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Thailand Guide book & the best sights (2018 UPDATE)
Formerly only a haven for fearless backpacking travellers, Thailand is now one of the most popular travel destination in the run. Various parts of Thailand are suitable for different masses of people - from farsighted explorers at the beginning of a long trip to many all-inclusive travellers who spend a rotten vacation. In other words, to get the right level of expertise, you need to know where to go!
Yes, there is the Koh Phi Phi Phi Islands, the Full Moon Party, or Bangkok's Khao San Tourism Road; these places are always cited. However, there is much more in Thailand, and in this guidebook I will try to visit some other best places, try to stay away from some places and give you some general Thailand-trips.
In all honesty, if you have already been living with goatherds in Kazakhstan or fought against frostbites at Mount Everest, Thailand may not be quite adventure enough for you. However, if you are just looking for something funny and exclusive, then this is the ideal place to visit. Of the golden Buddhist shrines to the pulsating overnight market, from the exquisite cuisine to the beautiful coast, it is simple to understand why Thailand is still so well-loved.
I would like to give you an impression of Thailand before I list some of the most important sights. Below is a list of some of the main tourist attractions. If you are planning your itinerary, it is a good idea to go first to the northern part. When you go immediately to the southerly beach, you could get caught in a Hammock and do nothing else!
The foggy hills and luxuriant valley make the area a favourite destination for jungles and local mountain people. Chiang Mai, the capital, has great value for money and a relaxed ambience, making it an ideal starting point for excursions. The small village of Pai is located three hrs south of Chiang Mai, a funny backpackers' meeting place in the middle of a countryside with paddy paddies, warm water sources and falls.
North-west of Chiang Mai lies the Mae Hong Son county, Thailand's least populated area. You can hire a scooter and drive the Mae Hong Son cycle through Thailand's quiet backwater that starts and ends in Chiang Mai or Pai for a great outing. In the north-east, the Chiang Rai district is also definitely a worthwhile place to visit.
There are good hiking possibilities, some astonishing mountains and it is a good springboard for the continuation of the journey to Laos. In addition to the capitol Bangkok, the archeological places of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, both of which are full of dilapidated ruins of old Buddha shrines, are particularly noteworthy. Approximately 120 km from Bangkok is the small river town of Kanchanaburi, known from the film Bridge over the River Kwai.
There is a small traveller scenery and it is a good basis for the visit of historic places, falls and Sai Yok National Park. In southern Thailand everything revolves around the beach and islets. Phuket's main focus on fly-and-flop packages is on the western shore along the Andaman Sea, which has some of the most advanced destinations in Thailand.
There will always be differences of opinion about the best places in Thailand, but I think the following are some of the must-see attractions that are definitely deserving of being added to your route. For a long time the palace-like area in Bangkok was the nervous centre of the Thai empire. This huge building is full of enthroned hallways, kingly mansions and gold buddhistic shrines, and today most of the courtyards and shrines are open to people.
You can take the boat from the river bank near Wat Pho to the other side, where you can admire Wat Arun (also known as Dawn Temple). The top of this highest sanctuary in Bangkok offers a great view of the town. Tempel open at 8:00 am and this can be a good season to visit, as most groups come later in the morning.
Accommodation in Bangkok: To experience the pulsating activity in Bangkok, visit Chinatown[map] and get bogged down in its labyrinth of marketplaces and alleyways. Place your maps or your telephone with your own satellite navigation system and simply stroll through the small streets where you can find some of the concealed salerooms.
Would you believe that's in a Bangkok outskirts? The funniest thing I did in Bangkok was a bike ride through some of the less frequented areas, followed by a long boat trip through the countryside of Bangkok. It is a side of Bangkok that relatively few get to see.
There are many different bike rides, most of which take you around Bangkok and let you discover the area' s market and caves. Cycling is not the only way to get a different point of view; the WithLocals experience offers hikes conducted by the natives and gastronomic adventures in Thai houses that can turn your visit to Bangkok into a worthwhile one.
Bangkok's travel guides will help you find the best places to be! When you first travel to Bangkok, you will probably land in Banglamphu (with the famous Khao San Road backpackers' quarter) or in the Silom and Phayathai areas. These are all good places to remain in the vicinity of events.
At first, many of our guests find Bangkok overwhelming, but they appreciate it more and more during later visit. As Bangkok is such an important tourist centre, you will probably drive through more than once - and if so, it is good to stick with your second visit to Aree (or Ari)[map].
It is mainly local people, expatriates and travellers who stay here, with only a few first-class lodgings and inns in the main highways. Sukhothai, once the centre of the Thai kingdom, is now a set of ruined temples that make a great stopover on trips between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
It is also recommended to spend the whole overnight period, so that you can spend at least a whole working week on the site. Chiang Mai's centre is brought to life every evenings with a huge roadshow. It' s a good idea to plan your visit to Chiang Mai so that it coincides with the week-end fairs.
Saturday fair is along Wualai Street, while Sunday fair leads through the old city along Ratchadamonoen Road. More information can be found in our Chiang Mai tour guidebook, which contains some regional and lesser-known attractions. Accommodation in Chiang Mai: It' confessing time: When I first came to Thailand, I was riding an bull.
