliffs of this island have been known for seducing people from all over the world. Often visitors find it a herculean task to detach themselves from the just flawless beauty that this place offers. Planning a holiday in Krabi? Add this in your list of places to visit in Krabi.
Highlights: While in Phi Phi Islands, you just cannot miss the viewpoint which is around 186m above sea level and allures you with the breathtaking views of the entire region. Relax and unwind yourself at Lane Beach, take a leisure walk in Yao Beach and enjoy some spectacular views at Hin Kho Beach.
Location: Phi Phi Islands, Krabi
Getting There: The best possible way to reach Ko Phi Phi islands is by a ferry from Phuket, Ao Nag, RaiLeh, Krabi Town, KoLAnta s per the nearest location. Tonsai Pier is the island’s main pier and supports good frequency of boats from all the mentioned places.
Rejuvenate each and every segment of your body at the emerald pool, where the water comes from the hot springs and the entire zone is hot bedded. From all the four corners it is surrounded by the trails of greens and hails out to nature lovers.
Highlights: The key features of this emerald pool is its location, which is, it is seated right in the heart of lush green forests and is surrounded by a wooden track which adds up to the charm of the place.
Location: Khlong Thom Nuea, Khlong Thom District, Krabi 81120, Thailand
Getting There: Reaching out to the emerald pool is very easy, one can take a private cab to the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, from here you have to take a small walk of 10 minutes to reach to the exact point.
The kind of place that demands some efforts, and then rewards you with pretty sights in return, Tiger Cave Temple is a revered Buddhist temple in Krabi. The name of this temple is attributed to the prominent tiger paw prints inside the cave. In order to reach the summit, one must climb up a staircase having 1237 steps which makes a visit all the more exciting.
If you want to soak in a 360 degree panoramic view of Krabi, this summit offers you that – a visual treat indeed. All in all, Tiger Cave Temple is undoubtedly one of the best tourist places in Krabi.
Highlights: Apart from breathtaking views of Krabi and tiger paw impressions, the site also features a giant statue of Lord Buddha.
Location: Krabi Noi, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
Timings: 12 am to 12 pm (open all days)
Getting there: There are sharing and private taxis are available to reach the base from where the hiking starts.
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The elephant experience: The national symbol of Thailand is its Elephant. It is a revered animal and there are plenty of ways to be a part of this symbolic culture. Visit the elephant sanctuaries and tick this off your to-do list.
Go island hopping: Thailand consists of over 5,000 miles of differing coastlines waiting for its visitors to explore. Transportation is not a problem as there are long-tail boats as well as other forms of travel provided especially for the visitors’ convenience. Enjoy Island hopping in Thailand by visiting different islands such as Phuket, Krabi, Ko Phi Phi Lee, Ko Phi Phi Don, and others.
Photo sessions by the clear and calm seas: The sea and climate conditions are so clear in Thailand that one cannot resist capturing the moment or capturing themselves at the moment. Explore the different landscapes of the area and enjoy a nice and relaxing walk through the picturesque Gulf of Thailand.
Visit the Hill tribe village: Thailand is quite developed. However, there are numerous tribal villages in and around the region such as Akha, Lisu, Hmong, and Karen that are quite friendly too. Visitors can visit this place and experience the lifestyle that they might not be able to obtain by staying at a Thailand resort or hotel.
The local festivals of Thailand: Visitors are more than welcome to join in and embrace the local festivals that take place in Thailand. Get a unique insight into the local customs and traditions and get fascinated by events like Loi Krathong, the Thai New Year, the Naga Fireballs and much more.
Shop in the floating markets: As unique as the name is, the floating market is quite literally a floating market wherein rickety wooden boats are piled up with a colorful local product that offers the best kind of bargains to its visitors.
Trekking through Kanchanaburi: The Kanchanaburi province is the area filled with lush-green forest regions and is definitely a haven for backpackers. Enjoy a trek through this forest and get refreshed. This is among those must-do things in Thailand. Cross the cornerstone bridges with your friend and loved ones and spend an evening with nature. Feel one with yourself and appreciate the natural beauty for the way it is.
Government websites : Books on Thailand: Thailand, a travel guide, Lonely Planet Thailand.
Government websites :
Books on Thailand: Thailand, a travel guide, Lonely Planet Thailand.
