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Monica Leslie is a graphic designer as well as a part-time blogger at www.myoverseasadventure.com. She enjoys travelling, as well as writing, art, cooking, fashion and learning about new cultures. You can find more of her work on her blog, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
Thailand is just not your ordinary destination. This is a country which will make yearn for more and leave an impression on you that will last a life time. That was how a chord was struck in me the first time I visited with my fiancé for a short trip and knew immediately that we had to return. As a Eurasian; half British and half Chinese, Thailand seems to have become a third home. The moment you step out of the plane at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, you are welcomed by the warm weather which differs sharply from the rainy and wet autumn weather in the United Kingdom. We hopped into a taxi immediately and headed for our hotel. After resting a bit, we had the welcome activity to Thailand and it was a dose of Thai massage which banished any image of jet-lag the long trip from the UK might cause. Now, I have had different types of massages but this one was really stands out. I heard it has a lot of health benefits too and I can already see why.
The next day, we began our sightseeing in earnest and what better way than to start off than in a ‘grand’ manner. We headed to the majestic Grand Palace which housed Thai kings for around 150years but now home to government offices and temples. It is one beauty everyone should see in their lifetime. The magnificent and breathtaking structures sit beautifully on a vast expanse of space. Getting in is a whole lot of different feeling and note that you should be properly dressed for this. For me, it was an eerie feeling of being in Asia’s trademark historical and unique kind of structure but also the Déjà vu kind of ‘seen before’ feeling which I am guessing comes from visiting some historical churches in Europe. The Grand Palace left us amazed, but we must continue with our exploration of Bangkok.
Up next was a boat trip to the floating market. This definitely provided a fascinating experience as being in a market practically floating on water is not something that you experience every day. Here, buyers and sellers converge on water and trade in a variety of items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, souvenirs etc. You could even dine on water in one of the floating restaurants and since I never get tired of trying Thai cuisine, I ordered a ‘pineappled’ plate of Thai Pineapple Fried Rice which was refreshingly delicious. We continued on our trip, but this time it was time to take a different turn as we wanted to explore Bangkok like locals, so we employed the services of an expert Tuk-tuk guide who took us on a ride on the famous Tuk-tuk to explore such attractions as the Phra Sumera Fortress, Amulet Market, Reclining Buddha at WatPho, Thieves Market and the colorful flower market at Dheves. It was an exciting day of sightseeing that opened our eyes more to the beauty which Thailand provided but the best was actually reserved for the last.
The next day, we took a trip to Koh Phangan which is simply one of the most beautiful wonders of nature I have ever seen, with its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and all thick green vegetation. You could enjoy the best of a vacation from visiting the waterfall and taking a swim, diving, relaxing on the beach or disappearing into the jungle for long walks. We even attended a bout of Thai Boxing event and rode on elephants. At the end of these amazing days of adventure, we attended the full moon party which will rank as the best party I ever attended, even though I am not much the one for the party scene. However, I was able to meet other partygoers from all over the world in an open, fun setting which just makes you party all night long.
Then, it was time to return to Bangkok for our flight back home and since we still had a few days to spare, we decided we were going to make the most of it. I signed up for a short Thai culinary course and learned the art of making some Thai cuisines which will most definitely be on display whenever I host a family gathering or social event, it will be nice to give friends and family a piece of Thailand which might inspire them to also visit this amazing country. My fiancé, on the other hand was more daring and he took a short training in tattoo art at a Tattoo school. Lest I forget, we also visited the American, Jim Thompson’s house. Jim Thompson lived in Thailand and promoted the silk industry. The house he lived in has become a museum where tourists from all over visit in recognition of his contributions.
The next day, we left Thailand and returned home. However, one thing is certain; we have not seen the last of this country and will definitely return for more exploration.
Must Sees & Must Dos’ In a Week in Thailand
It is definitely not easy recommending activities and attractions in Thailand, because the more you look in this country, the more you absolutely see. However, based on my personal opinion and preference, I will say the first attraction to see in Bangkok must be the Grand Palace. Here I found the structures totally breathtaking and will rank it top on my list any day. The floating market is also one attraction which I found fascinating and which I will recommend. For those who might be interested in culture, tradition and a sense of spirituality or just the beauty and serenity, the temples in Bangkok are points which they must visit and Wat Arun and Wat Pho in particular are two of my favourites. ChinaTown in Bangkok is the ideal place for nightlife lovers, here you can try an abundance of street food, night shopping in stalls and don’t forget to hop on the famous tuk-tuk. However, like everywhere else in the world, I would advise caution.
Food and design enthusiasts might be willing to bring back home a piece of Thailand just like I did, by taking up a short culinary course at a Thai Culinary School and short tattoo artists training course at a Tattoo School while I was there. For those who would dare the trip, Koh Phangan would be ideal as there are a dozen more tourist activities and attractions there that would make the trip to Thailand an unforgettable one. Even as a person not much for the party scene, I must say I had fun at the Full Moon Party. For those who would love to attend a ‘once in a life time’ kind of party while in Thailand, the Full Moon Party will definitely provide that amazing fun. Overall, if you are still considering a visit to Thailand, I would say do not hesitate to take the leap, enjoy like true locals and digest the true beauty that this country offers.