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There are many tourists coming in and out of the kingdom of Thailand, but there are expatriates, too — those that have decided to leave the borders of their homeland to teach English. That means travelling to Thailand is nothing to be afraid of. If you are only a few hours away from your flight, and if you do not have a list of things you want to do in Thailand, there are 15 things recommended to do while travelling around this beautiful country.
- Go on beach hopping.
Patong Beach, Railay Beach, Maya Bay, Hua Hin Beach, Kata Beach, Lamai Beach, Sairee Beach, and the list goes on and on. It is a home to beautiful beaches and you have to try, at least, three of them and be relaxed and amazed. Their beaches are unlike no other.
- Visit the Grand Palace.
Your Thailand visit wouldn’t be complete without setting your two feet on the Grand Palace. It is the home of the Thai king, the whole administrative staff of the government, and the Royal court. It boasts of beautiful architectural design from one dynasty to the other.
- Pay Khao San Road a visit.
If you are looking for a place to buy cheap souvenirs to bring back home or simply want to experience shopping like a local without breaking the bank, Khao San Road is a must-go-to place for you. Khao San is famously called the “center of the backpacking universe”.
- Eat street food.
If you have ever been eating their world famous Pad Thai in restaurants from where you are living, you will be amazed how a pad thai tastes like when it is cooked by a local right in the streets of Thailand. Aside from pad thai, there are other street food must-try.
- Ride a tuk tuk.
It is called by many names in many parts of the world, but it is famously called tuk tuk in Thailand. It is a vehicle used for transportation that is very Southeast asian is look and feel.
- Visit the King Cobra Village.
Be amazed at how entertaining these trained snakes are. It is quite scary at first glance, but the snakes there are bred in captivity to perform for tourists.
- Buy from the floating market.
You’ve seen this in photos and there is definitely no way that you should miss this. Hop into the boat and make your way into their canal and shop like how you would in your local market. It’s all so affordable, and there are people who are willing to cook for you after buying from the market.
- Go white in Wat Rong Khun.
It is privately own Buddhist temple commonly known to tourists as the White Temple. It is breathtakingly white and beautiful, and you can’t find a lot of white temples around the world.
- Learn Muay Thai.
There are Muay Thai camps in Thailand that you can be part of. It is quite an experience as nothing feels more authentic than learning this art from where it was originated.
- Go on a jungle trek.
Discover Thailand’s wildlife. Go on a trek and experience the other natural beauty they offer aside from the beaches. It’s an adventure worth trying.
- Eat insects.
Not everyone would give this a try, but for a full Thailand experience, pick a stick of insects and give it a chew. You will be amazed how tasty they are. It is easy to find one because it is mostly sold in the streets like a typical street food.
- Buy Harem pants.
Be a local. Buy Harem pants. It’s like a jogger pants for Thai people. Best part of it is how refreshing it feels when wearing it.
- Visit Ayutthaya.
Once a royal city, now it boasts of beautiful temple ruins. Ayutthaya is a World Heritage Site. That alone tells you that this place is a must to visit. It gives you an experience not only your eyes would be thankful but, as well as your soul.
- Go to Wat Arun.
Famously called as the Temple of the Dawn. It is a Buddhist Temple. If you’re lucky enough to visit it early in the morning, you will see the first light of the morning reflecting in the temple and it looks magnificent.
- Build a community.
Thai people are one of the most hospitable people in the world. It is not so hard to find a new friend in this country. If you want to make your Thailand experience a memorable one, it is best shared with people. Build a community – big or small. It makes you feel that Thailand is your new home.
There are a couple of hundred things you can do in Thailand. If you are going to work as one of the growing numbers of ESL teachers in the country, there is definitely no need to worry. You have a community willing to take you around and help you make your Thailand experience worth it. If you are just going around for a tour, it’s impossible that you will not enjoy every second of it. That’s how beautiful this country is.
Snorkel gear can be picked up at any of the beachy shops in Kenting town. The area around sail rock is popular with snorkelers. If you want to go scuba diving, check out Taiwan Dive for classes.
