If Chiang Mai is the key representation of the north, Bangkok the centre then the south is owned to Krabi. Krabi is the coastal province that brags many natural attractions including mesmerizing nearby islands, stunning beaches, lush nature and vibrant setting. If you visit Thailand, staying in Krabi seems to be mandatory nowadays, with Krabi Town and Ao Nang also having plenty to offer.
That being said, you really need to base your Thai travels around Krabi after you’ve visited other parts of Thailand. With so much on offer around Krabi you’ll never run out of things to see and explore.
Arguably Thailand’s most pristine beach, Railay stretches for kilometers long with unrivalled white sand. If you take a panoramic shot, you’ll be twirling for a while, as Railay seems to have no corners nor edge to it’s existence. The sun is unabated here however, and with little shade you’ll soon tan, or get burnt! If you do reach the outer area of Railay, you’ll be met with towering limestone cliffs and viewpoints. A must visit in Krabi province.
Visit the famous spot where the movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed starring a certain Mr Di Caprio. Although recent plans have been proposed to limit tourists due to coral bleaching, you can still visit this glorious enclosed lagoon in all it’s beauty. You won’t be the only one looking to visit Maya bay so look to do a tour there early in the morning before the hoards of tourists visit! This is one bucket list item you HAVE to cross off when in Thailand.
Tiger Cave Temple
Located in Krabi Town, Tiger Cave Temple offers you a cultural and spiritual experience like non-other in Krabi. The name comes above from the tiger paw prints within the adjacent caves; although the temple itself is a huge golden Buddha perched at the peak of the structure. Over 1,200 steps are required to reach the top, but with lush surroundings and monks who peacefully live there, there is no better way to indulge in local Thai culture than here.
Koh Hong is a popular island to visit for a whole bunch of activities including kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and paddle boarding; and you can do tours through Pak Up Hostel! Enjoy a day away from it all, and even if you just want to chill out, that’s fine! Make the best of your day becauseonly the daytime exists here, no one is allowed to stay overnight!
Not only is the Emerald Pool a huge pull for any explorers due to it’s idyllic natural waters, it’s surrounded by accompanying lush verdant nature. Within Thung Teao Natural Park you can trek here as well as spot rare animals and birdlife. Eco adventures in Krabi are many, but the Emerald pool is the most popular.
If you’re looking for the perfect Insta shot, Koh Poda and the long tail boats that line up against it’s coast will be the frame you’re looking for. Koh Poda is part of a tiny archipelago, which has amazing snorkelling, stunning views and crystal clear waters. One of the most popular islands in Krabi province, it takes around 25 minutes via boat to reach here.
Staying in Krabi Town is more than just a stopover location, especially when Pak Up Hostel runs the town. With facilities and prices as affordable in Pak Up, it’s the perfect foundation to explore the environs of Krabi Town. Day and Night Markets are authentic, temples are intriguing and the bar scene is lively. Krabi Town is a little underrated and only the most open minded of travellers appreciate it.
Klong Thom Hot Springs
Around 70km away from Krabi town, in the same reserve the Emerald Pool resides, the Klong Thom Hot Springs are long thought to have medicinal benefits. A natural spa, if you’re tired of being a traveller, head here to get your mind back on track. The rainforest is your neighbour; the soothing warm water that derives from volcanic chambers is the eco attraction everyone should visit in Krabi.
If you’ve been told by a fellow traveller about Ao Thalane, and managed to spell it correctly in Google, the first things that come up at the Kayaking adventures that go with. A small fishing village located in an area of umpteen mangrove forests and limestone canyons, kayaking around is the best and sometimes only method to explore vigorously. Tourism here isn’t huge, so if you’re looking for an off the beaten track experience, Ao Thalane provides you with that.
Phang Nga Bay
If you think Halong Bay in Vietnam was something, then visiting the Thai version will blow your mind also. Located in the Andaman sea, towering limestone cliffs are in your instant view. Dotted around the vicinity are individual lagoons, caves and strips of beaches. You can even visit James Bond Island the setting for one of 007’s movies back in the 2000’s.
