You might have heard of the white sandy beaches of Thailand, the full moon parties, the Khao San Road of Bangkok. But, have you really experienced the true essence of the land of the smiles? Well! Most of the travelers to Thailand go on the most travelled routes including the famous Chatuchak Market, the beaches, and the happening city life of Bangkok. Being an affordable location, Thailand invites lot of travelers from South East Asian countries. But, how many actually experience Thailand the right way. So here is our take on the favourite hidden hideaways that can give you the right dose of the Thai culture.
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Stay in a traditional village in Koh Lanta
Most of the travelers today love to live like a local. The Lanta Old Town of Koh Lantaisa perfect experience for those who would love to travel off the beaten track. Jutting over the tranquil water, the fishing village takes one away from the maddening city crowd, yet just a short tuktuk ride away from the famous beaches of the island. Tucked in the curve of the bay, among other buildings, you can find pole houses featuringold world dark rooms with double doors opening onto the sea and sky, with a peppering of boats and isles suspended on the horizon.Explore the surroundings, visit one of the local eateries for some fresh supper, watch sunrise from the hammock, and drift off to a lovely chorus of cicadas. This sleepy settlement offers an independent taste of Thailand that you will cherish forever.
Experience sustainable tourism in the Chiang Mai hills
Perched high above the Mekong River, The Lanji Lodge is a unique anthropological encounter.Designed to harness the value of high end tourism, this lodge is built in partnership with the local Lahuand Hmong villagers. From the bamboo-built rooms to the handcrafted fabrics which dress them, here you can find expertise in each turn, from cooking to guiding. And, if you are in for some trekking adventure, you can even opt for an uphill climb to a waterfall hike through the local fields and explore a nearby villages where you can also try your hands at batik making. A stark contrast to the high-end hotels of Thailand, this lodge is an early to bed and rise place where you can actually enjoy the soothing sounds of the countryside and revel in the total darkness of the nearby hills. You can even relish stargazing here with the help of a telescope, easily available here.
See another side to Bangkok
You might have heard of the highlights of Bangkok, the bustling night markets, the famous shopping hubs, but right in the heart of the city’s historic quarter is one of Bangkok’s first boutique guesthouses, the Old Cpital Bike Inn. A 1940s converted shophouse, the B&B is run by a family who has been taking care of the property since 7 generations, no doubt making it the homiest place in the capital city.Borrow a vintage bicycle and sett off to the nearby historical landmarks including the Golden Mountain temple, Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace. Don’t miss the free evening cycling tours provided by them and enjoy aunique insight into Rattanakosin Island’s fascinating monuments, night markets, and famous temples.
Explore a Floating Market
Your authentic Thai experience cannot get completed without a visit to the Floating markets of Thailand, an integral part of the lives of the locals. Head to the town of town of Amphawa, situated around 30 miles away from Bangkok and witness old Thailand. Also, a favourite weekend destination, the town features wooden houses and the famous floating market, where you can find vendors selling food as well as produce. You caneat a bowl of noodles, a dessert or even grilled sea food, all cooked by the vendors on their boats.And, when you are done exploring this one of its kind market, you can head to the traditional market on land to shop for some souvenirs and other items.
Explore Ancient Ayutthaya
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya served as the former Thai capital and was theworld’s largest commercial hub during its times. Built in the year 1350, the city fell in the hands of the Burmese army in 1767, and the Siamese court fled to Bangkok. The ruins of the former city are much alike to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and you can enjoy a great time exploring what’s left of the lineage of Siam, former name of Thailand. Home to many notable architectural sites, the city of Ayutthaya is a whole new experience for travelers.
So, now that you have an insight into some of the great ways, you can actually experience traditional Thailand and take home an experience worth cherishing. What’s stopping you? Book your Thailand Package right away and explore more of this South East Asian beauty on your escape.
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