Top 5 Most Stunning National Parks of Northern Thailand

Top 5 Most Stunning National Parks of Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand boasts of several distinctive features like vast forested areas and national parks. These national parks are noted for their natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and hiking trails. It is because of these national parks that tourists and nature lovers head towards the Northern part of Thailand and enjoy adventurous activities like hiking, rafting, camping, and a lot more.

Although there are a large number of national parks in Thailand, there are a few that stand out above the rest. These parks are like the undiscovered gems of Thailand and introduce visitors to the lesser-known area of Thailand and its naturally beautiful landscape.

Here is a list of the most popular national parks in Northern Thailand.

Chae Son National Park

Chae Son National Park is looked upon as an adventure playground that spreads across almost six hundred square kilometers. The visitors can enjoy various adventurous activities here like hiking, camping, and swimming in the natural hot springs. The six-tiered Chae Son waterfall and several other waterfalls are the main attraction here. The park also boasts of numerous cave systems that add to its adventure mix.

Khun Tan National Park

Khun Tan is a bit difficult to access because of its location, and one has to hike or drive through the narrow, twisting paths to reach the main entrance. However, the trip is indeed worth it as the trip takes you through forests and meadows dotted with wildflowers. There are several hill tribe communities that live in the Khun Tan Range, and organized tourist groups visit these communities regularly. The key attractions are Mt Khun Tan peak and Tat Moei waterfalls. Enjoy glorious sunsets from your room and the peaceful nature around you.

Huai Nam Dang National Park

The location of Huai Nam Dang National Park allows panoramic views of the surrounding nature. The park covers an area of about 1200 kilometers, and the highest point in the park is the Doi Chang peak. Feast your eyes on the views of the vast flower gardens guarded by the distant mountain peaks. Tourists love to take a rejuvenating bath in the hot springs of the multi-tiered waterfall. This park is immensely popular because of its gorgeous nature and stunning sunsets.

Pha Daeng National Park

Pha Daeng National Park is situated close to Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary and was once called Chiang Dao National Park. The national park was founded in 2000 and covers more than a thousand kilometers. Even though its location is quite remote when compared to other National parks, which makes it popular is its picturesque landscape and location. It is hard for nature lovers to resist the leafy forests, limestone hills, and interesting caves. Tourists can enjoy a warm swim in the hot springs or go camping in charming surroundings or explore a hiking trail.

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is indeed very popular and probably because it is not only easier to access but makes for a top destination for a nature trip from Chiang Mai. The park got its name Doi Suthep because of a hermit named who once lived in the local forest, Prarusiwasuthep. Today, the park covers about 261 square kilometers of territory and some part of the mountainous landscape of Thanon Thong Chai Range. The park boasts of the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon. The hilly terrain of the park is noted for its diverse wildlife, gushing waterfalls, and hill-tribe settlements. What add to the attractions of the park during the winters is the sight of Sakura cherry blossoms and morning ground frost. Dui Suthep Temple is another main attraction of the park that is frequently visited.

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Hospitality - The Thai version

Welcome to Thailand

Hospitality – The Thai version

Having grown to become one of the world’s leading tourist magnets, Thailand has been able to attract a significant number of people from all over the world, all year-long into its beautiful terrestrial by creating social policies which consolidates its economic development. Often called the land of smiles, Thai’s are known to be some of the most hospitable and welcoming people in the world.

Thailand certainly can’t be described as an underdeveloped country, in fact, it is said to be a newly developed country being the 8th largest economy in Asia and the 2nd largest in South Eastern Asia. Its economy is largely dependent on the export of agriculture industry. The industrial sector makes up 39.2% of the annual GDP while services account for 52.4%.

This shows why tourism has become a vital contributing factor to the country’s economic growth. The International Money Fund (IMF) published a 3.9% GDP growth rate in 2017 and 4.2% in 2018. The economy has been rapidly growing with its current GDP at $601.4.

Taking into consideration the rich cultural heritage, breath-taking temples, paradisiacal sandy beaches, street foods and an exquisite nightlife, Thailand has made improvements to the wellbeing of its people by making the country a hospitable paradise for visitors.

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The Thai problems

Socio-economic crises

The question which follows is if the Thai authorities have been able to fully utilize this economic growth prospect by impacting in the lives of its citizens. Thailand faces serious social crises as a result of the failure of its economic posture.

    • Unemployment. Not creating enough opportunity in the service sector, the Thai government have tried giving room to engage in self-indulging exercises which will generally generate income to themselves.
    • Corruption. One of the biggest problems in Thailand. The authorities have over time successfully usurped government funds which are meant for grass root development and favouring friends, family or relatives as against merited individuals. This has affected the livelihood of the common Thai citizen who has to go the extra mile to fend for themselves.
    • Security. Though Thailand is relatively safe in the urban centre most especially in Bangkok, the same cannot be said for towns on the outskirts
    • Alarm rate of teenage pregnancy. This has become a serious problem in the country. The United Nations Populations Fund in 2013 described the phenomenon as an economically destabilizing factor. The increasing number of births rates from children between the ages of 15 and 19 will, in the long run, put a strain on the nation’s economy.
    • Prostitution. Young girls over time resort to prostitution as a means of livelihood. This is as a result of the unavailability of money to the general populace.

Did you know?

The average Thai lives on a less than 7750 THB per month in Bangkok. This is equivalent to $233.30 USD and is even lesser in the countryside.

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Visiting Thailand?

As a tourist, the effect of the socio-economic crises may come off as good or bad news to you. Whichever it is, you need to know how to adapt to the situation and get the best out of your trip.

Your budget

Thailand is a travel hub; there are different people with diverse spending capacity. You must know which of the categories you fall under. Whatever it may be, Thailand can cater for all.

Street food VS Restaurant

Both street food vendors and restaurants offer sweet Thai delicacies, but of course, with different styles. It all depends on your preference.

The street food can cost between $1- $3 depending on how much food you order, while a restaurant will likely charge you $8 and above.

Places you might want to go

Since Thailand covers for both high end and low-end trips, here are some of the places you might want to visit, irrespective of your budget.

    • The city of Bangkok. Enjoy the Nightlife, the serene environment at day, the food, the temples and friendly faces.
    • The Thai New year. If you plan to visit the between 13th-15th April, make sure not to miss the Songkran water fight. It is an all-new experience: a three-day long water fight.
    • Hike at the Khao Yai National Park. Lush green environment, elephant gazing with a beautiful guest house. What’s not to love?
    • The temples. Chiang Mai is a place filled with a wonderful market and beautiful age long temples which are a great tourist site
    • Visit the Tropical Island.
    • Visit the Sok National Park.
    • Go to Ko Lanta

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Thailand is not a boring spot, during your trip, there are plenty of activities you can engage in;

    • Jungle trek. Explore Thailand and its beautiful terrestrial.
    • Learn to cook. Interesting right? But Thailand gives you that opportunity to learn its delicacy.
    • Take a night train
    • Scuba Dive
    • Visit the Grand Palace.

What next?

In all, the country is a backpack worthy experience. You can adapt to the socio-economic conditions and simply have a fun, exciting and thrilling trip. Remember, you can travel cheap or expensive. The choice is yours; Thailand still offers the best experience irrespective of its problems.

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Krabi Guide

Krabi Guide

Krabi province is located on the coast of the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand, 800 kilometres south of Bangkok.

Krabi remains the perfect destination for those seeking relaxation and adventure with its protected bays, white sand beaches, crystal clear water, coral reefs, caves and also thanks to the natural attractions and excursions in the region

Krabi province is home to over 130 islands, including Koh Lanta and the famous Phi Phi Islands, which offer various options for diving.In addition to visiting the famous islands such as Phi Phi Islands, Bamboo, Hong, Chicken and Poda, there are many other places of interest such as waterfalls, hot springs, Emerald Pond.For those interested in the local culture, guests can visit the bustling market of Krabi Town and discover a Buddhist temple, the Tiger Cave temple.

Characterized by the spectacular cliffs dotting the landscape, Krabi is also a climbing place world-wide known to climbers who come from all over the world to climb the rock walls around the beaches of Railay and Tong Sai Bay.

In addition to tourism, the local population of Krabi is dependent on agriculture, with large areas of land covered by rubber, palm and pineapple plantations, as well as fishing and shrimp: two major contributors to the local economy.

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Getting There

To get to Southern Thailand, especially in Krabi, you will have the choice between 3 means of transport.

The plane:

The fastest but also the most expensive (count at least THB 3680 /105USD for the return trip). To find a flight, you simply have to go to a flight comparator or go to an agency in Khao San for example.

However, if you are in no hurry and your budget is a little tighter you will always be able to choose the means of transport that follow.

