Thailand has some of the most interesting and beautiful beaches, culture and temples in Asia. Combine that with delicious food, an abundance of spas and retreats and it’s little wonder Thailand is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
Additionally, for those seeking adventure, Thailand offers a great range of activities to keep you fit and healthy as well as totally entertained on your holiday.
Spiritual Hot Spots
A great place to start your journey is in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and a city alive with energy and culture. In between browsing street markets and shopping centers head over to the Bangkok Yai district to marvel at the Wat Arun temple. Appropriately named after the Indian God of Dawn, the temple is not only beautiful during the day and evening, it is especially striking during the dawn hours.
If you find yourself heading North of Bangkok to the Chiang Rai Provence, don’t miss one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, the White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun. The incredible craftsmanship will leave you breathless.
Alternatively, if you are heading for the sunny Southern islands and find yourself in Koh Samui, make a trip to the Big Buddha Temple. The majestic golden Buddha sculpture can be seen from far away, and the temple complex is worth more than just one visit. But be aware of the required rules when visiting such a sacred place.
Body & Mind
Although, not a particularly relaxing experience, traditional Thai massage is thought to be a thorough way to relieve tension, pain and anxiety and also learn about your own body. If you have time and would like to learn the secrets of Thai Massage, make your way to Chiang Mai, the capital of Thai Northern culture and food. The Massage School of Thailand offers a five day course for 7500 baht which will teach you the foundation of Thai Massage.
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If Yoga, Meditation and Spas take your fancy, Thailand has no shortage of excellent options. www.Sawadee.com lists various meditation centers around Thailand while Koh Samui is a great place to start researching Yoga and Spas.
For those who want to kick back, relax or dance the night away on a tropical beach, check out the top 10 beaches in Thailand at Samujana.com.
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Getting the adrenaline pumping
Travelers who seek a bit of an adrenaline rush, might enjoy rock climbing on Railey Beach on the Phi Phi Islands. Set in the Andaman Sea, amongst jutting limestone cliffs, the scenery is idyllic and you’re sure to get a challenging full body workout.
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For those with a speck of vertigo, diving might be more your speed. Koh Tao, in the Gulf of Thailand boasts pristine clear waters and an abundant marine wild life. With multiple dive operators in Sairee Beach, Koh Tao is an excellent place to get your feet wet and explore Thai waters.
Exclusive Thai cuisine
It is extremely easy to find Vegetarian meal options all over Thailand. Vegan options can be a bit more difficult because fish sauce is used in almost every dish. However, you can ask if they can use Soybean Sauce instead. Try using the smart phone app Google Translate or iTranslate, where you can type in what you want in sentence format and show your waiter. Don’t forget to say please and thank you!
You could also enroll in a cooking class to learn the art behind creating infamous Thai dishes. If you find yourself in Koh Tao, email Janthana Joeyya at Koh Tao Cooking School who will gladly teach you how to make classic Thai dishes Vegan style.
Apart from restaurant food, the markets in Thailand are abundant with fresh, tropical fruits that will keep you hydrated and feeling energized all day in the hot sun.
Mango sticky rice, made with coconut milk and sugar and a side of Mango.
Come and stay in Thailand
Thailand is a country full of natural beauty, adventure and fascinating culture. Whether your find yourself in the bustling city of Bangkok, the hills of the North or the beaches of the South there is something for everyone.
As a tourist and a traveler, go to learn, go to explore and make sure to leave a clean footprint and good impression on Thai people so that they continue to welcome us back to their beautiful country.
Blog topic researched and contributed to by Guest Blogger: Nicole Noel
Contributed to and edited by: Angela Orecchio
About Nicole Noel
Nicole is a lifestyle blogger from HighStyleLife. She is passionate about travel and she loves to share her experiences. In her free time she loves to prepare delicious dishes for her friends. Her favorite book is The Little Prince and this quotation “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly”.