Things to do in Thailand
Loy Krathong Festival - An unforgettable Night of Light
With the idea of sending away the bad luck and starting off anew, the visually stunning celebrations of Loi Krathong kicks off on the full moon of the 12th lunar month of traditional Thai lunar calendar. Loi Krathong festival is a Thai tradition that started during 13th century. When the full moon shines and rivers gleam, it is taken to be most suitable time for Krathongs to float. Krathong is a floating raft made from banana trunk and lotus flowers and adorned with candles, incense stick and flowers. These krathongs are then sent flaming down the river carrying away all the bad luck and insuring a fresh start. People can eat, drink, be merry and release their krathongs into the river throughout the festival. Entertainment shows keep going on with exciting fireworks at night and mouth-watering Thai cuisines. It’s a uniquely beautiful experience for both the citizens and the tourists when the whole country gets in a festive mode.
This year, the official Loy Krathong will be on November 17, the evening of the full moon. However, festivities officially will run from November 16-18 in most areas.
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist attractions of entire South East Asia. Thailand has a unique charm, a blend of age old rich culture and traditions and contemporary new age lifestyle. The country offers solace from day to day life as well as hedonistic pleasures which attracts millions of visitors to visit the country. Thailand is blessed with pristine rainforests that cover its Northern region and beautiful white sand beaches surrounded by crystal clear blue waters of the Southern region. Deep thick jungles filled with ancient remains of the North East and the modern contemporary cities like Bangkok, Pattaya fully loaded with urban entertainment and attractions.
Thailand is unique, an all together a different culture and yet it feels so good. It is a treat to your senses and offers something for each category of travellers. If you want to get lost in the lap of the pristine nature then head towards Chiang Mai and admire the beautiful national parks or if you want to enjoy some exotic white beaches and islands head towards Phuket. Thailand is deeply traditional but it has very smoothly hugged the modernity and contemporary lifestyle. Thailand is also a land which is very intriguing. Here you will see the happy go lucky lifestyle of the local Thai population. Politics dominate the national space and despite being a monarchical democracy, there are some instances when democracy faltered.
Thailand offers good quality of hospitality and services at a very low cost and the quality which you get is not even a minute possibility in various other developed countries. The country is divided into five administrative regions namely – North, Central, Northeast (Isan), East and South. Out of which central, eastern and Southern region is most visited while any visit to the North is highly rewarding and the northeast don’t see much tourist movement but is the idle place to get lost amidst the thick deep vegetation, ancient ruins and very little explored region of the world. Thailand is a safe country however; recently the tourists are getting cheated into various scams which have evolved into a practise. Another burning social issue is the prostitution. Thailand is one of the countries where prostitution is legalized which is now becoming an eyesore for this traditional Buddhist country. In fact, the country is now famed for being a sex tourism destination in the world.
Thailand is renowned for its famed Thai cuisine which incorporates various flavours like coconuts, rice, fish, shrimps, milk and spices of the southern region. The Cuisine is renowned in the world for various culinary specialities, snacks and sweets. Any visit to Thailand will be worthless if you don’t savour the rich Thai cuisine. Thailand’s Capital city Bangkok and Pattaya are two most famous cities in the world. Pattaya is now considered as the sin city of the world. Phuket once renowned for some of the finest white sand beaches in the world, but unplanned commercial developments have left very little of this once famed resort city. Small exotic islands of Ko Samui, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Lanta, Krabi are very popular. Sukhothai and Ayutthaya still tell the tale of the glorious times when these two cities used be the capital of Thailand in the bygone eras. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the two beautiful cities of the Northern region where you can experience the traditional culture of Thailand. Thailand is a destination that will mesmerize you with stunning natural beauty, rich culture and traditions and its hospitality that too at a low cost.
How to Reach Thailand
Thailand is well connected to the rest of the world by various international airlines. Bangkok is a major hub of Southeast Asia and almost every airline that operates in this region operates flights to and from Bangkok.
By Air: Bangkok is well connected by air to the rest of the world. Competition is tough between various airlines operating flights to and from Bangkok. Bangkok is well connected with major Southeast Asian cities and often long European flights to the Far East make transition stop in Bangkok. Thai Airways is the national carrier and is quite renowned for its in-flight services and hospitality. There are many low cost airlines operating regular flights to and from Bangkok from Southeast Asian countries.