The bus:

Much less fast, granting you a dozen hours but much cheaper in terms of rates. These will depend on the category of bus you want to take and whether you go through an agency or not.

Through an agency, the prices will be around THB 1500 ($43) one way with a night VIP bus.

By going directly to the bus station “Sai Tai Mai bus terminal” which is located to the west of Bangkok, not very far from Khao San. Here the tickets fall to 1000 baht ($29) and you can even have for THB 700 ($20).

The train:

The train will not take you to Krabi; you will have to make a transfer to Surat Thani to catch a bus that will eventually lead you to your destination. The prices in the agency turn around THB 1500 ($43).

Needless to say, the bus will be simpler. However, if you are travelling at night, it is often more comfortable to sleep in a sleeper train than in the “recline” bus seat.

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Food and Drink

Karbi cuisine is considered one of the most inventive and varied cuisines in Thailand. It is characterized by the use of many exotic flavours such as curry, mint, lemongrass, coconut, basil, coriander, pepper, etc. The dishes are generally full of taste and very fragrant. Rice plays an important role in Karbi cuisine. Most common dishes such as curry, stir-fries, etc. are always accompanied by a portion of rice served separately.

The dishes to be discovered during your trip to Karbi are numerous. Top on the list of such include:

1. Khao phat

It is a dish based on fried rice in a large wok on high heat. It is then mixed with spices and other ingredients (meat, vegetables).
This dish is available in several versions: Chicken Stir-fried Rice – Khao Phat Kai, Crab Stir-fried Rice – Khao Phat Pou, Shrimp Stir-fried Rice – Khao Phat Kung, Spicy Sautéed Rice – Khao Phat Prik, etc.

Cost THB 70($2)

2. Pad Thai

It is a dish of rice noodles sautéed in a wok with eggs, tamarind juice, soy sprouts and a combination of shrimp, chicken, pork or tofu. It is usually garnished with chopped chives and cilantro and served with a slice of lime and pieces of banana flower sliced.

Cost THB 80($2.3)

3. Som Tam

It is a green papaya salad, grated and then mixed in a sauce based on lemon juice, nam plaa (fish sauce), chilli and sugar.This salad is light, digestible and very tasty.It is often served with a portion of sticky rice.

Cost THB 95($2.7)

4. Tom yam

This is one of the best known Karbi dishes. It is a sweet-sour soup made from chicken or pork broth. The taste of the broth is then increased by the spices: lemongrass, glalanga, leaves of bergamot, lemon juice, peppers, sauces, spices, etc. The best known is the Tom Yam Kung with shrimp but there are also other versions with fish, chicken, squid or a mixture of the sea the Tom Yam Thalee.

Cost THB 76($2.2)

5. Nua phat nam man hoi

It is a dish of beef pan-fried with spices, herbs, slices of onion and oyster sauce. It is often accompanied by a plate or a bowl of rice.

Cost THB 90($2.5)

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The most known areas of Krabi are Kho Lanta, Kho Phi and Raily Island. These three sectors are therefore to be preferred if you wish to be able to meet tourists both Thai and foreign but also enjoy animations, various accommodation, transport and assistance in organizing your activities. The reception facilities are, in fact, very well suited to the arrival of holidaymakers and therefore generally facilitate visitors stay. These sites are also known for their beauty, an additional reason why they attract the world and have become in a short time the unmistakable sites of Krabi! Top on the list include:

  1. Phulay Bay. Cost THB 16,800($479) per night.
  2. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. Cost THB 5491 ($157) per night.
  3. Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. Cost THB 5605 ($160) per night.
  4. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. Cost THB 6270 ($179) per night.
  5. Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club. Cost THB 6659 ($190) per night.

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Side Attractions    

Whether you are looking for some of Thailand’s most scenic beaches, its pristine jungle or its secluded caves, Krabi offers it on a plateau. In the heart of Krabi province, the city of Krabi offers a cheap and welcoming place with discreet nightlife. Some of its side attractions include:

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park in Krabi is an excellent “onshore” park that protects a pristine rainforest and home to a lot of wildlife. You can sign up for an organized tour from Krabi or come by yourself, guided tours are not necessary to visit the park. Keep your eyes open to spot the 200 and some bird species that live in the rainforest of this national park. There are also many animal species that you may have the chance to see, including the nebulous panther and several species of monkeys.

The park is also well known for its waterfalls which are very large even if they are not particularly high. Other attractions in the park include caves and many hiking trails. It is also a place known for making an elephant ride. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Krabi Town.

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Emerald Pool

Known as Sa Morakot in Thai and Crystal Pool in English, Emerald Pool is a lovely natural pool filled with pure spring water. Situated in Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, this large natural pool is worth it for two things: an amazing photo opportunity and a place where you can swim! Enjoy a hike on the winding trails through the forest of Khao Nor Chu Chi to get there. The path is not particularly long but, with the heat of the day, hiking can be quite difficult if you are not too fit. It is less than a kilometre away and you can enjoy the view and sounds of the jungle by going there. When the jungle opens onto Emerald Pool, you will have an incredible view: a large natural pool that seems almost unreal so its colour is glowing. There is an entrance fee to access the site, swimming in the pool, but it is a very reasonable price. It gets more interesting if you spend at least half a day exploring the other trails, the many mini-pools and the streams next door. There are locker rooms and toilets on the parking lot near Emerald Pool.

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The Floating Village                                       

A truly unique attraction in Krabi. The floating village (known locally as Koh Panyi) is highly recommended for a half-day excursion from Krabi. This floating village was created towards the end of the 18th century by nomadic Malay fishermen and has remained devoted to fishing for hundreds of years. Today, fishing is still the basis of the way of life of the 360 and some families who live here year round. But the village is now turning to tourism to help people get out of it financially. Visit the floating village to experience this unique way of life – you will see a truly isolated place with lots of small floating structures built against the cliff wall. You will find several places to buy souvenirs or other items and, if you want to stop for a meal, there are also restaurants. The main criticism that could be brought to this attraction in Krabi is that everything is expensive (if you want to buy souvenirs or food for example). The prices are well above the average of Krabi but, if you take into account the fact that you pay to support the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen, it is not so terrible. Do not miss the floating football field of the village and ask to know its history!

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Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail

If you are an energetic tourist looking for things to do in Krabi, you can add the Tab Kak Hang Nak Trail to your list.This hike is made for people prepared and in good physical condition.It is difficult with the heat it does during the day and humidity as high as in Krabi but, like many other hikes, if one inflicts all this, it is to enjoy a view Spectacular in the end and you will not be disappointed because it’s worth it once up!

The trail makes you climb for 3.8 kilometres (2.3 miles) and the signs indicate it takes about 2 hours to get to the top. Perhaps hardly less to come down. So plan enough time. Some parts are really stiff and, because of the moisture, you will sweat very quickly. So think about bringing enough water with you. At the start of the hike, you will find guards who will charge you the entrance fee. Generally, do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have, they will be happy to answer them. Of course, the best part of this hike is the view from the top. There are no obstacles and you can see for miles around!

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Krabi Weekend Night Market

No list of side attractions in Krabi could be complete without including at least one market or a shopping area. The Weekend Night Market offers a lot of amazing local food, great memories and a nice variety of things to buy. The many foods offered to make it easy to spend the entire evening in this attraction of Krabi.Local dishes, all at prices surprisingly much lower than elsewhere in Thailand, are served on the market.The best way to try as many things as possible is to ask for small portions.Like that, you are not full after the first thing you try!

In addition to food, there are also plenty of places to buy souvenirs and other things, including crafts and clothing.Again, everything is offered at a very good price and if you spend the evening, you can sit in the restaurant’s area and enjoy one of the shows that are held there often.It can be a show with fire, music or dance.The Weekend Market in Krabi is held on Friday and Saturday and begins around 6 pm.

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Prices to know                            

Food and Drinks
street coffee THB83 $2.4
Coffee “Americano” THB 110 $3.2
Big bottle of water THB 29 $0.8
Soft drink THB 55 $1.6
Soft drink (Restaurant) THB 80 $2.3
Beer (Restaurant) THB 53 $1.5
MiQuang (Noodle dish) THB 76 $2.2
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) THB 33 $0.9
Bo Ne (Beef steak) THB 82 $2.4
Taxi per km THB 74 $2.1
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km THB 35 $1
Motorbike rental per day THB 292 $8.3
Motorbike rental per month THB 1683 $48
Petrol per liter THB 33.5 $0.96
Motorbike parking fee THB 4.1 $0.12
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market THB 55 $1.6
Foot massage (1 hour) THB 263 $7.5
Body massage (1 hour) THB 434 $12.4
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) THB 19,275 $550
Utilities THB 2,699 $77

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7 things not to be missed in Thailand.

