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Why You Should Go To: Thailand

14 Apr 2016 13:25 PM

Thailand is a beautiful country and it has become one of the most popular destinations for travellers from around the globe. Many people visit it for its amazing beaches, nightlife and festivals and those who do definitely don’t regret it. It’s a historic, stunning place to visit and if you need a few reasons why you should go to Thailand then here are eight!

Golden Buddha Statue

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This statue is a solid gold statue, the largest in the world and weighs 5.5 tons, which is phenomenal. It’s located in the temple of Wat Traimit in Bangkok and is one of the most visited statues in the world. It draws in a big crowd because of the sheer size and magnificence of the statue. The statue was discovered after it was dropped and beneath the plaster casing the gold was unleashed.

Railay Beach

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This beach is described as a beautiful, quiet and relaxing beach, but it is only accessible through a boat ride so that is probably why it can be quiet at times. The beach is surrounded by limestone cliffs which attracts rock climbers. There are four different areas; East Railay, West Railay, Pranag and Ton Sai and is mostly visited by backpackers and travellers due to the more rustic atmosphere.

Thailand Ice Cream

They have a very special way of preparing your ice cream in Thailand, and it’s not only delicious to eat it’s also very entertaining to watch! It’s a different way to eat your ice cream and it will add a great story or video to show from your travels.

Floating Markets

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A colourful array of local produce being handed to you from people on rowing boats sounds like fun, right? These markets are a unique Thai experience and will make some great photos with the beautiful colours and different textures topped with boats and water - priceless! Get there early to bag the best bargains and avoid crowds.

Hill Tribe Villages

Many who travel want to have as authentic experience so they can and immerse themselves in the culture. Taking some time off the beaten track and meeting people from the Akha, Lisu, Hmong and Karen tribes who can teach you a lot about their specific culture is a great learning experience and it will definitely give your travel adventure a diverse dimension.

The Golden Triangle

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This point is where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River and is where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet. There are clear signs so you know you are at the right spot, and you can either look across to Burma and Laos or hire a boat where there are some absolutely stunning stalls and statues of elephants and Buddha. The area also has an interesting history to do with the growth of opium so it’s definitely a good spot for those interested in Thai history as well.

Island Hopping

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Thailand has an expanse of 5000 miles of coastline and therefore there is so much to see! Many people that want to see as much as they can, choose to island hop and go to many different locations as possible. You can go to Andaman Sea off of Phuket and Krabi and then to Ko Phi Phi Lee and Ko Phi Phi Don where you have the chance to snorkel and then relax on the white sand beaches. There is also an opportunity for kayaking which is another way to view the islands. It’s a much more relaxed experience compared to tourist boats, where you don’t get as much time to explore.

Loi Krathong

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Sorry to say but unfortunately this amazing lantern display is an annual event, always in November. But it was hard not to mention it because of the spectacular beauty of the whole scene. If you are a big Disney fan this will remind you a lot of Tangled (the lantern scene is the best scene). Loi Krathong takes place on the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar. The lanterns represent the light of Buddha and it is a symbolic gesture of letting go your hate and anger, and let’s face it its stunning!

If you want to visit Thailand then check out Frontier’s projects there! You can work with wildlife such as gibbons and elephants or even work with marine animals like turtles and help conserve their environment. You can also help conserve the coral reefwhile learning to dive or explore South East Asia on one of our ethical trails!

Frontier runs conservationdevelopmentteaching and adventure travel projects in over 50 countries worldwide - so join us and explore the world!

By Fay Partridge - Online Journalism Intern