Rent a Scooter
Most places in Taiwan require a Taiwanese driving license to rent a scooter, but in Kenting, its legal for tourists to rent electric scooters. These surprisingly powerful little bikes can get you over all the hills and to every beach in Kenting for about 800 NTD a day. You can read about the best places to scooter to in Kenting over on my blog.
Be a Beach Bum
You’ve got plenty of white sandy options in Kenting to fulfill your holiday needs of reading a book and splashing around in the ocean. From Baisha Bay to Kenting Town Beach you’re sure to find a quiet spot to relax in the sun or play in the water.
Hike in a National Park
Kenting has two main parks, Eluanbi, which is the Southernmost tip of Taiwan, and Kenting National Park. Both parks have great views, fun hikes, and picturesque gardens to while away an afternoon in.
Explore a Cave
Kenting National Park is also home to two caves: the fairy cave and the silver dragon cave. Both are bigger than they initially seem from the outside and are fun (and refreshing) to explore on a hot summer’s day.
Learn to Surf
Jialeshuei is the famous surfing beach in Kenting, but other Kenting other beaches are also good for beginners.
Afei’s Surf Hostel is a great place to check out if you want lessons. Even if you don’t want to surf, I can recommend Afei’s as a lovely hotel to stay at.
Snack Your Way Through a Night Market
Kenting Night Market basically shuts the roads down in Kenting town in the evening as tourists and foods stands fill the main road. You can get typical beach food like ice cream and corn dogs or you can branch out and try some wild hog meat and stinky tofu.
Explore Taiwan’s History in Hengchun
Hengchun is an easy scooter ride away from Kenting and it’s a great place to head to for some interesting architecture and Taiwanese history. Walk from historic gate to historic gate down narrow roads and get a feel for what Taiwanese life was like a hundred years ago.
Stand on the Edge of a Cliff
Fongchueisha and Longpan will get your blood pumping if you bike to either of these two look out points for a stunning, cliff-side view down to the rocky waters below.
Stare at Fish from a Glass Bottom Boat
Kenting, Taiwan has a lot to offer the sun-loving vacationer. With cheap food and plenty of sights the South of Taiwan makes an excellent holiday destination.
The Philippines is becoming a hot destination for tourists because of the low prices, friendly people, and especially the beautiful country and beaches.
It can be a little intimidating traveling to Asia, when you find out that Asia has over 2,100 different languages spoken their!
The Philippines is a big part of that problem because it consists of over 7,000 islands and many of them have their own dialect that they speak with.
I learned this the hard way the first time I traveled to the Philippines I landed in Manila and jumped into a taxi with my friend. I was ready to see the country and had been studying the language for weeks.
I started talking to my taxi driver name Bong, and quickly found out that the words I had been studying were not going to help me get to the beautiful beaches of the Philippines I had been hearing about!
I soon learned that I did not need to know a lot of Tagalog words, just a few essential phrases to help me travel the beautiful country! Once I picked up the basics I was able to get around without a problem.
Thankfully the team over at HomeAway put together this graphic to help other travelers get around the Philippines more easily.
What phrases or travel tips do you think everyone should know?
Traveling has several benefits. That’s why you should consider getting this on your bucket list. Those who travel more are said to be happier. You also get to experience new things that may not be possible if you constrain yourself in one place.
If you’re an entrepreneur, one of the things that might be stopping you from seeing the world is the business that you have to run. It’s understandable that you would want to be hands on in running your company. You might find it exciting that there are now a lot of business people who are traveling the globe and managing their business at the same time.
Yes, that’s all possible, especially communication and all other business matters can be done over the Internet. In fact, there are even businesses with employees from all over the world connecting and working with each other online. If they can do it, you too can certainly do the same.
The thought of managing your company while going from one place to another might be thrilling, and it really is. However, you should also be prepared for the challenging things that may come your way. If you are aware of these challenges and know how to manage them, travel and business can work together well.
The infographic that we created would prepare you for the issues that you might face when traveling while managing your company.
Learn from the information on the graphic below to make things more convenient:
As a diving instructor living in Indonesia, one of the best diving spots in the entire world, I meet lots of people who would love to go on a dive but are nervous about the health and safety aspects. I meet even more people, unfortunately, who are so keen to start diving that they completely ignore the health and safety aspects, potentially putting themselves in danger.
