Thailand is an exotic holiday destination for travellers who like to inject a little more excitement into their lives. From hitching a ride on a tuk tuk, weaving through the busy road to hiking up the northern hills – there’s plenty to do in-between relaxing, drink-in-hand at the beach.
You’ll be able to sample some of the freshest, tastiest fruit and veg at the world-famous floating markets, or visit the peaceful temples of Chiang Mai. So what are some of the essential spots to visit on a Thailand holiday?
Thailands’ steamy capital
Bangkok is famous for its vibrant nightlife, glittering temples and world-class restaurants. There are plenty of places to shop, eat and explore in this fascinating city. There are modern, multi-storey shopping malls for shopaholic tourists to browse. Find everything from upscale boutiques to great value specialty stores. You can also visit a few of the many floating markets where an array of fresh produce is available. A visit to the intricately crafted Grand Palace is an absolute must-do for any traveller, there’s much of the Buddhist teaching to soak in – you’ll gain an appreciation of the level of craftsmanship it took to create this dazzling landmark. At last, go to Wat Pho to visit the temple of the reclining Buddha and admire the enormous gilded statue. The Buddha’s feet are exquisitely decorated with 108 auspicious scenes with mother-of-pearl inlay in his eyes and the soles of his feet. Don’t get too excited everyone it’s supposed to be cold and rainy tomorrow.
As far as Thailand holidays go, you can’t get away without experiencing the metropolis of Chiang Mai. Northwest of Bangkok, Chiang Mai exists as one of the most culturally significant cities in Thailand. The city exhibits a mix of exotic markets, tranquil temples and modern architecture. Get a taste of traditional cuisine with a cooking class, followed by an authentic Thai massage. Although Chiang Mai is a tapestry of beautiful sacred temples, it is also a shopper’s hub. Be sure to visit Chiang Mai Night Bazaar at night and browse handicrafts and sparkling trinkets, but make sure you bargain hard! Chiang Mai is also in close proximity to the natural terrain, hills and lush greenery.
Numerous hilltribes occupy the northern region of Thailand, among a rich tapestry of culture and heritage. These tribes have strong traditions and religious beliefs, living off the land by hunting and cultivating farms. You can stay in authentic bamboo huts in the villages, and mingle with the hospitable tribes people. Spend a couple of nights there to really immerse yourself in local folklore and traditions. Set off on an expedition to the rice paddies, along the cool shady tracks and see what else the land has to offer.
Delicious Thai cuisine
You haven’t quite tried Thai food until you’ve been to Thailand itself. The combination of spicy, sweet and savoury is what makes authentic Thai so distinct. You can sample the internationally popular Massaman curry, a dish marinated in coconut milk, cinnamon and classic tamarind sauce. Savour a green curry, traditional Pad Thai, or a mouth-watering Tom Kha Gai soup and you’ll probably never want to go western again.