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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 24 Aug 2015
J.R.R. Tolkein once said not all those who wander are lost. However,if you were to wander and be lost, there is no place to do it better than in Thailand. Thailand is one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world, simply because it offers a unique travel experience for every kind of traveller, customised to your tastes, to give you the perfect vacation you have always dreamed of.
While the most popular choices of ‘things to do in Thailand’ include lounging on one of its many exotic beaches, shopping, and exploring some of the best nightlife options,, Thailand has much more to offer. For example, the north of Thailand offers backpackers with much to explore at reasonable and relaxed rates. Some options include Pai that is filled rice fields, bamboo huts and rustic living, Koh Tao and KohLanta.
For the health conscious, there are plenty of guided aerobic sessions conducted in green places around Bangkok, such as the Lumphini Park, where tourists and residents gather every evening for free workout sessions. You can even watch a free Muay Thai Boxing Match every week in the Siam District if boxing tops your list of favourite sports.
For those with a meditative bent of mind, meditating with monks at Bangkok’s oldest temples, WatMahathat may just be the soul solace you seek. With daily Vipassna Sessions on offer, you can choose to add some soul searching to the long list of things to do.
Explore seeing sights a little differently to the regular tour buses. Hop on to a city tour in a tuk-tuk! Traditional tuk-tuk city tours combine historic must-sees with a unique experience that raise your cultural immersion levels as much as they raise your adrenalin.
While you can shop almost everywhere in Thailand, do make time to visit the Floating Bazaars on the River Kwai and also the DamernSaduk Floating Bazaar. Also,remember to bargain like there is no tomorrow.
For night-time revellers, do try and schedule your trip around the many full moons this calendar year, tomake the most of one of the many full moon parties that happen in HaadRin Beach at KohPhangan. The full moon parties originated in 1985 and these beach parties are like no other marked with night-long revelry, international DJs, fire eaters, fireworks, dancing and street food.
Also, do visit Thailand during Sankranti to celebrate this Indian festival in true Thai style. The Songkran Festival marks the Thai New Year, and is also known as the Water Festival. So be ready to be splashed with water, plain or coloured, across every street you walk past.
Other fun things to do in Thailand include a boat trip along the Golden Triangle over the Mae Kong River, where you can visit the old capital of Chiang Sean and take in sights that make up the meeting point for boundaries between Thailand, Burma and Laos. Trek lovers can indulge ina day-long trek in Chiang Rai, with its stunning jungles and the mesmerizing HuayKaew Waterfall. Adventure lovers can experience a thrilling white-water rafting tour across the rapids in Mae Taeng River in Chiang Mai or even take an elephant safari at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp.
While in Thailand, do remember to savour the eclectic variety of street foodavailable,including thePapaya Salad, Durian, Boat Noodles, Sticky Rice, grilled fish and the Tom Yum.Over and above all this, make sure that you have insured your Thailand trip with Royal Sundaram Travel Insurance, to ensure that your trip is exciting and memorable in just the way you planned it!
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