Must-see visit in the city of Bangkok. When you get there a lot of people will try to tell you that the door to the entrance is closed, but don't listen to them. They'll confuse you and their route will take you on a wild goose chase. To enter the palace complex of buildings you should wear long sleeves and be covered from the waist down. There is also the possibility of renting the proper clothing right there! The Royal Palace in Bangkok has been used as a royal seat from the eighteenth century to the mid twentieth century. Construction began in 1792 during the reign of Rama I. The most important building of the palace is the temple Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Carved out of jade in the fifteenth century and at only 45 inches high, it's the most valuable and revered treasure in Thailand. This visit will make you love Thailand!
Our stay at Phi Phi Don was truthfully by coincidence. We were staying in Phuket and we passed one of the thousands of posts where they sell tours and saw the offer to spend a night at Phi Phi Don. We thought it was a good opportunity since we wanted to tour Phi Phi Lee. Phi Phi Don is not a very big island, and most of the shops and restaurants were at the port. We decided to stay in the andaman legacy hotel, even though it was a bit far away from the center. Then again, it was the only one available.
Anyway, when we arrived at the hotel we were very surprised. It was isolated, but still only 10 minutes away from the center, and it was very nice and had a nice pool. The only thing is that there is a Muslim church next door and at 5am, they burst a song out through the megaphone.
Anyhow, the ferry and overnight stay at the Andaman Legacy was about 1700 bats, or 40 euros (2 people).
Poor Buddha, though smiling, he must suffer from a lot of stress in such a tiny building. I was reminded of a giant Gulliver. Rama III ordered the construction of this impressive reclining 46 meter long Buddha, with a 15 meter head and 3'x5' feet. Located at just a 10 minute walk from the Royal Palace, I recommend a visit. Located in Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, with over a thousand images of Buddha from Lantiguas Ayutthaya and Sukhothai as its capital. The images near the Buddha's feet show him passing into nirvana. Inlaid with pearls and 108 prints depicting scenes from Buddha's life. For 20 baths (half a euro), they give you some money without any real value, so you can throw them into the metal bowls distributed along the back part. You have to parcel them out carefully because you'll only get the blessing if you throw money into each bowl.
A pink cab? Thats so odd!! The good news is that I was surprised until I saw that the ones in Barcelona are black and yellow. Here I show you a trip I took to Thailand especially Bangkok. In the photos I show what caught my attention such as a floating market.
In Traimit Wat or Temple of the Golden Buddha we have a Buddha statue measuring 3 meters in height and weighing 5.5 tons. It is also made of pure gold. The Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn is in the district of Thon Buri. Its main part measures 79 meters high and in the nineteenth century it was decorated with porcelain. It represents Mount Meru. To get there we took a boat and then made the short walk to the pier for temple. Outdoor vendors were offering fried insects, which obviously tried. After a walk through the neighborhood to experience street life.
If you're backpacking and looking for cheap bars and restaurants and a royal guesthouse or somewhere to sleep in Bangkok, this is your place. It has a great atmosphere and there are many travellers looking for fun. You can travel here by boat from pier 13.
Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam, was the kingdom which preceded the country we now know as Thailand. It is home to legendary temples of which unfortunately only ruins remain, ,mainly due to war, but also to the relentless passage of time. The former glory of these meditative shrines always reminds me of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. For most of the trip, we saw dozens of beheaded Buddhas (as well as a few which remained intact) draped in sacred cloth. One of those images you might recognize is the background for Sagat in Street Fighter II. But ancient monuments aren't the only things that populate the area near Bangkok. There are also ambitious modern palaces and golden Buddhas.
After traveling for what seems like an eternity, when you get to Bangkok you probably don't think that a boat is there waiting to take you to your hotel (better than some seedy cab, no doubt) ... What you would'nt expect is that it takes you on a two hour loop (not a cruise, I guess some people would call it that) around the Chao Phraya River. The closest houses to a river that I've ever seen aren't like the ones here .... I can tell you that the traffic on the river (which is fortunately very wide), is continuous, and people don't stop smiling. Before, they took us to another anchored barge and offered us a drink and some sort of fruit-like food that's hard to explain appearance and taste-wise. We returned to our boat ... We left ... That heat, the apparent dirtiness of the river ... But the river water doesn't smell bad surprisingly. That late afternoon, with the sound of our boat's motor and the sun's reflection in the water of this huge river ... All is calm. If you travel to Bankokg, don't hesitate to do the boat ride in the Chao Phraya river ...
It was impressive to see rock formations open to make way for two of the most stunning beaches of Krabi. One of these formations is shaped like a turtle or snail and can be seen from Tonsai Beach and of course from Railey or Pranang. Many of the excursions that take you to the beaches or islands pass by this place but the most amazing way to visit is by kayak. In any of the nearby beaches you can rent a kayak and get close to the rocks to see the effects of wind and water. It is simply spectacular to see the erosion, which climbers call "frills". Black and red rocks with vegetation the top are spectacular. Many climbers dare to climb these rocks from a boat and without strings. They simply jump into the water if something went wrong or if they get to a point where they can not climb anymore. It is a common practice in this area but also happens in places in Spain, like Mallorca.
