Have You Traveled To Thailand Yet?
From the United States the trip by air takes approximately 18 to 24 hours depending on your point of departure; but the investment of your time is well worth it. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. The King appoints the Prime Minister, who is responsible to the National Assembly. The capital, Bangkok, located along the Chaco Phraya River is a modern large teeming metropolis with tall buildings, parks, many interesting museums, nightclubs, casinos, canals, Buddhist Temples and more. Buddhism is the primary religion for approximately 97% of its citizens.
You should begin your visit with a tour of the magnificent Grand Palace, the official residence of the King and the home for generations of the monarchy.
A visit t0 the Bangkok District will introduce you to Thailand through sampling the taste of Thai cuisine at eateries and food stalls. There are also many local shops located here for your bargain shopping pleasure. You may also wish to explore Damien Saduak, one of Thailand’s floating markets. A favorite sporting event to witness is Mauy Thai kickboxing, also called the Sport of Kings with its thousands of years history. Be sure not to miss seeing the Wat Pho Buddhist temple complex, the location of the Reclining Buddha.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located in the historic center of Bangkok, is Thailand’s most sacred site, and should be on your bucket list of things to see in Bangkok.
I found that the people whom I met, were very friendly. When the natives meet, they “wai” when greeting each other and you. You should then return the greeting in like fashion. Bring your hands together with your fingers extended in front of your body, like in prayer, and push your hands upward slightly. The higher that your hands are pushed up during the greeting, the more you are honoring and showing respect for the other person. More local etiquette includes not showing the soles of your feet, removing your shoes when inside Buddhist temples or bots (chapels), and not touching any Buddha.
There is much to see away from Bangkok. A trip to various mountains will provide hiking experiences and views of beautiful scenery to photograph. A trip to the Khao National Park, which features a rainforest with elephants and deer, will also give you a chance to see the beautiful countryside. Several companies provide tours to these destinations.
Thailand is known for its tropical beaches with fabulous resorts and spas along the Andaman Sea.
Thailand is also known for its ornate temples, and ancient ruins, at Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, and Lopburi, to name a few locations. During visits to these sites you will learn about Thailand’s long and very interesting history.
Rice is Thailand’s most important crop. There are 13 million farmers. Thailand is the 20th largest export economy in the world, shipping abroad refined petroleum, rubber, rice, sugar, trucks, computers, telephones, gold, and jewelry. Some of these exports are transported from the interior to shipping ports by barge. Being a river rat of sorts myself, I was fascinated to observe the that unlike in the U.S. on our Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the barges on the Chao Phraya River are not pushed, but are pulled behind towboats with long cables.
When traveling medical care is always a concern. A companion of ours was injured and was admitted to a Bangkok hospital. She reported that the care was excellent; most of her doctors were trained in the United States. She told us that when she needed to call for a nurse, someone arrived at her room before she got her thumb off the buzzer! When she got home and her family doctor examined her, he fully approved of the care that she was given.
As you can see, there are many reasons to go to Thailand. I personally look forward to a return visit in the near future. Happy travels!
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