10 matters that stunned me essentially the most about Thailand

Whether or not you determine to attend Thailand’s annual Monkey Buffet Pageant, or discover deserted airplanes in Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard, this nook of the earth by no means fails to shock. Residence to 1,430 islands, a large water-throwing pageant, and a few of the world’s stinkiest fruit, this various nation definitely affords selection. Despite the fact that a flip flop or two could get misplaced en route, loads of hilarious reminiscences will probably be yours to take residence.

Two of our wonderful STA Journey employees, Jack and Rosie, flew to the land of nationwide parks and opulent temples to expertise all of it first-hand. Listed here are ten matters that they didn’t count on from Thailand…

1.Getting splashed at Songkran Pageant


Shock #1, Songkran. Songkran Pageant will come as a really moist shock to any unassuming backpacker visiting throughout April. Songkran marks the Thai new 12 months with a splash, and symbolises the washing away of sins, prepared to begin anew.

Our prime ideas? Put money into a water-resistant pouch in your valuables, and a stable water gun. These wishing to remain dry will probably be safer indoors (however what’s the enjoyable in that?) Be ready to get VERY moist. And don’t take it too personally if locals cowl you in cleaning soap or flour each time you step outdoors.

2. A Klong River boat tour in Bangkok

Bangkok Boat

Bangkok isn’t nearly consuming whisky buckets on Khao San Street and feasting on one of the best road meals on the planet. We noticed a completely totally different aspect to this full of life metropolis with a Klong River Boat tour. On one, you’ll be taught concerning the native communities that stay alongside the canals of the Klong, aboard on a standard Thai boat. A well-deserved respite from the hectic power of the town.

3.The riverside neighbourhood of Talad Noi (or ‘Talat’)

Bangkok Riverside

We additionally obtained off the overwhelmed observe and explored the riverside group of Talad Noi, one in all Bangkok’s oldest neighbourhoods, and the official Chinatown of the capital. The roads of Sarn Chao Sieng Kong are stuffed with previous automobile trinkets, deserted autos, and laid-back locals. Wat Pathumkongka temple is adorned with golden Buddhas, and Trok San Chao Rong Kueak road is peppered with Chinese language road artwork. Our prime tip? Make your option to the Hon Wong Kung shrine, and take a pitstop on the Sol Heng Tai Mansion.

4. A rainforest stroll in Khao Sok Nationwide Park  

Khao Sok River view

Stick your head up on a stroll amongst the dense rainforest of Khao Sok Nationwide Park and also you’ll spot monkeys navigating the bamboo bushes above you. Look down, and you may even see elephant footprints, as hearsay has it that wild elephants additionally share the identical footpath you’ll be strolling on. After getting suitably sweaty in your stroll, cease off on the waterfalls for a much-needed relaxation (and *cough* wash).

5. Fairly superior hostels

Ko Pha-Ngan swings

We couldn’t imagine the usual of hostels in Thailand. Goodtime Seaside Backpackers is positioned proper on Baan Tai Seaside in Ko Pha Ngan. Outfitted with every little thing from volleyball nets and hammocks to paddleboards, you’re in for a whale of a time. You’ll additionally discover a sand bar, a 24-hour pool in your midnight swims (or daytime, you understand), and communal areas for the social butterflies amongst you. Additionally, it’s a tremendous place for solo travellers trying to mingle, with common events and possibilities to fulfill different backpackers.

6.The Secret Mountain bar and rooftop pool in Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Nghan pool views

Travellers come to Secret Mountain bar for the view, and man is it value it. This undiscovered gem affords a rooftop swimming pool and bar with an unimaginable vista for under 20 baht (50p!) per head. Seize lunch right here, and head over within the early afternoon for an opportunity to take pleasure in this whole hang-out to yourselves.

7.Snorkelling in Koh Tao

Ko Tao Snorkelling

Probably the greatest methods to see Ko Tao island needs to be on a snorkelling journey. We had the possibility to go to islands together with Koh Nang Yuan, Aow Muang (Mango Bay), Hin Wong Bay, Aow Leuk and Shark Bay. Snorkels on the prepared, search the seas for kaleidoscopic marine life and request a cease off on the well-known Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint. Insider tip – keep away from heading on this tour at peak occasions, as you could have to queue for this sought-after picture alternative.

8.Chilling out on Sairee seaside at sundown

Ko Tao sunset

We didn’t assume that Thai sunsets might get significantly better… then after we had been on Koh Tao, this occurred. We headed to Sairee Seaside’s chilled out bars to soak it up in all of its glory. There are additionally tonnes of foodie choices on this seaside in case you are trying to staunch your urge for food.

9.The attractive vibrant boats of Koh Tao

Boats of Ko Tao

Not solely is Koh Tao value it for all the wonderful snorkelling and sundown alternatives, it’s additionally stuffed with colourfully painted boats. Good for sneaky picture ops pre – or submit – snorkelling adventures!

10.And extra temples.

Thailand Temples

It’s estimated that Thailand is residence to round 40,717 Buddhist temples, so possibly it’s no shock we noticed a number of while we had been travelling. However we didn’t count on to really feel so impressed by the array of spectacular architectural designs, intricate interiors and golden trimmings. A number of the nation’s most well-known temples – equivalent to Wat Pho, with its big golden Reclining Buddha statue – reside in Bangkok. Crucially, keep in mind to cowl your shoulders and put on lengthy trousers on coming into a temple. And, take off your sneakers!

If any of those concepts have impressed you to take a look at Thailand, head to our Thailand journey information the place you possibly can browse a variety of epic itineraries and study all the journey necessities on this nation of marvels.

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