True travel experts and puritans would tell you to travel to Thailand and spend about a fortnight along the seacoast and return back after a fulfilling vacation. What if we tell you, there is more to Thailand than just the beach? For an off-the-beaten-track Thailand experience that could change your perception of an astonishing holiday, read on.
Sometime during the October-November months, Thailand celebrates the Loy Krathong Festival when locals make beautiful paper boats that are set afloat on the rivers making a colourful spectacle. You also have paper lanterns called the Khom Loy, which are left out in the air. All in all, if you decide to plan your holiday to Thailand during the Loy Krathong Festival, you’ll have a marvellous time.
If there is something exotic about Thailand that could be found in no other beach destination of the world, it is the Thailand Bazaar, where you could find anything ranging from handicrafts to homemade pastes to relics to fresh fruits. Get along one of your high resolution cameras, keep clicking pictures of this superbly colourful experience and hope to capture some of the chaos to cherish all your life. This is an experience that is authentically Thai and the thing that memories are made of! Car hire is readily available so when you have picked up all of your bargains you can get them back to your hotel without a worry.
Thailand is known for its exclusive cruises on the Chao Praya River, where you can drift through the urban mess of Bangkok and move on the mango, litchi and fruit orchards to the vicinity and further on into the rainforests. The boat ride exists until the mouth of the river and by the end of it, you would have caught glimpses of some exotic animal species in the forests too. This is an adventure, to say the least.
Thailand can be called the Land of the White Elephants (though White Elephants strictly belong to the King and cannot be accessed by commoners). Along with elephant rides and feeding sessions, you also learn how to take care of them, breed them, and serve like a mahout (a caretaker) for a small fee. This exotic activity is entirely Thai in its experience and you couldn’t ask for a better way to soak yourself in Thai culture.
A visit to the Patravadi Theatre is a must do activity. At the Patravadi Theatre, you are treated to glorious Thai dance forms performed to perfection by female dancers who look exotic and swivel around like a dream. For an absolutely unforgettable night, you ought to get a few tickets and enjoy the experience sampling refreshing coconut juice.