jungle islands that overlook clear waters, majestic Buddhist temples and street food at all hours. Winter in Thailand in 15 moves
It has a shape that resembles the head of an elephant. With its trunk jutting into the Indian Ocean, to browse through Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malesya. And its location in the heart of Indochina makes it versatile and diverse cultural influences. But with a very strong personality that distinguishes it from all its neighbors. Thailand is the most accessible face of Asia, smiling and less turbulent. An exotic destination that combines culture, nature, shopping, great food and a bit of adventure. We propose 15 experiences to do to savor the atmosphere and beauty in all its facets. From the skyscrapers of Bangkok to the white beaches of dell’Andamane Mar (this is the best time to visit the southwest coast without the excessive humidity of the summer months).
1.Fate a tour of the canals of Bangkok: can only start from the capital of the tour in this fascinating country. One of the most characteristic corners and slow? Are channels (khlong) that unfold from the Chao Phraya River. Omit the larger boats and tourist. Smaller channels have narrow passages and hidden and only reach with traditional long tail. Sitting on the water sbircerete between dilapidated piles, delicious overwater villas, gardens and hidden temples.
2.Ordinate a cocktail on the panoramic terraces: Bangkok also has a more trendy face, vibrant and futuristic. The best point of view of the megalopolis that grows and reinvents it from the terraces of the skyscrapers. Among the most spectacular is the Sky Bar, the local to the sixty-ninth floor of the Lebua Tower where you embrace the city to 360 degrees from the counter-island or from the windows of the dome-lit icon.
3.Rendete tribute to the Emerald Buddha, one can not remain indifferent to the wealth of the royal palace in the capital decorations. Here, among golden spiers, strange mythological creatures and ornate pavilions, patiently in line to enter the temple that houses the most revered Buddha of the country, a small statue covered in gold and emerald which is FORBIDDEN to photograph. Take time to sit back and observe the extraordinary frescoes that cover the entire room.
4.Provate street food: at any time of day or night you will find stalls and kiosks cooking nonstop. Thailand, for that matter, is the home of street food. The aroma of spices, the fumes of the grids and the oil sizzle. This is one of the experiences made in Thailand which we can not escape.
5.Salite on a tuk tuk is a strange hybrid between a van and a motorcycle. To pick up on these colorful and noisy three-wheeled open taxi it takes a little bit of agility and adaptability. But the effect is assured.
6.Immergetevi of the most beautiful backdrops in Asia: within an hour and a half boat ride from Khao Lak, the Similan Islands are an eco-natural paradise protected. Nine uninhabited islands where divers can indulge themselves with a dozen dive sites between canyons, caves, arches and coral gardens inhabited by turtles and multicolored fish. But the show also continues on the surface with white beaches interrupted by granite boulders.
7. Discover the trendiest island of the moment: it is located far south of the west coast, right on the border with Malesya. Koh Lipe, until a few years ago only known by divers, is now experiencing a real boom (with all its pros and cons). The long beaches invite you to relax under palm trees and tropical plants. There are no resort but small bungalows on the sand and places to contemplate the sunset listening to music.
8.Pedalate among the ancient temples of Sukhothai: home to the first Kingdom of Siam (1238-1378), this area 450 km north of Bangkok is perhaps the most impressive archaeological park of the country. Unesco heritage, boasts dozens of temples surrounded by canals and ponds where water lilies bloom stretches. Given the extent (about 45 sq km) it is recommended and enjoyable turn cycling.
9.Andate hunting for a treasure hidden in the jungle on the island of Ko Muk, Trang in the southern province, the high limestone walls covered with vegetation hides natural jewels. Among them is Emerald Cave, a dark tunnel to reach at low tide, which opens onto an emerald lake surrounded by rock walls and jungle.
10.Cercate the head of the Buddha among the roots of a plant: another archaeological jewel Heritage UNESCO, Ayutthaya was the second Siamese capital from 1350 to 1767. It was destroyed by the Burmese, before falling into disrepair, the time was a thriving fortified island He had more inhabitants of London or Paris. Today fascinates with its ruins of pagodas, columns and statues of Buddha. Just one of these was included in the centuries from the roots of a plant, and it has become a symbol, beautiful and decadent together.
11.Provate Thai massage: this massage is an art and combines Chinese medicine with ayurveda. Each spa offers massages and traditional treatments, but to be sure there is the oldest school of Thai massage at the Watpo of Bangkok, where the students do practice.
12. Go shopping local crafts: thirst fine, chiseled silver, wooden statues and umbrellas made of rice paper hand-painted. The best craft comes from the tribes who inhabit the north, and Chiang Mai is their capital.
13.Navigate on the typical long tail boat: you can not think of an island in Thailand without the noise (not exactly pleasant) of wooden boats from the “long tail.” Once used by fishermen, today the water taxi, or river, from the long shaft with propeller acting as a rudder. The bow is always decorated with flowers and colored ribbons.
14.Concedetevi of time on Phi Phi Island: yes it is true, are the most tourist islands of the Andaman. But the limestone theaters covered with vegetation that reflect the transparent waters, are too tempting. The secret to enjoy it without too much trouble? Avoid cruises of a day that crowd the bay from 9 am to noon, and enjoy a few days in these tropical gems to explore “after hours” on board a long tail.
15.Rinfrescatevi in a cascade: not only beaches and temples, Thailand boasts lush natural parks where trekking in the jungle and admire the impressive waterfalls such as water architectures.