Thailand being largely tropical is humid all year around with moderate temperate in the 28-35°C range; the mountains are where you can go for relief. The best time to go to Thailand is during the dry season that stretches roughly from November until April. There are three seasons to consider your preferences:
Winter: It lasts from November to the end of February, it doesn't rain much and temperatures are at their lowest, although you will barely notice the difference in the south and will only need to pack a sweater if hiking in the northern mountains, where temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This is the most popular time to visit and, especially around Christmas and New Year's or at Chinese New Year a few weeks later.
Summer: March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F), pleasant enough when sitting on the beach with a drink in hand, but not the best time of year to go temple-tramping in Bangkok.
Rainy: From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country. This doesn't mean it rains non-stop, but when it does it pours and flooding is not uncommon.
By Plane: The main international airports in Thailand are at Bangkok and Phuket, and both are well-served by intercontinental flights. The plus point that one comes across is the minimum or low range of price of the airline tickets. It is due to the various and maximum numbers of airlines that fly to Asia pit stop in Bangkok.
By Road: Driving up to Bangkok from Malaysia and Singapore is not a difficult task to do if you have your own vehicle to travel. Rental vehicles are mainly not preferable for long distance journeys in the country. There are some main crossings that one will come across while driving is Padang Besar and Sadao in Songkhla province, Betong in the Yala province, and Sungai KoloK in the Narathiwat province. Apart from personal drive tourists can easily get the regular travel buses from Singapore to the southern hub of Hat Yai.
By Train: Travelling by train is not that a preferable way of a journey by many tourists as it can be very much time taking and boring in comparison to other means of transport. Thailand contains a sole international railway service which is linked to Butterworth, near Penang, along with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia connecting the Singapore railways as well. The tickets that are available for travel by rail are mainly cheap, even the first class ones, as compared to other services.
One does not need a visa to visit Thailand on vacation. Citizen of any country traveling to Thailand on vacation, not planning on staying for more than 30 days, and haven't entered the country as a tourist for more than 90 days in the past six months, doesn’t need to apply for a visa. You'll be granted a 30-day entry permit when you arrive at the airport or border crossing. If you're planning on an extended vacation here, you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa in advance at the Royal Thai Embassy.
There are several tourist attractions to visit in Thailand. Here’s a list of 25 tourist destinations to visit this vacation:
- Ko Phi Phi
- Phang Nga Bay
- Grand Palace
- Northern Hill tribes
- Mu Ko Chang National Park
- Ayuthaya Historical Park
- Thai-Burma Railway
- Full Moon Party at HaadRin
- Similan Islands
- Phanom Rung
- Khao Sok National Park
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
- Koh Lipe
- Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
- Wat Arun
- Ko Nang Yuan
- Sukhothai Historical Park
- Mu KoAng Thong
- Khao Yai National Park
- Prasat Hin Phimai
- Hua Hin Beach
- Floating Markets near Bangkok
- Ao Nang
- Erawan Falls
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There are a number of things that can be done when you’re in Thailand, here’s a list of things you can do:
- Visit the Grand Palace
- Go Elephant Trekking at Mahawangchang Elephant Camp
- Have a Thai Massage
- Visit the DamnoenSaduak Floating Market
- Spend an Evening in Nana Plaza (Soi 4)
- Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower
- Take a trip to Koh Phi Phi
- Visit a Ping Pong Show
- Drive Like a Local
- Eat Street Food
- Have a Water Fight during Songkran
- Visit Khao Yai National Park
- Take a Trip to Wat Arun
- Visit Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
- Go to a Full Moon Party
- Visit Phang Nga Bay
- Go to Doi Suthep
- Visit Railay Beach
- Go Diving off The Coast of Koh Lanta
- Take Part in the Loi Krathong Festival
- Visit Pai
- Take a Trip to the City of Ayutthaya
- Take the Thai-Burma Railway
- Drink from a Coconut
- Visit Ewaran Falls
Thailand’s food needs little introduction. From San Francisco to Sukhothai, its profusion of exotic flavours and fragrances make it among the most coveted of international cuisines. As a walk through Bangkok forcefully reminds, these flavours and fragrances are seemingly inexhaustible. However, whether it be juicy pieces of grilled pork on a stick or a fiery bowl of ‘Tom Yum’ soup, we all have to start somewhere. And what better place than our carefully selected Top 10 of Thai Food, which spans everything from staple backpacker favourites to Thai classics.
