A trip to Thailand is traveling to a place like no other. It is exotic yet familiar. It is bustling cities and small towns; beaches, countryside, and concrete. Thailand is often high on the bucket list of many travelers. For years it was high on ours. However, it seemed a little too far; a little to daunting; a little too costly. That all changed when we finally experienced 10 days in this amazing country. By embarking on this adventure, Thailand was no longer out of reach.
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A Trip To Thailand Is Within Reach And Totally Worth It
Our experience was very well-rounded. This group tour allowed us experienced a bit of everything in Central Thailand. Selecting this tour was one of the best travel decisions we have made and helped us expand our global views. No two cities visited were the same. Each stop gave us a different glimpse of how great Thailand is.
Bangkok was the perfect starting point. It was our first time dipping our toes into Thai culture. However, it did not feel as foreign as one might expect. Our days here ranged from sightseeing, shopping, eating, and surrounding ourselves with the beautiful local people. We experienced exciting new foods for the first time, as well as got the first taste of Thai architecture. Seeing the bright, intricate art flanked by gold gave me a new appreciation for the craftsmanship.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Being surrounded by the frenzy of daily life and the flood of bright local colors was refreshingly different and enjoyable. This feeling followed us as we made our way out of Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Blasting down the narrow river toward the market in a Thai longtail boat is the only way to get here. I’m so glad this was part of the tour. Wandering through the market felt like we were worlds away from our life back home. It is also a vibrant reminder of how important tourism is to many local people. I appreciate that tours with Gate 1 Travel include components like this.
Moving toward Western Thailand gave us an entirely different perspective on the country’s geography. We learned about the darker historical side of the region and the landscape that created some of these challenges. I’m so glad we got to walk across the bridge over the River Kwai. Yes, I did whistle the theme song while doing so.
I will also never forget the amazing experience of being delivered to our hotel via yet another Thai longtail boat down the River Kwai Noi. We were also able to top off our experience with a Thai massage. What a perfect way to relieve aches and pains after several long days of travel. I’m so glad we were able to experience this here too!
Departing for Ayutthaya took us into the heart of old Siam. While still busy and highly populated, the city felt very different than Bangkok. The area’s history is fascinating. Here, we were lucky enough to see that magical golden hour light bouncing off ancient ruins. Strolling through the pristine grounds of the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace gives visitors insight to the finer things Thai royalty enjoys.
Spending our last few days in Pattaya allowed us to splash in the Gulf of Thailand. Interestingly, Pattaya allowed us a totally different view of Thailand and it wasn’t always pretty. We are firm believers in seeing varied aspects of a culture when we travel. We share this with our viewers because we are real travelers. Here, streets are filthy and sex tourism is very overt. Much more so than places like Las Vegas. Visitors have more than their fair share of rats and prostitutes ushering them along the popular tourist spot, Walking Street. I think it’s best to know this going in as I’m sure some could be easily offended by the happenings here. Still, our time in Pattaya was great and our hotel was beautiful.
Throughout our trip, we stayed at beautiful hotels, ate a fantastic variety of food, and obtained a great perspective on a variety of all things Thailand! We fed monkeys, climbed waterfalls, and meditated in Buddhist temples. Overall this trip was amazing and filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences! I’m so glad we finally made it happen by taking a chance with this particular tour. It was well worth the wait!