7 of the must things to do and not to be missed in Thailand.

Hey You! Yeah, you! Do you like adventure? Do you want to explore, meet new people and get to know a culture rich in history? Is your need for adrenaline driving you forward? Then I have great news for you with a place where you can experience all these things. That place is known as Thailand, it’s a country with so much to do that you can spend years here and there will still be something left, but we’ll be merciful to you about that. If you want to go there and want to know which are the best things to experience over there, here are 7 of the must things to do and not to be missed in Thailand.

The Grand Palace:

First up we have this gorgeous gold-tipped series of buildings more than 200 years old and the capital’s most popular destination. It may feel like a tourist trap but the rich history of the place and grandeur it has is blatant. It has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam, and then later on Thailand. Something that should not be missed under any circumstance is the Emerald Buddha and nearby Wat Pho, which is home to the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand.

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The Golden Triangle:

No, this is not a gold covered structure in the shape of a triangle. This is actually the point where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River. Locally its known as Sop Ruak, but worldwide its known as the Golden Triangle. Its also the place where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet, hence the name. By standing on the Thailand river bank, you can look across to Burma and Laos, it’s like peeking into two different countries while physically being in one. There are market stalls around so you will be able to get some souvenirs.

The Elephant Experience:

Thailand and the symbol of the Elephant go hand and hand, being the nation’s national symbol and all. For the best experience, head on over to the Elephant Nature Park which rehabilitates the rescue elephants and your visits will help their work. Not only do you get to see them, but your presence will help the cause as well.

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Island Hopping:

Do you have a thing for long coastlines? Want to experience the greatness of land and water at the same time for miles? I have just the thing as there are over 5,000 miles of coastline in Thailand awaiting your exploration. Use longtail boats to travel and visit Phang Nga Bay, the coastline of Phuket, Krabi, Ko Phi Phi Lee and Ko Phi Phi Don.

Hill Tribe Villages:

So far we have been exploring nature and historical sites, and now we move on to people. In the north of the country are the Akha, Lisu, Hmong and Karen tribes. Spend a night with the local family to learn and experience the way of life of these wonderful people. You may want to make sure that your tour guide knows about their customs and such as you don’t want to accidentally offend them.

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Do you like festivals and local celebrations? Then you will be very glad to know that the country has several festivals to join in on, the people are very welcome to outsiders joining in on the fun. Must see events include Loi Krathong in November, Songkran/Thai New Year water festival in April, and the Naga Fireballs in October – a natural phenomenon that occurs just once a year.

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And to finish off our list we have the perfect opportunity for backpackers and explorers alike. Presenting the Kanchanaburi province, an area of lush forest and haven for backpackers. But it has a dark past. you’ll find the start of the infamous Death Railway and the bridge over the River Kwai. Both are haunting relics from WWII, constructed by prisoners of war. It’s a chilling spot, but essential on any Thailand itinerary. You’ll also find the Tiger Temple which has been in trouble over animal welfare issues.

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Bangkok Guide


Bangkok is a city of extraordinary proportions. It is first and foremost a floating city set in a lush tropical setting and known as the “Venice of the East” to foreigners. Centuries later, its majestic Grand Palais and its sumptuous Buddhist temples compete with the magnificent chimneys of the western West. Chinese immigration and investment, as well as Indian trade, have also marked the urban landscape of the city, where ethnic diversity is represented in the famous Thai cuisine.

The capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, founded and shaped by the Chakri monarchs, was modified with the nationalist monuments built in the new public spaces after the 1932 coup that put an end to the absolute rule. The development plans of the 1960s and the enrichment of the 1980s gave rise to a jungle of skyscrapers on its alluvial plain. Serious urban challenges are plagued by this Asian tiger that oscillates between the First and the Third World. Bangkok combines both the traditional aspect of native life under a layer of modernity, with fragments of intense and sensational beauty that abound in the labyrinthine lanes and alleys that have replaced the canals.

The full name of the city is unofficially Bangkok but her name ‘official’ is the longest city name in the world with forty-three syllables listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest place name in the world. The ceremonial name of the city offered by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, and later edited by King Mongkut, is as follows:

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

The locals have shortened the name to Krung Thep which means the city of the Angels.

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 Getting To Bangkok

The reasons why Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world are countless and guarantee you an unforgettable trip. For decades, the Thai capital has attracted backpackers as well as affluent travellers, who come to discover its delicious cuisine, its fascinating culture and its festive setting.

You can get to Bangkok through the following means:

By Bus

It takes some time to familiarise yourself with the bus routes to Bangkok and it is not always easy to get information in English. If you are staying for just two days in Bangkok, do not waste your time, take a taxi. There are different types of buses, mainly those that are air-conditioned and those that are not. Air conditioned buses cost THB 15 ($0.43), buses not air-conditioned cost THB 7($0.20). You have to pay in cash on the bus; there are no automatic teller machines.

By Taxi

They should be the preferred means of transport for most cases. You should realise that a taxi ride to Bangkok is not expensive at all provided the taxi meter is running. A typical trip in the city costs about THB 70 ($1.99) which could be a distance from the Khaosan Road to the MBK shopping centre, for example. If you share a taxi with another person, it could be even cheaper. Often the taxi driver will ask you at the beginning of the race for a high and fixed tariff and will claim that your destination is very far and special. What is needed is to stop as many taxis as necessary until one agrees to operate the taximeter (there are many taxis circulating). There may be rare occasions when the taxi driver will have an advantage in the offer-demand game (such as on weekends), but this does not happen often.
At peak times, you might prefer to avoid taxis and take alternative means of transport, such as boats on the canal.
Take a taxi that rolls in the streets and not those who are parked and who approach you, those usually ask for high rates, for no reason.  Having said all that, it’s nice to leave a small tip to the driver.
Also note:
Taxis will not be enthusiastic to take you for a very short trip, do not be surprised.
The taxi driver also takes into account the destination. If he thinks he will find it difficult to pick up new passengers at your destination for a specific hour, he may not show interest.

By Air

Flights to Bangkok land at Suvarnabhumi Airport (or International Airport).

By Train

There is a train travelling between central Bangkok and the main Suvarnabhumi International Airport. (Called airport rail link). The full journey takes 30 minutes and costs THB 45 ($1.28). The frequency is about every 15 minutes. It does not work at night.
The last station of the train is called Phaya Thai and has a correspondence with the Phaya Thai Skytrain Station. Makkasan train station is fine if you want to go to the Asok area. Ratchaprarop station is convenient if you want to go to Pratunam area and Chit Lom.
If you want to get to the Khaosan area, take a taxi from the last Phaya Thai station, it should cost THB 70 ($1.99).

By Boat

The Chao Phraya River goes vertically on the left side of Bangkok.  There is a public boat service, which operates during the day. Regular boats have an orange flag, they move at a frequency of about 15 minutes, they stop at all stations and they cost THB 15 ($0.43) (regardless of distance).

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 Food and Drink in Bangkok

Bangkok food needs no introduction, as its profusion of exotic flavours and the most coveted perfumes of international cuisines gives it a good reputation. As a walk through Bangkok recalls with force, these flavours and perfumes that are seemingly inexhaustible. However, whether it’s juicy grilled pork pieces or a bowl of “Tom Yum” soup, we all have to start with something. But what is the best food in Bangkok cooking?

  1. Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup)

A refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galanga, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce make this classic soup a popular food in Bangkok. The succulent fresh shrimp and straw mushrooms give it a taste. A versatile dish that can fit into any meal, the characteristic odour reminds you of exotic fragrance.

Cost THB 63($1.79)

  1. Gaeng Daeng (red curry)

Made with pieces of meat, red curry paste, coconut milk and topped with a pinch of thin slices of kaffir lime leaves, this rich, aromatic curry gets well-known from the Bangkok Cuisine. The best is served with meat.

Cost THB 74($2.1)

  1. Kai Med Ma Muang (cashew chicken)

Tourists in Bangkok are going crazy for this jumping dish. This dish is made with chicken and a lot of toasted cashew nuts, sweet soy sauce, onions, pepper, carrots and mushrooms that constitute it. It’s simple, but delicious, a little tame and yet still totally Bangkok.

Cost THB 59($1.68)

  1. Khao Pad (fried rice)

Fried rice, egg, onions, some herbs – nothing more, nothing less. A popular dish, usually served with a quarter of lime and slices of cucumber, the secret of this unpretentious dish lies in its simplicity. Bangkok people use shrimp, crab or chicken with basil, vegetables and chilli on everything to transform them according to their tastes.

Cost THB 44($1.25)

  1. Tom Kha Kai (chicken with coconut milk soup)

This emblematic soup in Bangkok, made of hot chillies, sliced young galangas, crushed shallots, lemongrass stems and tender chicken strips. However, unlike Bangkok’s more liquid cuisine, the Tom Kha Kai is less spicy. Supplemented with fresh lime leaves, it is an odorous mixture, both creamy and convincing.

