Posts on Thailand by Kyle the Vagabond
Everyone has different images in mind when it comes to Thailand. Whether it be of riding elephants through bamboo jungles, white sand beaches set under limestone cliffs, or
Buddhist temples situated in and around tightly packed markets, that image and more can be found in this hedonistic traveler haven.
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When to Go:
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Seemingly half of the world flocks to Thailand from November-March. The rain is at a minimum, and the temperatures aren’t inescapably hot. So the weather is pristine, but prices are higher and crowds are everywhere. April, June, and Sept.-October tend to be less crowded,and when the temperatures in the summer months of June-August grow too hot, the lush mountains of the northwest are a good place to escape the heat. The southern islands have more of an even temperature year round, though the west coast monsoon runs during the summer months, and the winter months tend to feature more rain on the east coast.
It’s polite to remove your shoes before entering many establishments, and drizzle squeezed lime on everything you eat. Trust me. Also, if you’re planning on picking up any souvenirs, just do all of your shopping in Bangkok. Everything you can find in the rest of the country is half the price here.
The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks:
1. Chill out in Koh Phi Phi
Jaw-dropping scenery, endless watersports, and enough bars to drink your face off. Caution: Backpacker central.
2. Embrace Bangla Rd.
Embrace the circus that is Bangla Road in Phuket’s notorious Patong Beach. Beaches, bars, anf go-go crazy.
3. Devour as many banana Thai pancakes and chicken pad Thai plates as possible
4. Climb to the hidden lagoon in Railay
Gaze down above pristine Phra Nang Beach and towering limestone cliffs from this hidden slice of the jungle
5. Ko Tao
Ride a motorbike from one palm oasis beach to the next, or explore underwater pinnacles diving the clear warm waters of this gulf gem.
6. Attend a Koh Phangnan Full Moon Party
Love it or loathe it, it is undeniably a scene worthy of a once in a lifetime experience.
7. Bangkok’s Floating Market
Located 11o km west of Bangkok, the Damnoen Floating Market is all that is traditional and good about Bangkok.
8. Koh Chang
Arguably the best Thai island, this eastern island enclave is the epitome of relaxation and draws an older, more mature (not drunk) crowd. Plus you can ride elephants, which is always a plus.
9. Explore the Northeastern Isaan region
Well off of the tourist map, the northeast of Thailand is home to Thai ranchers, cowboys, and incredibly spicy food.