My job isn’t just to take people on the trip of a lifetime – it’s also to imbue them with a healthy respect for the ocean and everything that lives within it. Here’s my advice, one that I dispense daily in the course of my work, written down to help out beginners to the wonderful world of diving.
Find a quiet spot to dive
If you’re a beginner diver, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with crowds the first times you dive. Those same crowds might also scare off the marine life, therefore cancelling out the very thing you came for.
My favourite diving spots of all time are Padang Bay which has amazing dive sites, and Nusa Dua which is great for those who love isolation. Moreover, those amazing locations are just scratching the surface of all Bali has to offer – but you really should do some research before you book your diving trip.
To be a diver, you really have to be quite physically fit. Cardiac-related deaths make up at least a quarter of all diving deaths, so please don’t become a part of the statistic.
Undergo a physical examination before taking up diving as a serious hobby, and absolutely ask your doctor if there’s anything at all in your health records that could make diving an overly dangerous experience for you. Even if you’re given an absolute all-clear and told you’re healthy, you still have to listen to your body at all times and never get complacent in your health. If you have a cold or the flu or are even just tired from partying, don’t dive. And don’t dive if you’ve been drinking. Just don’t risk it.
However, bear in mind that it’s not impossible to scuba dive if you’re disabled. There are many centers and resources for disabled people who want to try diving.
Plan ahead and stick with your buddy
Before you go diving, you should have planned out every last detail, including how deep you’ll go and how much air you’ll have in your tank when you ascend. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, ask your diving instructor. Never be afraid to ask us questions in fact – it’s what we’re here for.
You should have a diving buddy who goes under with you (It’s best if this is someone you already know, but it doesn’t have to be). You should pre-arrange hand signals with them beforehand, as obviously you won’t be able to converse underwater. Keep your diving buddy in sight at all times; don’t swim off the second you spot something interesting. If you do lose them, slowly ascend to the surface to regroup.
Go slowly and relax
It can be scary diving for the first time, but you simply have to relax your body and, if needs be, remind yourself that diving accidents are incredibly rare. If for any reason you start to panic, alert your buddy and your dive instructor and slowly start ascending. That ‘slowly’ is very important when it comes to diving – ascend too quickly and the nitrogen bubbles forming in your blood will make you sick with decompression illness or ‘the bends’. That’s one thing you absolutely, definitely do not want.
Ascend at 30 feet per minute max, and you should be fine. Then, take some time to rest before diving again.
Diving is fun, the best kind of fun in the world in my opinion, but it’s not a sport for the careless or arrogant. Always follow your instructor’s advice – it’ll save you ruining your holiday with a spell in hospital instead of underwater.
“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.”
– Francis Bacon
I fell in love with Southeast Asia after reading “The Beach” and “The Tesseract”, both by Alex Garland. Both novels weren’t part of the reading list, which was quite unfortunate. I could compose an essay in an hour or two, but it didn’t matter. The chance to travel to that part of the world came.
I was excited with my trip, along with my course-mates. I dreamed of a Robinson Crusoe moment in a desert isle, but the closest thing to that was Ha Long Bay. Colin, one of my three travel buddies in this trip, remembered our module on Ian Fleming and James Bond. We did went to Andaman Sea, where “The Man with the Golden Gun” was shot, but that would be another tale.
What was it about Southeast Asia that the likes of Graham Greene have used as backdrop for their novels? It was different from what I’ve seen here at home, or the continent for that matter, but that wasn’t the reason. It would be the destinations, but there was more. In other words, it was anything but dull. It was also unique.
Below were my five must-see places:
1. Wat Rong Khun (Chiang Rai, Thailand)
Designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, this temple war arguably the main attraction in northern Thailand. Compared to the other monastery temples (wat), White Temple was unconventional, which drew lots of tourists. I would recommend spending half an hour looking at the wall paintings, a mixture of Buddhist images and pop culture. So imagine the likes of Harry Potter in the presence of Buddha’s solemn face, which seemed quite awkward at first. Eventually, I warmed up to it.