Flying into Thailand, it’s likely your first stop will be Bangkok. But after you’ve explored the non-stop bustling capital, had a couple of nights down Khao San road and rode in a tuk-tuk, you’ll have a choice to make, North or south?
We suggest come south. I mean, taking nothing away from the north of Thailand, some say it’s ‘real’ Thailand, but let’s be honest, when you first Google images of Thailand or look in a travel magazine or guide, the south stands out to most of us. The south is where you’ll find all them beaches you’ve wanted to visit; the island life you’ve craved all year for and well, a whole bunch of travellers just like you.
Why should you go south first? Here are our reasons:
The South Turns The Volume Up
Bangkok is busy and hectic, but exploring all the south of Thailand, including Krabi, Phuket and the Thai islands, you’ll have a different kind of hectic. Although popular with many travellers, you’ll be able to space your travels out, go island hopping and move from place to place every few days. The energy keeps flowing in the south and especially on the islands. That buzzing vibe that Bangkok brings will evolve into a more paradise-buzzed vibe.
Beach, Beach, Beach
If you’ve come to Thailand for beach, then you’re in the right place coming south. With so many to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Rather than the concrete walls or big buildings being your everyday views, you’ll be seeing stunning white and golden sandy floors! With that soft sand touching your toes and the sun shining, all your worries are gone away!
Oh And The Sea Too
What goes next to sand? The sea! Only in the south of Thailand, the sea is gloriously blue, idyllic and ready for you to jump in. Not only are the ocean views amazing here for a Instagram shot, you can snorkel, scuba, swim and see dozens of marine life you wouldn’t see back home!
Work That Tan
Even for the palest of travellers, most people leave the south of Thailand with a little bit of an extra tan and colour. Whether you’re lying on the beach all day purposely wanting more colour or on a boat trip, the south makes people more beautiful! Tanned!
Koh Phangan Is Here..
Probably the most famous and infamous island in Thailand, Koh Phangan is known for it’s huge beach party. Yep, you’ve probably guessed it, the Full Moon Party is held on Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan and attract thousands of travellers every month. This is one for the bucket lists.
Whilst You Can Go Diving in Koh Tao
If you’ve never tried your hand at scuba diving before, when you visit the small island of Koh Tao, you’ll have definitely been provided the opportunity. Although stacked with hundreds of dive shops, the vibe here is still chill, and you can explore the environs of the ocean, underwater. If you want to get qualified, Tao provides some of the cheapest prices in the world for your Open Water licence.
Krabi And Everything It Offers
Everyone visits Krabi when going to the south. Why? There is so much to do! From going on pub crawls in Ao Nang, to visiting the stunning Phang Nga Bay to sizzling on Railay Beach. Krabi province has so much on offer, and if you do come this way, be sure to ‘Pop-In’ to Pak-Up Hostel!
That Means Maya Bay
Ever watched the movie the Beach? Most people have especially if travelling to Thailand. A once young Leonardo Di Caprio stars in the paradise-gone-wrong blockbuster. What’s best about the movie is the setting, Maya Bay. A lagoon hidden by limestone rocks, with white sand and crystal clear waters. Who wouldn’t want to visit here?
And Partying In Koh Phi Phi
If you liked to party in Bangkok, then Koh Phi Phi is like the mini-island version of that, especially when it comes to being non-stop. Phi Phi is a party paradise, with tons of events, boat trips, bars and drinking here. No one comes to Phi Phi for the first time to relax.
Or Just Relax Before You Head North
But after you’ve got it all out of your system, you’ve partied at the Full Moon party, and in Phi Phi, scuba dived in Tao, explored Krabi and whatever else, going north might just NOW be the best thing. Get back to nature, and enjoy the local side of Thailand. But for the south of Thailand, this place is for travellers, tourists and holidaymakers.
Blogger: Tommy Walker (Wanderingwalker)
Month: May - June 1 / 6
Working in hostels in Krabi has blessed me with a constant stream of backpackers to meet, get to know and make friendships. I have met hundreds of backpackers from around the world. Some of become really good friends of mine and others i’m glad to see the back of! Even though everyone is unique in their own way, there are definitely different types of backpackers. Which one are you?