Cost THB80 ($2.27)

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 Accommodation in Bangkok

As for accommodation, Bangkok offers a wide range of hotels at all prices and the staffs are often friendly, helpful and offer quality services. Nevertheless, the capital is slightly more expensive than the rest of Thailand, but you can always find very cheap addresses. Between the luxurious accommodation choices, this busy city is a subtle blend of soothing comfort. Top on the list include:

  1. The Peninsula Bangkok Cost THB 9568($272) per night.
  2. Hotel ibis Bangkok Nana Hotel. Cost THB 1407($40) per night.
  3. Hotel Pullman Bangkok. Cost THB 3517($100) per night.
  4. Centara Central Station Hotel Bangkok. Cost THB 2075($59) per night.
  5. Hotel Muse. Cost THB 4291($122) per night.

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 Side Attractions in Bangkok

Bangkok often constitutes the first stage of a trip to Thailand: a disproportionate City, a showcase for the modernity of the country, hyperactive, exotic and exciting, but also polluted, with a chaotic circulation. Most visitors do not fail to describe such an agglomeration! Many will only linger in Bangkok for two days to sail as quickly as possible in the south, find beaches, islands and seaside resorts.However, for the enthusiasts of intense urban life, the Thai capital has an unlimited interest and it is easy to stay for a week without ever being able to “go around”.Bangkok is one of the largest cities in the world with many tourist attractions which include:

  1. The National Museum of Bangkok

The National Museum of Bangkok is dedicated to the preservation of Thailand’s cultural heritage. It exhibits art collections, artefacts and objects found in ruins or during archaeological excavations. Part of the history of Thailand has been restored in the Gallery of Thai History, which is complemented by a Prehistoric Gallery. The museum is spread over several buildings, and it is not necessarily easy to orient yourself without a guide. Fortunately, the museum offers guided tours (by reservation), some are even in French on Wednesdays and Thursdays. One of the museum’s pavilions has a gallery devoted to the history of art. Others exhibit ceremonial objects. The museum is located not far from the Grand Palais, as well as the Khao San Road. It is served by many bus and coach lines.

  1. The Grand Palace of Bangkok

If you want gold and jewels full of eyes, it is the Grand Palace of Bangkok that you must go! This is a building of more than 200 hectares. The King no longer lives there and therefore serves only for great occasions – it is a collection of different buildings including the Palace itself, chedis and several temples among which we find the most famous in the whole country, Wat Phra Kaeo, royal chapel of this great palace that encloses an Emerald Buddha within its walls. The Grand Palace was built in 1867 by Rama IV to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chakri dynasty. Not to mention that Rama V went there with his little personal touch. The impressive gold chedi that almost immediately appears on entering contains the sternum of Buddha, a model of the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia , the painted roofs of a thousand colors fill your eyes whatever the direction that borrows your gaze, impressive monkeys with head of a monkey are there to support arches and columns and adorable bonsais skillfully carved come to give a green note to these places imprinted with magic.

  1. Lumphini Park

To escape the noise and the incessant tumult of the city, the address is good to remember! The Lumphini Park is indeed a very pleasant place where it is possible to rent a pedal boat or a boat to slowly slip on one of its two water points. And if you are tempted by a small sports break, it’s also the place to be: tai-chi in the morning at dawn, collective gym lessons around 6 pm each evening, bodybuilding area, deer handling -volant, there is for all tastes.

  1. Pak Khlong Market

Pak Khlong Market is undoubtedly even more sumptuous than its neighbour the Thewet Flower Market. Here, everything only smells and colours since the flowers covered the vegetables that themselves coalesce with the fruits with a thousand flavours! Hibiscus, lotus flowers, orchids, exotic plants, jasmine, voila for the plants that spread mostly on these displays. As for fruits and vegetables, it is simple; you can almost find everything and be sure that the taste will be at the appointment! The market stretches both day and night and if you want to connect from the Thewet Flower Market, jump into the River Express at the stop Saphan Phut Ferry Pier and back up to Thewet Ferry Pier. It will only cost you a few baths and it will allow you to admire the authenticity of the sprawling Bangkok.

  1. Chinatown of Bangkok

Like any big city, Bangkok has its Chinese quarter, its Chinatown, made of small restaurants, many shops of jewellery and fabrics of all kinds, all bathed in a joyous mess. Here, it is the paradise of the nosy man with all these small stands and stalls of bric a brac! Prefer Sampeng Lane and Itsaranuphap transversal to live and feel the frenzy of this Chinatown. At night, old Asian lanterns light up and give the neighbourhood picturesque pace just a little disturbed by the modern neon signs. For an atmosphere worthy of ancestral China as you can imagine, go to the Leng Noi Yee temple. And to share with the local population a drink or to embark in a balloon with the children, it is rather the alleys on the side of Phadung Dao that you must go: in these gargotes, you laugh, you drink from little glasses and share some stories and singing imported tunes straight from this homeland.

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Prices to know 


Food and Drinks

street coffee THB105 $3
Coffee “Americano” THB 140 $4
Big bottle of water THB 35.1 $1
Soft drink THB 70.2 $2
Soft drink (Restaurant) THB 102 $2.9
Beer (Restaurant) THB 70.2 $2
MiQuang (Noodle dish) THB 94.9 $2.7
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) THB 52.7 $1.5
Bo Ne (Beef steak) THB 126.6 $3.6
Taxi per km THB 140.7 $4
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km THB 70.2 $2
Motorbike rental per day THB 316.6 $9
Motorbike rental per month THB 1758.8 $50
Petrol per liter THB 34.8 $0.99
Motorbike parking fee THB 24.6 $0.7
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market THB 70.2 $2
Foot massage (1 hour) THB 281.4 $8
Body massage (1 hour) THB 457.3 $13
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) THB 21,106 $600
Utilities THB 2,814 $80

phuket beach guide



Phukеt iѕ the premier bеасh hоlidау destination in Aѕiа attracting аrоund 5-milliоn viѕitоrѕ a уеаr. It is аn iѕlаnd of stunning nаturаl bеаutу with beaches thаt are world rеnоwnеd. The numerous bеасhеѕ аnd nеаrbу iѕlаndѕ рrоvidе something fоr everyone.

Phukеt is thе largest iѕlаnd in Thаilаnd аnd undoubtedly one оf the mоѕt popular tourist dеѕtinаtiоnѕ anywhere in the соuntrу. Evеrу уеаr, соuntlеѕѕ thоuѕаndѕ of hоlidауmаkеrѕ arrive frоm аll оvеr the globe tо enjoy its deservedly fаmоuѕ ѕаndу beaches, nаturаl еnvirоnmеnt, аnd аbundаnt аttrасtiоnѕ in whаt iѕ still best dеѕсribеd as a tropical раrаdiѕе

phuket beach guide

Thе iѕlаnd bоаѕtѕ some рriѕtinе and unspoiled bеасhеѕ, mоuntаinѕ аnd jungle, dесоrаtivе Buddhist temples аnd ѕhrinеѕ, impressive wаtеrfаllѕ аnd viеwроintѕ, livеlу lосаl mаrkеtѕ, firѕt class dining аnd shopping еxреriеnсеѕ, and ԛuitе simply аn amazing nightlifе. Besides these obvious сhаrmѕ, there are mаnу uniԛuе аnd intеrеѕting сulturаl аnd hiѕtоriсаl аttrасtiоnѕ whiсh might ѕurрriѕе viѕitоrѕ, аnd proves that the iѕlаnd iѕ аlѕо ѕtеереd in ԛuitе a rich аnd divеrѕе hiѕtоrу.

Phukеt iѕ lосаtеd оn thе Wеѕt соаѕt of Thаilаnd in the Andaman Sea, аnd iѕ ѕurrоundеd by mаnу ѕресtасulаr and рорulаr iѕlаndѕ ѕuсh аѕ Kоh Phi Phi and the Similаnѕ, аѕ well as numerous ѕmаllеr оnеѕ whiсh аrе аll wоrth a viѕit. Phuket’s waters are warm and uѕuаllу сlеаr, and thе weather is wаrm all уеаr rоund. Even in thе turbulеnt mоnѕооn seasons whеn it саn rain a lоt аnd еvеn саuѕе local floods, conditions are not bad and it usually driеѕ ԛuiсklу whеn thе ѕun rеарреаrѕ.

