Friday, January 24, 2014

Discovering Amazing Thailand

Okay, as promised ... Well, I wasn't able to do what I promised three months ago - that was to give you updates of my Thailand escapade due to being occupied by other stuff. So, to move on, let me give you the highlight of this awesome trip that I had, and allow me to give you some tips, probably about the must-see places. When you hear of Thailand, I pretty much sure that temples and just a bunch of temples were filling your mind, but no, that's a very wrong concept as I discovered myself that this superb country has so much to offer more than just temples.

How did I get to realize that there's not only temples but a lot more interesting places to go and see in Thailand? First off, I did a search. Yes, just as how you look up on best airline ticket deals - you have to find out more in order to get to see the best places and experience the most wonderful adventure during your visit.

First stop: Nong Nooch Garden, Pattaya [October 26, 2013]
Nong Nooch is world renowned for its impressive Elephant and Thai Cultural Shows, along with what is largely considered the biggest and most beautiful botanical garden in Southeast Asia. A Muay Thai showdown is also expected.

Second Stop: Palio Village, Khao Yai [October 28, 2013]
Palio is a picturesque shopping centre, 220km north-east of Bangkok, themed around a Tuscan village where visitors are treated to an out-of-the-ordinary combination of clothes and gift shopping, gourmet snacks, live entertainment, and an eclectic mix of independent shops and stalls.

Third Stop: Farm Chokchai, Pakchong [October 28, 2013]
Farm Chokchai is a fully integrated dairy farm perched on a vast stretch of plains amidst a scenic surrounding. As superb tourists facilities are provided, Farm Chokchai is an agro-tourism spot where visitors can learn about milking, making of fresh milk ice cream, animal feed plant, and several other activities.

Fourth Stop: Chocolate Ville, Bangkok [October 28, 2013]
Chocolate Ville is a new unique design restaurant which features a small European village, much more like a theme park, with the concept of "Dining in the Park".

Fifth Stop: Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya [October 29, 2013]
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is situated on the city island in Ayutthaya’s World Heritage Park in Pratu Chai sub-district. It has been registered as a national historic site by the Fine Arts Department since 5 March 1935. This monastery was the most important temple of Ayutthaya and situated within the Royal Palace grounds. It served as a model for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.

Sixth Stop: Chao Phraya River, Bangkok [October 29, 2013]
Chao Phraya River is the principal river of Thailand which flows south through the nation’s fertile central plain for more than 225 miles (365 km) to the Gulf of Thailand. Thailand’s capitals, past and present (Bangkok), have all been situated on its banks or those of its tributaries and distributaries, as are many other cities. Along the river is a scenic view of many temples such as the Grand Palace and other historic buildings.

And this is Bangkok!

Some facts you should know about Thailand:
- Tesco Lotus is everywhere
- 7 Eleven is located every after one kilometer
- When you buy a bottled water expect it to come with a drinking straw [people will know that you aren't a local if you don't use a straw]
- Bottled water is free when you buy gas
- If you stay in Bangkok, it is more practical to use the BTS than any other means of transpo
- Most Thai people do not speak English, so never attempt to ask especially for a direction
- Pedestrian lane is nowhere to find, so be brave, have that guts to cross the road/street swiftly and carefully
- You have never been in Bangkok if you didn't get to Siam Paragon

Have a grand Thai experience!