In any case, just going around these formations on a canoe is great. I recommend it as a free attraction if you are in Krabi.
There are many islands with these features in the area. They can seem like a somewhat gloomy landscape, with their colors and shapes, but it's still impressive to see and be so close to them.
We did a tour of Thailand, and went to several beaches, but Tanote Bay will definitely stay with me, located in the east of the island of Koh Tao. The road there is an adventure because you are only halfway asphalted. We arrived there and stayed in a bungalow of 30 m2 for 20 € for the night It was on the beach, and we were practically alone. A very good place for snorkeling, the water is very clean and there are so many fish! If you want to spend a couple or three days to unwind and relax this is a great site! Incidentally, remember to haggle the prices of hotels, always!
One of the most popular means of transport in the city are motorcycles with a side-car. They are cheaper than a taxi. If you do not want to spend money or if you get caught in a heavy monsoon rain, you can go wherever you want. Of course, bear in mind that they go like crazy, so if you get scared easily, do not take it. In short, it is a good alternative to get around the city and also is exciting ...
The wonderful Rongkhun Wat temple, also known as the White Temple, is the most unique and amazing temple that you can see in Thailand. Its construction started in 1997 and continues today. The designer himself is a famous sculptor named Thai Chalermchai who decided to devote the rest of his life to finance and build this magnificent offering to Buddha. Its completely white and his millions of encrusted crystals that shines so brightly it's blinding on sunny days. Inside, there are surrealist paintings reminiscent of Dali's work. The exterior certainly reminds us a little of Gaudiano style. Its a must-see attraction, and is included in all the programs that visit Chiang Raithe with the tour group www.Siamtrails.com.
The Emerald Buddah Temple (Wat Phra Kaew in Thai) is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand and is located within the compound of the Grand Palace in Bangkok in the historic center of the Thai capital. It is the home of the legendary (and singular in the world) Emerald Buddha, even though it is actually made of jade, and it is wearing clothes made of gold thread. It is a stunning space. The royal monastery Phra Si Ratana provides a dazzling view when the sun is reflected off its golden walls. The paintings that are protected by the interior walls tell the terrifying story of the formation of the region. While the guardians (those ve accompany me in the photo) protect the building from evil spirits. All of this is a monument to the wealth and power of the country's monarchs from the last two and a half centuries. I video I have posted shows the impressive scale copy of Angkor Wat in Cambodia that I found in one of the courtyards. The best way to get there, you ask? By taxi or, even more authentic, by tuk-tuk.
Maya Bay is indescribable. It's a beach on an island that's surrounded by mountains, all kinds of vegetation, and clear water. It's supposedly among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. The diving is spectacular and I saw leopard sharks, tropical fish, scorpion fish, and turtles. I've had some pretty incredible experiences during my travels but I have to say that visiting Maya Bay was one of the coolest things I've ever done. "The perfect day," if you will. I think it's one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in their lives.
It's located on the island of Ko Phi Phi which you can reach from many of the local resort areas. I'd suggest going by speedboat from Phuket or Krabi. It cost 700 baht (around 15 euros) and takes 90 minutes from Phuket, and if you go from Krabi it's a bit cheaper (around 11 euros) and shorter.
The following trip took us to Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai. This is a rich complex of religious buildings. The temple is considerably large itself, with its holy relics, and was founded in the fourteenth century. It is considered the symbol of Thailand Lanna. Four golden parasols surround the central chedi decorated with filigree gold leaf which are placed there by pilgrims to the temple. It is a delight to walk among the faithful and feel some peace and tranquility that seems to emanate from the many images of Buddha.
This is an impressive market because of its size and for its variety of products. Clothing, footwear, souvenirs, food, decorations, animals, toys, plants, etc.. All of this found in very well-ordered streets and sections. You will need the whole day if you want to get across the majority of this market. Just like Yola says, it's only on weekends. They use DHL transport service that will bring to your home whatever you want, so if you have a crush on a piece of furniture you can send it and believe me it is worth it many times over. The furniture is of good quality at a great price.
When we headed for Koh Pha Ngan, we feared that we'd be greeted with hordes of tourists clogging up the beaches and rampaging through the nightclubs. And, while it is still a tourist-oriented island, it was actually one of the places what we most enjoyed during out trip through the islands.
To visit the island, I recommend renting a scooter (the island is full of rental places) and explore the less-visited cliffs, jungles, and beaches away from the tourist centers. I'd also recommend hiring a tour to the Mu Ko An Thong Natural Park and see some of the virgin beaches and go snorkeling in the reefs.
If you want to go partying in Koh Pha Ngan, your best bet is to consult the lunar calendar since this is where they really celebrate the Full Moon Party. Really though, in my opinion, it's just one macro-party more in the Thai islands. Or, conversely, if you want to relax, make sure you stay doesn't line up with the full moon or else the place will be packed.
Oh, if you're looking for a place to stay, I recommend the J.B. Hut. It has affordable bungalows in a quiet area and is fun by "Mamma," the owner who aside from being really nice and attentive, makes the best barbecue in Thailand.
Our visit happened to coincide with the preparation of the Chinese New Year. We had a great time, it's like a massive labyrinth full of shops and restaurants. It was one of the best experiences we had.