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When it comes to your downtime away from the daily grind of work, you may be thinking of extra ways that you can pamper and de-stress yourself. It’s one thing having a chilled day or two at home. But quite another if you suddenly decide to plan a trip out to somewhere new and exciting! Honestly, you need to visit Thailand at least once in your life. It’s a tourist’s paradise and should be on every adventurer’s bucket list. Here is how you can upgrade your holiday so it can become an experience that you will never forget.
Okay, so before we get into the more cultural and historical surroundings of Thailand, we are going to let this point “hang out in the open.” Over 38.28 million tourists end up spending their holidays in Thailand. The majority of them may be hen/stag dos looking for a thrill or perhaps a group of young men/women looking for a thrill. Where might they find this thrill, you may ask? Well, most likely in a club. Thailand is a country that is famous for its nightlife and its professional Bangkok escorts, so it’s not surprising that a lot of people tend to go for both of these things mixed into a night of alcohol-fuelled chaos.
If you are interested in this, you are more than welcome to try it out. It can be a really good night of fun, as there are a fantastic array of clubs and nightlife options. Just keep in mind that there are government restrictions in place to close bars and clubs at 2 am, and you may also get extorted by pimps and go-go girls looking to make some quick money. Best way to get around this, and just enjoy the drinks, music and atmosphere, is to tell these sort of people that you are just looking. Thai people are very polite and will respect your wishes.
So, don’t worry. If you are going to Thailand for a holiday, you will probably find yourself in a party area whether you want to go there or not. You will need to cross these paths in order to get to the night markets. That’s why you might as well just soak up the atmosphere whilst you are there. Just try not to stay there for too long!
Beaches, Springs, Ocean… The waterworks!
Now we have got past one of the most obvious reasons you may want to visit Thailand. Let’s move onto something else. Thailand’s environment is seriously one of the most beautiful areas in all of the world. It doesn’t make a difference to which area of Thailand you actually visit. In the majority of cities/ villages, you will find some of the cleanest beaches in the whole world. The water of the ocean is warm and practically will feel like you’re bathing in a hot top. There is even a lake in Udon Thani, where you can see all of the pink water lilies through a quick boat tour.
Either way, if you are near a body of water in Thailand, you will find that you can scuba dive, snorkel, swim or even island hop. That means that if you are feeling more adventurous you can go into the deeper waters on tours or with your friends, or you can stay in the shallow area with a drink and a book. The best thing? You will never get cold! When you finally step outside of the water, you will instantly start to warm up. It’s the perfect combo of warm water and warm weather.
One more thing as well? Thai Hot springs are honestly amazing. Thailand is famous for its natural hot pools that are filled with natural salts and small waterfalls. If you fancy swimming in these sort of pools, or just want to relax in the warm water, you may want to try Namtok Rom or the Saline Hot Spring in Klong Thom. The waters contain natural minerals and are excellent for relaxing the muscles. There are both free zones and private areas for you to enjoy.
Temples & Historical Landmarks
So, you’ve so far taken in Thailand’s life on the beach and at the clubs. That’s why it’s time for you to have your fill of the historical side of the Land of Smiles. Did you know that there are over 40,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand? It might be time for you to go on a Buddha hunt! There are tons of them all over the country, some lying down, some sitting up and others standing up. You will always find an ancient dynasty or a temple that will appeal to you. Some of our favourites include The Sanctuary of Truth (Pattaya), Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and Wat Mahathat (Sukothai). In these temples, you will find true peace of mind and will be able to get away from the outside world. You are guaranteed a relaxing time and will truly admire the era’s impressive architecture.
Naturally, if you are going to go to Thailand, you need to visit the day time and night time markets. Each of these markets is practically bustling with delicious Thai delicacies, trinkets, souvenirs and cheap electronics. You may even be lucky enough to experience one of Thailand’s floating market, where you can go on boat rides to meet locals selling food and drinks. At night time, these markets come to life with bright lights, music and buzzing energy. It’s worth visiting during both the day time and the night. One of the best markets, in general, is Asiatique the Riverfront, one of the only markets accessible by boat. This market even has a Ferris wheel with over 42 gondolas. That way you can not only get a great deal on a souvenir but you can see the beauty of the city from 200 feet.
The Wild Life
Let’s say that you’re out exploring one of Thailand’s jungles or biodiversity parks, such as Khao Sok National park, you better prepare yourself to see some wildlife! The most common animal you will see in these leafy areas is Gibbons. Naturally, with calls that can travel up to two miles, you will hear them before they jump out of the trees. But either way, you will love seeing them swing through the leafy growth. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of leopards, tigers, tapirs, sun bears, gaurs, wild dogs, deers and other monkeys as well.
Unique Travel Spots
You don’t just have to visit temples and beaches when you go to Thailand. Honestly, if you are an “alternative tourist” and are looking for a way to spice up your holiday, why not go to some of the more unique venues, like “Death Railway”, the “Taoist Nine Emporer Gods Festival” or Koh Hingham (The Curse of the Black Pebble Island). You can even go and visit a temple that is entirely made out of beer bottles.
Thailand is made up of places designed for the normal tourist trade, and other places that are for the avid adventurer. Don’t limit yourself to just the beach. Go out exploring and see what you can find for yourself.
Are you ready for your trip to Thailand?
Thailand is an amazing country that is home to some of the most beautiful sites and friendly people in the world. The inclusivity and tranquillity of this country is something that you can only experience for yourself. So, if you are looking to truly get away from the world, and experience some of its beauty at the same time, Thailand is the best place to go.
Have fun on your travels!