A guide for new expats in Thailand – Explore a bucket-list holiday destination

Explore a fascinating city full of contrasts! Filled with many places to visit, numerous tales to learn the rich culture and history, Thailand is the ‘heart and soul of the backpacker’s universe’.

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Mouthwatering cuisine

Thailand’s splendid cuisine will be a reason that will tempt you to visit this beautiful country. You will come across a great variety of dishes with various tastes and flavours. Some of the spiciest and tangiest soups and food can be savoured from roadside stalls. It is important to note that Thailand is one of the most vegetarian-friendly destinations.

The people

Thailand is not merely known the world over as the ‘Land of Smiles’. Although fashion and new trends change over time, constant smiling faces and friendliness never go out of Thai people. Anyone who has ever been to Thailand will know how Thai people make an effort to communicate in English. That’s a redeeming quality!

Accommodation

Be it for island bliss or Ewok-inspired tree dwellings, Thailand featured a plethora of accommodation to spice up your stay. For instance, many a 5 star Bangkok hotel the likes of Emporium Suites by Chatrium, will provide you with the opportunity to connect with culturally rich attractions, restaurants, and shopping malls.

The beaches

The lure of lounging on a stunning beach is one reason that many travellers choose the Land of Smiles as their holiday destination. The country has no shortage of stunning coastlines, long stretches of shorelines and more than 1400 gorgeous islands.

 

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Explore Thailand – A radiantly generous and warm country

Thailand is a fun-loving destination. There are several ways to explore this country; through its cuisine, culture, history, religion and nature.

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Elephant Nature Park

Giving Thailand’s elephants a second chance at life, this rescue and rehabilitation centre located in the north of Thailand. There are numerous volunteer programmes you can enrol yourself in if you have the time or you can simply just visit!

Thailand’s Temples

The ample number of temples scattered around Thailand are great spots to visit. There are a few simple rules you may need to follow as these sites are religious, so check beforehand to avoid any inconvenience. Doi Suthep is one of Thailand’s iconic temples, a gold stunner.

Snorkelling and scuba diving

The perfect place to snorkel and scuba dive is Koh Tao. The best way to experience the wonders under the waters is through snorkelling, ask the locals the best sites around Koh Tao and snorkel away!

The Grand Palace

If you’re staying at any Bangkok city hotel, you’ll have easy and convenient access to plenty of attractions. Roughly half an hour from Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, thousands of visitors flock this attraction. A favourite to photograph, the detail of the buildings will leave you amazed.

Floating markets

The floating markets around Bangkok attract plenty of people! An opportunity to shop differently at one of the floating markets for a unique kind of retail therapy.

The cuisine

It’s highly unlikely that you’ll miss Thai cuisine when in Thailand, however, make an extra effort to taste as much of the unique dishes as possible. The palette in Thailand is fundamentally spicy, sweet, salty and sour.

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Elephants in Thailand – One of the most magnificent creatures!

Elephants have been a part of Thailand for many years and are also the national animal of Thailand. Read on to know more.

Elephants

They are broadly categorised into two species; Asian and African. Under Asian you have further sub-species; Sri Lankan, Indian, Sumatran and Bornean. Out of these, the ones that are found in Thailand are the Indian elephants, which are currently under the endangered species. There are a little more than 1500 wild elephants in Thailand. However, it is sad to note that many of them are poached from the wild and held captives, and most of them are used for tourism.

Habitat

The natural habitat of the Thai elephants is usually further up in the Northern and Western parts due to the presence of tropical forests in the area. It has been said that in 2017, the Department of National parks stated that the number of wild elephants has increased by about 7-10 percent. This is good news as the numbers had dropped due to illegal logging which leads to a dramatic reduction in the forest cover.

Cultural Significance

Elephants have an integral role in thai culture, if you happen to visit a museum in Thailand, you will see a plethora artworks and scriptures that have some reference to the elephants. They are considered a sacred animal, due to their symbolism in Buddhism. The first flag of Thailand was actually a white elephant amidst a red background. The flag of the Royal Thai Navy also has a white elephant on it. Why white elephants? As mentioned earlier, due to its association with Royals, white elephants are considered to symbolise wealth and power.

