Ever since Thailand lifted its COVID-19 policies in the middle of 2022, it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations. Known for its tropical beaches, royal palaces, and Buddhist temples, Thailand offers many destinations for anyone looking for new places to explore!

 Here are some suggestions if you consider adding Thailand to your bucket list:

  1. Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace in Bangkok 

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In Thailand, more than 95% of the population practices Buddhism, so it is no surprise that temples are everywhere. Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of Emerald Buddha, is one of the most sacred temples in Thailand. Carved from a single jade stone, the Emerald Buddha can be found in the Grand Palace in a meditative stance. When you walk inside Wat Phra Kaew, try to pay attention to its walls. Throughout the palace, the walls depict the Sanskrit epic of Ramayana. Ramayana is one of the most influential pieces of literature that have influenced the Hindu and Buddhist ways of thinking, and the belief system. 

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Once the home of the monarchy, the Grand Palace is now used for essential rituals. The Grand Palace consists of structures, halls, and pavilions arranged around spacious lawns, gardens, and courtyards. It is divided into several parts: the Temple of the Emerald, the Outer Court, the Middle Court, the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings, the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings, the Inner Court, and the Siwalai Gardens. 

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Bangkok or Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit is the capital of Thailand. While Thai people call their capital “Krung Thep,” Bangkok is commonly used among foreigners. Bangkok derives its name from the village or district (bang) of wild plums (makok). It is one of the most international cities in the world. Bangkok is known for its street life and cultural sites. If you consider yourself a night person and have not been to Bangkok yet, you are missing out. 

  1. Try some authentic Thai food on Hua Hin beach

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Apart from Thailand’s beautiful scenery, Thailand is also famous for its food. Regarded as Thailand’s national dish, Tom Yum Kung is a hot and sour soup cooked with shrimp. It is a must to try Tom Yum Kung, especially in Hua Hin Beach!

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Hua Hin is a beach resort town in the south of Thailand. When my family visits Hua Hin, we usually stop by the Hua Hin weekend night market. It is a nice place to walk around and listen to live music. Most small shops sell clothes or souvenirs, but some also sell street food at low prices. 

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  1.  Trek Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

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If you like waking up early and seeing the sunrise, Doi Suthep might be the right place for you. Doi Suthep is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in Thailand due to its influence from Chiang Mai. At the center of the Lanna Kingdom in the 14th century, it drew thousands to its Buddhist temples and breathtaking scenery. 

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Chiang Mai is a city in the mountainous regions of northern Thailand. It is known for its hill tribes, rainforests, and elephant sanctuaries. Compared to Bangkok, Chiang Mai is more peaceful and relaxing – perfect for those wishing to escape city life.

I hope my suggestions will help as you plan your next vacation. Feel free to reach out to me for more recommendations!