5 Amazing Reasons To Visit Thailand

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Before you read this travel guide on “5 Amazing Reasons To Visit Thailand”, be sure to follow me on Instagram @Invinciblerene to get daily updates on my life as a globetrotter. Conquering fresh territory is exhilarating to me and I will like to travel as much as I can, as far as I can and as long as I can. Hence, I couldn’t say no when I received the invitation from Tourism Authority of Thailand to visit Thailand.

 

 

This 6 days educational trip (2 – 7 November 2017) to Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai is a Media FAM Trip invitation by Tourism Authority of Thailand (Singapore Office) and Bangkok Airways.

 

Thailand Travel Guide: Bangkok & Amphawa (Part One)

 

Last year, I travel to Bangkok and Amphawa with Tourism Authority of Thailand (Singapore Office) and you can read the Thailand Travel Guide: Bangkok & Amphawa (Part One) to find out more.

 

Overwhelmed by the friendliness of the people here in “The Land of Smiles”, Thailand

 

One reason why I love to travel – Travel allows me to tap into that craving for new experiences and a trip is a perfect time to be #YOLO and do something different and exciting, especially something I can’t do at home.

 

It is easy to know why Thailand is often called the “Land of Smiles”, and it is because of the country’s friendly people and fascinating culture. Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia and there is something for every interest and budget. Thailand’s attractions are diverse and each provides a memorable experience in its own way. In this post, I will share the 5 amazing reasons for you to make Thailand your choice of destination!

 

Thailand has Amazing Temples

Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Big Buddha Temple, Koh Samui

 

Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, the Big Buddha temple sits majestically on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner. The golden 12-metre seated Buddha was built in 1972 and is one of the most popular attractions in Koh Samui. The Big Buddha sits in the Mara posture, with the left hand’s palm up resting on the lap and the right hand facing down, the fingers hanging over the knee and grazing the ground. This depicts a time during Buddha’s journey to enlightenment where he successfully subdued the temptations and dangers thrust by the devil-figure Mara by meditating and remaining calm. The pose is a symbol of steadfastness, purity, and enlightenment.

 

Wat Huai Pla Kland

Wat Huai Pla Kand, Chiang Rai

 

Wat Huai Pla Kand or also known as the 9-Tiered Temple is an impressive temple in a beautiful setting. The temple is famed for its Thai-Chinese architecture complete with a dragon staircase. We are very lucky that on our day of visit to Wat Huai Pla Kand, we get to meet the abbot of the temple Phobchok Tisswangso.

 

 

The abbot of the temple Phobchok Tisswangso is gracious to welcome us and he is reputed for his accurate fortune telling ability. The temple Wat Huai Pla Kand has been neglected for quite a long time until monk Phobchok Tisswangso revives it again. Now, the temple is another spiritual centre for the Chiang Rai Buddhists.

 

 

Because of my religious faith is Buddhism, I believe in practicing generosity and giving back to the society within my capability. I also make rice donation on behalf of my family and myself to the temple for good merits, and blessings in the hopes that we will be happy and healthy in life.

 

 

Wat Huai Pla Kang also houses the country’s biggest Guan Yin Bodhisattva delicately carved out of sandalwood. The pagoda is 9 floors with a statue of Buddha on each with offering box for devotees to make a donation.

 

Wat Umong

Wat Umong

 

Wat Umong is a 700-year-old Buddhist temple and the only forest temple in Chiang Mai. The temple complex also has a monastery so there are always monks walking around, often circling the stupa in prayer. Wat Umong is unique and unusual because of its location in the forest and its system of tunnels.

 

One interesting fact that I found out during the trip about Buddhism in Thailand is every man in Thailand is required to become a monk for a period of time before the age of 20. Young men do this in order to receive good karma and merit and it is an act of filial piety that is common for many Thai Buddhist families. The good karma from the monkhood will be bestowed upon the parents.

 

White Temple, Wat Rong Khun

White Temple, Wat Rong Khun

 

Better known as Thailand’s White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is well-known and popular among visitors to the Chiang Rai Province. The coating of white plaster symbolises Buddha’s purity, while the pieces of glasses stuck all over the walls represent Buddha’s wisdom.

 

 

As a millennial, I am guilty to take things for granted at times. I had to deal with many ups and downs in life and it is not as perfect as how it has been portrayed in the world of social media. There are hardships and struggles, but through it all, I have tried to remain appreciative and stay optimistic. My wish is to be hopeful and have realistic goals for the future, not to be affected by pessimism and steer clear from negative people.

 

 

*Travel Tip for visiting sacred places: When visiting places of worship culturally or historically significant as a foreign visitor, we should be respectful towards the local culture and norms. Be mindful of personal attire and behaviour to avoid disrupting others who have also come to pay their respects. 

 

 

Thailand has Amazing Festival

Loy Krathong Festival

 

Loy Krathong is very Thailand’s very own ‘festival of lights’ and every year, Loy Krathong falls on the night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November). Loy Krathong is celebrated throughout Thailand and is one of the most spectacular festivals in Thailand. This year, the Loy Krathong festival falls on 3 November 2017. The locals will gather around lakes, rivers, and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing beautiful lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense, and flowers onto the water.

 

Lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense and flowers

 

Making my wishes at Loy Krathong Festival #amazingthailand #chiangrai #loykrathongfestival2017🇹🇭

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It is believed that this is the time to symbolically ‘float away’ all your troubles away, and everyone makes wishes for the coming years by Loy (releasing) the Krathong (lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense, and flowers).