You can wander the streets of Bangkok for weeks, pointing at every single thing that looks tasty, handing over a couple dozen baht, and eating until you burst, all without ever trying the same thing twice. And you'd have difficulty spending more than around $10 a day doing it. Everywhere you go, from the fancy shopping malls downtown, to the grungy streets of Chinatown, to the vast semi-outdoor markets - even in the hyper-touristy areas around the gorgeous wats and palaces in the old city - you'll find hawkers offering fresh-cooked meals, sometimes eaten straight out of hand, sometimes while perched on little plastic seats around a makeshift picnic table.
- Tom Yum Gong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
- Some Tums (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
- Tom Khan Kai (Chicken in coconut soup)
- GaengDaeng (Red Curry)
- Pad Thai (Thai Style Fried Noodles)
- Kao Pad (Fried Rice)
- Pad Krapow Moo Saap (Fried Basil and Pork)
- GaengKeow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry)
- Yams Nua (Spicy Beef Salad)
- Kai Med Ma Muang (Chicken with Cashew Nuts)
Travel in Thailand is inexpensive and efficient, if not always speedy. Unless you travel by plane, long-distance journeys in Thailand can be arduous, especially if a shoestring budget restricts you to hard seats and no air conditioning. Nonetheless, the wide range of transport options makes travelling around Thailand easier than elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Buses are fast, cheap and frequent, and can be quite luxurious; trains are slower but safer and offer more chance of sleeping during overnight trips; moreover, if travelling by day you’re likely to follow a more scenic route by rail than by road. Inter-town songthaews, air-conditioned minibuses and share-taxis are handy, and ferries provide easy access to all major islands. Local transport comes in all sorts of permutations, both public and chartered.
One should take preventive measures for Zika Virus which is a risk in Thailand. It is strongly recommended that one takes the vaccination for typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, Japanese encephalitis and influenza.
Thailand and its neighbor Laos are dominated by languages of the Southwestern Tai family. Karen languages are spoken along the border with Burma, Khmer is spoken near Cambodia and Malay in the south near Malaysia.
Before you pack for Thailand know some commonly used phrases to get through with your trip smoothly:
Hello - Sawat Dee meaning
Krap and Kha, Addingkrap or kha at the end of any word, phrase, or sentence make for politeness.
Good morning! - A-roon-sa-was
Good evening! - sa-yan-sa-was
Welcome! (To greet someone) - yin-dee-ton-rab
How are you? - sa-bai-dee-mai
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? - houng-num(bathroom)/ ran-kay-ya(pharmacy) .... You-tee-nai-ka/krab
How much is this? - aa-nee-tao-rai
Of course, it is the price of some goods that makes shopping in Thailand an attractive prospect, but the breadth (and depth) of what is available also proves a draw. If you are in Thailand for a short visit consider looking at these top shopping areas and places.
CentralWorld is the largest shopping mall in Bangkok. It's a one-stop destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
MBK, founded in 1985, also known by its former name as Mah Boon Krong, is the most famous shopping mall located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.
For those of under the belief the particular country you come from is the pinnacle of high technology, a visit to Pantip Plaza will be a revelation!
- Go for a budget sightseeing of Pattaya and Bangkok.
- Full moon party in Koh Phangan.
- Get an exotic Thai Massage.
- Try a variety of food.
- If you’ve come with your partner go for a romantic evening on a cruise in Phuket.
Listed below are popular beaches in Thailand to enjoy your holidays:
- Nail Harn Beach, Rawai
- PhraNang Cave Beach, Ao Nang
- Kata Noi Beach, Karon
- Freedom Beach, Patong
- Railay Beach
- Thong Nair Pan Noi, Koh Phangan
- Kata Beach
- Thong Nair Pan Yai, Koh Phangan
- Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan
- Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe
- Bang Lang, Yala
- Doe Inthanan, Chiang Mai
- Kaeng Krung, SuratThani
- Mae Ngao, Mae Hong son
- San kalaKhiri, Songkhla
The islands off the coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Siam are some of the most popular places for tourists to Southeast Asia to visit. Some of these islands are famous throughout the world for their beautiful beaches and party atmosphere. But the best islands in Thailand also offer numerous opportunities for recreation, spiritual exploration, and relaxation.
- Koh Lipe: Settled by sea gypsies, KoLipe is located in the Adang-Rawi Archipelago in southwest Thailand.
- Koh Lanta: Koh Lanta is made up of a group of islands off the coast of Thailand in the Krabi province.
- Koh Phangan: Koh Phangan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, halfway between the islands of Koh Samui and Ko Tao.
