What comes to your mind when you think of a small but stunning country with miles of white powdery beaches, limestone cliffs, amazing marine life, lush green forests, dynamic cities and hundreds of intricately carved temples? A place with year-round sunshine, postcard-perfect islands, divine flavors and warm-hearted and smiley people? A place that makes you want never to return home?
Here’s a sneakpeak to the much awaited #AtoZChallenge #ThemeReveal 2017. Be sure to drop into both my blogs as I’m resolved to take you for a ride to my la la land and offer you delicious dishes. See you tonight. . . . . . . #blogging #blogchatter #bloggingchallenge #travelblog #foodblog #foodbloggersofinstagram #travelstagram #travellers #island #phiphi #Thailand #amazingthailand #instadaily #igers
Sawasdee Thailand – my theme for the #AtoZChallenge 2017
This is my fourth consecutive year, participating in the #AtoZChallenge and I am thrilled to experience the madness and chaos (not to forget fun) all over again. I am taking for granted that you know what the #AtoZChallenge is all about. If not, check my video here. Oh and I promise, it is not as grumpy as I look like!
That said, you can expect 26 posts on my Trip to Thailand – the fun I had, the many things I could tick off from my bucket-list, the culture, the practical tips, things you need to know and much more.
Our trip to ‘The Land of Smiles’ happened in the blink of an eye. Believe me when I say we had planned only 20 days before the day of departure. That says how smooth and effortless, planning a trip to Thailand is.
Where is Thailand?
Thailand is that dab in the middle of Southeast Asia, sharing its land borders with four countries -Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The capital is Bangkok, and the currency is Thai Baht.
One Baht = 1.88 INR as on date.
The official language is Thai. The country is deeply spiritual, and Buddhism is the main religion.
Destinations in Thailand
The main destinations in Thailand include Bangkok, Chang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, and Krabi. There are thousands of islands, and the popular ones include Phi Phi Islands, Ko Samui and Ko Lanta.
How to Reach?
Bangkok is well connected with rest of the world by air, and there are two international airports in the city. The Suvarnabhumi Airport is located 25 kilometers east of Bangkok and the Don Mueang Airport is located 24 kilometers to the north. While most international and domestic airlines operate at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, the latter is the hub for most Thai airlines. You can reach the airports by buses and taxis, and the Airport Rail Link -a high-speed train service into downtown Bangkok.
You can move around Thailand as the popular destinations like Phuket, Krabi, Chang Mai has got an airport of its own. There are also overnight luxury buses for you to travel to your destination. Taxis are available for hire for long distance, but it is expensive. You can always opt for mini-vans (sharing), taxis, motorbike taxis and tuk-tuks (our good old auto-rickshaws). You can also rent a bike for a day for local sightseeing. One can also go for ferry service which has got excellent connectivity as well. The most efficient way of traveling within Bangkok is the Bangkok MRT and BTS Skytrain.
What’s the Weather like in Thailand?
The weather in Thailand is warm and humid for the majority of the country during most of the year.
When is the Best Time to visit Thailand?
The best time to visit Thailand is from November to February. Summer is from March to June and avoid April unless you plan to be submerged in the ocean all the time. It is going to be bloody hot! Monsoon is from June to October and flooding can wreck the country.
Where to Stay in Thailand?
Thailand is one of the most tourist-friendly countries in the world. One can find a beach view resort to a dormitory room in a hostel, in a jiffy – for they are lined up in every nook and corner of the country. Be it the rich city like Bangkok or the quiet and relaxing Krabi; one can easily stay for 500 to 2000 Baht (budget rooms) a day.
What to Eat in Thailand?
Thai food is a celebration. Get ready to be exposed to the abundance of delicious flavors by the world famous Thai cuisine. Seafood and meat lovers will especially relish the experience. But there are very many options for vegetarians as well. You can also find many Chinese, Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants. Continental food is also available in most restaurants.
That’s all, for now, folks!
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P.S: If you love Indian food, you ought to head over to my food blog to know the #AtoZChallenge theme.