2. The terraced fields of Sa Pa, Vietnam
This town in northern Vietnam couldn’t be in a better location, as locals would be greeted with the panorama of Phan-Xi-Pǎng (Fansipan), the highest peak in Vietnam, every morning. It looked splendid on a sunny afternoon, but the countless terraces were the ones that tourists shouldn’t passed up. It would take a day or two for trekking, which might not be enough. Several ethnic groups lived there, and my interaction with them was priceless. Be warned that souvenir shops were ubiquitous in the village of Cat Cat, and the some of the locals were too persistent (in selling their items).
3. Angkor Thom (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Not that Angkor Wat was unattractive, but Angkor Thom had an august appearance. One needed an imagination, as all that remained were ruins, which looked gorgeous from certain angles. The Bayon Temple was my favourite, its solemn faces good enough for a postcard.
4. The temples of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
One must go the distance in able to see the Buddhist and Hindu temples in Yogyakarta, located in central Java. Borobudur, a pyramid-like temple, was a sight to behold. The summit looked like a page from a fairy tale, where tens of bell-like structures were arranged circularly. Not far behind were Prambanan and Ratu Boko, more reminders of a mighty civilisation that once flourished in this part of Asia.
5. Ho Chi Minh
East meets West, past meets present. This former capital of Vietnam had many landmarks that revealed its storied past. I visited the French section twice, where one of Gustave Eiffel’s creations could be found. I was referring to the Post Office, its remarkable interior had an old map of Saigon.
Lee Smyth studied Film and Literature, had a stint in dissertation writing services, and did freelancing jobs in writing and proofreading. He would pursue a graduate degree next fall. Check out his blog and Twitter account.
When travelling to Hong Kong, there are a lot of things that you can do. Hong Kong is one of the most beautiful and safest places in the world. It’s located in South China and is made up of the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. There are also multiple smaller islands that surround the area. The most popular part of Hong Kong is where the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island meet. This is called Victoria Harbor. Many of the world’s ships pass through this area carrying all types of goods.
In this area you can find many beautiful hotels and tall skyscrapers all around. The streets are narrow because all of these buildings are very close together. Hong Kong is an extremely populated city. Victoria Harbor hosts world-class fireworks displays multiple times per year. This harbor is the world’s finest harbor and has the most spectacular views. Like Hollywood, you can also find an avenue of stars here. One thing you don’t want to miss on the harbor is the Star Ferry. Take the Star Ferry from one side of the harbor to the other for a spectacular view! The best places to take photos are on the Kowloon side at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Another amazing thing to do from the promenade is to watch the world famous Symphony of Lights Show that happens every night for free. All of the lights from the building turn on and off to the sound of music for a few minutes. Other things to see on the promenade include the Bruce Lee Statue, Clock Tower and all of the shops you can find while walking around and exploring the city!
Also in the area of the TST Promenade you can find the Hong Kong Museum of History. The museum really shows a lot of Hong Kong’s history and you could spend hours in there learning all about the history of Hong Kong. It’s walking distance from the TST promenade. There are eight galleries spread out on four floors. The Hong Kong Museum of History is one of the best attractions in the city.
Another thing to see and experience in Hong Kong are the tramways that travel throughout the city. The tramways have been around since 1904. They travel from east and west on Hong Kong Island and transport around 230,000 passengers per day! It’s a great way to see the city without getting too tired of walking around.
One of the best things to do in Hong Kong is to go to “The Peak” on Hong Kong Island. To get there you will have to take a tram up the mountain. It’s really an amazing experience. The Peak is filled with fast food and high end restaurants. It’s one of the best eating experiences in the world. You dine while looking over the magnificent city of Hong Kong from the top of the mountain. If you’re not hungry, then you can go to the Sky Terrace and take beautiful photos from above while enjoying the nice breeze.
There are so many wonderful things to see in Hong Kong. It’s one of the best cities to visit in the world. You will never be bored in fabulous Hong Kong!
Greg Aziz is a freelance copywriter with a Journalism degree from University of Toronto and with over 5 years of experience writing for hundreds of companies from virtually any industry. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter, Google +, Linkedin, or Quora.
Thailand tourism is not only known for its exotic beaches, wonderful marketplaces and great food, but if you are an adventure buff then you can hit the coasts of Thailand for an exciting adventurous treat that is surely going to get your pulses racing.
