When I say Thailand different people will think about
different things to do. For ladies, Thailand is equal to shopping mall with
season sale every day, for kids, amazing beaches to have fun time and for
single guys, it is place to drink and party ;).
Thailand is a mix of modern city yet a local town. Crowded but disciplined. Poor but everyone has a job. Fashionable but no
show off. Luxurious but not expensive. A place where night life is more alive
than daytime. So my journey begins with the capital city, Bangkok. The
name of Bangkok airport itself give me feeling of still being in India. It is
called Suvarnabhumi means land of gold, a Hindi name for a Thai airport. The
religion followed in Thailand is Buddhism hence Thai language is influenced by Hindi and Sanskrit. Also majority of attractions in Bangkok is Temples. I visited one of the temple name ‘Wat Pho’. Wat in Thai means
Temple. It was huge with a unique Thai architecture. Wat Pho has one
of the largest Sleeping Buddha. If you like temples and want to explore more,
you can visit more than 1 temple but since we didn’t had much time with our tight
schedule, I ended up visiting only one.
|Sleeping Buddha at Wat Pho, Bangkok|
Bangkok has variety of attractions. The popular once and
must visit are Siam Ocean world and Madame Tussaud Wax Museum. If one has
visited Madam Tussaud in another country than you can skip it. Also if time
frame is short in Bangkok, you can skip it and visit Louis Tussaud Wax Museum in Pattaya.
There is not much of a difference except the creator of Wax statue and quality
of statues. Another place where sea food lover should visit is floating market.
Bangkok has many floating market and one can visit any one of them as traveling
to and fro for floating market is minimum 1 hour. You will find people selling
various sea foods in their boat. The whole
market gives you different feeling and takes you to authentic Bangkok.
|Bangkok City, View from Baiyoke Tower|
Next stop in my list was Phuket. Phuket is on the southern part
of Thailand hence flight was the only option. Phuket is known again for party
and night life. Beaches are amazing. All tourists do only 2 things in Phuket,
relax at beaches and party at the pubs & bar. Phuket has 2 main attractions,
a Karen View Point and Tiger Kingdom. Karen View Point is a place from where
you can see the Kata beach and view is indeed amazing. Tiger Kingdom is again a
branch of Tiger Temple whose main center is near Bangkok at Krungdhonburi. The main Tiger Temple has many other services to provide besides touching the Tiger and it is also huge in space an tiger. At Phuket Tiger Kingdom, you can sit besides
Tiger, touch them and click picture with them. The place keeps tiger in good
health and well trained. It is indeed an adventurous experience, fear and
nervousness runs through your body but once you touch the tiger, your nerve
will cool down.. Hopefully! In the evening, one should go for Phuket Fantasea. An amazing park which has many small small attraction leading to main attraction, their show. The show features around 25 Elephant and beautiful story of Elephant Prince.
|Karen View Point, Phuket|
|Longtail Boat, Krabi|
Next place on itinerary was Krabi. If one wants good beach
and not too enthusiastic for party but more for relaxation and rejuvenation, then you should select Krabi over Phuket.
Beaches are pristine and rock formation is unique. Krabi has a beach called
Railey Beach which can only be accessible through water ways. You will find
Long Tail Boat in Krabi which will take you to nearby beaches. It is one of the
cheapest mode of water transportation. Apart from enjoying your time on
these 2 island, Phuket & Krabi, do visit other marvelous beach in one day
excursion to either Phi Phi Island (most famous) or Khao Phing Kan (James Bond
Island – Not so famous). The cruise will pick you from your respective beach
either in Phuket or Krabi and take you to these beautiful and breathtaking islands. Water is crystal clear and is dark shade of green and
blue. Before we head for lunch, there is sea snorkeling session where they give
you snorkel and life saving jacket to enjoy some time under water and see life under water without much of risk. If one has
PADI scuba diving certificate, you can go for scuba diving to explore the underwater
world which is said to be best at these islands.
Last destination in my travel itinerary was Pattaya - city of
fame, lights and party. The whole of Pattaya looks like a party place. It has
Clubs, bars, go-go bars, walking street, beach road and what not. Pattaya is
only city where you will find more group of friends coming together than family or a couple.
If one wishes to visit other places than bars and clubs, head over to Ripley’s Believe
it or not. An entire floor dedicate to amusement and fun. It has scary
house, Wax museum, 10D Theater and and so on. A whole evening can be spent doing
all this. Most of the itineraries for Pattaya also consist of Corel Island
Tour. An island tour where one can seek adventure. Around 1 hour boat journey
from Pattaya beach to Corel Island, before you reach island you will have an
opportunity to do Parasailing and Underwater walk. Once you reach the island, entire
afternoon is for you to relax on beach, get a massage, swim or do Jet Ski and
other water activities. Other than this, Pattaya also features few Cabaret show, Tiffany's and Alcazar are famous ones.
In all, Thailand is and will be good place for tourist. It
has something for everyone except small children. Bachelors and young people
can have the party life, nature lovers can explore the pristine beaches,
families can get best of both world. It has peace and calm of beach at the same time;
it also has loud and fancy clubs and pubs. Thailand is also famous for Scuba diving
which one should not miss. Though I have only traveled to main cities of
Thailand, there are other cities worth exploring, Chaig Mai, Chaig Rai,
Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Sukhothai. For amazing and luxurious holiday in a resort, Koh Samui is place. To experience local side of Thailand, Chaig Mai and Chaig Rai are the place. Each part of Thailand has a different story to tell.
Experience the Amazing Thailand !
|Siam Ocean World, Bangkok|
|Phuket Fantasea, Phuket|
|Tiger at Tiger Kingdom, Phuket|
|Evening at Railey Beach, Krabi|
|Off to Phi Phi Island|