Take Time for Thailand

Trang, Thailand, Dunheger Travel Blog

 

When people talk about Thailand there seems to be a vast expanse of imagery and uncommon ideas that arise surrounding the foreign land. It’s no surprise that such strong emotion can be drawn from such a strange and unique land as Thailand, who offers up sandy blue beaches, densely lush jungles, rich history, religion and culture. While some travelers go for a deeply personal experience, some go simply for the exotic and exceptional cuisine, cheap beach bungalows, or one of the thousands of other attractions that the Southeastern Asian country is proud to display. The weather is always warm, the landscape is always lovely, and the people are a shining, smiling example of what life is like when you live in Thailand.

Bangkok, Thailand, Dunheger Travel Blog
Bangkok, Flickr © Prachanart Viriyaraks

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and a great starting point to guide you in the right direction for any adventure on which you wish to embark. Home to bustling bazaars, Buddhist temples, restaurants, nightclubs and historic architecture, Bangkok will help you to get your fill of what it’s like to live, eat and breath Thailand. The sky-train is a perfect way to get around the city and stops near all the biggest attractions that you won’t want to miss. From the Temple of Dawn, a religious landmark and architectural wonder, to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok with a Buddha that measures over one-hundred and fifty feet long, the first day in Thailand is one you surely won’t forget.

Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Dunheger Travel Blog
Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Flickr © Dominik

Bangkok also offers a variety of museums, from contemporary art to culture centres and every natural and modern display you could imagine in between. From temples to castles to meditation areas and luxurious spa and massage rooms, Bangkok has something for everyone, and if you’re not careful, you may end up spending more time in the city than you had planned on. If you want to manage your time better, there are a number of tours offered both public and private that range from group bus tours to bicycle routes through the jungle, meaning the possibilities are endless and completely up to you. And if you get to Thailand and realize that you need more time to explore every facet of the unique culture, remember that you can rent a place to stay and comfortable live in the city for under three-hundred dollars a month. Take that price and travel outside of the city to beach front property or a mountain bungalow and you could find that staying in Thailand can be even cheaper still.

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand, Dunheger Travel Blog
Khao Sok National Park, Flickr © Patty Ho

Of course you won’t want to leave before visiting at least one of the numerous islands, the remains of the city of Ayutthaya, the crystal clear waters at Phang Nga Bay, the Hindu shrine Phanom Rung, or the expansive wildlife preserve Khao Sok National Park. And for those wishing to backpack the country, Chiang Mai is a cultural hub for travelers due to it’s location near the mountains, waterfalls, hill tribes and exploration destinations that are popular among outdoor adventurers. With so much landmass to cover and such a wide array of landscapes to discover, one can easily find themselves wandering Thailand for weeks and months at a time. If you have a difficult time narrowing down what all you expect from a vacation spot, look no farther, as you can find everything from night life to jungle explorations to your own personal religious experiences in one stunningly gorgeous destination.