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Thailand Visa On Arrival: Not A Great Thing Anymore

Earlier this year I decided to travel Thailand on Visa on Arrival as it appeared like a good deal – cheaper and quicker. You land in the country whenever you wanted, avoiding the long embassy applications. Just pay 1000 Baht (INR 2000) at the airport (as the Visa fee) and be done with it. You’re free to wander across the country for 15 happy days. Well, it’s not as good and convenient as it seems! And I realised that as soon as I landed at the airport in Bangkok. After having a terrible 3 hours layover in Chennai, in India, starting 1 in the night, I reached Suvarnabhumi Airport around 7 in the morning. I was already pretty much cracked up, due to lack of sleep, and I realised that the application process, at Suvarnabhumi, might take another few good hours, before I can take any rest. Long Queues For Thai Visa On Arrival Before I travelled to Thailand, the internet said that Visa on Arrival (VOA) counters can have long queues, but odd morning/evening can be different. My experience – …

6 of The Best Things To Try on Your Thai Adventure

We all know Thailand is a wonderful country to visit, with more things to do than one can imagine. We have water parks, wildlife centuries, laid-back towns, party islands, adventure sports, historic monuments, amazing food… you name it! But what makes it for the best of Thai Adventure? Well, to answer that question, here are my 6 recommended things to do in Thailand: Wildlife Friends of Thailand Nature Park Who doesn’t love animals? If you want to get an up-close and personal experience with some of the most exotic creatures that Thailand has to offer then Thailand Nature Park is the perfect spot for you. The pinnacle of the park is arguably the elephant sanctuary, which sees the gigantic beasts roaming around in a vast area of forest and grassland the reserve has personally purchased. The elephants are far from the only attraction, however, with gibbons, bears and even slow Loris’ being also found within the refuge. If you have a soft spot for creatures who need extra care and attention, this might be the place for …

Top Things To Do In Pai

I have mixed emotions about Pai, in Thailand. At times, I felt a deep love with it, while at other times, I hated it – for its culture, for its vibe. I think the fact that the town has nothing Thai about it made my personal experience so weak. Speaking of it frankly, Pai could not intrigue me, the way I expected. But that doesn’t mean that Pai is not worth a visit. There’s plenty to see and do around. From the main town, you can hike to the waterfalls, wander through farms and rice terraces and the many local villages, bike to caves, and so much more than that. I found Pai more interesting as soon as you leave the town a few kilometres behind, in either direction. And speaking of my favorite things to do in Pai, here are some: Explore the unexplored This was, by far, my favourite activity around Pai – just rent a scooter and head out of town to explore the beautiful countryside and nature. Just drive around aimlessly and …

Concluding Video Of My Backpacking Trip To Thailand

I recently did a 15-day trip to Thailand. And I think it is a great country to travel. Safe, cheap and culturally beautiful. Those who travel to Thailand often find it to be a favourite destination for a multitude of reasons, and I am no different. From food to its nightlife to its people — I loved every bit of it. Here, my concluding video to a rocking Thai Trip: A few blog posts I’ve written on Thailand: How Much Money To Travel In Thailand | Thailand Visa On Arrival |  Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more travel videos. 

Temples In Ayutthaya – A Day Trip From Bangkok That You Cannot Miss

Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s prominent cultural highlights and its close proximity to Bangkok, which allows tourists to do a day trip to Ayutthaya and return to Bangkok city, makes it a preferred tourist destination around Bangkok. Many tourists, however, also end up exploring Ayutthaya on their way to the northern tourist trail of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai – just like I ended up doing. While the temples in Ayutthaya have a rich historical significance and offer enough to learn about one of the greatest civilizations of mankind, to my guilt, I admit that I visited Ayutthaya to only do some photography. Introduction To Ayutthaya Ayutthaya has a total of six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in addition to a few ruin structures, ancient pagodas and museums. To access the heritage sites, you are required to pay a fee. A one day pass for all the six UNESCO sites costs 220 Baht, or 50 Baht for each visit. If you have a full day to yourself and ancient architecture interest you, I will recommend you a …