Rock climbing- Railay is the place in the Krabi province in Thailand where you can go for rock climbing. Most people go to Railay for this adventure sport as it is one of the most amazing things to do in Thailand. There are several routes that fit the needs of all kinds of rock climbers, from beginners to the thorough professional rock climbers. You can also opt for learning the beginner course or the seasoned professional course. You can buy your own gear or get it on rent.
The Railay Bay is really very beautiful featuring limestone cliffs that jut out of water and surround the horseshoe beaches.
Elephant trekking – There is this picturesque National Park situated in the southern part of Thailand. This National Park is known as Khao Sok and there is a good deal of elephants here that are a big hit among the crowds of people that throng here for an amazing experience of elephant trekking. An extraordinary addition to our list of things to do in Thailand, elephant trekking should not be missed at any cost.
The elephants at Khao Sok are pretty healthy and sitting on top of these fairly large creatures is a big thrill in itself. The feel that you get while the elephants take you down the steep hills and over the rough terrains is simply unmatchable. You shudder at the thought of tumbling down from your high perch but these intelligent giants manage to hold you safely all throughout.
Cave kayaking – Well, sea kayaking is quite common but cave kayaking is one amazing Thailand that you cannot experience easily at any other location of the world. Also known as inland kayaking, as you kayak on the river waters making way through the mangrove forests. You go through the lush greenery and the moment you enter the caves give you an adventurous feel, a mysterious feel of being one among nature. It is a complete thrill to paddle under the stalactites and the limestone cliffs. It is a real heavenly feeling when you reach a lovely lagoon encircled by high cliffs.
Bridge walking on the Kawai River – Call it thrill but for some it is more of fear, the fear of taking one wrong move and tumbling down straight into the river. After all, the bridge on the Kawai River does not comprise of wires or cages and you need to just walk on the planks. Bridge walking on the Kawai River is a must-do for most of the adventure freaks that visit the country seeking solace and thrill at the same time.
Travel in a Tuk Tuk – Your visit to Bangkok is not complete unless you take a Tuk Tuk ride. This is sure shot things to do as it is the local mode of transport that is not only cheap and easy to go around but is great fun as well. These are 3-wheeled motorbikes that are found abundantly in Bangkok.
So, Thailand Tourism really has a lot to offer you and fun, adventure and thrill is surely going to be a part of your trip to this epitome of a holiday destination. This guest post was by Stephenleuis, a Travel enthusiast and has written on Thailand Tourism.
A small touristy town with sunny cheer all around is just what the young at heart looks for in an ideal vacation spot. Broadbeach Queensland offers you just that and much more, that writes ‘fun’ in bold letters on the few pages of your life that you dedicate to it. Therefore, whenever you plan to indulge in the enjoyment of Gold Coast tourism, don’t miss on the opportunity to enjoy Broachbeach.
Sure, you can’t just take your decision by reading our fancy adorations of a place we love some much. So, to convince you to visit Broadbeach, we list down a few of its lovely attractions that promise joy for all!
1) The Divine Beaches!
With a long, long coastline adorned with lovely golden sand, and waves perfect for a joyous surfing sessions, the divine beaches of Broadbeach attract countless tourists in every season. The Kurrawa beach is pretty popular; it has play areas for kids and amazing shops and cafes all round it.
Volleyball, sand surfing and kite surfing add to the amusements of this beach. Another striking feature about the Gold Coast beaches is their exceptional lifeguards who keep you safe while you forget all your cares in soaking fun in the heavenly waters!
Pacific Fair is a mammoth shopping center, certainly the most exciting place to shop and spend time in all of Gold Coast. Besides offering some of the best brands and best varieties under a single roof, Pacific Fair also has amusement options for kids and adults alike; and not to forget, the food is drool-worthy!
Next on list, very predictably, has to be the Oasis Shopping Center with nearly 100 specialty shops that are bursting with discounts and delicacies. “Art and Craft on the Coast” markets are held every Sunday, and they offer some lovely handicrafts and locally-crafted products at affordable prices.
3) Out of the World Movie Experience at Birch Carroll and Coyle in Pacific Fair
After a delightful shopping spree, you have an excellent amusement option available to you right there at Pacific Fair. Featuring all the latest flicks in 2D and 3D on 12 gigantic screens and enormous sitting areas brimming with lovely, lively viewers, Birch Carroll and Coyle is one place you cannot miss to pay homage to. It will give you a never-before movie experience, and for young couples out there, it is the perfect place to get cozy!
