By Stephanie Sakellarides
Traveling to Thailand is a great adventure where everyday you’re sure to come across something completely new and exciting. Here are the places you must check out when visiting this stimulating part of the Asian continent. Not only will you be able to experience the diverse and fascinating culture, you’ll have a good time doing it.
From the smell of delicious food to the sound of a busy city, to the tranquility of the ancient temples, this capital city will be a visit filled with activity! Bangkok is famous for their selection of sophisticated music clubs, bars and restaurants. This fast-paced city also contains various historic temples, like the Emerald Buddha and Temple of Dawn, along with many other shrines and towers. Even though this city could be considered highly rapid with business, shopping and traffic, it transitions well into a quiet and peaceful place of history.
The Islands Of Thailand
If you’re looking to relax in a more tropical setting, then the island of Phuket, Phi Phi, Koh Samui and Krabi-Ao Nang Beach. And Phi Phi Island should be where you look to travel to. Each have become a destination getaway for their beautiful beaches. The Hollywood film “The Beach”, was even filmed there! Despite the peaceful atmosphere, there is an active nightlife on Koh Samui Island, with clubs, live bands and the infamous full moon parties. These Thai islands, filled with
white sand, clear blue waters, and coconut trees, will have you feeling comfortable and stress-free, while listening to the sea breezes and taking in the sunshine.
One of the best daytrips to explore water sports, amusement parks, and island tours is Pattaya. Pattaya is for those active tourists looking to discover the attractions that the island has to offer. You can learn to sail, go snorkeling, scuba dive, or take a tour through the botanical gardens. The natives of Pattaya will even bring guests to their offshore islands
that have the No. 1 windsurfing spots. For a great day filled with activities for the entire family, Pattaya is where to be.
Nature lovers will explore the beautiful landscape of the Khaolak Island. Tourists will enjoy taking in the sights of sandy beaches, jungle covered mountains, valleys and forested groves and flowing rivers. This recently discovered spot has developed comforting resorts and bungalows that blend into the scenery. Along with quiet restaurants, and low-key
nightlife, this is a great place to put your feet up and relax.
One of the first capitals founded in Thailand, Sukhothai, is famous for its historical ruins. The art and architecture that can be seen in this city is from the golden era of the 13th and 14th century and are considered to be some of the best in Asia. The new town of Sukhothai is most accommodating to its tourists, where as the old town, consists of remarkable historic remains.
This resort, on a beach south of Bangkok and near the town of Hua Hin, caters to Asia’s hip and young crowd. With dazzling architecture, like marble surface, boxy villas, and open courtyard, this resort presents to an upscale, trendy atmosphere. Alila Cha-Am gives a funky look different from traditional Thai hotels.
Located in Hua Hin, Dune presents an industrial-style exterior incorporating other cultures in this hotel experience. Dune plays Latin American music at the restaurant deck, alongside a glimmering pool lined with metallic tiles.
The Samui Island resort of chic architecture and glass buildings has caught the attention of major publications including Wallpaper, Elle Décor and Harper’s Bazaar.
Considered to be Thailand’s Leading Resort, according to the 2007 World Travel Awards, and winner of Thailand Tourism Awards 2004 Best Southern Accommodation, this resort puts Thailand on the map. Baan Pimalai is located in Koh Lanta on a white sandy beach facing the tropical forest. The guest rooms and villas are built along the cascading hills, flowing into the Seven Seas Wine Bar and Restaurant. An infinity pool overlooking the sunset over the bay, adds a soothing ambiance. The resort is within close vicinity to a village of other restaurants and bars outside the resort and luxurious spa accommodations are a major part of this experience.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
One of the most well known hotels here in the US is also available in Thailand. This resort has everything from an exotic spa in the forest, an aquatic playground of beaches and reefs, and beautiful ocean-view dining. Now tourists can experience the luxury of the Four Seasons on their Thailand getaway.
Centered on Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Western Avenue lies California’s very own Thailand. This part of Hollywood is full of Thai restaurants, markets and shops, that include import stores, silk clothing stores and spas. Now Los Angeles has the largest Thai population outside of Thailand. So if you don’t feel like traveling across the globe to experience Thai culture, you can find it here in the US.