 

Thailand has Amazing Food

Dinner at Mum Mai Thai Restaurant, Chiang Rai.

 

When in Thailand, you just can’t get enough of the delicious local cuisine. Thai cuisine is well known for its spiciness, with Tom Yum Goong (Thai hot and sour shrimp soup) being an iconic example. One thing Thais are passionate about is food and Thai food is just Aroy Mak Mak (Very Very Delicious). Diet is going to wait when you’re here in Thailand!

 

 

I cannot resist not having coconut ice cream with grounded peanuts, my very favourite! When in Thailand, I let loose and eat non stop. It is a constant battle trying to resist all the amazing Thai food. *Dilemma* Anyway, it is impossible to be on diet in Thailand and..and..and.., I still look slim right?

 

Deep Fried Silk Worm

 

It is often said that the best way to immerse yourself in a country culture is by eating the local street food and one local delicacy to try is deep fried silk worm. Eating insects is a very popular snack in Thailand. Very hesitatingly, I tried putting one in my mouth and oh my gosh, I felt uneasy. So gross and taste weird… It may be an acquired taste but if you’re daring, you should try at least once.

 

Loy Krathong night dinner in Chiang Rai at Thanam Phulae Restaurant.

 

Lunch at Singha Park

 

Thailand is one of my favourite countries in the world because of all the Aroy Mak Mak food. The travel agents and media participants are all well fed by the generous hospitality of Tourism Authority of Thailand. Kob khun kha!

 

Thailand has Amazing Attraction

Mae Fah Luang Garden

Mae Fah Luang Garden

 

Geographically, Thailand is amazingly diverse. From mountains to jungles to white sand beaches, Thailand has everything to offer for everyone! Thailand never fails to surprise me, and never, never boring. There is so much to see and to do in Thailand with the variety of attractions to visit!

 

Located in Chiang Rai province, Mae Fah Luang Garden on the mountain at Doi Tung is a beautiful place to visit. Northern Thailand is blessed with a cool climate and this makes a conducive environment to growing temperate breeds of flowers such as tulips, dahlias and roses. The landscaped gardens are situated high up on the mountain of Doi Tung and visitors are rewarded with a beautiful display of flowers.

 

 

It is a soul fulfilling day for all of us to enjoy the cool and refreshing mountain air as we wander around in the garden, especially appealing to travellers who love being immersed in fascinating nature.

 

Doi Tung Tree Top Walk

Doitung Tree Top Walk

 

Launched last August, the Doi Tung Tree Top Walk is the latest addition to the Doi Tung Development Project within Mae Fah Luang Garden. The Tree Top Walk offers a unique point of view at some 40 metres above dense forest

 

Do not be deceived by my smile!

 

 It is not seemingly easy as it seems and believe me, I also get wobbly knees and jelly leg when I look at things from heights. Hung between big trees, the elevated trails have total length of 400 metres and are equipped with veteran staff and high standard safety equipment. With so many safety precautions in place, there is no reason not to try the Tree Top Walk even if you have fear of heights.

 

 

While walking on the canopy of century old trees, participants can learn about the very lush tropical forest of Doi Tung. The bridges are in excellent condition but it can still sway and wobble when someone in the group takes big step or lean to the side.

 

Wiang Papao Hot Springs

Wiang Papao Hot Springs

 

The Mae Khachan Hot Spring is very popular among travelers as en-route comfort stop on the way to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.

 

 

The popular activity to do at Mae Khachan Hot Spring is dipping your feet into the warm, soothing mineral water.

 

 

Look out for the locals selling chicken eggs that you can boil in the hot springs, another popular activity among visitors and residents.

 

Singha Park

Singha Park

 

Singha Park is an agro-tourism destination in Chiang Rai, Thailand and is the biggest of its kind in Thailand with a total area of more than 3,100 acres. In the spacious landscaped park, visitors can enjoy great variety of plants and flowers, as well as different farm activities.

 

 

There are numerous beautiful sceneries in Singha Park for the most memorable photos.

 

Choui Fang Tea Plantation

Choui Fong Tea Plantation, Chiang Rai

 

The province of Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful Northern provinces of Thailand and over here, you should not miss a visit to Choui Fong Tea Plantation. Choui Fong Tea Plantation boasts some of the best tea product in Thailand and the plantation also produces several different types of teas from green tea to the traditional Chinese Oolong.

 

 

With plantation area of over 1,000 rais in high mountain, all teas are grown under optimal conditions then hand picked at the perfect time.

 

Tea pickers of the day

 

 

Thailand has Amazing Beaches

Nora Buri Resort & Spa, Koh Samui

 

With hundreds of beautiful tropical islands, Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world. It is a must to spend a day at the beach and give yourself time to totally unwind. Notable mentions of the famous beaches in Thailand include Koh Samui, Krabi and Phuket.

 

I’m in a beach state of mind 

 

Life is always better at the beach.

You can never have too much beach and this is my happy place. 

 

 

I shall end this post by saying a big “Thank You” to Tourism Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Airways for organising this amazing trip to Thailand. An absolutely awesome experience to visit all these places of interests that I have never been to and I will be looking forward to visiting Thailand again. Kob khun kha!

 


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1 Comment

  • Volkan Atan November 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I visited anything around (Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapour etc.); but somehow never visited Thailand. I put it higher on my “to-visit-list”. Thanks 😉

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