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Thailand is the ultimate pocket-friendly retreat for backpackers. A place where everyone wants to return. The gorgeous white sand traces, palm-fringed coastline and everything about it makes you fall in love with it. The locals here are friendly and all smiles. The food is delicious. The white sandy beaches here shine and parties go on until sunrise. Apart from that, there are so many amazing places to visit – so you’ll never get bored here.
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If you are a backpacker off to Thai, it would mean staying in fun-packed hostels, picturesque beach bungalows, and eating yummy and inexpensive noodles.
From climbing aboard an overnight train to a lolloping elephant, everything is worth a visit here. Here are a few of these awesome spots that you can’t miss out on:
Bangkok Thailand’s capital city is easy to reach and travel from. Its nightlife is unforgettable and can perfectly fit everyone’s taste from Royal City Avenue to Koh San Road. The tasty street food will cater to both your wallet and stomach. Before you head to your next destination, make sure to stop by the most popular temples including Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew. Also, don’t miss out on the floating markets.
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Railay Picture credits – Expert Vagabond
Rai Leh or Railay is a must visit for adventure lovers. Situated in Krabi, this destination is a haven for rock climbers. Take a beginner’s top rope course to a thrilling water solo climb. To top it all, it offers breathtaking scenery.
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Chiang Mai is quite popular for its floating markets, famous lantern festivals, and Sunday night markets. Apart from experiencing village life, you can also take Thai cooking classes here.
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Fond of nature? Bring yourself to Khao Yai National Park. Gear up to hike through the jungle and find hidden waterfalls and wildlife here, including elephants. Only a few tourists visit it, so you’ll find it quite serene.
With less than a week until we head to Thailand, I figured it was about time that I shared our itinerary with you. We’re visiting Thailand for 12 days and have planned our trip especially so that we have some time in Bangkok, the capital and busiest city, but also experiencing some of the incredible cultures in the north, before heading down to one of the islands for some serious beach time!
While there is nothing like authentic street food in Thailand, the nation also has luxury restaurants that offer one-of-its-kind experiences that are not to be missed. From outdoor seating eateries beside the Chao Phraya River to restaurants with 360-degree panoramic views with shimmering skylines, you have plenty of choices to pick from. Here are a few amazing luxury restaurants in Thailand:
The Deck Restaurant, Bangkok Picture credits – The Telegraph Situated at the banks of the Chao Praya River, The Deck has a bewitching view of the Temple of Dawn ‘Wat Arun’. Though there are many restaurants near the waterfront, this is the only one in which Wat Arun lights brightly right in front of you. From the lounging sofas to cosy chairs, or side tables, the place offers alternative options for you to pick from so you can spend quality time here.
The Glass House, Pattaya When in Pattaya, don’t miss the Glass House restaurant, which is like a set of a fantasy Disney movie. With a monochrome colour scheme and a host of pine trees surrounding it, the place is great for relaxing. It boasts 170 different types of dishes, and a variety of cocktails to pick from.
Additionally, they even feature sofas and bean bags to make you feel comfortable as you enjoy watching the waves hit the sandy shores just meters away.
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The Grotto Restaurant at Rayavadee Resort, Krabi Picture credits – krabi-hotels.com This restaurant presents an opportunity to embrace nature and blend with it. Situated underneath a limestone cliff in Krabi, the brightly lit cave is near a white sandy beach and the hissing waves. All the more, the restaurant is popular for its barbequed seafood that you’ll love. But to enjoy the sumptuous food, you’ll have to stay at the Rayavadee Resort.
Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Koh Samui Zazen is a boutique restaurant and offers customization in its dining area depending on the occasion. At the time of sunset, hundreds of candles light up this restaurant with their glow. The soft music and the gentle waves feel like an unforgettable melody. All the more, the beautiful views of the neighbouring islands are a cherry on the top.
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Dining on the Rocks, Koh Samui
Picture credits – http://www.kosamui.com The enchanting views of the Gulf of Thailand make Dining on the Rocks at Koh Samui a once in a lifetime experience. The restaurant is built on the rocks and boasts of two open-air terraced decks that let you soak mesmerizing views of the surrounding islands. The innovative cuisine and “Drinks on the Hill” make your dining experience exquisite.
