Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of traveling the globe. I visited many cities in the US and Canada, I visited many European countries, and lately I began longing for something distant and more exotic, for places that are not part of the Western culture I’m accustomed to. That’s how my wanderlust led me to Thailand.
To acquaint the readers of Journey On Earth with this amazing country, I’ll start with the well known location. You guessed it right, it’s Bangkok.
This vibrant city sure has a lot to offer to tourists, and I’ll list just a few of its charms. I’ll begin with a place I heard of long before I even decided to visit Thailand – the Chatuchak market. It’s safe to say that spending time in Bangkok without visiting the Chatuckak market would be an incomplete visit of the capital. A week-end spent in this market is without a doubt and experience you will never forget. Both tourists and the locals flock to Chatuchak market to buy… Well, to buy anything and everything they can think of. It is said that you can find literally anything here, which is not surprising given the fact that there are over 15000 stands offering the most divers products to the buyers. I would say it is a giant flea market of Bangkok.
Now, let’s not get too materialistic. While buying nice things for yourself and a bunch of souvenirs for your loved ones is an absolute must for every traveler, to truly experience a country you’re visiting, you’d need to feel their tradition and their spiritual values as well. Bangkok has a great thing to offer in this regard as well. All those who have visited Thailand probably know what I’m talking about – the Wat Pho temple.
This temple is famous for its reclining Buddha, 15 meters tall and 43 meters long, and it is probably the main reason for its popularity among the tourists. However, if this is your first time in an Asian country (and Buddhist) country like it was for me when I first visited Thailand, you will without a doubt fall in love with its amazing architecture. Other than being breathtakingly beautiful, this temple is also the cradle of oriental therapeutic massage.
Another great way to experience a country is to experience its flavors. You can probably guess that I am talking about traditional cuisine. Thai cuisine is famous worldwide, and rightfully so. If you’re visiting Thailand, tasting its delicious food is an absolute must. Of all the Thai dishes, my favorites are Tom Ka Gai, the famous Thai soup and Roti, similar to pancakes, some sort of Thai pancakes. As for Tom Ka Gai, I never knew I would enjoy a mix of coco taste and chicken (along with shitake and champignons and many vegetables and spices). I think it would suffice to say that Thai food is so famous that there are luxury culinary vacations dedicated to it.
I also visited Mae Sot, but I will not describe my stay here, due to the fact that it is already the subject of this amazing and very accurate article .
Other than that, Thailand will surely seduce you with its amazingly beautiful beaches and its nature.
If you are looking for a genuine adventure, but you’re not the type of person eager to go hiking or cycling in the wilderness, Thailand is the best choice – this country will undoubtedly seduce you with its exotic flavors and beautiful temples and scenery.
Kimberly Lawrence is a twenty-something freelance writer and translator with an ambitious goal to travel the world and a slightly less ambitious goal to share her traveling stories with thousands of readers.