How could you see them?

If you happen to plan your stay at resort properties the likes of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort which is a hotel in Chiang Rai – you have a high chance of spotting wild elephants since the Golden Triangle region has the highest concentration of Thai Elephants. You could also join on a wildlife safari during your time here during which you can witness many other animas as well.

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Snorkelling and Bush Walking on Koh Talu – Fun times galore!

Koh Talu, also called Talu Island, attracts visitors from around the earth and from the cities of Thailand as well. Want to know more about Koh Talu and why people love visiting the place?

1) Snorkelling

Aside from its fresh natural air and beautiful coconut trees, Koh Talu is an amazing spot for snorkelling. This privately-owned island which is shaped like a giant whale is home to beautiful coral and various schools of colourful fish.

2) Bushwalking

The island is also an excellent place for hiking or bushwalking. Here, with the help of some professional guides, you can really discover how in tune the island is with nature. Discover the beautiful white sand beaches and even hunt for crabs that you can cook up for dinner.

3) Diving

With Koh Talu having the most complete fringing reef that you can find in the Gulf of Thailand, this makes an excellent spot for diving. Some points can be accessed by simply walking from the beach itself. If you’re looking for a hotel in Hua Hin to stay at while you check out Koh Talu, there’s plenty to select from, such as the Anantara Hua Hin Resort for instance.

4) More

The list of activities doesn’t stop there, Koh Talu also boasts other activities like kayaking and sailing as well. Whether you want to hop on a yacht driven by wind and sails or you want to grab some oars to discover the seascape, there’s always something to do here.

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Top 10 Nightlife Experiences in Thailand – The night is always young here!

Nightlife is one of the main features of the city that attract tourists with a range of unusual ways to enjoy your nights. Here are some thrilling ways to experience nightlife to its fullest in Thailand.

Rooftop bar

Rooftop bars are quite common in the present day, especially in Bangkok. The vistas of the city of Bangkok illuminated by a sea of lights is simply amazing! A cocktail is sure to taste better in the cool night air of a rooftop bar in Bangkok.

Ladyboy Shows

If you’re up for some glitz and glam the place to be is the ladyboys show! Thailand is quite famous for this particular performance due to the open mindset of the people living here. Witness the fancy dancing and special acts that might deceive you into thinking you’re actually watching beautiful ladies.

Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya

The best way to experience the grandeur of the city is to sail across the Chao Phraya River while enjoying an authentic meal on the deck. One can soak in views of a lit up Grand Palace on the skyline that is sure to take your breath away.

Night shopping

Perchance, if you happen to be bored staying inside your hotel room at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort which is one of the hotels in Chiang Mai, then head out to one of the many night markets in the area.

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Golden Triangle Park – An enchanted region!

The Golden Triangle is notoriously famous for drug trafficking that took place in the 1920s – but these days there are plenty on offer for tourists.

Things to do and see

Golden Triangle Park is famous for its scenic vistas. If you climb up to the viewpoint, you can see three bordering countries in your vicinity. To best experience, everything that’s on offer, choose one of the Chiang Rai Hotels – the same calibre as Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort – that are closer to every attraction.

The boat ride

Go for a long trail boat ride on the Mekong River. You can find a boat that will take along the shores of Thailand, Laos and Burma.

Ancient Hill Temple

Wat Phra That Pu Khao is temple located near Mekong River which is believed to date back to the 8th century.

Hall of Opium Museum

To learn the history of the opium trade in the Golden Triangle, drop in at Hall of Opium Museum. The entrance to the museum is through a tunnel – in the tunnel, you will see sculptured figurines that depict the horrors of drug addiction.

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Chiang Mai – A city full of surprises!

From shopping to misty mountains to hill tribes, Chiang Mai is a popular playground for travellers. If this is your first time, Chiang Mai has a diversified set of things to offer you and will give you the best experience you’ve had in an Asian country. Night markets, comfortable hotel rooms, historical sites are a few that await you in the city.

