Sawadee! If you are planning to visit Thailand, then you have made the right choice as you are making your way to Asia’s most exciting and colourful destination.
Thailand is known as one of the most physically and culturally rich countries of Asia’s diverse continent.
We’re sharing with you the top 5 places:
KO PHI PHI ISLAND
Estimated Budget: 154.65 AUD / 106.77 USD (inclusive of Accommodation, Travel, Food, Entertainment, Transport)
Famous for its aqua waters, golden sands, and tranquil seascapes, Ko Phi Phi is known for its tropical scenery and infectious vibe on tourists that it is known as one of Thailand’s biggest tourist attractions.
You have got to be a nature and water enthusiast if you intend on visiting Ko Phi Phi. Here are the 2 places to check out while you are at Ko Phi Phi Island:
SNORKELLING IN HAT YAO
Most travellers say if you have only one day to be in Ko Phi Phi Island, then you should be snorkelling in Hat Yao! With its crystal-clear water and warm temperatures, this is your chance to see the colourful and exotic marine life. Often spotted here are black-tipped sharks and clownfishes.
HIKE TO AO LO DALAM
Aside from the warm crystal-clear water and marine life, hiking is also very famous in Ko Phi Phi Island. A hike to Ao Lo Dalam is essential if you have stepped foot on Ko Phi Phi Island. This way you can experience the island’s wonders from a magnificent viewpoint.
TRAVEL TIPS ON KO PHI PHI ISLAND
Eat Thai food from decent restaurants or eat deep-fried Thai Street Food
Don’t get a Thai massage near the beach, instead, get them as far inland and to a less crowded place to get more focused attention and at the best prices
Estimated Budget: 122.85 AUD / 84.81 USD (inclusive of Accommodation, Travel, Food, Entertainment, Transport)
Bangkok is a must-visit if you’re a food enthusiast. Known for its flavourful street delicacies, we’re sharing a few authentic Thai dishes that you should try while you’re there.
TOM YUM GOONG (SPICY SHRIMP SOUP)
Tom Yum Goong is a staple in Thailand. This bold dish is cooked with a delicious blend of fragrant lemongrass, some chilli, galangal, lots of shallots, a tinge of lime juice, fish sauce and then boiled together with kaffir lime leaves leaving a spicy-sourish taste lingering on your palate.
Tom Yum Goong is usually cooked with seafood or chicken and straw mushrooms. A perfect balance of spicy and sour best served with steamed white rice to complete your meal.
PAD THAI (THAI-STYLE FRIED NOODLES)
Pad Thai is one of the most recognised dishes when it comes to Thai food. A mixture of small, thin or wide noodles along with some beansprouts, onions, and egg are stir-fried in a wok.
Next, the noodles are then mixed with a combination of fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic, shallots, red chilli and Thai palm sugar. This dish is cooked with seafood, chicken, beef or pork. Topped with lime, crushed roasted peanuts, crunchy bean sprouts and fresh herbs, you’ll want more than just one helping.
TOP STREET FOODS AND RESTAURANTS IN BANGKOK
1. SUKHUMVIT SOI 38 STREET
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 38 street
Opening hours: Afternoon around 17:00 until late
This street in Thailand offers a variety of tasty food and drinks, all at an affordable rate. Swing by the ‘Pad Thai Fire Lock’ stall for the best Pad Thai in the city, many have agreed.
2. YAOWARAT STREET (CHINATOWN)
Address: Yaowarat Street
Opening hours: All day, best in the evenings
Yaowarat Street is known as Bangkok’s Chinatown, holding a reputation as the world’s most famous street food destination and the local Thai people’s favourite dining place. It is the biggest street food market in Bangkok.
3. THIP SAMAI
Address: 313 Th Maha Chai, Banglamphu
Opening hours: 17:00 – midnight
This restaurant is well known for its signature Pad Thai that is in a class of its own, known as ‘’Padthai Sen-Chan’’ which is cooked with shrimp oil, deep-sea prawns, all wrapped in the goodness of an egg.
