If you asked someone to describe ‘Paradise’, they might well describe Thailand.
White beaches, turquoise waters, sunny skies, rich culture, delicious cuisine – food for the soul. And since the cost of Thailand flights is decreasing, there’s no excuse not to visit! Book some cheap flights and find your spiritual side in Thailand.
Enjoy outstanding food and reconnect with nature in unspoiled landscapes and parks. For a taste of paradise, we recommend:
Finding Your Spiritual Soul
Thailand’s heritage is steeped in Buddhism – 95% of all Thai people are Buddhist. ‘Buddha’ (“the enlightened one”) left behind many spiritual teachings and there are plenty of sacred, ancient temples to visit. These include Grand Palace in Bangkok, home to ancient Thai kings, visitors are asked to cover up as they explore the Palace’s stunning sanctuaries and chapel.
Alternatively, Wat Pho temple is characterized by its 46 meter long reclining Buddha. Built in the 16th Century, Wat Pho is also known as the first public university. It’s worth visiting the adjacent Thai massage pavilion which offers excellent massages according to ancient techniques.
Wat Pra, in Chaing Mai City, is a 13th century temple decorated in gold leaf and is octagon-shaped. The temple offers a terrific panoramic view of the city. You might also want to pay your respects at adjacent Phra That Doi Suthep – which many believe will bring you blessings, protection and guidance.
Connecting with nature
Thai beaches are world-famous and Hat Karon, Phuket, is one of the longest, most unspoiled beaches in the country. But a lesser known way to reconnect with nature is to visit Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park. Tropical evergreen forests, sea cliffs and stunning beaches are all here. Not to mention mammals, butterflies, reptiles, birds and marine life.
Basically it’s the best that Mother Earth has to offer all in one place…
Shopping to your heart’s content
Oh, the markets in Thailand! Don’t miss bargains at Khao San Road (backpackers’ heaven!); Muang Meen Market is famous for its hand-made goods, arts and crafts; China Town (aka Yaowarat) is a gold trade mecca by day and foodie heaven by night.
Food for the soul
Eating in Thailand is a social activity. Urban centers Bangkok and Phuket are packed with fantastic restaurants. In Bangkok, you can enjoy award-winning dishes at Baan Khanitha & Gallery; visit Issaya Siamese Club for a non-touristy experience or dine in Bo Lan – considered by many as the best of the lot.
Phuket’s popular eateries include Mom Tris Kitchen (great for wine lovers) and Ko Jok See Restaurant – a bit of an institution with a party atmosphere.
Have a beautiful trip to Thailand and get in touch with your spiritual side!
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