There are several Thailand. First, Bangkok, megacity hyperactive and urban monster where we get lost with pleasure. Then the South, its islands, its beaches and its rocks springing from the sea, its spicier cuisine, its slightly different mentality, and its Muslim influences. Finally, the North, deep Thailand, original with its old founding kingdoms, relaxed pace of life, its Buddhist temples, fertile land, mountains, and forests … Three Thailand, therefore, physically and culturally different.
However, from one end to the other of Thailand are found the national qualities: a strong identity, Siam having never been colonized and having developed own arts, culture and even alphabet; a keen sense of social conventions and politeness, a great deal of modesty, of calm and dignity; a strong religiosity and a quasi-veneration for the royal family, elected by God (openly criticizing the king is punishable by prison!); Finally, a lot of humor, and a strong appetite – Thai epicureans, always ready to party, to eat well and drink well.
Unfortunately, the influx of tourists and commercialism may have distorted the Thai people’s friendliness, and have negative consequences: degraded coastal strips, the transformation of privileged sites into tourist ghettos, overcrowded islands, etc.
But never mind, Muang Thai (etymologically, “the land of free men”) remains one of the last countries in the world to gather so many quality ingredients to make the perfect holiday recipe: wooden bungalows on sleepy beaches, vast rice fields, and jungle-covered hills, perennial traditions, ancestral tribes, refined and varied cuisine at prices (still) often derisory.
With gleaming skyscrapers toying with an imbroglio of stilted huts, urban highways suspended above buildings and huge air-conditioned shopping malls that are close to street kitchen trailers, Bangkok is immediately becoming a pluralistic city.
A kaleidoscope of colors and smells, Bangkok, the City of Angels, vibrates with a human tide that sows its gaiety against the backdrop of glittering temples and small shops with shouting neon lights.
In Bangkok, bus-boats sputter their diesel, rusty barges weighed down by merchandise slide slowly on the river, and from time to time bridges, interchanges, the trains of a high-tech skytrain in the shade of which small hands weave freshly cut flowers … It honks, it fizzles, it goes through the nails … Bangkok has no limit …
If dawn marks the hour of recollection and visits to the Buddha at night, it offers the traveler rooftops and neighborhoods not always very wise. During the day, there are canals, markets, shopping, temple visits … and certainly one of the best cuisines in the world at low prices!
Chiang Mai Travel
In North Thailand, the North Rose Chiang Mai is a sumptuous city with a good number of tourist attractions. There are many temples to visit in Chiang Mai. Wat Phra Singh is the most visited temple in the city. He is famous for his Lion Buddha, his superb collection of classic Ianna art and his unique architecture. Wat Suan Dok has multiple white chedis containing the ashes of members of the former Royal Family of Chiang Mai. The second chapel houses a huge Bronze Buddha of more than 500 years. Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in the city, dating from 1296. It is known for its magnificent chedi carried by rows of elephants. Its chapel protects Phra Sila Khao and the ancient effigy of Buddha Phra Kaeo Khao. Wat Chedi Luang is worth a visit for its imposing chedi 98m long and 54m wide.
Koh Samui Travel
Composed of 80 small islands, Koh Samui, located not far from the east coast of Kra Isthmus, is among the leading destinations of the Asian continent. Tourists on a 2019 trip to Koh Samui are particularly attracted by the beautiful beaches hemmed in with palm trees and a shimmering green sea. It is advisable to book a hotel in Koh Samui cheap to take full advantage of its tourist attractions, like waterfalls and waterfalls. Just 2 km south of Nathon, along Highway 4172, a fork will take tourists on a steep, tree-lined, pebbled path. After a journey of about thirty minutes, they will lead to the memorable spectacle of Hin Lad, the most beautiful waterfall of Samui, where they can swim. 8 km to the south, the Namuang Waterfall 1 is just four minutes from the main road. Namuang 2, 80 meters away, is reachable in 30 minutes by the elephant.
Visit Koh Samui and its temples
History and culture buffs will be spoiled for choice between the sites and temples to visit in Koh Samui. The golden statue of the Buddha rises majestically in the precincts of Wat Phra Yai Temple. Omnipresent, she seems to watch over the city. Located just minutes from Wat Phra Yai, Wat Sumret’s temple stands out for its red-roofed houses, which seem to stand out from its palm-fringed greenery. Located in Hua Thanon, on Highway 4169, the Wat Bophut Temple, guardian of the ancient White Marble Buddha, still retains the remains of its former function. The visit of Wat Khunaram-Loung Pordaeng, containing a mummified monk for more than 20 years in the position of the Lotus, will also be a must. This temple is located not far from Na-Muang.