Thailand ~ The Land of Smiles

1331689695_BKK-Floating-marketThailand is one of those destinations that offers a glimpse into ancient cultures, pristine luxury in the beach regions and resorts.  You can elephant trek through the jungle, visit the hill tribes or join in on an organic farm cooking experience.  A trip to Thailand will leave you smiling forever.

I had planned on talking and sharing with you this week all about Thailand, when I heard that the episode this week on The Bachelor will be set in Thailand.  You may want to watch or record it so you can see just how beautfiul the country is.

Bangkok is a vibrant, eclectic and busy city.  There is shopping, nightlife, open air bazaars, funky bars and an abundant number of street food stalls.  To see the city, you have options, take the skytrain, cab, tuk-tuk or riverboat.  If you are looking for a birds eye view, take a helicopter ride over the city.

Arrive early at the Damnoen Saduak Floating market just southwest of Bangkok.  You can take a long tail boat through the market to watch the locals sell their fresh tropical fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Don’t miss a visit to the Baiyoke Sky Hotel.  The hotel is the tallest in Bangkok and you can ride the exterior glass elevator.  The observatory and roof deck revolve 360 degrees and are located on the 84th floor.  The night time view from the sky lounge is breathtaking.

If you are a history buff or movie addict, you will want to take a day trip out of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi.  This is where you will see the real life setting of the movie, “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”  You can visit the bridge and see the death railway that was built by thousands of allied prisoner’s of war that were captured by the Japanese.  Ride the train for views of the jungle and rivers.  If you are looking for a bit more adventure in your day visit the Tiger Temples  that were built by the Buddhist Monks as a refuge for wild animals including the tigers.

While in Bangkok, don’t miss Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple and the home to the reclining Buddha.  Wat Phra Kaeo is the smallest temple and home to the Emerald Buddha.

I am going to leave off here for today.  I could easily keep going, but you would be reading for awhile.  See you back here on Wednesday and we will pick up leaving Bangkok heading to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle area.

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