Thailand may be one of the most visited Asian destinations in the world, but after you have been there, you’ll understand why! Predominantly a Buddhist nation, the Thai people are friendly and welcoming. The beaches are absolutely exquisite and offer something new to discover around every bay – a new breath-taking view, another secluded little beach, another local restaurant sitting on a hilltop.
The mid-year school holidays offer the perfect opportunity to get away and discover the beauty of this amazing country. Although the rainy season is usually during the June/July period, some would say it’s the best time of year to go. The towns, villages and beaches are not as busy and manic, and the rain actually offers a relief from the heat, and doesn’t usually last all that long anyway. You may get a few minutes of intense downpours, and then the sun creeps back out from behind the clouds an hour or two later.
Temples in Thailand
Thailand has got thousands of temples, which are predominantly Buddhist. It’s a fantastic country to visit for a little soul-searching, and to enjoy a spiritual experience. Travelling is all about experiencing different cultures and learning about different religions, and Buddhism is an inviting and accommodating religion, which welcomes its visitors with open arms.
Wat Pho, also known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is in Bangkok and is probably one of the most well-known and most visited temples in Thailand. With beautiful towering spires, and smooth stone floor interiors, it’s finished off with smaller golden Buddhas and of course the famous reclining Buddha which is 46m long.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located in Chiang Mai in the northern, more mountainous region of Thailand. A very sacred site to many Thai people, Doi Suthep was built as a Buddhist Monastery in 1383 and is an amazing temple to visit due to its importance to the Thai people, the emerald Buddha, ancient architecture and the Naga staircase.
You’ve seen, or at least heard of that movie with Leonardo Dicaprio called THE BEACH. Well, that was filmed in Thailand and will give you a great idea of what to expect from a beach holiday in this amazing country – scenery wise. Some of the best beaches in Thailand are found in Ko Samui, Pattaya, Ko Pha Ngan, and Phuket. The water is always warm and you can take part in any number of beach and water activities from parasailing, jet-skiing, snorkelling, fishing, surfing, or simply lie down under a palm tree and get a massage for an hour or two.
What to expect from the Markets in Thailand
No matter where you go in Thailand, you will find markets where you can pick up some great deals on items from spices to clothes, electronics to food, and so much more. In Bangkok, the floating markets are frequented by locals, and are great attractions to visit in order to get an inside look at how the locals live. Especially in the main tourist destinations, you will find markets spaced out around the towns, usually the markets further away from the tourism hot spots will be where you will find better deals.
Thailand’s nightlife is a real eye opener, where just about anything goes. With Ping Pong shows, clubs for every taste of music, lady-boys enticing you to join them for a night out, and a general atmosphere of debauchery. Whether you are in Bangkok, or in Patong, you’ll be in for one massive party. It is however possible to enjoy the quieter side of Thailand by getting away from the hot-spots and enjoying the delicious Thai cuisine with a table overlooking a beautiful calm sea or enjoying an evening swim in a calm bay.
Thailand has something for everyone. It’s an immensely beautiful destination with fascinating cultures, incredible scenery and beaches, and a wonderfully infectious spiritual element to it. Speak to your Flight Centre Consultant today about booking your mid-year, school holiday vacation in Thailand.