THAILAND

 

 

Thailand can be summed up like their culture’s magnificent food: spicy, sour, salty, and sweet.

Salty.

Thailand is home to the most beautiful beaches in the world. The clear blue water is almost like looking at a photoshopped picture you’d find on a computer background but with your own eyes. Add a couple rock formations contrasting their shades of green and purple and you have a typical Thai beach.

Spicy.

Nightlife and activities in Thailand make me feel like I’m in an adult Disney world. Nana Plaza (if you like syrup clubs; I do!) Snorkeling and scuba diving galore, trekking with elephants, beautiful bars and clubs in Bangkok, Thailand activities are the spice you need in your life.

Sweet.

Thailand is mostly Buddhist. Their culture shines (literally) everywhere you go. A trip to Thailand is not complete without seeing the jaw dropping details of gold at the Grand Palace or the Mother of Pearl in the feet of the Giant Buddha.

Sour.

Be cautious when entering parks to pet wild animals such as tigers and elephants. More often than not, these are abused animals. As tempting as it may be, do not part take in activities that involve riding an elephant. These poor creatures are often mistreated and abused for the sake of a money making business. Instead, go to a sanctuary and see what a real happy elephant looks like, feed it or even help bathe it.

WHERE TO GO

Bangkok

Bangkok only needs one day and one full night to explore. Once you land, it is worth seeing the city before venturing off to your next destination. If you are a backpacker- or even just a tourist looking for some fun, Koh San Road is not to be missed! This street is literally the hangover scene where they get drugged and everything is a chaotic blur. Drink a few too many Changs and this may become your reality too. (Hopefully without the face tattoo). If adult entertainment is your thing, head over to Nana Plaza for the best (and extremely fun) strip clubs! I highly recommend Spanky’s – Girls… Fair warning: if you are wearing a dress they will lift it up and spank you for all to see. You may hear sounds throughout the street of a popping mouth sound. This is the lucrative sound to lure you to an infamous (but illegal) Ping Pong Show. While these shows are entertaining, be smart and know that if you do not agree to a price BEFORE entering you could be SOL when they force you to an ATM to pull out hundreds of dollars you never agreed to pay. Luckily, this never happened to me because I tipped the bouncer the whole night and went with a large group. Don’t worry, if strippers and drunk tourists aren’t your thing- head over to SKY BAR for an overly priced cocktail with a view unlike any other. The Grand Palace is your #1 stop during the day time. Dress appropriately!

Krabi + The Phi Phi Islands:

Despite the overwhelming amount of tourist in this southern Thailand town, the beauty of the clear turquoise water and emerald green aquatic rock formations make this a priority stop in Thailand. From Krabi town you can haggle for a good price on a day tour to the Phi Phi islands. During this excursion, be sure it includes a stop at PhraNang Cave Beach or see where they filmed Leonardo Dicaprio’s feature film; The Beach. The hot springs and Emerald Pool are worth the scenic drive. Warning: Do not swim in Emerald Pool. It will kill you. (I almost did… #dumbtourist).

 

Koh Tao:

If you’re an avid scuba diver or maybe want to learn for the first time, Koh Tao is YOUR island. This is a small island filled with a scuba diver’s basic needs: bars and more bars. Stay at Big Blue Diving Co for discounted rates if you sign up for their scuba diving courses or participate in their many beautiful dives. Party on the beach at night and wake up in the morning to do it all over again. Dive, Eat, Drink- repeat.

 

Chiang Mai:

This Thai capital nestled in the mountains is a great place to discover the country’s Northern culture. Discover their famous Night Bazaar or take a motorcycle ride through the city center. Hike through the Chiang Mai rainforest for a chance to see elephants or take a cooking class and learn some of Thailand’s most delicious delicacies.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Tuk Tuks and Taxis are both available in most parts of the country.
  • Temples do have strict dress codes where pants and covered shoulders are required before entering.
  • Joking or insulting Thailand’s beloved king could get you arrested.
  • Beer is unregulated so that Chang you drink might be a little stronger than the one’s your used to at home.
  • Always negotiate with Tuk Tuks before going for a drive
  • Street food is AMAZING. Do not miss the opportunity to try it!
  • Drug laws in Thailand are VERY strict. Jail abroad or a death sentence is NOT worth it. Be smart and avoid it even if someone offers it to you.
  • Theft can occur especially near temples. Never leave your bags unattended and always have common sense when walking crowded streets.

Learn Thai:

Nee Tao Rai? How Much

Khob Khun (kup/kaa) Thank you

hong naam Toilet

Sabai dee ru How are you?

mai chai No

chai Yes