4. RAAN JAY FAI
Address: 327 Mahachai Road (at the intersection with Samranrat Road), next to Thip Samai restaurant
Opening hours: 14:30 – midnight Tuesday to Saturday. Closed on Mondays and Sundays.
The only street hawker awarded a Michelin Star in the Bangkok Michelin Guide and recently was also featured in Netflix’s new series ‘’Street Food’’ which was produced by the creators of Chef’s Table. This eatery is famous and run by a 70+-year-old lady known for her iconic oversized goggles.
TIPS IN BANGKOK
– Beware of scammers
– If you’re taking a taxi ride, avoid the rush hour, insist that your taxi driver switches on his meter as soon as you’re in the cab
Estimated Budget: 80.86 AUD / 55.82 USD (inclusive of Accommodation, Travel, Food, Entertainment, Transport)
Get your camera ready if you’re visiting this beautiful part of Thailand where its highlights often lie on beautiful breath-taking sights of ancient temples and the striking mountainous scenery surrounding the city.
We’re sharing with you, the places you can check out if you are close by:
DOI SUTHEP (Buddhist Temple)
This Buddhist temple is often referred to as ‘’Doi Suthep’’ named after the mountain where it’s situated. It is located approximately 15 kilometres from the heart of Chiang Mai. The most beautiful part of this temple is the breath-taking view of downtown Chiang Mai from the mountain peak.
CHIANG MAI NIGHT SAFARI
Perfect for those travelling with family, especially children, you can experience more than 134 types of animal species in this Chiang Mai Night Safari Tour.
ELEPHANT JUNGLE SANCTUARY CHIANG MAI
An activity that children will absolutely love! You can touch, feel, bathe and take multiple photographs of elephants in a safe and sustainable environment. The gentle giants will adore having some company.
KAREN LONG NECK TRIBE & CHIANG DAO CAVE
Located not too far off from the Chiang Dao Cave is Padung Village where you will find the ‘Long Neck Karen’ ethnic hill-tribe. The women wear brass rings around their necks, wrists and ankles, it will be an insightful experience to explore their unique culture and way of life.
TIPS IN CHIANG MAI
– Dress appropriately when visiting temples, both men and women should have shoulders and knees covered
– Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle
Estimated Budget: 50.68 AUD / 34.99 USD (inclusive of Accommodation, Travel, Food, Entertainment, Transport)
Over 300 years ago, Ayutthaya was the largest city in the whole world aside from the large population who once called Ayutthaya home. Today, it showcases a city full of historical elements and other exciting activities as well. To make it easier for you, we have put together a list of things to do when you visit Ayutthaya.
1. WAT PHRA SI SANPHET / THE GRAND PALACE
The Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Thailand since 1782. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are still held here every year.
2. WAT CHAIWATTARANARAM
The temple in Wat Chaiwattaranaram was constructed in 1630 by King Prasat Thong as the first temple of his reign, as a memorial of his mother. Upon the destruction of the old capital by the Burmese in 1767, the temple was deserted. In 1992, it was opened for public viewing.
3. WAT BUDDHAISAWAN
Wat Buddhaisawan is built on an indented pedestal protruding towards the north and south. The most striking thing about this temple is its white prang, representing the cosmic Mount Meru according to the belief in the cosmology of Buddhism.
TIPS IN AYUTTHAYA
– The best way to enjoy what Ayutthaya has to offer is by renting a bicycle
-Apply lots of sunscreen as the weather there is very hot
Don’t forget to brush up on your Thai before you hop on the flight to Thailand!
A friendly reminder; in Thailand when referring to a female it always ends with ‘ka’ whereas for males it always ends with a ‘khrap’. For instance, when you greet a Thai lady you say ‘Sawadeeka’ and when you greet a Thai man you say ‘Sawadeekhrap’.
Here are a few helpful words to make your stay smoother!
|ENGLISH||THAI (MALE)||THAI (FEMALE)|
|Thank you!||Kop khun khrap||Kop khun ka|
|Sorry / Excuse Me?||Khor Thoad Khrap||Khor Thoad Ka|
|Can you speak English?||Kun pood paasaa anggrit dai mai|
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