• Destinations in North East Bangkok include Fashion Island
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    Destinations to Visit in North East Bangkok

    Most visitors to Bangkok tend to visit destinations in the busier center of the city. Yet, Bangkok is a vast city with plenty of attractions. Districts outside of this main center have equally plenty to offer. Here we guide you to destinations in the North East districts of Bangkok: Khan Na Yao, Khlong Sam Wa, Bang Khen, Lat Phrao, Min Buri, and Bueng Kum. Khan Na Yao FASHION ISLAND Ram Intra Frontage Road fashionisland.co.th Did you know that Fashion Island ranks in the top 25 of the largest malls in the world? You can find almost anything at Fashion Island. They have stores that sell toys, home decor, jewelry, name…

  • Chatuchak Park, One of Bangkok's Most Popular Public Parks
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    Chatuchak Park, One of Bangkok’s Most Popular Public Parks

    Chatuchak Park, located just north of downtown Bangkok, is one of the city’s most popular public parks. This park is just one of three included in the Chatuchak Park Complex. The other two being Wachirabenchatat Park and Queen Sirikit Park. First opened in 1980, Chatuchak is the oldest of the three. Queen Sirikit Park was built in 1992. It was named and constructed after Queen Sirikit in honor of her 60th birthday. Wachirabenchatat, year 2002, is the most recent to open.     I absolutely love finding good parks. They have beautiful scenery, nature, leisure opportunities, and are a great place for rest. People need this relaxation from time to…

  • Remember These Top Ten Cultural Do's on Your Visit to Thailand
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    Remember These Top Ten Cultural Do’s On Your Visit to Thailand

    What are some of the cultural norms when visiting Thailand? I hear this question often. This is the reason why I compiled a list of ten cultural do’s to remember for those on vacation in Thailand. Some are sort of unspoken rules, while others are just some of my own suggestions. Regardless, when in Thailand remember to do these… 1. Have Fun First off, have fun (sanuk). After all, you are in Thailand now. Enjoy your trip. There’s plenty of fun things to do in Thailand. Relax and take in the experience. Whether it’s the beach, temples, shopping, dining, museums, amusement parks….there’s something for everybody. 2. Smile Thailand is famously…

  • How to Spend the Day in Ayutthaya, Thailand
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    How to Spend a Day in Ayutthaya, Thailand

    Ayutthaya is a historical city located north of Bangkok. The city is famous for it’s temples. Learn how to spend a day in Ayutthaya viewing these famous temples, eating at the market, cooling off inside museums, and watching Thai movies. You can either spend the night in the city and start with the itinerary upon waking, or drive from Bangkok in the morning and see everything before spending the night. Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon First stop, Wat Yai Chai Mongkon. This temple is the number one attraction in Ayutthaya. A bridge welcomes you across the water canal, where you might be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a water…

  • Explore the Wai in Thai Culture
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    Explore the Wai in Thai Culture

    The wai is an important gesture in Thailand culture. Thai people use the wai to greet one another, to pray, and show respect. The wai may be included with a thank you. It is even performed when apologizing. This aspect of Thailand culture is displayed in all of the aforementioned situations. In addition, the position of the wai relative to the body has different meanings as well.   First, let’s talk about form. Touch hands together at the chest level. You then place the hands and fingers together in symmetry. Elbows should be close to the sides of the body as opposed to out and away in the air. This…

  • Journey to Wat Pha Nam Thip, Roi Et, Thailand
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    Journey to Wat Pha Nam Thip in Roi Et, Thailand

    Wat Pha Nam Thip Thep Prasit Wanaram appears in the northeastern Thailand (Isaan) countryside seemingly out of nowhere. The journey here is scarce by tourists. The wat is located in the eastern part of the Roi Et province. The temple sits atop a hill. Surrounding below are rural villages and forests. The site contains one of Thailand’s largest chedis, Phra Mahachedi Chai Mongkhon. This chedi stands in the center with eight smaller chedis placed in each direction. The site is vast with lots to explore. Wat Pha Nam Thip is a must see if you plan to travel in Roi Et. You may also want to visit nearby Waterfall Cave Soda.…

  • Top 6 Laws to Know when Vacationing in Thailand
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    Top 6 Laws to Know When Vacationing in Thailand

    Laws in Thailand may differ from your home country. If you plan to travel to Thailand it is of importance to do a check on what may be legal or illegal to do during your stay. Be sure not to break the following while in the country. These are 6 of Thailand’s top laws. 1. Lese Majeste Thailand’s lese majeste law is one of the strictest versions of the law in the world. Simply put, it is illegal to insult, defame, or threaten the King, Queen, heir apparent, or regent. This even includes mistreatment of currency since the King’s image is displayed on Thai baht. The law really does not…

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    Waterfall Cave Soda, Roi Et, Thailand: Nature & Buddhism

    A treasure named Waterfall Cave Soda awaits those willing to find it in the northeastern tip of Roi Et province, Thailand. Nature and Buddhism blend together to create this amazing site. Waterfall Cave Soda is a tremendous site for hiking, photography, and prayer. The spectacular views are also worth the bumpy ride it takes to arrive here. Make no mistake about it, this is agricultural countryside. The northeastern part of Thailand, called Isaan, is what one would call unseen Thailand. The beauty of it being that Isaan is quiet, peaceful, and laidback. Waterfall Cave Soda is one of those places barely found on a map, but locals are more than…

  • Unseen Bangkok: Royal Thai Air Force Museum
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    Unseen Bangkok: Royal Thai Air Force Museum

    The Royal Thai Air Force Museum is an unseen gem hidden away from all of the major tourist sites. The museum is located in the Don Mueang district of Bangkok. A district that many foreign visitors never even explore. I was lucky enough to know about the museum because it is near Bang Khen district where my wife lives. We were looking for some places close by to visit during my stay in Bang Khen. Admission to the museum is completely free also. This will be a popular site for the guys, but that shouldn’t stop the ladies from checking it out also. Myself, I like history, so the museum…

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    Read My Travel Bucket List Top 5

    Believe it or not, I really don’t have a big travel bucket list. Now don’t get me wrong, I would love to travel the world over. Anywhere and everywhere is interesting to me. However, there are more than a few that really do stand out. Here’s my Top 5 travel bucket list destinations.   1 – Denver, Colorado & Rocky Mountains National Park A bit of a two for one. I put this as number one because I already have plans to visit soon. It’s really not too far of a drive for me either. Yet, I’ve only seen the western side of Colorado. The Rocky Mountains is the one…