Hey! summers are right at the doorsteps and you must be in dilemma that where should you visit right. Picking the right destination for traveling can make a lot of difference. In my opinion, you should probably plan for a trip to Thailand and here is why? In this blog post, I want to share my personal experience with the Thailand visit.
The Trip to Thailand, Expectations, Visitors
Thailand is a Southeast Asian country and is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world especially for Indians. The country welcomed around 32.8 million visitors in 2018, therefore, no doubt that it is one the most popular place for holidaymakers. However, my trip to Thailand was not only confined to have some leisure than but also, for study purpose. Shocked! right Thailand that too for study? Well, yes it was my dear readers.
To begin with, my trip to Thailand was for an internship at Thammasat University. Initially, it was very difficult to adjust in such a different environment away from India especially when you’re a pure vegetarian and, therefore, it was like a hell of a situation for me. I can still recall my first day of the visit to my college to have a glimpse of the campus life and to meet the faculty members. The college was so huge and lush green and for me, it was like a labyrinth. I was a bit clumsy about that but, surprisingly it was literally a lifetime memorable moment and overall was a great experience.
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Meanwhile, We were so hungry so my ma’am took us to one of the college canteens. As there were so many canteens, I don’t remember the no. of the canteen. I entered the canteen with my professor and believe me for both of us, the canteen smelled like fish boiled without oil. It was because there were only non-vegetarian items. The smell was irresistible and in between, my ma’am asked me what do you want to eat? I said nothing ma’am and just ran away. I had not expected that situation the very first day.
Best Places to Visit in Thailand
1. Grand Palace
Ok, let’s take the trip in the fast forward mode. Thailand is a vibrant place and is the best amalgamation of culture, tradition, modernization. You will be astonished to see the cleanness, road, skyscrapers, and malls. In Thailand, you have a plethora of places to have recreational activities. The first place I visited was the famous GRAND PALACE (which is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok city)
Grand Palace has a dress code so be careful you just can’t wear anything you wish for. This is mainly because it has a temple and Thailand expects visitors to wear a polite outfit as a gesture of respect to its sacred places and to appreciate the sentiments of Thai people. Don’t worry if you haven’t wear according to the dress code, at the entrance, the guard will ask you to borrow a clothing item abiding by the Grand Palace Thailand dress code from the royal staff stationed or you can also rent them dress. The design and architecture of the palace were absolutely stunning with a luxury golden color.
Moving further, the next place I explored was Kanchanaburi, my favorite part of the trip. KANCHANABURI is a town in west Thailand and is well known for the death railways bridge on the River Kwai built during world war II. I was excited to see that so I went Kanchanaburi for two days. Just a bit of history, the death railway was constructed by the Japanese people during world war II. In addition to this, I visited the Sai yok Yai waterfall.
Although this waterfall is bit small, I still enjoyed a lot. One thing that was horrifying me from the first day was food and for me, it was a major problem. So, if you are a pure vegetarian, try eating different kinds of vegetarian food as in the name of veg, you will be getting leaves😛. I remember that I had ordered a curry in one of the restaurants and it was too spicy with lots of leaves.
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3. Victory Monument
Another place in the list that I went to, was the Victory Monument which is a landmark monument in Bangkok. Nearly all public buses and vans to the city’s outskirts as well as the nearby beach towns leave from this area and with two shopping malls surrounding it makes it a perfect visit site. Moreover, it is also a popular place to hang out for Thai people so, you can get an excellent chance to understand their way of living, culture, and mentality.
4. Koh Larn Island, Pattaya
The next best place after Bangkok in Thailand is Pattaya city. If you don’t visit there, probably your trip will remain incomplete therefore, I packed my bag to visit Pattaya city. Pattaya is famous for nightlife, bars, and pubs. The place I went to, was KOH LARN island. Walking the streets of the city, I got the sigh of relief when I saw Indian food in the restaurant after about a month. Though the cost was too high, I ate it because I was dying to eat Indian food😊. Then I took the ship from ‘Hua Hin’ to Koh Larn island then visited Siam ocean world which is in SIAM PARAGON to watch the sea life. Furthermore, I went to Madame Tussauds, where I saw the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Narender Modi, Bill gates, Marks Zuckerberg, Mickel Jackson, etc
But, the best time of all came when I celebrated my birthday and Diwali festival in Thailand💓. On Diwali day, I and my local friends worshiped Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi with the candles instead of Deepak. It was an overwhelming experience but I was also missing India and my family members.
Finally, the day came when I had to come back to India but it was hard for me to leave. The exposure I got in Thailand was phenomenal and I don’t have words to express my self. While writing this blog, I have revisited my trip to Thailand and I want to visit there again if I get a chance. Last but not least, throughout the two months, I had an amazing journey with some unforgettable memories to cherish. For a bonus, yes Thailand has 7-11 shops everywhere which are opened 24 hours and have two-three varieties of food, not the proper food but you can survive😅😅.