1. The Alcoholic
My hostels were party hostels. We would run pub crawls, beer pong tournaments and give out free shots and buckets. So immediately, we have attracted the backpackers that like to get drunk. But, there is always that guy and that girl that go too far… He’s having a Chang beer with his breakfast while she’s dancing on the bar by 6pm half naked. These people are not usually that interactive by day as they’re constantly hungover but by night, that’s when they shine. And fall. And puke.
2. The Hippie Tree Hugger
Ao Nang in particular attracts these guys. With the increasing amount of reggae music bars popping up and an actual island dediated to it (Tonsai), these ‘make love, not war’ sentimentals come from near and far to find themselves and their chakras and become eternally grateful for their beautiful lives with a little help from the weed and mushrooms. You’ll see them floating around in their tye-dye, with flowers in the hair, eating vegan salad from that ridiculously overpriced ‘Organic’ cafe.
3. The Arrogant Arsehole
Now, I have come across a fair few of these ridiculous people who think its perfectly fine to make a soppy Skypecall to their dog at 4am, get up at 6am and have a full blown chat with each other, cackles included. I mean, I don’t need sleep and I think the people the next hostel over would love to hear about the time you got drunk on a plane and started to re-enact ‘Bridesmaids’ HAHAHA!! Shut up. These people tend to have naturally loud voices, love to talk about themselves constantly and have a weird obsession for plastic bags.
4. The Golden Oldie
You’ll find this guy in hostels with no age limit wearing a pink pineapple shirt and shorts a little too tight for his waistline. He wants to relive his youth and be down with the kids. First thoughts are always ‘OMG shock horror!’ But once you get to know him over a few pints, you cant help but love him. He’s crazy, wild and full of stories and inspiration. And he can drink you under the table.
5. The Travelling Virgin
It’s his first time leaving the comforts of Mom and Dad to backpack the world solo and despite a rocky start with fear and homesickness, he is on top of the world and finds everything just a little bit too exciting. “OMG IT’S AMAZING!!! I COULD CRY!!! OMG!!” It can be annoying to more experienced backpackers who have ‘been there, done that’ but being around someone with fresh eyes on the world can help draw you back to perspective.
6. The Inbetweeners
Ever seen the show? Well believe it or not, there are groups of guys that resemble Simon, Jay, Neil and …… in banter and personality to an absolute tee! The banter on these guys is so on point, they’ve forgotten how to speak to each other normally. They wear matching elephant pants, matching bandanas and egg each other on to pull girls every night and teasing them relentlessly regardless of whether they’ve failed or succeeded.
7. The Super Trooper Pooper
Broken a bone? Can’t stop throwing up? You’d go to hospital right? Not this guy. He had food poisoning the first week and made best friends with the toilet, but that didnt stop him getting on a 8 hour sleeper bus to the middle of nowhere for a 25km hike the next day. He got infected insect bites and has to take strong antibiotics, but that didn’t stop him getting drunk every night. He broke a rib sliding down waterfalls but that didn’t stop him zip-lining down the mountain afterwards. Nothing will get in the way of his travels. Despite his bad luck, his positive attitude keeps him going. What a trooper!
8. The Loner in Love
He’s just come out of a serious long-term relationship and has decided to travel the world to find himself. He doesn’t want free shots at the bar, he doesn’t want to join the walking tour. In fact, he doesn’t want any social interaction because he is now a single and independent who can do this. Alone. You’re best off just leaving him to it.
9. The Scaredy Cat
This guy still has his arms tightly wrapped around his western comforts. He finds the local language and the people too overwhelming and doesn’t feel the need to open himself up to any new cultures. This guy is probably British, will only talk about England and football to other British guys while avoiding the Germans. He will never put himself through a Thai massage and is often found either in Burger King or MacDonalds.
10. The Barbie Girls
A little word about Asia. It’s hot. It’s humid. The roads are often non existent. Here come the Barbie Girls. Leaving their air conditioned private dorm room with pristine hair, perfect make up, honking of the most expensive Louis Vuiton perfume with high heeled wedges. This ain’t Marbella babe. Your hair will frizz up in a matter of seconds, you will look like the Joker on crack by the end of the night and you will stink of Thai cigarettes and chang beer. But it’s cool. You do you honey.