By Road: Thailand is well connected with its neighbouring countries by good network of roads. You can enter Thailand from Malaysia and Singapore and can even cross into Laos and Cambodia.
By Train: Regular train service operates from Penang, Malaysia and Singapore to Bangkok, Thailand. Train takes near about 48 hours and is a cheap option of entering the country from Malaysia, Singapore.
By Ferry: Regular ferry services now connect Thailand’s Phuket with Langkawi in Malaysia and Singapore. Star Cruises also operates a cruise ship that connects Singapore, Penang and Langkawi with Phuket.
On the Map
Bangkok is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning the city of angels and is the most visited city in the world. What defines this city is its trendy hotels, luxury malls, the glittering temples, gleaming skyscrapers, vibrant nightlife and most importantly is the Thai hospitality. The capital of Thailand welcomes its visitors in many more ways than just these. A tuk tuk ride to the bustling Chinatown, a long tail boat ride to the floating markets, the humble street stalls serving delici....read more
The city of Chiang Mai is known for its old temples, excavated cities, Lanna cuisines and its rich heritage. The city is now is a mixture of modern contemporary lifestyles and a traditional way of living combines to give the city a tranquil feel. Chiang Mai gained prominence in the political sphere in May 2006, when the ASEAN initiative was concluded here between ASEAN nations and +3 countries. Chiang Mai is located 700 km from the north of capital city Bangkok, nestled among the highest mounta....read more
In 1960, first batch of American soldiers arrived in a small fishing village of Pattaya. It’s peaceful, quite and slow fishing community did not know then one day this Village of Pattaya will be global tourist hub in Asia. The emergence of Pattaya is a chapter on quick urbanization and complete makeover from traditional way of living style to the new contemporary life style. The city has its own share of history to. It is said that the name evolved from the march of Phraya Tak (later King Taksin....read more
Phuket being a popular beach destination attracts tourist all across the globe. But before becoming a global tourist spot it was an important trading station for the Indians, Arabs, Malay, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, British and the French. The island was called ‘junk ceylon’ at that time. Phuket is a colourful cosmopolitan concoction of culture and traditions. Phuket has some lush inland vistas, including a few remote swathes of rainforest on Ko Yao, but the island really comes into its own alo....read more
Rayong is a beautiful and secluded province of Thailand that lies on the eastern gulf coast of Thailand. It is located approximately 200 kilometres from Thai capital- Bangkok. Rayong is a totally delightful destination with modest beaches, beautiful waterfalls, unparalleled natural beauty and less crowded. All this makes Rayong a tranquil paradise for sea lovers who prefer to visit a secluded place near to the capital. The major crowds to Thailand travel to Bangkok. And on their visit, they pref....read more
Foods of Thailand
The Thai Cuisine is renowned globally ad incorporates five basic tastes – sweet, spicy, sour, bitter and salty. Some common ingredients used in Thai cuisine include garlic, chillies, lime juice, lemon grass, and fish sauce. The staple food is rice and is included in every meal. Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. Thai cuisine is known for being spicy. Balance, detail and variety are important to Thai cooking. Thai Cuisine incorporates five sub cuisine based on the geographical regions like Northern region cuisine in influenced by Chinese style cooking, Southern region cuisine is heavily influenced by Malaysian cuisine. The Eastern region has got the influence of Cambodian cuisine. Besides this the Royal Thai cuisine is also an important contributor to Thai cuisine.
Best Time to go to Thailand
Thailand is an all year destination. The summer is suitable for exploring the Northern region and is best time for trekking in the beautiful national parks. The beaches and islands of the Southern region may feel hot but remains pleasant and mild because of continuous cool sea breeze. Rainy seasons bring in heavy torrential rains but that also means you have the entire beaches and islands of Southern region to explore. Also hotel cost will be less compared to other season. Winter is the beat season to visit Thailand when temperature is soothing in the Southern region while you will need heavy clothing if you are visiting the Northern region. However, this is the main Thailand tourismseason and you may find flights and hotel reservation a bit of pain.