Why Thailand’s Mountain Backpacker Paradise ‘Pai’ Couldn’t Intrigue Me

“Pai is amazing and so peaceful”, “I am in love with its beauty”, “It is so different than any other town in Thailand”, “You should definitely visit it man” – I still remember how different people portrayed Pai and inspired me to spare a few days out and visit this “secluded little town”, after Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand. Excited, and hopelessly driven by the whole gamut of backpackers’ emotions, I equipped my rucksack, booked the first minivan that left the next morning and waited impatiently to be passed out for the night. The next morning, as I grabbed myself on the way to Pai, I found a naturally beautiful part of Thailand. It was green as far as I could see, and the timely glimpses of Thai countryside were constantly adding up to the experience. The road to Pai has over 700 turns, but you barely notice them as the journey leaves you awestruck with its beauty. The densely covered hills come your way rolling like waves into the horizon. I was happy that I …

How Much Money You Need To Travel In Thailand?

Plannning a holiday in Thailand? Find out how much money you need and budget better! My Southeast Asian odyssey is almost about to finish now, and it’s been unreal. I am currently in Cambodia (as I’m writing this article) and so far the entire journey has been bloody generous – in terms of experiences, as well as the expenses. I always harp on about travelling being cheaper than people think and I stand by that. I am sure you can travel pretty much anywhere in the world in under USD 25 (or Indian Rupees 1500) a day, and when it comes to Southeast Asia, be rest assured, you can survive for much cheaper. Speaking of Thailand, however, the country can be expensive or unbelievably inexpensive, as you want it to be. Here you can find super cheap hostels, for less than USD3 a night, and then seemingly right next door you can find a luxurious property charging you a whopping USD10,000 a night. Understand What Kind Of Traveller You Are On a short vacation, you tend …

Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand

It’s sad how so many people travel to Thailand and after visiting a few night bars, shopping malls and islands, they think they’ve seen it all. You can find those attractions almost anywhere else in the world. That is not the real Thailand. But perhaps this — a daily food market running on the railway tracks — is uncommon. Publicly known as Maeklong Railway market, this is something unique thing about Thailand. More on Thailand: How To See Bangkok In 3 days

How To See Bangkok In 3 days

Bangkok, certainly, is a city that deserves more than a couple of days of temple tours and market visits, for Bangkok city is massive and every corner has an attraction to drop by. It’s a place to wander, to meander in a romantically beguiling fashion, and just… be! I remember I initially stayed 3 nights in the city before heading for the hills in the north of Thailand, leaving my thirst to see more of the beautiful Bangkok, unquenched. Inevitably, I returned back and ended up staying in Bangkok for almost another week. Also Read: How Much A Holiday Costs In Thailand Its multicultural vibe, a combination of old and modern traditions, skyscrapers, street food, peppy tuk-tuk rides solidify Bangkok as a great place to travel. And where 3 days are definitely not enough to get your head around Bangkok, you can at least use them better, and tick off some of the major sites and must-do activities, in and around the city. Here’s my suggested itinerary to get the most out of your trip in 3 days: …

Why Bangkok Is An Ideal City For A First Time Solo Traveller

I stayed in Thailand for more than two weeks, travelled from north to south, and it had been a whirlwind experience. While I enjoyed most of its cities and towns and islands, nothing can compare my love for Bangkok. And I only imagine there will be more tributes to Bangkok, especially when I will be back in India and have the chance to reminisce and write more. I encourage everyone to visit Bangkok, particularly those who’re new to the idea of long-term solo travelling. And it shouldn’t take that much persuasion, after all, Bangkok has been named as one of the world’s best cities to travel to, for many years in a row, and there is a reason for it. In fact, there are many reasons. Read: How To See Bangkok In 3 Days From world-class food to nature parks to party places, Bangkok leads in everything. Though some people do complain that it is too noisy, I think my Indian dispositions helped me blend in fairly easily. In only a few hours after I …