Back in December, I had the chance to explore one of the most exotic and foreign countries I’ve traveled to; Thailand. A visit to Thailand is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should not be overseen or missed out on by anyone. It is the perfect place for all travelers. Whether you’re a beach bum, adventurist, or culture junky, Thailand has it all and is the place for you!
I was fortunate enough to visit four different places in Thailand and experience a little bit of everything it has to offer. My journey started off in Bangkok, the capital and bread-and-butter of Thailand. If you think Manhattan is the city that never sleeps, you obviously have not been to Bangkok! We stayed at The Banyan Tree Bangkok which has one of the best rooftop bars in the city! The hustle and bustle never ends and the music never stops! The highly populated city not only has great nightlife and restaurants, but there is also a ton to learn and see. The Grand Palace and Wat Pho are just two “must-see” highlights in Bangkok. The climax of my visit was when we took a Long Tail speedboat through the residential neighborhoods of the city which was an eye opener and culture shock!
Next, we went to Khao Sok which is a national park in Southern Thailand. This is where I scratched my adventure itch. We stayed 3 nights in at Elephant Hills in a luxury tented camp; one night in the jungle and two nights in a floating tent over the Cheow Larn Lake. At these camps you can do just about anything! We went from bathing and feeding elephants to canoeing and hiking through bat caves!
The third stop on my journey was Phuket, a completely different experience than the previous two. After a full week of adventure and touring, Phuket was the perfect beach spot to settle down, relax, and take it all in. The beaches of Phuket are beautiful and the tranquil sunsets cannot be captured in a photo. It is THE perfect place for honeymooners or families who are looking to visit an exotic beach destination. Phuket is even known for its amazing surf conditions so if you’re an avid surfer, Phuket should definitely be on your list! A highlight for me was taking out a boat for the day and visiting the surrounding islands with a quick snorkel in the Andaman Sea! It was also cool to visit Phi Phi Island where the movie The Beach, as well as many others, was filmed. We stayed at The Banyan Tree Phuket which truly captured the Asian sense of place.
Our last and final stop was the city of Chiang Mai. I loved Chiang Mai because it is a city mixed with culture and adventure. You can choose to stay in the heart of the city where you will have the Night Bazaar and the city center just outside your door, or you can stay just outside the city where you’ll have one foot in the action and one foot in a muddy rice field planting some rice! You will be able to go on some cool adventures like zip-lining through the jungle and hiking over suspension bridges. We stayed at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai which is a resort outside of the city. It offers a ton of activities on property (such as rice planting, authentic Thai cooking classes, etc) as well as off property. When visiting Thailand, Chiang Mai is definitely a stop you want to take. A visit to the Night Bazaar will not send you home empty handed!
Sadly, after an amazing 12 nights in Thailand, my journey came to an end but the memories and adventures I experienced will always make Thailand one of my favorite places in the world. Despite the long 18 hour flight, I would do it again in a heartbeat!