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Thailand Visa On Arrival: Not A Great Thing Anymore

Earlier this year I travelled Thailand on Visa on Arrival. It appeared like a good deal – cheaper and quicker. You can land in the country whenever you wish to, escaping the long embassy applications. Just pay 1000 Baht (INR 200), at the airport, as the Visa fee and be done with it. You’re free to rule the country for 15 happy days. Well, it’s not as good as it seems! And I realised that as soon as I landed in Bangkok. After having a terrible 3 hours layover in Chennai, 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 the application process, at Suvarnabhumi, might take another few good hours, before I can take any rest. Long Queues Before I travelled Thailand, the internet said Visa on Arrival (VOA) counters can have long queues, but odd morning/evening can be different. My experience – odd morning/evening hours are not very different. I waited for almost 90 minutes before I …

6 of The Best Things To Try on Your Thai Adventure

We all know Thailand is a wonderful country to visit, with the number of tourists to the Asian nation increasing substantially over the years – from 10.13 million in 2001, to 29.88 million in 2015. Today we’re going to look at six of the best things for you to try when you’re on your Thai adventure. Wildlife Friends of Thailand Nature Park Who doesn’t love animals? If you want to get a up-close and personal experience with some of the most exotic creatures Thailand has to offer, this nature reserve 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’ all 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 you. Visit A Temple Thailand is famed for …

Top Things To Do In Pai

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

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 favorite 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’s my concluding video to a rocking Thai Trip! Also see: Thailand’s Maeklong Railway Market 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 cultural highlights, its former capital, and home to an ancient civilization. Today it is popular among tourists because of its close proximity to Bangkok, which allows them to take a day out, see it all, and head back to Bangkok city; or make it a stop on their northern tourist trail towards Chiang Mai. While the temples have a rich historic significant, to my guilt, I admit that my sole intention was to explore it to do some photography. Ayutthaya has a total of six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in addition to a few ruin structures, ancient pagodas and museums. You can get a day pass for all the six UNESCO sites for 220 Baht, or can pay 50 Baht for each. The majority of the archaeological park is contained in central Ayutthaya, which is basically a small river island. You can explore much of it on foot. Rent a bicycle if you don’t want to look the odd one out. Hire a tuk-tuk if you don’t want to sweat on streets. …

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 indeed found a naturally beautiful part of Thailand. It was green as far as I could see, and the timely glimpses of Thai countryside was constantly adding up to a good 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 …

How Much Money You Need To Travel In Thailand?

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) 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 US$ 25 a day, and when it comes to Southeast Asia, be rest assured, you can survive a day in under US$ 10. 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 $3 a night, and then seemingly right next door you can find a luxurious property charging you a whopping $10,000 a night. Understand What Kind Of Traveller You Are On a short vacation, you tend to race around and cram more activities into your day. This can drive up your costs a little, …

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 them almost anywhere else in the world. That is not the real Thailand. But perhaps this is…. A daily food market, running on the railway tracks. Publicly known as Maeklong Railway market, it is one complete unique thing about Thailand. Also see: Concluding Video Of My Backpacking Trip To Thailand Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more such travel videos. 

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. The city is massive, and every corner of it 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 mountains in the north of Thailand, leaving my thirst to see more of this beautiful city 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, the combination of old and modern traditions, skyscrapers, street food, peppy tuk-tuk rides solidify Bangkok as a must-visit. 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: Day 1 …

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 share stories with others. I encourage everyone to visit Bangkok, particularly those who’re new to the idea of long-term solo travelling. And it shouldn’t take all that much persuasion, after all Bangkok has been named as one of the world’s best cities to travel, for many years in a row, and there is a reason for it. In fact, there are many. [Read: How To See Bangkok In 3 Days] From food, to people, to a killer nightlife 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 …