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Recommendations on East Asian travel destinations in July and August?
Hi everyone, I’ll be in Hong Kong during the hot and humid summer months of July and August. But I am also planning to do some travelling to the nearby countries… probably to ONE of the following locations: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, or Thailand
My question is: which of the places would you recommend to visit during this time of the year and what’s there to see?
I can tell you about Thailand where I live but I am sure that every country on your list is going to have many interesting things. Here are some suggestions of places to go in Thailand.
Bangkok & Central Thailand:-
1) Grand Palace Bangkok
2) Vimanmek Mansion (royal palace) Bangkok
3) Thai Massage – the traditional massage is called ‘Nuat Thai’ and there are hundreds of places for this in Bangkok. This is proper Thai massage. However, there are also quite a few places that cater for customers wanting something sexier.
4) Safari World Thailand – safari park and open zoo http://www.thailandtravelservices.com/safariworld.html
5) Thailand Dreamworld – amusement park (includes snow dome & grown-ups size go-kart track, rollercoasters, etc.)
6) Day trip to a Floating Market. The most popular floating market for tourists who come to visit Central Thailand is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
7) Day trip to Ayutthaya – old capital of Thailand – 50 miles north of Ayutthaya
8) Day trip to Kanchanaburi Thailand – west of Bangkok. You can see the bridge over the river kwai and take a journey on the death railway. http://www.thailandtravelservices.com/Riverkwai.html
9) Bangkok Weekend Market (Chatuchak market)
10) Suan Lum Night Market Bangkok (also has a big wheel)
11) National Museum (Bangkok)
12) Shopping – malls: MBK, Siam Paragon, Central World Plaza (they all have movie theaters too).
13) Shopping – local markets: Pratunarm market, Chinatown
14) Day trip to Khao Yai National Park – east of Bangkok. Khao Yai National park east of Bangkok is very interesting. You can drive up to the top of some mountains and also go to see some very big waterfalls in the National park. Khao Yai is very beautiful and has a lot of wildlife to see. You can easily see wild monkeys and deer. There are also many wild elephants in Khao Yai.
15) River Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
16) Dusit Zoo & Tropical Gardens
17) Temples – famous Bangkok temples include Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Marble Temple, The Temple of the Golden Buddha
18) You can learn all about snakes at the Snake Farm in Bangkok – there is also a show there that is quite fun
19) Jim Thompson’s House Bangkok
20) Samphran Elephant Show & Crocodile Farm
21) Bang Pa-In Palace
22) Day trip to Nakhon Pathom
23) Muang Boran (Ancient City), south of Bangkok
24) Suan Pakkad Palace Bangkok
25) Golden Mount Bangkok
26) The Royal Barges Museum in Bangkok is where they have the ceremonial barges of the royal family.
That should be enough Bangkok sightseeing for anyone. For general Thailand sightseeing:-
North-East Thailand (Isan)
1) Phimai – Angkor Temple complex (also Phimai National Museum and Sai Ngam – Banyan tree).
2) Buriram (Prasat Hin Lhao Phanom Rung Historical Park) – another Angkor Temple complex – bigger than Phimai but harder to get to.
3) Prasat Meuang Tam – not far away from Prasat Rung – not sure how you will be there without a car. I remember there were some motorcycle riders offering rides for a price, but not so cheap.
North Thailand (Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai)
1) Doi Inthanon – the highest mountain in Thailand (in Doi Inthanon National Park)
2) Waterfalls in Doi Inthanon National Park
3) Doi Tung (Doi Tung Royal Villa, Mae Fah Luang Garden)
4) Golden Triangle tour – the view from the hill of the river where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet ranks as a must see.
5) (Probably) Hill Tribes Tour (normally part of a Golden Triangle Tour) – more of a cultural awareness thing rather than a must see.
