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Wanderlust: Thailand - The land of smiles

by five-13 on Mar 2, 2016

Thailand is a country that is really easy to travel. The locals are very friendly, helpful and polite. For many people, Bangkok is the gateway to the Southeast Asian world and is often scheduled as a stopover for a few days. To get to know Bangkok, however, these 2 or 3 days aren’t long enough.

 

Our recent trip to Bangkok took 6 days and 5 nights and we easily spent without looking at the same thing twice.

Thailand has thousands of Buddhist temples spread all over the country. You don’t have to be religious to visit those. Furthermore, you will find lots of impressive Buddha statues and with gold leaf decorated Chedis. Sometimes they are just some ruins reminding you of a bygone era. They will capture your imagination. Many of the temples do have something really special.

 

The Thais are basically very welcoming and helpful. They always have a smile on their face and know how to behave, since they are taught this from childhood. There is no screaming in public and they do have a lot of respect for the elder. Well, only the language barrier could be sometimes a problem.

The Chatuchak weekend market is one of the largest markets in the world and you can find a bargain or two – or even buy your complete equipment here. There are over 10,000 stalls from clothes to souvenirs to delicious Thai cuisine; the market offers everything. Since it is so huge, it usually takes almost a whole day for the visit.

Very popular for Thais are also the many shopping malls in Bangkok. It is best to take the BTS Skytrain to Siam and walk from there. Close to the high-priced Siam Paragon and Siam Center is the MBK Center located, which has many favorable products such as clothing, shoes, souvenirs, movies (original and copied) and more to offer.

You can still get things a little cheaper, if you’ll walk along the Ratchadamri Road and past the Central World Plaza. After crossing the Saen Saep river, you find the Platinum Fashion Mall, where almost only Thais go shopping. Everything here is much more cheaper and – how could it be otherwise – you can find hundreds of stalls in front of it, of course. This area is a shopping paradise!

 

The Thai cuisine is known across the world and we also have lots of Thai restaurants in the western part of the world. But it’s mostly not so spicy as it is in Thailand and for many foreigners the food won’t be too spicy.

Meanwhile, I’m used to the spiciness and eat the food like the Thais do, which comes as a surprise and excitement for the chefs at the same time. I like to order “pet pet” (really spicy). Or you can eat together with some Thais, then you will get your dish originally Thai style. Most importantly for me, this is a MUST in Bangkok and Thailand in general. Try the delicious food of the Thai people!! In addition to all the restaurants there are tons of food stalls and small food stands where you can buy little things everywhere.

There is so much to try that you could eat all day, so consume everywhere only a small amount.