11. The Irish Clown
This guy is a legend. You will hear him before you see him and if you come across one on your travels, stick with him for a bit. Only for a while, he will get on your nerves eventually. Trust me, you will have the best time. You will be permenantly drunk, become a pro on kareoke, will go on some crazy adventures involving a scooter and dodgy backroads and gain some priceless memories. You’re gonna need Botox for them laughter lines when you get home!
12. The Travelling Couple
There are two types of travelling couples. I have met awesome couplets who are out for a good time, stays in dorms, meet new people, join the pub crawls and don’t feel the need to live in each others pockets 24/7. On the other side of the hostel is the deluxe private room where the other type of travelling couple resides. They only have time for each other, book expensive private tours and get the claws out if anyone tries to talk to the partner without their permission.
13. The “Know It All” Sav
He’s been everywhere. He’s done everything. If you’ve just had an amaing experience on a remote island, he’s had a better one on the moon. If you found your favourite asian dish, he knows how to cook it better as he was taught by monks. He makes you feel bad sometimes for not going to temples 500miles away from the main touristy town or for not volunteering for 2 months in the poorest part of Africa. However, he can also become a wealth of information and recommendations. Just be careful not to pump his head any bigger than it already is.
14. The Social Media Addict
You probably won’t be able to get to know these people as much as they’ve lost their nose in their phone. Everything they do revolves around getting that instagram pic. They go to extreme lengths and put their lives at risk for the likes and loves. Their social skills aren’t too great but they will tag you in some epic memes! And their snapchat story is on point. Just don’t expect much conversation at dinner.
15. The Quarter-Life Crisis
She’s just turned 25. Has a steady career. Owns a house. Has a boyfriend. Life is just swell. All of a sudden, she freaks out! She throws a huge spanner in the works to halt her comfortable life. She rips open her little bubble and leaves everything behind to not only travel the world, but re-invent her whole life by moving to Australia. Her family thinks she’s having a breakdown, her boss thinks she’s mentally sick and offers her personal leave. But she packed it all in and left her adult life. She’s never looked back and is having the time of her life.
writer: Sami Reed
Thailand has been a backpacking mecca for years, and even though it seems that everyone is visiting, it still is one of the most visited places for backpackers in the world. Most travellers begin in Bangkok, before heading north or south to explore the different regions of the country. In Thailand you’ve got everything, from the bustling cities, lush jungle, amazing beaches, humbling culture, tasty food and affordable costs.
But if you’re visiting Thailand for the first time, you might be concerned of how to prepare for your trip. I mean, despite it’s popularity, and the rise of holiday-makers, Thailand isn’t your typical destination. Laws are different in Thailand, the rules of living are different, and in case you didn’t know, the country is devoted to religion and it’s own culture.
So, if you’re planning a trip to the land of smiles, have a read of our list to get you prepared!
Plan At Least A Month
Bangkok is full of amazing places, so treat every new place as a good place. Enjoy Bangkok, explore Thailand’s north, but make lots of time for the south. You can visit Thailand quickly, but you won’t experience a fraction of it if you do. 30 days is a good amount.
Watch The Beach
Even though its 17 years old, it’s the famous Hollywood movie about Thailand, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio. It will get you excited for the lush waters, weathers and culture.
Seek Travel Health Advice
Heading into anywhere in Asia, seeking health advice is key. You may need some travel vaccinations before you go. Also, you might want to purchase malaria tablets, as in some parts the mosquito’s spread disease is more rife than others.
Don’t Take Your Best Clothes
Thailand has many markets with clothes for a fraction of the price, so don’t worry about wearing your best clobber. Plus, it’s that hot you’ll probably just ruin them with sweat anyway. Don’t go over board, but just take the necessities.
Begin In Bangkok
Bangkok is the hub of Thailand, and probably Southeast Asia too. Most international airlines fly into the Thai capital. Also, get used to the Thai culture, meet other travellers and have a few beers to settle the nerves. Bangkok is an amazing city with malls, markets, restaurants and bars to enjoy. From there, you can choose to go north or south.