The mesmerizing Krabi offers some of Thailand’s most bewitching sceneries. Turquoise waters, limestone islands, nature trails, and the flourishing interiors are some of the reasons why you can’t miss out on Krabi when you are on your Thai trip. Nestled within a bay here, with marvellous views and an ambience of ultimate luxury, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas invites you to toss your stress and worries aside and get away from everything.
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The resort is accessible by boat and offers a plethora of opportunities to rejuvenate and explore. Here you can unwind in the blissful spa treatments to quieten your senses and relax your soul. All the more, you can dig into the local delicacies on the beach, and enjoy complimentary water sports. Plus, there is a Monkey trail, which makes for a nice adventure and is accessible by speedboat and floating jetty. You’ll find it an easy climb, safe, and well lit.
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While the accommodation here boasts lovely and spacious living areas and relaxing ambience for one and all, the food is fantastic with a huge choice. For guests who prefer seclusion, the villas here provide isolation and enchanting views. The long private beach is open to guests who wish to take a walk over the trail. Memories of spending a luxe and laid back holiday here at the beautiful Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas is something that will never leave your heart.
Art in Paradise is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok, Thailand. The interactive 3D art museum is the latest addition to the must-visit places in the city if you are on a vacation to the land of smiles. Located at the Esplanade Shopping Mall, the museum has 150 artworks from the most famous artists, displayed in six different zones, ranging from aquarium & safari, nature, classic, fantasy, media art, and modern.
Planning a family trip to Thailand? Your vacation to the breathtaking ‘land of smiles’ is incomplete without paying a visit to the bewitching Grand Palace. Situated in the heart of Bangkok, this magnificent structure is perhaps the most famous landmark of the city. Not surprisingly, it tops the bucket list of majority of Bangkok visitors and is a must add to your itineraries!
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Wondering why does everyone visit this place?
The majestic grand palace was once the home to the Kings of Siam. Erected near the banks of Chao Phraya river, it has numerous buildings, gardens, pavilions, and courtyards that are worth your attention. At first glance, this towering edifice may overwhelm you with its sheer size. Being one of the most sacred sites, it is home to the Temple of Emerald Buddha. Moreover, it has throne halls and Royal visitor residences.
For a family trip, this palatial structure is a must visit, as it introduces you to the captivating Thai history. Moreover, it will also educate you on how Thai people lead their lives. Not to mention, the details and the craftsmanship of the gigantic edifice is not something you see often.
The palace is divided into four main courts, the inner court, the outer court, the middle court, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. At every turn, every bend, the magnificence of this imposing palace is sure to amaze you. The great statue of Buddha is another attraction that you can’t take your eyes off. Here you will witness many worshipers lighting candles and incense sticks, which they will raise while bowing in prayer.
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One hot advice:
If you have landed in the late hours of evening, try and relax the first day or do activities that do not exhaust you completely. It will give your kids the time to adjust in the new environment. Avoid dragging them in crowded destinations on the very first day. And remember to capture as many pictures of yourself and your munchkins as you can; these beautiful Thai memories will stay with you forever.
Whether you are honeymooners, young people looking for fun, or backpackers, Thailand makes for a perfect tourist spot. This beautiful holiday destination boasts of breathtaking beaches, amazing nightlife and a colourful culture. On reaching here, you’ll realize that confining yourself to the lovely beaches, as spellbinding as they are, is a sin. For a complete Thai experience, you need to delve deeper into its territories, food, art, culture, and history. Here are some things that are sure to make your Thai trip more meaningful.
1. Thai Food Picture credits – www.bangkok.com
For a foodie, Thailand is nothing short of a paradise. Food is one of the major attractions of Thailand. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
Try authentic Thai food that can make your ears steam up; you can always go for other flavours and aromatic herbs if you are not a spicy lover. Don’t miss on the delicious street food while you are here.
2. Thai Beaches
The white sandy beaches in Thailand make it a perfect getaway to spend your vacations. Apart from the thrilling water sports, you can relax in the enchantingly peaceful atmosphere or take a dip in the crystal clear waters to make the most of your holiday.
