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Best of Thailand
Enjoy the best of Thailand for week 305 (07/12/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Since I’m probably not traveling out of the country this winter I decided to do a walk down memory lane this week. I’ve spent a lot of winters in Thailand over the years and here are a few of my best of Thailand posts from over the years.
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Best of Thailand
Taste of Thailand Food Tours
From dining on the street to 5-star restaurants food is synonymous with Thailand and each area of the country boasts their specialties. Often the best way to experience the best of Thailand and the great flavors of Thai food is to take a food tour. Taste of Thailand Food Tours offers both full morning and evening tours. I chose the morning and sampled everything from street cart curry puffs and fried bananas to curry made for the royal family. You can drool over the food here.
I discovered Bangkok’s Amulet Market on my last visit to the Land of Smiles. Considering that it’s located just steps from some Bangkok’s busiest tourist attractions (Wat Po, Grand Palace) I was surprised that I had never discovered this gem before. Experience a crash course in amulet buying. The locals are serious about their good luck charms! Stop. and watch a local amulet artisan at work. Wander down a few of the side streets where Budha statues are handmade. Have your aches and pains treated with the latest traditional medicines. Read the full post here.
Elephant Nature Park
Many visitors to Thailand dream of spending time with the Thai elephants, and I was no exception. However, it’s important to choose your elephant adventure wisely. My recommendation is the Elephant Nature Camp located a short drive from Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. The majority of the elephants are rescued animals. The camp owns many of the elephants, and some are on loan from owners who may or may not want them back one day. Your visit will include feeding, bathing, and laughing hilariously at the elephant’s mud pit antics. An elephant kiss is also a distinct possibility. These guys and gals are not trained to do tricks. Their playtime is real! If you stay overnight, you’ll get to walk along the river bed with the herd, and see exactly what they get up to in the jungle! Only the mahouts ride these gentle beasts. One of many things I learned during my short time with the elephants is that their spines are very fragile and riding on their back causes them great pain. Check out my original post here.
Sunrise on Hua Hin Beach
I’ve spent Christmas on Hua Hin Beach several times, and I would highly recommend this for a best of Thailand adventure. The town is home to the Royal’s summer palace so that you won’t see the sometimes seedy side of Thailand beach resorts. The beach is fabulous for lounging, walking, swimming, grabbing a bite to eat, or simply experiencing Mother Nature at her finest. Enjoy more of the Hua Hin sunrise here.
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