Stay In Hostels
Hostels are incredibly social in Thailand. If you’re in Bangkok, you’ve got Nappark Hostel, or the newly created Mad Monkey Bangkok. Going south, in Krabi, Pak Up Hostel is one of the best-facilitated hostels in Asia. You’ll meet other travellers, just like you, and set off to create some of the best memories of your life.
Eat The Local Food
Don’t stick to your western favourites, you’ll be missing out on so much! Thai food is some of the best cuisine in the world, and there are so many varieties you’ll be in food heaven. You’ve got curries, soups, salads and some fresh coastal seafood to enjoy. Thailand is a foodies heaven!
Expect It To Be Different
You might see fried insects, shots of snake blood, tons of traffic, exotic creatures, mesmeric temples and a whole lot tuk-tuks, but that’s just Asia. Monks will wander the street and temples are everywhere. This is Thailand.
Learn A Couple Phrases
Learning a few phrases of any new country you visit is always recommended, as it goes a long way to the locals. Even if it’s just thank you (Kahp-un-kap/kaa) then you’ll be doing well.
Blogger: Tommy Walker (Wandering Walker)
With the natural elements of outstanding beaches, paradisiacal waters and verdant green jungle that makes up Krabi province it’s difficult to want to leave this part of Thailand. When you make it south, more or less everyone spends a few nights in Krabi. Krabi Town is the town port; base and area that you will end up first, and really should base yourself. Now, many travellers and backpackers often dismiss Krabi Town as ‘having nothing to do’, but in reality there is quite a bit you can do whilst in and around the mainland environs of Krabi Town. We all know it’s tempting to go stay elsewhere when you’ve got the likes of Ao Nang, Koh Phi Phi and co. available, but if you’re wanting it all the best thing to do is to situate in Krabi Town. You can see everything that surrounds Krabi and all its wonders, and not only that but you can visit and experience the secrets of Krabi Town that involves some real Thai culture too.
Don’t believe us? Well take a look at what Krabi Town has got on offer and why it’s much more than a stopover location.
Tiger Temple Cave
Undoubtedly Krabi Town’s most popular tourist attraction, the Tiger cave locally known, as Wat Tham Suea is actually one of the most sacred sites in the whole of Thailand. However, it isn’t no walk in the park as you must commence up over 1200 steps to reach the temples peak. You can witness tiger paw prints in the caves, a huge golden Buddha monument whilst surrounded by pockets of rainforests. A must see whilst you’re in Krabi Town!
If you’re a bit of a rural geek and love natural, green, inner surroundings then Krabi River is a place to visit. It actually stretches to 5km ending into the Andaman Sea. Take a boat ride here with wall to wall of riverbanks and the limestone cliffs in the background, you can also bird watch here. If you’ve had enough of sight seeing, go for sunrise or sunset or maybe eating by the river that has notably good seafood.
Kanab Nam Limestone Cliffs
Whilst we’re discussing nature, the limestone cliffs that exist in the province are pretty much the postcard frames for Krabi. The Kanab Nam ones offer spiritual sites, caves and hidden river networks. Not only that, mangrove forests and a fishing village make up this part of Krabi, which in total all acts as a gateway to Krabi itself. Make some time for this experience.
Thailand wouldn’t be Thailand without markets and in Krabi there are some cool ones to visit. Chao Fa Pier market on Khong Kha road is on everyday from 6pm where you can eat freshly prepared Thai food perched by the riverside. Walking Street markets from Friday to Sunday are getting real popular and worth visiting more than just the once. The atmosphere, the stalls, the shopping and authentic Thai design makes it a must visit. If you want to eat something a little obscure, catfish curry and other delicacies are served on Maharat Road markets.
Krabi Town Nightlife
With Playground Bar at Pak Up Hostel one of the main social and party areas in Krabi Town, it set’s it up perfectly for a night out on the Krabi tiles. You’ll find an array of bars, pubs, clubs, entertainment venues and street drinking in and around Krabi. It won’t be as mental as Bangkok or Pattaya, but the nights out with the less expectation are often the best.
