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Bangkok

Bangkok is the most vibrant city in South-eastern Asia, cosmopolitan and exotic, ancient and modern, frenetic and enjoyable. Chinatown and its street vendors, Dusit and the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, Sukhumvit with its street markets, the busy Prathumwan quarter, the floating market in Taling Chan: every place deserves a visit but absolutely do not forget the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple (with a giant golden Buddha)

 
 

Bangkok special advices

Suvarnabhumi airport is located 30 km east of Bangkok and there are different solutions to get to downtown (taxi, bus, trains).
Be careful at night in Bangkok, especially in Nana, Lumphini and Silom quarters. Public transportation (sky trains, subways, buses) is good and extensive, though understanding bus lines is really difficult. Tuk-tuks are available everywhere but state a price (which could highly depend on the driver’s mood more than on an objective market demand) before getting onboard: if not, they could drive you to a tailor or a jewellery for a ridicule amount of money and even if you don’t want to. Hotels are (almost ever) fine and cheap: a good spot is Sukhumvit because of its very good public transport position

bangkok - taling chan floating market  
  wat yai chai mongkhon

Ayuthaya

The former Thai Kingdom capital city reminds Angkor Wat in Cambodia: temples were built in a similar style but using red bricks. Now in ruins, the best part is undoubtedly the Wat Phra Mahathat, in which you can admire a Buddha’s head entwined by a tree roots

 
 

Bang Pa-In Royale Residence

This complex, nearby Ayuthaya, is a Royale Residence still used by the King and his family: different buildings in the most diverse architectonical styles, in a park with perfect lawn and palm trees, follow one another with no break among little lakes

wat yai chai mongkhon  
 

phuket - hat kata

Phuket

This is paradise! Clean sand, blue water, palms bent by a constant breeze, a vibrant nightlife, a fine cuisine: these are the ingredients for a perfect holiday. Patong is famous for its lifestyle and night clubs; if you’re looking for tranquillity, choose Phuket Town: its Chinese temples and its Portuguese style houses will conquer you. The best beaches are located in the Eastern and Southern part of the island (Hat Karon and Hat Nai Han)

 
 

Phuket Information

Phuket airport is very far from the most renowned towns: 30 minutes by taxi to Surin, 40 to Patong or Phuket Town, 50 to Kata and Karon beaches; the bus to Phuket takes one hour. Outside the airport there are many people trying to “help” you to get to your destination: be very careful and take a decision without being influenced by them. Renting a car or a bike is cheap but crashes happen on a daily basis: let the local people drive and hire a tuk-tuk (20 minutes from Phuket Town to Patong)

phang-nga bay  
  phang-nga bay - khao tapoo (james bond island)

Phang-Nga

A tour to this amazing limestone islands is highly recommended: on speed or large boats, this journey in splendid mangrove forests offers a visit to the famous Tapoo Island, know as “James Bond Island”, and Koh Panyee floating village

 
 

Chang Mai

Chang Mai is an authentic pearl. Located in Northern Thailand and surrounded by mountains, it has a mild climate and its “Sunday Walking Street” market is well-known and popular among tourists: you’ll find everything you’d like (or wouldn’t like) to buy at low prices while artists, seated in the middle of the street, are singing popular tunes. Visit Chang Mai Temples, such as Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phan Tao and Wat Phra Singh

chang mai - wat phan tao  
  doi suthep, chiang mai - wat phrathat

Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat is one of the most magnificent temple in Northern Thailand: a very long stairway (a cableway is available, though) surmounted by multiple-faced dragons welcomes tourists. On the top of the hill, this complex shows all of its beauty in some smaller temples. On the way to get to Doi Suthep, it’s possible to stop in an authentic Hmong Tribe Village

 
 

Chang Rai Province

On the way to Myanmar you will find hot sulphurous springs, a relaxed way of life in Chang Rai, some temples and you can visit an Akha hill-tribe village, too. The border is not as chaotic as others in this area but pay always attention to what you do and who you’re approaching. A journey in the Golden Triangle is an incredible experience: crossing the Mekong River, you can easily reach Myanmar or Laos. In summer, skies have amazing clouds, whose colour can vary from white to the darkest grey in minutes

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