It’s no big secret that Bangkok is Southeast Asia’s own version of Vegas — from the parties, speakeasies, and the number of tourists who purposefully come to live it up. However, there is more to Thailand's capital than pub crawls. Feet Do Travel share five exciting ways to enjoy the Bangkok nightlife.
When one thinks about Thailand, images of gorgeous beaches, grandiose temples, traditional art and architecture are typically what come to mind. It absolutely has all of that and more, but going off the beaten path can lead you towards wonders seldom talked about but are absolutely worth the time and effort exploring.
Khao Yai is a town just three hours from the capital city of Bangkok, mainly known for Khao Yai National Park, a sprawling eco-reserve made of 80% forested ground. However, there’s so much more to see and do there if you discard the guidebook. Read on for our list of unique Khao Yai experiences:
Before you embark on any type travel, you need to pack, which is sometimes daunting. Deciding what to pack can leave you with a headache, and you ask yourself "which essential items do I need", and "what should I not pack?"
We have been travelling full time in Asia for over two years, and have perfected the ultimate packing list. Whilst we may not have perfected how to travel light, we certainly know which items we cannot do without.
We have been using this essential international travel packing list for many years, and it’s worked for us so far!
We have stayed in All Inclusive resorts, been on luxury tours, gone camping and now we are backpacking, plus we have stayed in every type of B&B and hotel in between. In other words, we know what we are talking about. Regardless of your age, how you are travelling and where you are going, we know the essential items to pack for worldwide travel.
We cover everyday essentials such as toiletries and electronics, how to travel plastic free, which medication you should take, anti-theft protection, plus even what bag to take.
This is Feet Do Travel’s ultimate packing list; all tried and tested! What we carry and why.
One of the best things about visiting any location is learning about the culture and the local people’s way of life. It is fascinating to discover what makes each and every country unique. Thailand is a place that is well known for having lots of character, intriguing culture and a vibrant ambience. This blog post will provide you with all of the information you need to know regarding Thai customs and etiquette. So, keep on reading to find out more.
It’s interesting how, over time, your memory of an experience can change and you remember things differently. An example of this was my visit to a Ping Pong show in the Patpong district of the night market Bangkok – the infamous “entertainment” show where ladies perform “tricks” from their nether regions!
Tourism in this Thailand red light district area drives the economy, and is a lucrative income for everyone involved. It is estimated that the Thai Sex Industry is worth 260 BILLION Baht (over US $8 million/GBP £6 million).
In 2004 the area was decreed an official “entertainment zone” by the government, and venues stay open until 2am. If it’s officially classed as “entertainment” it can’t be bad or immoral, right? Prostitution in Thailand is illegal so surely there’s no harm in a ping pong show?
If the delectable Bradley Cooper can hang out here in “The Hangover 2”, it’s got to be good for grins. There is even a “Bangkok Hangover Tour” which takes you to the nightlife areas experienced in the movie, including Patpong, so how wrong can it be?
What were my thoughts, as a liberal thinking woman, whilst watching a controversial tourist show?
I absolutely loved Chiang Rai. Out of all the places I visited in Thailand, this was my favourite. A mountainous region with less tourists than other parts of Thailand and a laid-back vibe, I found the locals to be friendlier and more genuine than in other parts of the country. I’m not saying they weren’t friendly elsewhere in Thailand, I just found locals to be … well … really friendly!
Chiang Rai is often overlooked, and tends to be a place used as a stopover for Thailand to Laos or Myanmar border crossings. If you take the time to stay here, you will find it has so much more to offer than a city to just breeze through.
Apart from the people, why else did I love Chiang Rai? Let us show you why you should visit Chiang Rai.
Everyone knows Thailand has stunning Temples, but have you considered doing a Temple Tour of Chiang Rai? This largely overlooked area of Northern Thailand has some of the most breath-taking architecture I have seen and we were captivated by its unique style. A few of the temples are new and still under construction, but did you know that Chiang Rai is the original home to Thailand’s most highly revered Buddha image, the Jade Buddha now housed in the Grand Palace of Bangkok.
Steeped in history and for a brief period of time, Chiang Rai was once the capital of Northern Thailand. This is why I would like to take you on a Temple-Tastic tour of Chiang Rai.
Let me show you a side to Chiang Rai you may have not considered.
Chiang Mai is a place many tourists visiting Thailand would recommend; much quieter than Bangkok but still full of Thai history with plenty of temples to see.
A mountainous region with all the conveniences of a City, people travel here for a change of pace, oh, and for Songkran festival, which sees the population double during this 5-day event.
We were in Chiang Mai for Songkran. There are plenty of things to do in Chiang Mai so we obviously visited the usual touristy parts, but we also did a few different things.
So, as the famous Thai saying goes, this post is “same-same but different”.
Chiang Mai seems to have a temple or wat around every corner, probably because there are over 300 there. No other province in Thailand has as many as Chiang Mai, so how do you choose which ones to visit?
How about we help you!
We love visiting Temples and often take our time wandering around taking a plethora of photographs from every angle. The myths which form their historical importance and significance are fascinating plus, we just love looking at Buddha statues which come in a huge range of sizes, colours and materials… mainly gold!
When we were in Chiang Mai, we naturally did the Old City Temple Tour however we also ventured just a little further… but which ones do we recommend?
I love animals, it’s as simple as that. Just like most animal lovers, I enjoy close up animal encounters, however in the tourist industry, this isn’t always in the animal’s best interest.
Elephants are a classic example. Finding a true ethical elephant sanctuary in Thailand isn’t as easy as you would think. We wanted no riding, no bathing, no mud baths, and all did at least one of these.
During the four months I spent touring Africa, I encountered many elephants in their natural habitat. Aything less than seeing these beautiful, intelligent, high spirited animals roaming free saddens me.
Everyone knows that elephant tourism in places like Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and even Bali means these gentle giants have suffered for the pleasure of humans. How on earth was I able to get a close-up experience with them, knowing they were not “performing”?
Volunteering was a great place to start, but which out of the plethora of sanctuaries would I choose when I was visiting Thailand?
Elephant Valley Thailand was the one for me!
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