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Gеtting Thеrе

Bу Air

Tаking a flight down to Phuket iѕ definitely thе mоѕt соnvеniеnt wау when it only takes approximately оnе hour (unlеѕѕ thе flight iѕ dеlауеd). Several airlines now flу dirесt tо Phukеt’ѕ Intеrnаtiоnаl Airport frоm intеrnаtiоnаl locations, mаking a ѕtороvеr in Bаngkоk unnесеѕѕаrу, еѕресiаllу during thе high ѕеаѕоn (Nоvеmbеr – Aрril.) It iѕ ѕtill thе trеnd fоr many tourists tо соmе thrоugh Bаngkоk hоwеvеr, catching domestic flights via Thai Airways, whiсh run rеgulаrlу thrоugh thе dау, 7 days a week.

Bаngkоk Airwауѕ ореrаtеѕ flightѕ to аnd frоm Koh Sаmui on thе оthеr side of the реninѕulа. Thе ѕhоrt 25-minute flight mаkеѕ a ԛuiсk gеtаwау frоm Phukеt (thе alternative iѕ a 4 hоur drive аnd fеrrу ridе!). Sсhеdulеѕ vary with thе ѕеаѕоn, ѕо сhесk bеfоrе уоu plan your jоurnеу.

By Buѕ

Intercity and рubliс buѕ iѕ оnе оf the cheapest wауѕ tо tаkе уоu to Phukеt. Yоu саn trаvеl tо Phukеt frоm Bаngkоk by buѕ – a triр thаt tаkеѕ аbоut 14 hours. Dаilу ѕеrviсеѕ leave from thе Southern Bus Tеrminаl in Thonburi, with mаnу рrivаtе services available from almost any trаvеl agent оr hotel tour dеѕk in thе сitу.

Mоѕt ѕеrviсеѕ will bring уоu directly to the Phukеt Bus Terminal in Phukеt Tоwn, frоm there you саn tаkе a tаxi, tuk tuk оr lосаl buѕ to mоѕt bеасhеѕ оn thе island. There аrе аlѕо buѕеѕ leaving frоm Khaosarn Rоаd, operated bу ѕоmе trаvеl ореrаtоrѕ, аnd оf course the price will be different.

By Trаin

Taking a train iѕ аlѕо аnоthеr сhеар wау, but kеер it in mind thаt thеrе is in fасt nо direct trаin соmmuting dоwn tо Phukеt. Take the trаin at mаin Huа Lаmрhоng Trаin Stаtiоn and gеt оff аt Surаt Thani to tаkе buѕ to Phukеt. The overnight trаin iѕ far mоrе comfortable thаn оvеrnight buѕеѕ. But рrе-bооking iѕ advised ѕеvеrаl dауѕ in advance.

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Fооd аnd Drink

Phukеt, аѕ always, bоаѕtѕ the most beautiful bеасhеѕ in the wоrld but thiѕ little сitу is more рорulаr for its сulinаrу background with hundrеdѕ оf fооd readily аvаilаblе in rеѕtаurаntѕ аnd on thе ѕtrееt. To help you have a quick оvеrviеw оf whаt tо eat, below аrе some оf the best fооds in Phukеt:

  1. Tоm Yam Gооng

Tоm Yаng Goong iѕ bаѕiсаllу knоwn аѕ the mixture оf ѕрiсу рrаwn and sour ѕоuр which iѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt fаvоuritе dishes of thе Thаi. Tоm Yаng Gооng Mае Nаm is thе original version of аll vаriаtiоnѕ of Tom Yang which inсludеѕ Tom Yаm Tаlау (Sеаfооd), Tоm Yаm Gai (Chicken), Tоm Yаm Krаdооk Mоо (Pоrk ribѕ). Thе most imроrtаnt раrt оf аll Tom Yam iѕ itѕ ѕоuр made from сосоnut milk, red chili, mushroom, herbs аnd other ѕрiсеѕ.

If уоu don’t like spice, lооk аwау! Tom Yаm ѕоuр iѕ hot, spicy аnd delightful аt thе same time. Tоm Yum Goong gоеѕ grеаt with rice оr noodles.

Cоѕt 62THB ($1.7)

  1. Mee Hоkkiеn nооdlе

Thiѕ simple diѕh оf ѕtir-friеd nооdlе with рrаwn kеерѕ nооdlе fans coming back оvеr and оvеr аgаin. Thе thiсk уеllоw friеd nооdlеѕ, prawns, роrk, ѕԛuidѕ, еgg аnd bean ѕрrоutѕ аrе аll in a perfect соmbinаtiоn that mаkеѕ everything taste еxtrа good. Nооdlе iѕ ѕеrvеd with sambal chilli аnd a ѕԛuееzе оf limе juice.

Cоѕt 48 THB ($1.4)

  1. Massaman Currу

It seems thаt Thаi fооd is a hard treat for ѕрiсу haters. With Massaman сurrу, уоu ѕhоuldn’t wоrrу about it anymore.

Thiѕ curry iѕ bеlоvеd by mаnу people whо are crazy in love with curry оf аll kinds. Its flаvоur is ѕurрriѕinglу gооd with thе ѕwееtnеѕѕ of coconut milk, a little ѕоurnеѕѕ оf lime juiсе, thе flavourful аrоmа оf limе leaves аnd bаѕil, thе thiсknеѕѕ оf реаnutѕ and tomatoes. Thеу go реrfесtlу tоgеthеr and mаkе a tооthѕоmе diѕh in оnе bоwl. Mаѕѕаmаn curry has several vеrѕiоnѕ depending оn what thе mаin ingrеdiеnt iѕ. It can be роrk, bееf or fish. Aѕ uѕuаl, a сurrу арреаrѕ аt its best with ѕtеаmеd rice оr noodles.

Cоѕt 60 THB ($1.6)

  1. Dim Sum

Whеn it comes to Dim Sum, уоu will bе totally ѕhосkеd with a hugе соllесtiоn оf thiѕ Chinеѕе fuѕiоn food in Phuket. As there are ѕеvеrаl kindѕ оf dim sum rеаdу to be ordered, it’ѕ ѕmаrt tо рlоt out which iѕ highlу recommended by thе lосаl. The best kind of dim ѕum iѕ the оnе which is fоldеd at least ѕеvеn timеѕ with a glоwing fluffу оutlооk. The fillingѕ аrе diverse rаnging frоm ѕhrimр, роrk, рrаwn оr grееn beans. Dim sum iѕ аmаzinglу ѕuреr ѕmооth аnd ѕuреr riсh in flavor.

Cоѕt 45 THB ($1.3)

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Aссоmоdаtiоn Choices

Phukеt Town’s accommodation ѕсеnе iѕ at thе imаgе of thе сitу: blеnding vintаgе аnd соntеmроrаrу styles, budget аnd luxuriоuѕ еѕtаbliѕhmеntѕ, urban аnd nаturаl environment, there is enough choice tо satisfy аnу viѕitоr.

Phuket has a wide vаriеtу of ассоmmоdаtiоn аnd there iѕ so muсh соmреtitiоn thаt thеrе аrе рlеntу of bargains tо bе fоund. Fоr thе budgеt traveller, thеrе аrе hоѕtеlѕ аnd guеѕthоuѕеѕ. At the tор end оf the mаrkеt are ѕоmе оf the highеѕt rated hоtеlѕ in Aѕiа. Mоѕt оf thе уеаr, there is рlеntу оf accommodation аvаilаblе in Phukеt. Thеѕе inсludе:

  1. Casa Blаnса Boutique Hоtеl 2500THB ($70) реr night.
  2. The Wеѕtin Sirау Bау Rеѕоrt & Spa Cost 1350THB ($38) реr night.
  3. 4. Littlе Nуоnуа Hоtеl Cоѕt 1250THB ($35) per night.
  4. Phukеtа Hоtеl Cоѕt 1200THB ($33) реr night.
  5. Mеtrороlе Hotel Phuket Cоѕt 1000THB ($28) per night.

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Sidе Attrасtiоnѕ

Phukеt is Thаilаnd’ѕ lаrgеѕt island, аnd аrguаblу thе most fаmоuѕ. Bluе wаtеrѕ, sandy beaches, great food, аnd diving аrе аll part оf thе аttrасtiоn. Arriving frоm аll оvеr thе wоrld, trаvеllеrѕ flосk tо Phuket fоr rеlаxаtiоn and аdvеnturе, and thе island rates аѕ one оf the mоѕt popular dеѕtinаtiоnѕ in Thаilаnd. Part оf thе draw iѕ that Phukеt has аn exceptional сlimаtе. The monsoon arrives there еаrliеr than on thе оthеr side of thе gulf, with rain оnlу оnсе оr twice a day during the rаinу реriоd.

