Thailand and Phuket are a fascinating place if you are searching for ancient history mixed with modern attractions exploration. Perhaps the best-known wat in Chiang Mai sits atop Doi Suthep, a mountain overlooking Thailand’s northern rose of a city. In a crowd of monks, devout Buddhist followers, and fellow travelers, you’ll have a chance to marvel at intricate religious carvings, observe worship rituals, and gaze out over the ever-growing sprawl of Chiang Mai city. Just be sure to bring a bottle of water and your walking shoes – the staircase to the temple is steep. At the base of the stairs, vendors hawk everything from tasty local treats to goods handmade by villagers from the surrounding mountains. There’s also a shop selling masks, elephant carvings, and home furnishings so you can do some shopping while recovering from the trek up and down the stairs. You can combine your trip to Doi Suthep with excursions to Doi Pui, a small Hmong village in the mountains. It’s far more touristy than other villages, but if you’re on a tight schedule, this will give you a taste of Hmong culture and a chance to learn more about the hill tribe communities in the region, not to mention purchase some beautiful hand-woven textiles. The Bhubing Palace, open to tourists, is on the way to Doi Pui from Doi Suthep as well.
Formally Ao Phra Nang (“Princess Bay”), Ao Nang is the most popular beach town in the Krabi province of southern Thailand. It was originally a backpacker hotspot but now moving slowly upmarket as the airport brings in higher flyers. While not quite as scenic as Rai Leh, there is a good range of cheap accommodation, many good restaurants, easy transport and plenty of travel agencies, making it a good base for exploring Krabi.
The infamous Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party that takes place in Haad Rin on the island of Koh Phangan. It has grown from an improvised wooden disco for about 20-30 people in 1985 to a major event that draws a crowd of about 20,000-30,000 every single month. If you’re not on Ko Pha Ngan during the full moon, don’t worry: there are other parties to be had, including Half Moon, Black Moon and Shiva Moon party.
Phuket Attractions ? Aqua Spa: What is it? Somewhere to finally let your hair down and relax. You’ll find the most exquisite luxe Thai massage and Ayurvedic therapies in a beautiful, tranquil setting. Why go? Sure, you can get brilliant massages for a few hundred baht on most streets in Phuket, but if you’re looking for a divinely relaxing, more holistic experience in a gorgeous setting, head for this stunning spa just five minutes drive from Patong. With a vista of rolling hills, these rejuvenating beauty treatments, aromatherapy and much more are the perfect addition to your everyday life escape. Plus, you’ll still find standard Thai massage on offer (for the traditionalists) and there’s carefully considered wellness dining menu, too. Namaste, indeed. Need a place to stay in Phuket, Patong Beach ? Extra details at https://www.booking.com/hotel/th/the-shades-backpackers-hostel.html.
The biggest show on the island, Fantasea, is done is such a scale that it wouldn’t look out of place in Vegas. It’s a huge, enchanting complex that’s home to a theme park, places to eat, and several shows. Visitors are in for a spellbinding time as they learn about Thai culture and history through various performance mediums. Thailand’s national animal is the elephant, but sadly many are still abused, forced to perform and cruelly ridden by many in this country. Fortunately, places like the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary exist to both educate visitors about the animal’s plight and rehabilitate those majestic creatures who’ve been mistreated in the past. Visitors to the sanctuary can not only learn about elephants but also have fun feeding them and observing them in their newly found freedom — a must-see attraction indeed.Tags: hostel, Thailand