- Phuket: Phuket is the name of both a Thai province and the main city of that province.
The dates for the Full Moon Party in Thailand vary, and despite the name, they aren't always on the actual night of the full moon. Dates are sometimes altered so that they do not coincide with Buddhist holidays that often occur on full moons because of the lunar calendar. Thailand's Full Moon Party held monthly on the island of KohPhangan is one of the largest beach parties in the world. Although the party once began with a focus on EDM/electronic music, you'll now find lots of different music genres blasting up and down Sunrise Beach.
A floating market is a market that is located next to a body of water and vendors sell things directly out of their boats. Though some of the main waterways have since been filled in to make way for roads, Bangkok was once known as the Venice of Asia due to its extensive network of canals.
Amphawa: Easily the most popular market with Thai locals, Amphawa is an entire neighborhood community that turns into a Disneyland-like floating market on the weekends.
Damnoen Saduak: Located about 1.5 hours from Bangkok is the most popular tourist floating market in Thailand known as Damnoen Saduak. Over the weekend, hordes of foreigners flood the market on organized tours.
One of the main reasons people travel is to explore other cultures and establish how other countries and cultures do things. It is then quite remarkable than to see people wandering around the kingdom imposing their cultural approach on the situations and events they encounter. Often these lead to confusion, worse, it sometimes leads to ugly scenes that are entirely avoidable with a modicum on insight on how things are done in Thailand. What follows then is a list of Dos and Don'ts for when you are in the kingdom:
- The Monarchy: The monarchy is revered by all Thais and people will simply not tolerate any lack of respect towards any members of the royal family - past or present.
- Religion: Thailand's national religion is Buddhism (although there are significant numbers of Muslims and a minority group of Christians) and it is very important to be respectful as far as the religion is concerned.
- Buddha Images: Buddha images are sacred, whatever size or condition. Never climb on a Buddha image, and be very careful about taking photos - some images are so sacred photographs are forbidden.
- Monks: Buddhist monks are not allowed to touch or be touched by a woman or accept anything a woman might offer. If a woman wants to give something to a monk it must first be given to a man, or put on a piece of cloth.
- Shoes: Do not wear shoes inside a temple where Buddha images are kept. Take your shoes off before entering someone's home.
- Greetings: Thais do not shake hands; they 'wai' - a gesture made by placing your hands together in front of your face a bowing a little.
- The Head: Whereas in the west a friendly pat on the head, especially the head of someone a bit younger than you, will be regarded as a friendly and supportive gesture, in Thailand any gesture towards the head will cause Thais to recoil and will be greeted with shock and possibly annoyance.
- The Feet: Whereas the head is the highest point of the body, the feet are the lowest. Do not point at things with your feet, and do not point the palms of your feet at anyone.
- Shouting and Shows of Annoyance: In Thailand shouting and shows of annoyance are entirely frowned upon, whatever the situation.
- Drugs: Thailand takes drugs very seriously and is trying to eradicate unlawful drugs entirely.
- General: Kissing, cuddling, and similar behavior are frowned upon if in public - especially amongst older Thais.
- Smoking in the street is illegal - you can be fined 2,000 Baht.
- Dropping litter in the street is illegal - the same fine applies.
- Do not engage in the purchase of wild animals whether protected or not. Aside from moral issues, punishments are very harsh.
With its mixture of exoticism, romance, sense of adventure and plain excitement, nightlife in Thailand is unique. Of course, anyone who has never been to Thailand instantly conjures up visions of A Go-Go bars and sleazy back alley massage parlours; it’s true but not wholly representative of a country that has beautiful traditional dancing, an irrepressible culinary scene and lively bars and nightclubs. ‘One night in Bangkok’ can indeed make a hard man humble but one night in Chiang Mai can charm and one night in Phuket make you longing for more.
There are a lot of interesting water sport activities that can be done in Thailand, Some of them listed below:
- Scuba Diving
The best scuba diving spots in Thailand are focussed on two areas. You can dive on both east and west coast, although the most spectacular diving is in the Andaman Sea on the west. Optimum time is between Decembers – April – however during the rainy season between May and October the diving on the east in the Gulf of Thailand is preferable.
- Amnat Charoen
- Chai Nat
- Phang Nga
Trekking is very much like Homestay with much one-on-one time with your own elephant and lots of personal instruction.
Few places to go for Elephant Trekking in Thailand are:
- Siam Safari, Phuket
- Hua Hin