When you arrive in Thailand, you will probably fly to Bangkok and be thrown into the world of organized chaos. This city is an essential way to start any trip to Thailand. Street vendors selling fried scorpions and huhu billets, tuk-tuk drive zigzag in and out of traffic and the awe-inspiring aroma on every street corner of spices and incense. Bangkok has an extraordinary selection of temples, Wats and Buddha and running in the markets for a fake Gucci watch or custom made suit price is an experience I would recommend to anyone traveling to Thailand. However, in the last 15 years or so, Thailand has evolved from a distant destination for strengthened travelers to what has become a vacation package. With such air travel available, Thailand is now also a family-friendly tourist destination. Thailand is also a great place to travel for older and inexperienced travelers in the distance, and of course at great prices. However, traveling in Thailand has something other than a tourist route to follow and this article will give you some of those hidden gems that many Thai travelers will not find … yet.
Most international flights to Thailand arrive in Bangkok and although this is not an area to be missed, after seeing the golden temples, Watts and floating markets, why not head slightly from the city to the northeast to a street called Soi 1. Although before was a small dirty alley with a scent that counteracted the open sewer opening, things have changed now, and in 2007 it was cleared and the hosts and a few travelers from Thailand who are lucky enough to have home-made food stumbled across it. Intestines and entries can be on the menu at many counters, but when traveling in Thailand, why not try it all out! And of course, there are a variety of locally cooked curries, tamanka and sticky rice for those travelers to Thailand with slightly weaker stomachs. The cost to eat is minimal as it goes beyond the tourist trail and you will have a true experience of what Bangkok was like before the invasion of Weston.
From Bangkok, there are numerous travel options available to you in Thailand, and with a travel agent on every corner offering jungle trips and trips to the Kwai River, you can quickly get into their sales program. My advice is to avoid the mass route, and if you are looking for something different on your Thailand trip, hop on a bus to Sid, 3 hours northeast of Bangkok, passing through the stunning Koh Yai jungles. In the small village of Sida, get off the bus and arrange a night at one of the few guest houses. From here, homeowners will help you organize a stay at home with your family in the area – an unforgettable part of any trip to Thailand. You can visit schools, live with a local family, go hunting for frogs and depending on the time of year, see how they harvest their crops, celebrate festivals and get a true idea of how a typical Thai family lives in the countryside. A true Thaiand travel experience
Traveling north of Thailand is a must because the jungles are dense and associate with wildlife, but instead of stopping in Chiang Mai where most travelers in Thailand descend, move on. A night in Chiang Mai will give you time to visit the local markets and explore the old city, but don't stay too long as there is much more to offer in this area. Going northwest by bus will take you through some of the most beautiful serene countryside, and winding through the mountains will make you feel a little uneasy, but the views and towns you go through will make this trip useful. Mae Hong Son, a little to the west, is home to the Paduang hill tribe known for its numerous gold rings around the Long Neck. Exploring the area with a motorcycle is the best way to see all the little hidden gems, get to know the locals, and the Mekong River running along the border provides an opportunity for white water rafting with a local guide. These experiences will really help you make the most of your Thailand trip.
The first thing many people think of while traveling in Thailand is the idyllic white sands of a perfectly perfect tropical island, and with so many to choose, the question is which is best. Well to be honest with so many islands there is for anyone traveling Thailand. However, if the thought of sharing a beach with a hundred backpacks drinking Chang Beer and riding scooters is not your cup of tea, then why not try one of the islands off the southwest coast. It seems that the Thai traveler is a trend that will go some distance and not explore further, but taking this bit of effort will also open up a series of empty beaches, less developed islands and friendly locals. By taking the sleeper train from Bangkok to the south, almost every backpack descends on Surat Thani which gives you great access to the East Coast islands, but instead of keeping up with the crowds, stay in that train for a few hours to Trang station. From here you reach an area that is largely protected outside Thailand’s tourist route. The train station is 20 kilometers from the west coast, so it's easy to take a taxi to Pak Meng port and hop on a boat to one of these remote islands. Koh Ngai, which is less than one kilometer wide and has only 3 or 4 resorts, is a great place to start and an amazing place to relax while traveling in Thailand. You can spend the day diving in the warm waters, reading a book under the palm tree or simply strolling through the white sand beaches to one of the restaurants serving a range of fish caught that morning. You will truly feel like you have found paradise.