Travel in Thailand, The Heaven on Earth.

I do believe that, if I mention about Thailand, everyone will thinking of the beautiful country, the best foods in the world, and cheap price in everything. Thailand is located in Southeast Asia. It is given the name as “The Land of Smile” because Thai people always smile.

Koh PP

Thailand has many interesting places or travel sites to travel which are really popular to traveler such as Bangkok (the capital of Thailand), Phuket, Pattaya Beach, Chiangmai, Pai, Koh Samed, Koh PP, Koh Similan, and so on. Most people coming into the region fly into Bangkok and then make their base for doing the circuit around the region.

Wat Prakaew

In Bangkok, the heart of Thailand has many temples called “WAT”, which has many beautiful architects. The architect of Thailand is very beautiful such as the traditional Thai architect in Wat Prakaew, Wat Arun, Wat Phoe which are located the center of Bangkok. The architect describes about Buddha and the way that he went to nirvana which teach Buddhism to be a good people and do not adhere to emotion, feeling and desires. Also, there are palaces, amazing markets, shops, and outdoor market called “Chatuchak”.

Pad Thai

What’s more, Thai food is really well known and popular for traveler such as Papaya Salad Tom Yum Kung, Pad Tai, and Pad See Ewe. All Thai foods are very delicious and it is very cheap. Street food costs as little as 20 baht or 66 cents per meal, so it is safe and safer than a restaurant. You can find the best of Thailand’s food on the street and it will cost you a fraction of what you pay at a restaurant. Also, if you eat local food, you can eat for around 100-150 baht or 3 dollars a day! Western dishes cost between 150-300 or 10 dollars baht upwards.

Furthermore, there are many festivals in Thailand such as Loi Krathong festival in the full moon day and Thai New Year or Songkran festival (April 13 to 15 in every year). Thai people will enjoy Loi Krathong festival in the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai Lunar Calendar which usually in November. Loi means ‘to float,’ and  Krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. During the night of the full moon, Thais will float their krathong on a river, canal or a pond lake. The festival is believed to originate in an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirit of the waters. Songkran Festivalis the highlight of Thailand; it falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand as April. On Songkran days, Thais will go to temple in the morning to pray and give food to monks. They may also clean Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. After that, Thais will respect elder people by using Thai fragrance pour to elders’ people and elder people will bless the younger since Thais believe they will be happy all year long and every great thing will come to their life. The funniest of Songkran is the splashing of water. Thais will splash water to each other and also bless to each other to have a lot of happiness all year long. However, the most famous Songkran celebrations are still in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where it continues for six days and even longer. It has also become a party for foreigners and an additional reason for many to visit Thailand for immersion in another culture.

Songkran festival

Moreover, transportation in Thailand is also cheap. Local buses cost as little as 8 baht or 25 cents per trip, the Metro and Skytrain in Bangkok cost 10-40 baht or 1 dollars, and TAXI rides are usually 50-100 baht or 3 dollars. Tuk-tuks or 3 Wheels cost 80-200 baht depend on the destination. Thai people in Bangkok also use boat and ship as a transportation to avoid traffic jam, and it is also cheap which cost about 30 cents per trip.

There are many things more and more in Thailand that waiting for everyone to go and explore. On behalf of Thai people, I am happy and so proud of my country. It is not only the best food, best place and best price, but kindness of Thai people and their beautiful smile are the best thing that traveler will not forget and want to come back to Thailand, the heaven on earth which plentiful with smile, again and again.

Jaraswan Jarasjaruwan or Pear is a full-time MIM student. She got a Bachelor’s of Science from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. After she graduated, she worked as an educational consultant in Thailand for 2 years. Pear chose to study international business at Portland State University because she is interested in the business field and also the reputation of the university. Currently, Pear is studying Chinese as a third language. Also, she will choose Finance as her specialization in the Master of International Management program.

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