4) Therapeutic Massages and Beauty Treatments
Luxury, rejuvenation, pleasure, and beauty – Broadbeach has very intelligently created spa centers and world-class beauty salons for men and women like yourself to indulge while on vacation. The city has some truly awesome spas that cannot be praised enough.
The ambience, warmth and hospitality you get to enjoy in Broadbeach spas and salons are incomparable. Harbour Day Spa, for instance, has the looks that will stun you the instant you move into it; its design is inspired by the Italian Riviera, and all the services are steered towards sending you back calm, relaxed, happy and bubbling with positive energy.
5) Great Food
Broadbeach is loaded with eateries, cafes and restaurants serving delicious food. This is one of the places that offer authentic cuisines from the world over. Be it in Pacific Fair, Oasis, or one of the big names like Jupiter’s, the food will always get your taste buds in the mood for more.
6) Thrilling Performances
If you love live performances, Broadbeach will thrill you. There are numerous concerts and live shows happening in the city every evening. Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant hosts spellbinding shows that will get your nerves racing; it takes you on a ghost train ride inside the Vampire’s theatre where even the waiters look like fantasy creatures from one of those movies!
Spend a few idle hours on golden sand under the golden sun, play some fun sports, shop in one of the best shopping centers of Australia, and dine in some exotic holiday restaurant in Broadbeach to make your Queensland experience worth the while.
Philippine is known as beach capital of the Asia. The coastline of Philippines is twice to that of the United States. Phillipines is relatively undiscovered travel destination but it has magical islands with world class surfing and diving opportunities. You can enjoy the deep crystal blue waters of the China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Every beach has its own charm. If someone asks you to pick the best beach in the Philippines you will get confused. It seems that someone has asked you to choose the best child among your children. I am going to tell you the fantastic islands and beaches in the Philippines.
Chill out in El Nido, Palawan:
It is one of the beautiful islands in the Philippines. The Palawan is known as the last frontier of the Philippines while the El Nido is the gateway to the adventure. The fantastic views are something that is selling this place. You will love the powder fine beaches. The gin-clear water is enough to make you take a deep breath and calm yourself. When you are there capture the beauty of this piece of land in your camera. Get one and hang it on the wall of your living room to save the precious memories of Philippines. Have a lifelong adventure with fabulous surfing and diving here.
It is the most visited holiday destination in the Philippines. The distinctive feature of this place is the white beach. You can enjoy here the secluded trips to the caves, cliffs, sand and coves. The beach is famous for the night which is full of candle-lit sand castles giving a romantic and magical view. The major activity’s here are kite-boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing. You will love the place and the scenic beauty here. The azure blue water is something that will make you turn to this place again and again. The white beach here is known as the “finest beach in the world”. So do not miss any more time and pack yourself for a wonderful trip to boracay Philippines.
The Bohol Island is also known as the chocolate island. It has large numbers of limestone hills that were formed of coral reefs of the last ice age. The things to enjoy are numerous. You can enjoy exploring the caves which are more than hundred in number. It has the wide range of animals and plant species, the Philippine tarsier is the distinctive one. The Bohol Island is bestowed with countless beaches with clear waters and fine sand. Relax yourself at these enchanting beaches and get lost in nature. You will fall in love with the water, sand and the surrounding cliffs.
It is the most beautiful island in the Philippines. The dazzling clear waters and the striking coral formation are the distinctive features of this island which makes it unique to other islands in the world. The beaches of this island have white powdery sand that is perfect to lie down to enjoy the sun. The Apo Island has a wonderful and famous site for the scuba diving and snorkeling. The water here is full of marine life and the divers can enjoy some more than 600 species of marine life while diving under the dazzling waters. The coral formation here is awesome and it appears that god has places the corals here with his own hand. Besides the awe inspiring scenery you will enjoy the friendly nature of the people here. You can have any kind of help from them. So don’t be afraid of going to the Apo beach on this holiday season. These are the famous and enthralling islands with stunning beaches waiting for you.