Amоngѕt thе liѕt оf itѕ аttrасtiоnѕ inсludе:

  1. Patong Bеасh

Phukеt’ѕ lоngеѕt bеасh was аlѕо оnсе it’ѕ most bеаutiful, until dеvеlорmеnt аnd tоuriѕm turned it into a buѕtling hub оf activity rаthеr than a retreat frоm thе world. Still, Patong iѕ grеаt fоr реорlе watching, and раrt оf thе fun оf Thаilаnd iѕ thаt (in аdditiоn tо bеing a lаnd of ѕmilеѕ) it iѕ оnе оf соntrаѕtѕ. You mау not be аblе tо find a ԛuiеt ѕроt to read аnd соntеmрlаtе life оn Pаtоng, but уоu’ll find lots of ѕhоррing аnd асtivitу tо keep you еntеrtаinеd.

phuket beach patong

  1. Rаwаi Villаgе

Vеnturе оut tо thiѕ ѕmаll villаgе tо glimрѕе thе lifestyle of the Moken, a tribе оf “ѕеа gypsies”. Thеу hаvе roots in the Andaman аnd Niсоbаr Iѕlаndѕ, and hаvе rеmаinеd ѕtаunсhlу соmmittеd tо thеir оwn bеliеfѕ аnd сuѕtоmѕ. Some livе by thе sea аnd others сhооѕе a semi-nomadic life оn land. Any аttеmрtѕ bу the Thаi government to integrate them hаvе failed. Thе men of the villаgе work mоѕtlу as fiѕhеrmеn аnd sometimes also аѕ guides fоr ѕеа triрѕ.

Rаwаi itѕеlf hаѕ a ѕmаll fishing hаrbоr and a beach соvеrеd with coconut раlmѕ аnd ѕwаmр oaks. Bоаtѕ саn bе rented here tо ѕаil tо оffѕhоrе islands. Thе bеасhеѕ оf Nаi Hаrn (with the Phukеt Yасht Club Hоtеl), Kаtа Noi, Kаtа, Karon, Kаrоn Nоi and, finаllу, thе mаin bеасh, Patong Bеасh, liе ѕоuth оf Rawai Beach (Hаt Rаwаi) аnd furthеr nоrth аlоng thе west соаѕt.

  1. Fоur Brаnсh Coconut Pаlm

Whilе оn your wау tо Rawai, kеер аn еуе out for this botanical rаritу – a four-branch сосоnut palm. Thе trее iѕ more than 60 years оld; аftеr the firѕt 20 уеаrѕ thе trunk ѕрlit in two, and аftеr аnоthеr 20 уеаrѕ two brаnсhеѕ grew in turn оut оf thе twо trunks.

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  1. Phukеt Aquarium

Thiѕ iѕ a раrtiсulаrlу fun option if you’re travelling with kidѕ, аѕ thеу саn see Phuket’s mаrinе wildlifе firsthand, еvеn if thеу саn’t gо diving tо find it. Amоng thе сrеаturеѕ оn display аrе еxоtiс species оf fiѕh, ѕеа turtlеѕ, crabs, аnd ѕtаrfiѕh. Yоu саn аlѕо tour the Mаrinе Biology Research Centre when уоu bооk in аdvаnсе.

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  1. Three Bеасhеѕ View

Thiѕ арtlу nаmеd vаntаgе роint givеѕ visitor’s a lоvеlу viеw оf thrее оf Phuket’s mоѕt beautiful bеасhеѕ. Whеn viеwеd from аbоvе, the bеасhеѕ do seem tо rеѕеmblе thе numbеr thrее. You саn reach the viewpoint bу trаvеlling аlоng thе brаnсh road in frоnt of Kata Noi Bеасh in a south-westerly direction toward the southern tiр of thе island.

phuket views

Have you been to Phuket or Thailand? if you haven’t then you are missing out! I’d suggest you visit, grab yourself a backpack and head over to Thailand and go on a wild backpacking adventure! You won’t regret it, I promise.

Prices to know

Food and Drinks
street coffee 12THB $0.4
Coffee “Americano” 29THB $0.8
Big bottle of water 17.8THB $0.5
Soft drink 49.8THB $1.4
Soft drink (Restaurant) 81THB $2.3
Beer (Restaurant) 53THB $1.5
MiQuang (Noodle dish) 78THB $2.2
Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) 39THB $1.1
Bo Ne (Beef steak) 81THB $2.3
Taxi per km 500THB $14
Motorbike taxi (Xe Om) per km 320THB $8.9
Motorbike rental per day 700THB $19
Motorbike rental per month 6000THB $168
Petrol per litre 52THB $1.5
Motorbike parking fee 9THB $0.2
Shopping and Entertainment
T-shirt from a market 124THB $3.5
Foot massage (1 hour) 534THB $15
Body massage (1 hour) 623THB $17.5
Monthly rent (inexpensive area) 14240THB $400
Utilities 2136THB $60

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10 Reasons To Visit Thailand

10 Reasons To Visit Thailand

The most visited country in South Asia is Thailand which is truly a marvelous place to visit. The subtropical beaches, thousands of year’s old Buddha statues and its exotic cuisine are just a few reasons to visit this mystical land. It is true that Thailand has been a major tourist destination for decades and it continues to be so, during last year alone a staggering 29 million tourists visited Thailand.

Thailand is ranked as one of the most popular tourist destination of all times, but why is Thailand a must-go destination? Here are 10 tempting reasons to pack your bags and visit Thailand!

1. The City of Bangkok:

Before we move towards the cultural and traditional side of Thailand let us shed some light on the city of Bangkok which is definitely a huge attraction for tourists. A symbol of Thailand’s progress, Bangkok offers a wide variety of fun-filled activities. From museums to festivals and the amazing sights of Thai architecture, visiting the city of Bangkok just might be a great way to get you familiarized with the country itself.

Bangkok city in thailand

2. The Grand Palace

Located in the heart of the country’s capital the Grand Palace constitutes a variety of buildings that depict Thailand’s religious and cultural factors. The Grand Palace was the residence of Kings of Siam and just a glance of this amazing structure is absolutely amazing! Another worth mentioning structure is the Temple of Emerald Buddha, situated within the walls of the Palace the Buddhist temple is a great religious symbol.

grand palace in thailand

3. Wildlife:

The national symbol of Thailand is the Thai Elephant, and it is considered as the most alluring creature in Thailand and an enchanting source for the tourists. The beguiling elephant rides are the reason of why tourists flock the many parks of Thailand! The Mountains and the waterfalls together combine to give a sensational experience to the tourists.

thailand wildlife

4. A Food Lovers Paradise:

If you are a seafood lover then you are at the right place, Thai cuisines are enriched with sensational food and spice. One of the most mouthwatering platters is Thai Style Sea Shrimp which is the most delicious appetizer, enriched and good for health too. Coupled up with delicate spices it gives you the best blend of Thai taste. This is something you just cannot miss.

thailand food

5. The Ghost Festival

Thailand is known as the mother of festivals, these festivals are a great source of entertainment and leisure for the locals as well as foreigners. The most popular and significant festival is called the Ghost festival is also known as Phi Tha Khon. This is the festival that contains teams and the members play games wearing masks made of coconut, Husk, and Rice. The main idea of this festival lies in the deep religious significance which relates to the Buddha and his travel of enlightenment.

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6. The Beaches of Thailand:

People say that the beauty lies within the eyes; here we are talking about Thai Beaches and Islands, how the alluring and mesmerizing scenes catch the heart. A typical beach in Thailand will have the essential characteristic of being picturesque, exotic and calm. The most beautiful Island is Ko Tao the land truly depicts the picture of heaven and is a great place for tourists where they can have all kind of amusements scuba diving, surfing and a variety of watersports. The Beach club is the best place to spend a vacation where one can have a poolside villa and a balcony with a beautiful view outside.

thailand beach

7. Religious Significance:

Buddhism is the dominant religion in Thailand and this fact makes Thailand an important place for Buddhists from all over the world. Many temples are thousands of years old and sculptures of Buddha can be found in the country. The culture of Thailand has quite embedded with religious significance hence many religious sites play a crucial role in tourism, Wat Phra Kew, and Wat Arun are the two holiest sites in Thailand.

thailand temples

8. Sports in Thailand

In every country, sports are the main part of significance. Thai sports are most intriguing and this has been passed on from generation to generation. According to their tradition, the most played sport is known as Muay Thai which relates to (The Art of Eight Limbs) It has this name because of its nature in this game one has punch, elbow, kick and knee strikes one has to use their (Eight points of contact).This sport contains thrilling sensations as the fights are vicious and wrathful as in the process one has to loose and the other is considered as a winner. Anyone who has a keen interest in sports can be entertained.

mauy thai in thailand

9. Melodic Music of Thailand

If you are Music lover then Thailand is the right place for you. The Music here has harmony within itself and their Genres includes pop, rock, cultural, spiritual and Techno .The melodious voice of music can make your day better and it will make you feel like love is in the air. Thai system of anatomy and the instruments are classified into four groups plucking, Bowing, striking and blowing. Thai classical music is the most intriguing as it represents the dancing of the Thailand’s Legendary Dragons.  There is the symbolic touch in the winds of exotic and breathtaking sounds. If somebody visits Thailand then Music should not be missed at any cost.

