There are a lot of great things about Thailand Ė the impeccable weather,
beautiful beaches, the cultural legacy and of course, the people. For the
average tourist, thereís plenty to see and do, but there are a certain elements,
without which a trip to Thailand isnít complete. Read on to find out about the
highlights of this beautiful country.
Grand Palace, Bangkok.
This glorious golden palace dominates the Bangkok skyline. Climb up to the top
for amazing vistas across the sprawling city and to find a spot of serenity
amongst the fast-paced hubbub of Bangkok craziness. Look out for the football
games that sometimes take place across rooftop courts.
Chatuchak Weekend market, Bangkok. This huge sprawling market takes place is
one of the best ways to spend a lazy Saturday in Bangkok. Selling food, clothes
and crafts, itís also a great place to people watch. Just make sure you haggle
down prices; itís expected.
Jungle trekking, Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is the biggest city in the northern regions of Thailand and acts as
the main point of call for those wanting to trek through the mountains of the
region, where several hill tribes live. Some tours include elephant rides, and
overnight stays with one of the local tribes. Itís a great for getting firsthand
insight into the way others live. Just make sure youíre relatively fit enough to
trek for four or more hours at a time! Often you can arrange group tours with
the guesthouse you are staying at (although itís worth doing some research on
prices and standards so that you donít get scammed). Make sure your travel
insurance policy covers you for this Ė some policies may exclude activities such
Full Moon Party, Ko Phangan. One of the biggest beach
parties in the world, the Full Moon parties attract up to 30í000 people each
month! All musical tastes are catered for as the DJs play anything from drum and
bass to dance to reggae. Youíll need to book a hotel well in advance but the
amazing atmosphere means itís well worth it.
Bangkok. There are several floating markets in and around Bangkok but if you
want authenticity and character head to Damnoek Saduak Floating Market where
youíll see a huge array of fruits, vegetables and other foods on sale. It takes
place everyday from 8am till 11am (although the earlier you go the better) and
is 60 miles south of the city but itís the best one for retaining the original
feel of the floating markets.
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