3. Thai History and Heritage
Among other things that you can do in Thailand, learning a little about its beautiful culture is a great idea. Thailand is a home to modern, fast-paced chaotic life wedded to the traditions of the past. The beautiful contemporary city is influenced heavily by the Siamese History. Its modernity is exhibited through its colourful nightlife and world-class infrastructure, while the traditions are reflected in the gleaming temples and resplendent palaces.
All the more, the Floating Market has a charm that emerges out of the chaos.
4. Thai Spiritualism
Wat Arun is a must-have on your itinerary if you are visiting Amazing Thailand. Spend some time in its isolated corners and soak the early morning sunlight. The peace and tranquillity that you’ll witness here will leave you craving for more. There is something about Buddhism that helps you connect with your soul. Thailand houses more than forty thousand monasteries and much other meditation and spiritual centres.
While shopping hubs are irreplaceable when you are visiting the impressive Thai capital, you’ll be happy to know that its unique-themed cafes and dining culture is in no way left behind. Bangkok offers you endless reasons to café hop. A quiet coffee break, good vibes, and positive ambience are all you need at times. And if a dear friend or a classic novel accompany you, then it’s nothing short of a perfect day.
Here’s our pick for must-visit cafes and restaurants:
1. Make your wish come true at Sretsis Parlour: Picture credits – www.bkkmenu.com
Sretsis is sisters spell backwards. This café looks utterly whimsical, dreamy, and of course very girly. The floors are embellished by beautiful daisies. So get lost in a dreamland with a sky-like ceiling. All the more, the floral paper and the café interior is cheery yet tranquil. These are inspired by the three sisters’ latest fashion collection “Tamed Lovers”. There are beautifully illustrated unicorns and lions with a dash of sparkles and glitters. You will spot similar prints on the dresses of the staff, wallpapers, sofas, teacups, and even their drinks, and the cakes too.
2. Mocking Tales – The tales that you have grown to love Picture credits – thailand.tripcanvas.co
Escape the world of reality and surround yourself with the stories that are close to your heart. At mocking tales, you’ll find witches goblins hidden under your tables. The moment you’ll enter this bewitching café, you’ll find a collection of spell books and other sorcery items like magic potions.
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From the ambience to the menu, almost everything in this café will take you on a memory lane where you’ll be reminded of your favourite books and movies. The presentation of food and drinks, plus the decor of the place and everything is magically designed to ensure an ultimate fantasy.
3.Choo Choo: Hop on the train at Tales Khaosan Picture credits – booking.com
Unique and snazzy, something that everyone finds attractive, from nomadic backpackers to digital travellers, Khaosan is the new cool café that is gaining popularity.
Drinking coffee on a train has an irresistible charm about it. This train-themed café offers a train-like ambience. So board the train, settle down on a stool by the bar, and enjoy a cup of delicious coffee to make your adventure more interesting. To beat the heat you can go for a refreshing homemade soda instead. All the more, you can head to the hostel, which revolves around the train and has dormitories and rooms resembling train cabins.
4. The Rome Restaurant – Luxury Redefined
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Years ago, Romans erected colossal structures that not only symbolized potency and power but offered a definite way to socialize. Now centuries later we follow more or less similar empowering principles. This restaurant boasts of imposing Roman statues and posh seating areas situated by a poolside. The patio has attractive dining tables with a backdrop of what looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, thereby offering an excellent escape from the mundane hustle bustle of the city. Some of the most popular choices include the barbeque skewers with beef, lamb, or pork, beef steaks and lobster with black pepper.
5. ViVi The Coffee Place – Enjoy the dreamy riverside views
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If you are one of those who enjoy amazing water views while having coffee and food, then ViVi is a must visit for you. Cafes with a view are rare in Bangkok but this one is luckily right beside a beautiful river. Get yourself a seat by the café’s verandah and soak the bewitching views of Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, floating over the Chao Praya River. Visit at sunset with your special someone and spend a memorable evening.
Theirs is a charming story of a young family that will melt your heart. Nishant scribbles about his wonderful experience of a 5 nights/6 days family trip to Thailand exploring the natural beauty of Pattaya and the vibrant sights and sounds of Bangkok.