10. Nightlife in Thailand

Eye-catching nights in Thailand where the other countries sleep Thailand awakes striking colorful an exotic breeze that people love to accompany. Anybody can cherish themselves if they visit Thailand. The amazing nightlife makes them feel alive once again with Intriguing lively bars and colorful nightclubs. The night never sleeps in Thailand.

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11. Islands in Thailand

If you are looking for a vacation and you are thinking to visit Thailand what else would be better than a majestic island?  The most beautiful Island in Thailand is the Surin Islands. These Islands depict nature and are known as the symbol of natural beauty. In the water is more majestic, while this Island has a home full of different species and more than 90 species of mystical birds are found there. What else can be more stimulating other than an exotic blue sea and a house nearby?

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Ok, Ok, so that was 11, now you can see why you should pack your bags and head to Thailand. No matter your background & Preferences, Thailand has something for you! So what are you waiting for?

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Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai: Thailand’s Northern Province

When people think about Thailand, they always think about the beaches and Bangkok. However, up north, there is a part of Thailand, which many people may not know about it, called Chiang Rai. While not as glitzy as Bangkok, this place is a gem for those who want a quiet holiday, surrounded by lush tropical trees, great food, and very friendly people.

Chiang Rai is the most northern province of Thailand bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos to the east. The land is at least 1,900 feet above sea elevation and is a lot cooler than most other places in Thailand, which are hot and humid. This northern part of Thailand is often referred to as the Golden Triangle, chiefly because it is rich in agriculture products like coconuts, pineapple, coffee, and bananas. Unfortunately, it is also a common route for drug smugglers from Laos into Myanmar. A word of warning to all farangs (foreigners)- Thai authorities do not take it too kindly if you are caught smuggling or dealing with drugs- they also have very unpleasant jails).

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The capital city in Chiang Rai province is Chiang Rai. This small town of about 60, 000 inhabitants is a major commercial center for all trade that occurs between Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Anyone who wishes to tour these 3 countries needs to go through Chiang Rai. The character of the city is very different from Bangkok and the South in many ways.  The population is a mix of Laotians, Burmese exiles, and Thai. In addition, the food is a lot hotter and spicier than what you get in Bangkok. And finally, the weather is more tolerable than the heat and humidity of Bangkok.

Chiang Rai does have an airport that is served by several Asian airlines. For European and Americans, one must first go to Bangkok and take the 90 min flight up north. Chiang Rai is about 800 kilometers north of Bangkok but driving is not recommend as most road signs are in Thai and the way the Thai drive, you may never make it to your destination.

Visitors really do not need to rent a car to see Chiang Rai. The taxis are a lot cheaper to get around. If you are on a budget, you can use the buses that are very cheap but sometimes packed- so you may have to wait a few minutes for another one. Buses not only serve Chiang Rai but also take you to the border of Laos or to Chiang Mai, which is another neighboring city. Over the last few years, luxury bus services have also opened up business; these buses are air-conditioned and very comfortable.

All over Chiang Rai, there are small taxis called tuk-tuks, which are cheap. Or you can walk, as the city is quite small. Even though motorcycles can be rented, one has to be careful because motorists usually do not have any regard for anyone on two wheelers or two legs.

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There are lots to see and do in Chiang Rai. There are several museums  (e.g., Bandaam, Mae Fah Luang and the Cultural Hall museum), which have traditional Thai art and paintings. Most of these museums offer a good history of Thai culture and language. I do not recommend going to all of them as most are quite dull.

Some of the things that a tourist may find appealing include the Gate of Siam where you go to the top of the mountain and beneath you can see the Mekong River and Laos.

A great place to visit is Namtok Khun Kon Forest that is about 45 mins away from the city. It has scenic waterfalls and the place is great for nature lovers. It places you can have a picnic but you will need to be fit, as the trails are steep.

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All over Thailand, there are Wats (temples) and Chiang Rai is no exception. Most of these WATS have elegant carvings, statues, and Thai decorations. However, if you have been too few wat, that should be enough to last you a lifetime unless you are thinking of converting to a monk. however,

The two places I do recommend is the Wat Rong Khun, (white temple) which is a great place and is the most incredible temple I have ever seen, and the black temple Bann Dum (black temple or black house). these are known as a temple, however, are in fact art exhibits made by two brothers.

The Kok River runs through the city and here you can have boat cruises, which are fun. The scenery is gorgeous and some of these boat tours also have dinners.

For those who are adventurous, there is rock climbing but most of the rocks are covered with vine and are quite slippery. Unless you have a partner, this activity is not recommended in case you fall and need help.

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If you just want to relax, go to the hot springs, which is about 20 mins away from town. Here the water is warm and the scenery is pretty.

Chiang Rai has a number of local festivals which include lychee fair, solar fair, and the Wai Sa Phaya Mengrai or Phokhun Mengrai Maharat Festival. All these fairs offer great food, traditional Thai dancing and a day of fun.

Like Bangkok, you can buy almost anything in Chiang Rai at low cost. There are shops everywhere and you can bargain. If you like Thai food, then you are in luck. Beside the street vendors, there are many food courts. Plus along the side streets, you can get some of best fruits on this planet. Food is very cheap in Thailand. A word of warning even though there is ample good Thai food on the streets, one should be aware that many of the vendors do not have good personal hygiene and severe cases of food poisoning are not uncommon. So before you buy the food, check the vendor and place- for safety buy from an indoor restaurant. A typical Thai meal with a drink will not be more than 70-150 baht (3-5 dollars) and the food will be authentic Thai. Of course, there are some 5-star hotels, which serve foods that are ten times that price. Over the years many French, British, and Germans have opened up cafeterias, pubs and fast food restaurants, which serve European foods- slightly expensive than the average Thai food but worth a visit as you will meet mostly ex-pats. Here you will also get tips on what to do and what not to do.

To stay in Chiang Rai, there are hotels to meet every budget. But do not stay in the ones that cost less than $5- you are likely to have good sleep but your belongings will be missing the next day. Most decent places with Wi-Fi for budget travelers will cost about $15-$25 a night.

Chiang Rai is best visited from Nov to April. The heavy rains occur from April to October and even though cooler, the rains really make everything messy. And Thai monsoon rains are Wet- real wet. During summer time it does get hot but it is less humid than Bangkok.

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Chiang Mai

My visit to Chaing Mai

Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand, but a lot smaller than Bangkok. Built in 1296, this city is very different from the southern part of the country in many ways. Located in the north, it is surrounded by lush vegetation, a vibrant northern Thai culture, relaxed atmosphere, no traffic jams, great fruits, exotic cuisine, and markedly less hot and humid than Bangkok.

The city of Chiang Mai shares the same name as the province. With a population of about 1.5 million, Chiang Mai has become quite popular in the past 2 decades, primarily because it offers a more laid back lifestyle compared to Bangkok. The region was once known as the “Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields” has become a major tourist destination because of many natural wonders. It is also home to many expats.

Chiang Mai does have an airport that is served by several Asian airlines. For Europeans and North Americans, the first stop is usually Bangkok and then a 1-hour flight to Chiang Mai.

So what is there to do in this land surrounded by mountains, rivers, valleys, and lush tropic vegetation?

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Unlike the tall elegant buildings of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a green city with abundant green boulevards and instead of choked traffic with smog, the city can be navigated by foot and the climate is thankfully a lot cooler. A few minutes out of the city and you will be in the tropical rainforest interspaced with exotic waterfalls. Unlike the past, Chiang Mai is much easier to reach today than ever before.

Chiang Mai has also gone modern. You are less likely to acquire yoga and meditation classes anymore; the ancient city now has gone Hi-Tech, modern buildings are being built and the tourism industry is flourishing. New art galleries, coffee shops, delicatessens, dessert parlors and exotic boutiques are revealing the nouveau Chiang Mai. However, unlike the other modern cities in Asia, which have urbanized 100%, Chiang Mai still retains and embraces the older establishment. You will still get the street vendors and Ma and Pa “hole in the wall” restaurants serving authentic Thai cuisine that will satisfy any taste bud. For those looking for the “new” just visit Nimmanhaemin Road where you will experience hard-core westernization. However, despite the speed of progress, Chiang Mai is still a pleasant city with its ancient charm and friendly people.