Instead, they are inviting the visitor to just give and clean these nice, soft behemoths. The elephant park near Chiang Mai is known for its ethic practice. A number of hiking organizations organise one-day or several-day hikes around Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai, which lead through verdant paddy fields and luxuriant jungle and stop at some of the mountain towns along the way.
The mountain tribal tour is a great way to experience the countryside of North Thailand while at the same time getting a culture point of view. Over the years, the small hamlet of Pai has developed into an important place on the Thailand itinerary. The lodging mainly consist of cottages, lodges and funny treehouse sorts.
On the Mae Hong Song River bend in northeastern Thailand you will find a small village known as Soppong (also known as Pang Mapha), a wonderful place from which you can discover innumerable burrows and burrow. Along the way you will see some 1,700 year old pre-historic caskets, and if you plan your visit well, you can watch several hundred thousand swift sailors leaving the jungles and flying into the cavern to take a break for the nigh.
Although not unexplored, northeastern Thailand is not part of most of Thailand's default routes, making it a pleasant area. The Chiang Rai town has a relaxing ambience and a few rides, among them some of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries in the world (quite different from others you may have seen before). However, the town is best used as a starting point for the exploration of the Chiang Rai County.
Mae Salong is another attraction, a lovely little town, set in a hill top plantation just south of Chiang Rai. Ao Nang Bay and the shores of Rai Leh, a long tail from Ao Nang, are the most famous. You may want to stay in Ao Nang or Krabi (where there is more room and more accommodation) and take a full days excursion to it.
It is also well known for mountaineering, with introduction classes and gear hire in Railey, Ao Nang or Krabi Town. Accommodation in Krabi & Ao Nang: Sok Khao is a nature conservation area in the north of Thailand. A 2-day or longer outing is a great way to bring some adventures to what will invariably be a very beach and island oriented part of your journey to the south.
From Khao Sok there are several paths that can be walked separately, although most of them need a technical one. It may not be as picturesque as other archipelagoes; although it has beautiful shores, the rugged rocks of Krabi or the view of Koh Tao or Ko Phangan are missing.
However, perhaps this is why Koh Lanta has remained comfortably reserved, providing family-friendly Khlong Khong beaches and a variety of backpackers' accommodation mainly in Long Strand. It is big enough to hire a motorcycle to see everything, but still small enough to make you think like an isle.
It is the main purpose of many people's visit. However, outside the full moon and crescent shows, Koh Phangan is much more than just a partysite. If you want lonely sandy spots with cheap bungalow, you only need to drive to the western or northwestern part of the isle.
The Bottle Beach in the northern part is even almost insulated, happily away from the masses of people in the southern part of the city where the party takes place. It is also a rather relaxed place, as it is the farthest from the water. There are some very beautiful sandy areas, many with a convivial ambience, where you can have a drink and see fire shows in the evening.
The majority of the population goes to the south of Thailand, like the above one. However, Thailand also has a third group of archipelago in the eastern part, near Cambodia. The biggest Koh Chang is part of all inclusive holidaymaking. However, since not all of them are sand (some have cliffs or pebbles) and the large interior is hilly and clouded by jungles, it can still be a bit savage!
It is a great place to hike and there are many peaceful places. It is a very calm place and the best place to do nothing. The ferry to the isles departs from the city of Trat, which is about 5 hrs by coach from Bangkok. Trat is more than just a point of passage, Trat is a pleasant, non-touristic place for one or two nights.
Thailand sees million of visitors a year, but this means that it is quite simple to go there - even if you have little travelling history. Thailand has great accommodations for every pocket. Hostel is a great choice if you are travelling with a backpack or on a Budget. You are generally of outstanding qualitiy in Thailand these few times (forget everything you saw in The Beach!).
I' ve list some of the best hostals in Thailand. Don't be too worried about your trip logistic, because there are always many possibilities! As a rule, you can make your bookings at any front office, but there are also many small tour operators everywhere. The coaches are inexpensive and comfortable and can be booked comfortably from hotels or your nearest agency.
There are a large number of local airfields. ASIA is the premier low-cost carrier that offers a variety of comfortable insular transportation services from Bangkok, including scheduled flights to the isles. There are also good options for travelling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the northern part (these also run overnight) or from Bangkok and Surat Thani in the souths.
Thailand-- it's pretty secure. Whilst Thailand is relatively carefree, fraud targeted at the tourist can be a concern. With a backpack capacity of around $30 US$ per days (?27 or 20) you can get around Thailand. You will need to dine locally and spend the night in a hostel or simple guesthouse. I have more information and mean rates for my Southeast Asia itinerary.
Downtown and northern Thailand are the least expensive. For example, in Chiang Mai, there are still dormitory dormitories from $5 per room, while the lowest priced room could be about $10. For example, Phi Phi Phi Island is driven towards the middle class, with dormitory bed around $20 and a simple bed and breakfast room around $40.
When you are in Thailand for a brief period of the year and the wheather should be'perfect', you can drive from December to February during the high tourism seasons. It won't always be raining, even in the rains. More information can be found under the best times to visit Thailand.