Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Top 6 things not to do in Thailand to enjoy most

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Every place has its own charm, uniqueness and some reasons to rejoice. It depends on the priority and psyche of a person how he or she can take thing wholeheartedly. I have met people who told lots of stories about Thailand, how filthy streets were, how stinky those foods were and other despicable thoughts. There are people who find even Afghanistan, a barren land, a heartening experience. It depends not only on what you are looking for, but also how well you can get experiential beauty of it.

One thing is I’m sure that most of the people agree with me, Thailand isn’t boring. It has a certain life energy that flows through its landscape. You can find everything here; from party to serenity; from seducing beaches to dense forests; from backpackers ghettos to innumerable monasteries. There are ten things in my opinion travelers should not indulge in to relish Thailand more than regular travel.

1. Don’t stay in Bangkok

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I know many travelers including seasoned ones who rapaciously promote Bangkok in their blogs, social media etc. but I feel staying in Bangkok is sheer wastage of time unless you have enough money and more than enough worthless time to spend. If you visit Thailand for its exotic experiences then there is very little in Bangkok.

In my opinion one day in Bangkok is enough to experience certain things like monasteries, markets,  and of course Khao San Road. Bangkok is expensive, lots of tourists, expensive hostels and full-on urban ambiance. I don’t understand why one spends in urban area while ignoring lots of good things just outskirt of Bangkok.

2. Please avoid Phuket and Pattaya

Why on earth I go to a beach, which is covered with McDonalds, Subway, KFC etc. If you prefer tourism is all about “fun” in KFC and other restaurants and see colorful people all around, Phuket and Pattaya could be a good destination. Phuket is mostly about uncontrollable whoring and abandoned binge drinking. If you are planning to go to Phuket for all good reasons like snorkeling, and scuba diving, I tell you it’s better to go to Koh Tao, the mecca of all those underwater sports.

3. Go to Chiang Mai but don’t stay

@ Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Take an overnight train ride to Chiang Mai (6:15 PM, second class A/C) to enjoy the journey. You can get easily train ticket(s) and train journey is pretty much comfortable. You can pack food from railway canteen or you can buy it in the train. However, reaching Chiang Mai stay outside of the main city. Main city is no different from Bangkok with less crowd and fanfare. You can book your hostel outside of your city and stay there comfortable, or if you stay in Chiang Mai for one day and go straight to Pai. There are certain advantages of staying in Chiang Mai main city but if you are not so fond of parties, cabaret, food joints, and other fun, the city doesn’t offer much. What you buy from the city can be bought in half in outskirt of the city.

4. You don’t have to go to restaurant to taste authentic cuisine

I think everyone will agree with one point that Thai cuisines are one of the best in the world. However, you don’t need to go to expensive restaurants to titillate your taste buds, you can find zillion of food joints everywhere in Thailand where you can find all types of foods. The best part of street food is they are fresh and totally hygienic most of the parts. You can find cheap food everywhere almost in $1 (less than Rs. 70) for a good meal. I like different kinds of juices, especially coconut juice with lots of coconut cream and ice.

5. Culture or fun

If you have less time in Thailand, what you want to do. It all depends on your priority and preference. I feel I can see all those beaches and islands in other places like Indonesia, Cambodia and other South Eastern countries but every country has its own cultural identity that is unique in its own way. Thailand has a rich cultural heritage beyond those sandy shorelines. Places like Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, different art galleries in Bangkok, monasteries in Chiang Mai and many other cultural aspects can’t be missed. 

6. Adventure is a nice shift in Thailand

Thailand has some splendid national parks and less explored jungles. Some highlights are Khao Sok in the south, Khai Yai to the north-east, Doi Inthanon in the South.

I know the story here is not agreeable to many people but it’s my personal opinion and it’s different from many people I have realized long time ago. One thing I can guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed in Thailand whether you are a fun loving or serenity loving person.

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