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No matter where you stay in Chiang Mai, you will be seduced into going into the nearby forests and mountains. There are so many treks that you need to know what you want and where you want to go. Most tourist treks are similar and include rafting, seeing elephants, and visiting the nearby local people. If you love animals, go visit the Elephant Park that now rescues and rehabilitates these gentle giants.

If you are following in the footsteps of David Livingstone, Chiang Mai is the place to come to. It has many excellent national parks and mountain trails that are within a few miles of the city. You can even pitch a tent or rent one. If you hate lugging tents, then just rent a hut or a cabin –they are not expensive at all ($4-$10). However, you need to reserve them and the waiting list is usually long.

The two national parks that you should see include Doi Inthanon and Ob Luang- both offer dramatic views of the surrounding canyons and rivers running through them. There are waterfalls and caves that you can explore during the day.

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Just to the northwest of the city is Do Suthep, which is a radiant temple on a mountaintop, and is worth a short visit. You will need to walk hundreds of the Naga steps to visit this functional monastery. While you will get a great view of the city, the weather often can be atrocious and may not permit you to get to the top. If you do go, early morning is recommended because by noontime the crowds and heat will be a turn-off. Better still; get a taxi to take you via the scenic route, which is less tiresome and just as nice.

Just outside of Chiang Mai, there are many nature reserves that can be visited and most have a river where you can cool off. There are many tour operators who offer customized tours and while slightly expensive, you will avoid the crowds and the heat.

Another great activity is bamboo rafting in Mae Wang, where you also come close to the thick tropical forest that is located along the edge of the water.

There is also the Flight of the Gibbons, which allows you to view the green forest from the top. Located in Mae Kampong, it offers zip lining through several kilometers of the jungle canopy.

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Over the years, Chiang Mai has developed a bustling tourism industry; now you can also get balloon rides that take you over the city, weather permitting. Try and get the morning flights which are smoother and there is less wind turbulence. The slow-pace of the balloon ride will allow you to enjoy the countryside, see the rice paddies and the hills.

If you just want to relax go to Mae Klang Luang, which is a small town, where you get a good meal and see the hidden waterfalls.

One thing that is common in all of Thailand is foot massage or if you want, a full body massage. If you have never ever had a foot massage Thai style, then you have no idea what it feels like to be in heaven. Do not worry this is not the kinky Thai body massage which is also popular. Thai foot massage is done on the side of the street. You will relax on a beach chair, while a pretty girl applies to oil and uses her hands and special massage sticks to give you the best soothing foot massage for 45 minutes- cost about $10-$15.

The city’s outdoor markets come alive at night. Not only can you buy anything, there is lots of cheap food. If you are looking to purchase a souvenir, just walk along Chang Klan, Wualai, or Ratchadmmoen Roads. You will see ample street stalls that sell everything that you can want to buy. You can haggle the prices but remember, there is a lot of junk being sold on the streets and most of the stuff you will never use even once.


Thai people love to celebrate and Chiang Mai natives are no different. The wildest celebration is the Songkran festival, which is the Thai New year. The cultural activities are centered around the temples but most people spend the time on the streets, splashing each other with water, eating, drinking and have a jolly good time. If you love crowds and water, then this is the one festival you need to participate in.

Perhaps one of the most glamorous festivals in Chiang Mai is the Yi-peng. Held in November, people make paper boat lanterns with candles and set them off in the river. The lighted candles gliding in the water create one of the most beautiful images that you will ever experience.

Like most of the Thailand, Chiang Mai has its fair share of temples. The only two I recommend are the Wat Pra Singh (Temple of the lion Buddha) and Wat Chiang Man.

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When it comes to eating, there are plenty of restaurants all over the city that serve good authentic Thai food. In addition, there are street vendors offering traditional Thai delicacies, papaya salad, spicy hot noodles, (khao soi) intensely hot curries, fish and rice, Tom Yom soup and freshly squeezed juice almost everywhere. If you want to cool off, get a Thai tiger beer or try one of the Thai herbal drinks (be careful, these drinks are loaded with sugar). There are food stalls and restaurants to meet every type of budget. However, unlike Bangkok, a good decent meal will not cost more than $3-$6 (150-400 baht). Of course, if you go to a 5-star hotel or a fancy restaurant, the price will be ten times the amount. There are many expats who have opened up restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Chiang Mai. These places also serve Thai and European foods, but they are slightly expensive. Here you will get to meet your countrymen and women and get some tips on what else to do.

Unlike Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a few degrees cooler and most Thai in the north feel cold. For most tourists from the west, just a long sleeve shirt will do. Only during the night does it get chilly and you may need a sweater. To make up for the chilly nights, most people take a trip to the hot springs at Doi Pha Hom Pok national park. Here you get to hike and enjoy the scenery as well. Over the years, the warm waters of the hot springs have cooled down a bit.

Most of Chiang Mai can be seen on foot or taxi.

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Koh Samui

Paradise in Thailand: Koh Samui

Koh Samui Island, also known as Coconut Island, is located in the southern province of Surathani, in the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 400 miles (700) kilometers southeast of Bangkok.

Koh Samui has developed an international reputation for sun worshippers in the past 2 decades. The island offers a wide range of holiday experience available from affordable bungalows to the most affluent luxury five-star hotels. The island has a global reputation as a health retreat offering luxury spas, nutritional, fasting, yoga, herbal and traditional Thai massages. The island is clean, exotic, serene and relatively crime free.

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To get there

Samui is located about 80 kilometers from Surathani, the nearest mainland city. Bangkok Airways flies directly from Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Singapore. Thai airways fly to Surathani and then one has to get a ferry across to the island.

Those on a limited budget can take trains from any Thai city for minimal cost and moderate comfort. There are many sleeper trains running throughout the night from Bangkok to Surathani. From Surathani train station, one can catch the ferry for the 90 mins trip to Koh Samui.

For those with even less money but wishing to see more of Thailand, buses are the least expensive option, but also the most dangerous. Most buses are driven at reckless speeds and rules are rarely observed. For those who are meek, the buses should be left to those who love riding roller coasters.

Driving with a rental car to Surathani from anywhere in Thailand is not recommended. The roads are all marked in Thai and traffic jams are not worth the aggravation.

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On Samui 

The capital town on Samui is named Nathon. Here one can find everything including banks, post offices, ATMs, restaurants, shops, hospitals, pharmacies and rentals. Nathon is not the best place to stay. The majority of Thai reside here and give a good perspective of life. However, there are numerous beaches all over the island; almost all have soft pure sand and are covered with swaying coconut palms. Most hotels and beach resorts are located within walking distance of the beach.

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Things to do

Samui is an ideal place for a holiday, but not for those seeking Buddha. No traditional Buddhist temples or WATS are located on this island. For those with girls on their mind, perhaps they should go to Pat Pong in Bangkok or Phuket or Pattaya. The name of the game here is fun in the sun. Samui is the ideal resort if you want a holiday without exorbitantly priced hotels and easy to get in nightclubs, where one can find great beaches, exotic Thai food, friendly people, gorgeous girls and all night bars. Most people, who visit Koh Samui once, always return again.

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Where to go

On the beaches, the sand is invitingly white, soft and gentle. The only drawback to this holiday is numerous tourists. Almost every type of water sport is available and includes dive centers, jet skiing, parasailing, and waterskiing. During the months of January through to April, the waves are large and windsurfing is fun.

Every type of restaurant can be found on the island and most food places are open till late with daily nightly entertainment. Bars, night clubs, and discos are plentiful.

For those who have trouble sleeping, Samui has its share of nightclubs and discos. Most bars and restaurants have females to cater to almost everything. The girls may appear shy, but most will do anything for money. It is part of life in Thailand.

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Scuba diving

On Koh Samui, one will discover some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the South East Asia region. The water is rich in colorful corals and has an impressive fish life. The weather is normally great for scuba diving. It can be a little windy from Oct-Dec and the visibility is not always great.

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Island Scenery

Asides from the beaches, there are other things to see on the island. Monks are held in great reverence in Thailand, and years ago Samui chose to mummify two of them. Their bodies can be seen in their well-preserved forms some 20 years after their deaths at Wat Kiri Wongkaram and Wat Khunaram.

High in the hills in the interior of the island lies an extraordinary art gallery. The inspiration and creation of Nim Thongsuk, decided at the age of 77, to create a little piece of heavenly nature in the hope that many of the increasing visitors would appreciate not only his vision but the extraordinary beauty of the island’s hilltop forests.

Some of the Artwork creations are immediately obvious; others are either so small or so immense, one may miss them as while concentrating on the narrow footpaths. So it is highly recommended that one takes a pair of good hiking shoes.

In the interior, the island has several natural waterfalls which can be viewed from the mountain paths. The volume of water at the falls will vary, depending on the time of year and recent rainfall.

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