Krabi Kart Speedway and Krabi Paintball Park
Two exciting extreme adventures, around 7km from the centre of Krabi Town these two activities are located. Imagine limestone cliff surroundings to drive around your kart in like Fast & Furious. Imagine going paintballing in the jungle just like many wars have happened before? The setting is complete; you just need to do it!
Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint
Around 30km away from downtown Krabi Town is the stunning and underrated Khao Ngon Nak viewpoint located in Nong Thale. The trails to the viewpoint itself won’t take you long, only a 4km distance, but with lush jungle, some average climbs and off the beaten track vibe, you’ll be in your own adventure movie here.
Although not exactly downtown of Krabi, Krabi Emerald Pool and Krabi Hot Springs are both located 70km away within the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. This is a perfect way to spend a day of pure relaxtion. Get wet, warm and relaxed and take a holiday from the holiday!
Blogger: Tommy Walker (Wandering Walker)
Tourism in Thailand is growing year upon year, we all know that and with over 30 million tourists expected to grace 2017 in total, things aren’t slowing down. What happens when tourism grows, investment grows too. Over the past few years or so it’s been notable that the hostel trend has certainly moved up a gear. There is so much competition nowadays, that searching via Booking or Hostelworld, you have a plethora of choices.
Yet, having a substantial and long last reputation is key to any successful hostel in Thailand. If a hostel has got it right from the start, word of mouth make a big difference. Now, added into the social media aspect and exposure, keeping high standards is a credit to hostel owners and operators.
As you may know already, Pak Up Hostel is in the top 3 of best hostels in Asia, as voted by Hostelworld. Year after year, the dedication Pak Up has provided to keep up to date with travel trends is all to see. Let’s break it down to why Pak Up is one of the best hostels in Thailand.
Best and Luxury Facilities
One of Pak Up’s unique selling points is that provides some of the best facilities possible for a hostel. Sometimes you think hostels might be a little shoddy and thrown together, but Pak Up really prides itself in five-star facilities. With rainforest showers, comfy beds, charge points, lockers, perfect air condition, free WIFI and a social scene, you’d think you were in a hotel staying at Pak Up. Hand on heart, Pak Up is a top rated choice in Krabi Town and arguably one of, if not THE best facilitated hostel in the whole of Thailand.
Constant Low Prices
Enjoying the high standards of Pak Up’s facilities, you’d be not wrong to think that you’d have a high cost to pay. Well, you thought wrong! The prices at Pak Up are very affordable, especially for western travellers. You can pay as little as 250 baht for a dorm bed here which is incredibly low given the luxury you’ll be given.
At the centre of Krabi Town, Pak-Up Hostel get’s the location almost perfect. If Krabi Town was to revolve around one spot, Pak Up own it. Pak Up is only a minutes walk from Chaofa Pier and a short 15 minute drive from Krabi Airport, 20 minutes from the white sands of Railay Beach and also 20 minutes from the buzzing resort town of Ao Nang.
More Than Just A Hostel
Pak Up doesn’t just supply amazing hostel facilities; it has more to it than that. If you want to go on tour with Pak Up, you can, maybe over to Phi Phi Islands or Hong Island? If you want to book transport to the airport or boat trips Pak Up do this too. As part of the Andaman Group, they are also partners with Ibiza Pool Party Phi Phi, Balcony Party Hostel and Pop In Hostel.
Fantastic Customer Service
Behind every good man is a good woman, and behind every good hostel is even better customer service! At Pak Up, they get you and what you want. You have local staff that knows Krabi and the surrounding places to visit like the back of their hands, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Many hostels in Southeast Asia are now being owned and ran by foreign investors, but at Pak Up the hostel is ran by Thai’s. This gives a good impression, because you know there is a passion with the service and a genuine want to help travellers.
Traveller Comes First
Check out the Facebook page of Pak Up, and just see for yourself. The amounts of photos, where the staff join in with the travellers are everywhere? Pak Up is true to its origins, a safe place for travellers with great facilities and options. Every traveller, every demographic and every age is catered to.