Places of interest

Chiang Mai is considered a historical city due to its many historical sites including Wat Lai Kroh. In addition, there are museums, gardens, spas and ancient temples that make Chiang Mai one of the most visited capitals.

Shopping

If you want to buy things at low prices and strike the best bargain possible, you are going to find Chiang Mai to be a haven of night markets, boutique shops and malls.

Accommodation

Chiang Mai is a large city with thousands of people shuffling in due to its popularity. If you are worried about finding a place that best suits you, don’t worry, there is a wide range of hotels and Chiang Mai Residences for you to choose from. With places such as Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites and budget hotels, Chiang Mai offers its visitors not only attractions but also a comfortable stay.

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Wat Loi Kroh – A temple of great historical significance!

You can find the temple on Loi Kroh Road 65 – a few yards away from the night bazaar – in the midst of the buzzing tourist scene.

The most interesting feature

The history of the temple is the most alluring aspect. The temple was built in 1456 – which makes it about 500 years old – during the reign of the 6th king: King Kue Na of the Mengrai Dynasty.

The period of reconstruction

After liberating Chiang Mai, Prince Kawila of Lampang started reconstructing everything that was in ruins after many years of suffering and struggle. While rebuilding his own city, the prince sent delegates to neighbouring cities to force people to come and live in Chiang Mai. This was his method of spreading his sovereignty all over the nation.

Things to do near the temple

As mentioned above, the temple is located in the midst all the attractions in Chiang Mai. While you are on your trip, you can explore the night bazaar, Boy Blues Bar, Ceremony of Candles and Sunday Walking Market.

Where can you stay?

Although the temple alone is not a significant tourist attraction, there are other attractions that draw hundreds into the city – so it should be pretty easy to find a Chiang Mai hotel as you have a variety of accommodation options the likes of Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and many others to choose from.

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Elephants in Thailand – Gentle Giants of Asia

The elephants found in Thailand are the “Indian” elephants (that is a sub -species of the Asian Elephant). Unlike the regular Indian elephants, Thai elephants have shorter legs and thicker skin compared to their Indian relatives.

History

Elephants have played quite a significant role in Thai society since the early ages. They were used mainly for their strength and intelligence, where they helped to hall logs and other building material through forests. Male elephants that were more aggressive were chosen as War elephants and used during times of war by great Thai Kings. Later, elephants were trained by professionals called “Mahouts” – who are still used to this date to follow certain commands by means of voice and sharp pointed spears.

Habitat

Due to their diet, the natural habitat of Thai elephants is in the tropical forests of the Northern and Western parts of the island. Located about an hour’s drive from Chiang Rai, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort lets you view these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Get to play and connect with elephants at one of the award-winning Chiang Rai hotels in Thailand.

Cultural Significance

Elephants in Thailand are considered very important culturally. Many elephant references have been made on art works, literature and even national emblems. Thailand predominantly being a Buddhist country, believe that elephants are sacred. Many paintings in the Thai Royal Palace have them drawn on their walls. Even the Royal Thai flag has a symbol of the white elephant on it.

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Golf Courses in Chiang Mai – Magnets for the Golf Enthusiast

If you are a golf enthusiast you will be in your element in Chiang Mai as you will find a host of excellent golf courses in the area that will capture your imagination.

Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai

The well-reputed Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai extends over a large extent of land within a valley amidst mountains. This golf course has also hosted important golf tournaments. An accommodation choice to consider from which this golf course would be within easy reach would be Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites which is amongst the pleasingly located Chiang Mai residences that you can stay at on a golfing holiday.

Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf & Natural Resort

This attractive golf course which was constructed in 2009 is situated in a picturesque setting amidst pleasant fruit orchards. This golf course is reputed for its challenging design, interesting hole layout and excellent condition.

Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort

This facility may be considered to be Chiang Mai’s finest golf course. To reach this golf course you must undertake a scenic drive across stunning landscapes passing plantations and fields of rice as you head into the picturesque mountains.

Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort

If you visit this golf course you will find out why Gassan Khuntan is considered to rank amongst the loveliest as well as the most challenging golf courses in the entirety of Thailand. This course is located in proximity to Khuntan National Park.

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