Top 10 Places in Thailand: Temples, Markets and Muay Thai : Thailand is much more than Full Moon parties, cheap beer, ladyboys, tuktuks and La Playa … Our partner Cat McGloin , currently in the country, shares her 10 favorite places to find your Thai paradise.
The ladyboys, Buddhist temples and opulent Great Palaces are just three reasons to stop in the capital of Thailand. Get away from Khao San Road and its cheap food stalls to discover a much more seductive face of ancient Siam. Escape from the noise of the city and take a boat in the canals to see the temples with much more tranquility; Or join Tai Chi on the banks of the river in Lumphini Park. After a hard day of sightseeing, recharge batteries at Thip Samai, the best place in Bangkok to take Pad Thai.
Take the night train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok and wake up among some of Thailand’s highest mountains, perfect for a few days of jungle trekking. Come to one of the elephant sanctuaries in the area and have a great time bathing and feeding them. But first make sure that the benefits of the activity will go to protect these noble animals. If you’re into gastronomy, sign up for a Thai cooking course at one of the schools or organic farms in this so special place on the heights.
Reputed to be a hippie mountain destination, Pai is 80 kilometers north of Chiang Mai and is the perfect place to indulge yourself with a massage or spa (or two). Home to countless waterfalls and natural springs, the days will fly to Thai massage. Start the day relaxing in your private bungalow before trying on one of the traditional dishes of the area and a great favorite among backpackers: banana pancakes.
Krabi, on the west coast of Thailand, is a very popular place among those who are going to visit Koh Phi Phi, where they filmed the movie “The Beach ” as well as other 80 islands which are a short boat ride away. However, Krabi is also the gateway to many natural parks, among which is Railey. Take a boat from Ao Nang to Railey and visit its fascinating caves, rock climbing or simply enjoy the romantic sunsets over the Andaman Sea from the viewpoint of the peninsula.
Suspended at the edge of a mountain range, the cool climate of this small city is a real relief for those who need to take a breath after suffering the heat of central Thailand. It is possibly best known for its famous bridge over the River Kwai, part of the Burma railway and stage of a film about World War II that starred the brilliant Alec Guinness. Once a year the entire town disguises itself to recreate the battle with an impressive fireworks display. The nearby Tiger Temple, in addition, will allow you to get closer and interact as never before with these big cats.