Blogger: Tommy Walker (Wandering Walker)
Despite Thailand being a premier destination for all kinds of tourists and travellers nowadays, the country still provides some authentic and less authentic experiences different than any other. Every country has its different elements and Thailand is no different in that respect. Especially if you’re use to living outside of Asia, when arriving in Thailand, some things will obviously be foreign to you. Good, bad and the ugly, whatever you think of Thailand, it’s still a bit of a ball.
Let’s take a look at some things you can only experience in Thailand:
Visit The World’s Most Visited City
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital attracts millions of visitors per year, and is officially the worlds most visited. With a perfect blend of Thai culture with Western facilities, Bangkok has something for everyone. The food is great, the entertainment is everywhere, the bars are lively and there are travellers in all pockets of the city.
Experience Khao San Road
I mean, Khao San Road is pretty unique as far as backpackers go. There maybe new streets trying to replicate the same thing, but Khao San Road has been around for decades now. Full of markets, bars, hotels and hawkers, Khao San is touristy, trashy and commercial, but there’s no place like it.
Muay Thai Camps
The national sport of Thailand is becoming bigger and bigger, especially with travellers. People are visiting Muay Thai camps, training, learning to fight, eat locally and learn local Thai languages. It’s an experience in itself, especially when you fancy keeping fit and wanting a detox.
Although probably nothing to do with authentic Thai culture, eating scorpions has been a popular novelty for travellers in recent years. Fried, crispy and just bland, eating scorpions represents the crazy ‘anything goes’ attitude that Thailand allows for travellers.
Full Moon Party
Where else in the world is there a monthly beach party, filled with tens of thousands of travellers? In Koh Phangan, the Full Moon Party is epic, messy and crazy. Some would say you haven’t been to Thailand without going to one.
Tuk Tuk Travel
You won’t find Tuk-Tuks in Europe, USA or Australia; well not as common as they are in Thailand. Tuk-tuks are a old fashioned method of transport, a three-wheeled open side van, normally multi-coloured. They don’t go very fast in long stretches, but the way the Thai’s drive them, they are quite nippy in and around the city!
Street Food Pad Thai
Pad Thai is Thailand’s national dish, and although it’s international now, you won’t be able to find it as authentic, delicious and cheap as you can in its home country. If you’re around the tourist areas, you can get it for only $1!
Blogger: Tommy Walker (Wandering Walker)
Thailand is home to some of the best food in the world. With an abundance of recipes, the Thai cuisine is as tasty as any you’ll experience in Asia. Streets ahead of any of its Southeast Asian neighbours, Thai food comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’re a bit of a foodie, visiting and travelling Thailand might well turn you into a food blogger!
But let’s be honest, we all have our comfort foods. The chain 7 Eleven is popular in Thailand due to it’s western-like snacks and meals, and at a fraction of the price still. Especially if you’re having a drink in Thailand, or just exploring in its unabated heat, you’ll crave some sort of comfort food at least once. Now, things might not be exactly the same as back home, but they come close enough. Here are some popular snacks we’ve came across over the years.
Ham & cheese, tuna and cheese, fried chicken and ketchup, the toasty is legendary to travellers in Thailand. Only costing from 27 baht, the toasty is a quick snack that does the job. If you’re tired of Pad Thai, try a toasty it’ll be heaven!
The Mini Pizza’s
The mini four-sliced pizzas are a cheap alternative of the Italian favourite. Quickly bundled into the microwave, they are easy to eat like the Toasty. If you’re a pizza fan and want your quick fix, these are perfect!
The Swirling Hotdogs
How many times have you walked into a 7 Eleven and seen them hot-dogs swirling at the counter? Well, they are pretty tasty! We have to admit though, we’ve only ever tried them when we’ve had a couple beers, but still, they do the job!
Lays Potato Chips
Lays are everywhere and you’ll be thankful to know, 7 Eleven have tons of them in store! Although because it’s Thailand, there maybe some alternative flavours such as Seaweed, but hey, who doesn’t love potato chips?
Probably the most common snack for bus journeys, Oreos seem to be on every shelf in Thailand that sells western products and 7 Eleven is no different.
Blogger: Tommy Walker (Wanderingwalker)