Thailand is one country which gives you more than a beautiful memory; it also gets stuck in your heart forever. My first visit to Thailand actually happened out of curiosity rather than plans, but it turned out to be one which prepared me for a magical second visit. This time, my fiancé and I set out well prepared and ready to explore the beauty we experienced on our first trip; albeit for only a weekend. On arrival at the Thailand International Airport, also known as the Suvarnabhumi Airport, we were greeted by the warm weather which contrasts sharply with the annoyingly wet and rainy weather in the United Kingdom. We hopped into a taxi and headed to our hotel. There, we rested a bit, had a bowl of Thai soup and salads for dinner and settled for a round of Thai massage which was very refreshing after the long haul flight and which I heard has tons of other health benefits.
The next day, we started off our adventure where we visited such beauties as the majestic Grand Palace which housed Thai Kings for around 150 years, but which is now home to government buildings and temples. It is such a beautiful structure that attracts tourists from all over the world and it sits on a magnificent expanse of land. I would advise virgin travelers to Thailand that this attraction is a definitely must see. Up next was a boat trip to the floating market, where you could buy and sell practically everything on water. You could even feed your culinary curiosity in a floating restaurant, and I ordered a special dish of Thai Barbecue and Deep Fried Tofu. Then, we hopped on the famous Tuk-Tuk for the exploration of Bangkok through such landmark attractions as the Phra Sumera Fortress, Amulet Market, Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, Thieves Market and the colorful flower market at Dheves. It was such a way to explore Bangkok like true locals would. We ended the evening with another round of relaxing Thai massage and we went to bed with such satisfaction.
The rest of our days in Bangkok were rather adventurous ones as we watched a bout of Thai Boxing, signed up for a short tattoo artist training course at a tattoo school we had earlier come across on our first visit. It most importantly deepened my knowledge of tattoos in relation to my love for the arts and designs as a graphic designer. We also signed up for another culinary course which bettered my earlier experience in the world of Thai Cuisine. This means family and friends should be expecting a treat of deliciously tasty Thai dishes when next I host a family gathering or social event. One more thing we did a lot in Thailand was visiting the night markets, which offered a totally different but unique atmosphere to the one I am used to. These colorful environments offered every curiosity you ever wanted on a vacation like this, in addition to making new friends with stall holders who are just more than happy to help with any of your queries. Also at night, you could eat out from a fancy restaurant, but what better way of experiencing Bangkok than its rich array of street food. You could eat like a true local would and take with you home the true beauty of visiting the city rather than merely visiting on the surface.
On the eve of our departure, we visited the Jim Thompson House. Jim Thompson was an American who lived in Thailand and promoted the Thai silk industry in his life time. He was so influential that the house he lived in has been turned into a museum where guests from far and near visits in droves to learn more about his life and times and his contribution to society. We boarded our return flights knowing we have been treated to an amazingly new experience, but one thing about Thailand is that it makes you thirst and hungry for more. Therefore, I think we have not seen the last of this country yet and we will definitely be returning to explore other cities in Thailand even further.
Monica Leslie is a graphic designer as well as a part-time blogger at myoverseasadventure.com. She enjoys travelling, as well as writing, art, cooking, fashion and learning about new cultures. You can find more of her work on her blog.