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We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
Friendly and food-obsessed, hedonistic and historic, cultured and curious, Thailand tempts visitors with a smile as golden as the country's glittering temples and tropical beaches.
A Bountiful Table
Adored around the world, Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai culture: it is generous, warm, refreshing and relaxed. Thai dishes rely on fresh, local ingredients – pungent lemongrass, searing chillies and plump seafood. A varied national menu is built around the four fundamental flavours: spicy, sweet, salty and sour. Roving appetites go on eating tours of Bangkok noodle shacks, seafood pavilions in Phuket, and Burmese market stalls in Mae Sot. Cooking classes reveal the simplicity behind the seemingly complicated dishes, and mastering the market is an important survival skill.
Fields & Forests
Outside the cluttered cities and towns lies Thailand's rural heartland, a mix of rice paddies, tropical forests and villages where life is dominated by the rhythms of the agricultural clock. In the north, the forests and fields bump up against toothy blue mountains decorated with silvery waterfalls and honeycombed by deep caves. Down south, scraggy limestone cliffs poke out of the cultivated landscape like prehistoric skyscrapers or emerge dramatically out of the turquoise sea. The usually arid northeast turns an emerald hue during the rainy season when tender green rice shoots carpet the landscape.
The celestial world is a close confidant in this Buddhist nation, and religious devotion is colourful and ubiquitous. Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas frame both the rural and the urban landscape. Ancient banyan trees are ceremoniously wrapped in sacred cloth to honour the resident spirits, fortune-bringing shrines decorate humble homes as well as monumental malls, while garland-festooned dashboards ward off traffic accidents. Visitors can join the conversation through meditation retreats in Chiang Mai, religious festivals in northeastern Thailand, underground cave shrines in Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi, and hilltop temples in northern Thailand.
Sand Between Your Toes
With a luxuriously long coastline (actually, two coastlines) and over 1400 jungle-topped islands anchored in azure waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway fit for everyone, whether hedonist or hermit, prince or pauper. The country's coast is one giant playground, with plenty going on wherever the sand meets the sea. You can snorkel the gentle waters off Ko Lipe, dive with whale sharks around Ko Tao, scale the sea cliffs of Krabi, kiteboard in Hua Hin, party on Ko Phi-Phi and recuperate at a health resort on Ko Samui.
Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation. More info at http://na.tourismthailand.org
Visiting Thailand: A Beginner’s Travel Guide is a compilation of the very best travel tips and tricks to help guide your next adventure to Thailand this year. It’s no secret that Thailand is full of local encounters and experiences to behold, and it’s time to find out everything you need to know. In our Thailand travel guide, we identify what type of traveller Thailand is suited for, the best time of the year to visit, the amount of time you should spend travelling through the country and where to find the most spectacular sights to marvel at. Unsure of where you should start your escapades in Thailand? Will you start in the north? Or will you travel through the southern part of Thailand? Allow our travel guide to help shape your itinerary and take note of the best destinations to visit. Our travel guide is here to provide essential information covering the likes of Chiang Mai, Railay, Ko Samui, Malay and the Phang Nga Province to help guide your travels. Whether you travel with a group tour, independently, or a combination of both, we know there is an adventure in Thailand calling your name. Are you ready to go? The dazzling countryside of Thailand is sure to impress, and we know you’re going to fall in love. Be sure to bookmark our essential Thailand travel guide for your reference either before your travels or while you are travelling across the globe.
hite sand, rustic-chic beach shacks, a hammock gently swaying between two palm trees as a turquoise sea laps at the shore… But each is quite distinct from the next, with its own characteristics; and there are dozens to choose from. Here, Nell McShane Wulfhart selects one for every occasion, whether you want to party til dawn, learn to dive, eat the best Thai food or escape from the world on a secluded, romantic break.
One of the top things to do in Chiang Mai is walk around and eat through one of the many Chiang Mai night markets - I think Chiang Mai might be the capital of night markets in the world. There’s a night market for every day of the week and some of them stretch longer than you can see. At night markets in Chiang Mai you’ll find a huge selection of things to buy, from clothes and antiques to even entertainment like music and Thai massage. But for food lovers, the best thing about visiting any Thai night market is the food. On Sunday night in Chiang Mai the most popular night market is Tha Pae Walking Street (ตลาดท่าแพ) - it really is an entire street that shuts down for a couple of kilometers, and the entire street is filled with things to look at, buy, and eat. Most of the food is set up in designated area, especially in the small courtyards of temples. In this Thai street food tour of Chiang Mai, the plan was just to walk around and see what looked good to eat.
As Mauritius celebrates its 50th year of independence, Rajan Datar travels to this Indian Ocean island to explore the legacy of slavery in Mauritius, see and taste how multiculturalism works there, spend a day at the races and visit a unique conservation project dedicated to saving some of the world’s most endangered species.
How far can artists and their work change the world? Can artistic endeavour lead to concrete action to mitigate the impact of global warming, or is this fanciful? Zeinab Badawi is at the Tate Modern in London, interviewing award-winning Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson about his new exhibition and why he believes art can be a force for good in the world.
We explore London's vibrant street art scene in Shoreditch by speaking with various artists and strolling the back streets. Enjoy! Big thanks to Dave of Shoreditch Street Art Tours! Look him up if you want a super-informative introduction to the scene: http://www.shoreditchstreetarttours.c... Thank you to the artists we interviewed
Canadians are some of the most courteous and loved travellers. But you don’t have to be a Canadian to travel like one. We teamed up with Sandra Oh to help bring the world a little more Canada, one apology at a time. The world needs more #TLC.