Some people also recommend Chiang Mai Zoo. I am sure its very nice. I think there are a lot of places to see animals in and around Bangkok:- Safari World, Dusit Zoo, Siam Underwater world, Khao Yai National park, (even Dreamworld & Ayutthaya (Ayudhya) have elepant rides), Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo, Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute (Snake Farm, Bangkok). Even, Muang Boran, that doesn’t even promote istelf as a place to see animals has a deer reserve for Hog Deer, sometimes they can also be seen wandering around the ‘ancient’ monuments.
South Central Thailand
1) Phra Ramarajnivet Palace, Petchaburi
2) Phra Nakhom Khiri Palace, Petchaburi
3) Hua-Hin beach
4) Wat Khoa Takiep, Hua-Hin – if you are in Hua-Hin anyway, its worth going to as it a pretty hill-top temple. There is a Traditional Thai design part to the temple, but, in addition, slightly down the hill, near to the cliff, there is an interesting Chinese part. Also, there are lots of naughty monkeys within the grounds of the temple too.
Beaches are an individual thing. Some people want a deserted beach, some prefer lots of people, bars and organised things to do, jet-skis, etc. However, my favourite is Koh Phi-Phi as it has the most beautiful beaches. For an island closer to Bangkok that I like, Koh Samet (National Park) is popular, especially post-tsunami as its in the Gulf of Thailand rather than off the west coast, but I don’t particularly recommend the beach at Hat Sai Kaew where the cheap Baht1,000 a night bungalows are. Hat Ao Prao on the west part of the island is much nicer. However, its more expensive to stay there.
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At Which Place To Go In Thailand?
You have lots of choices in Thailand for a vacation and you need to figure out exactly what you plan to do while you are there.
Your first stop will be in the capital, Bangkok and you should plan to stay there for a few days, especially if this is your first visit to Thailand. There are river boat dinners, short 1/2 day trips to beautiful temples, and longer jaunts to the old capital, Ayudhaya, or visit the site of the Bridge on the River Kwae in Kanchanaburi for some WWII history.
If you like the beach, you have numerous choices. You can go to Pattaya, which is about 1 1/2 hour drive from Bangkok, or you can catch a short flight to Phuket or Koh Samui. If you really want to see pristine beaches and emerald water, go to Krabi. You can dive, snorkel, or swim to your heart’s content.
If you prefer cooler weather, head up north to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai and visit the temples and hill-tribe people. Local handicrafts, the Golden Triangle, and more await you in Northern Thailand.
For a very laid back vacation (my favorite), head to the northeast to an area referred to as Isaan (or Isan, or Esarn). This is a an area that includes Udorn Thani, Korat, Khon Kaen, Surin and some more smaller towns and villages. The pace is slower, the people friendlier and the cost of living about 50% less than in the touristy areas.
I have been to Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Bangkok and many other cities in the Land of Smiles. My favorite is Khon Kaen. Located about a 55 minute flight from the old Don Muang Airport, Khon Kaen is an excellent mix of old and new.
I can purchase software and DVDs at the Oasis mall or sit on a picnic table under thatched roof overlooking the river while I eat my jumbo prawns and drink a cold Singha. I can visit a number of temples or go to a disco. I can hang out with the expatriates neat the Sofitel Hotel or go to night market at the University.
I can have dinner at a restaurant along the man-made lake while half the city is out jogging. I can go shopping at malls and outlet store that compare to any in the United States. I can even call and have pizza or chicken delivered to my hotel room.
I will be looking to invest in some property in Khon Kaen during my next vacation. I want to lease a house and start getting ready for my retirement in about 2 years. From what I have seen online, I can purchase a brand new3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2-story house for about $50,000 USD. That would be just about enough for a down payment where I live in Hawaii.
No matter what you are looking for, Thailand has it all. And it will be a lot cheaper than where you live now.
You can spend your days at the beach and your nights pursuing dreams of youth at all the nightspots. You can relax on a small island or go trekking in the jungles. Whatever you want to do, you can do it in Thailand.
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