Amidst this coronavirus pandemic, as we’ll are self-isolated/ quarantined (precisely more safe) in our own houses would certainly be thinking about the first plans or things we shall be doing after we are set back free in this beautiful world again. However, for now I am sure each one of us would be engaged in some or the other activities to keep oneself busy. Also, being on lockdown doesn't have to be boring, if you keep yourself well occupied.
For me, I am reminiscing about my past travels and how grateful I was to witness some of the beautiful places on this planet. Just before this pandemic hit the world coarsely, I’d got the opportunity to travel to the “Land of smiles” (nickname used for Thailand). Thailand - the country famous for its huge temples, golden beaches and thousands of beautiful smiles.
I along with my best friend had planned all the travel on our own. I was so excited as well as skeptical about planning this travel, as this was the first time ever I was traveling to a new country. Trust me, even on the day when we landed in Bangkok I had this mixed feeling of fright and wonder. But, as they say things happen when they are meant to. I therefore thought of putting my experience into words and giving a general guide on how we covered the most beautiful city and two alluring islands in Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi.
Note: I would recommend you to plan your travel between the months of December and February for beautiful clear blue skies and nice temperatures.
Bangkok is well connected by two major international airports (Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport). Both of them has a facility for visa on arrival for some countries including India (during the time we visited Thailand, the ministry had waived off the prices thus VOA was free for 15 days travel otherwise it may cost around 2000 baht. VOA is also available at all the other leading airports in Thailand).
Documents for VOA: http://newdelhi.thaiembassy.org/en/visa-on-arrival-en/
Stays: Being a popular tourist destination, Bangkok is always occupied with hotels, hostels at all budgets. People usually prefer staying in two most popular places in Bangkok – Khao San Road/ Banglamphu Area and Sukhumvit Area. I would recommend you to stay near Khao San Road (known as “Bagpackers Paradise”) and is connected with major tourist sites and good restaurants nearby. You can book your accommodation from www.agoda.com or www.booking.com
Places to visit: Chao Phraya River is the important waterway for the people of central Thailand. It offers you with a hop-on-hop-off boat service as most of the major tourist attractions (Grand palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, China Town, and Asiatic Riverfront etc.) are near the banks of river. You can book a boat ride day pass or choose the destinations you want to visit. (Prices depends on your places of choice. In addition, some of the places also have entrance fees to visit)
For cheaper travel options, try city buses, Bangkok Sky train (BTS), Metro trains or “Grab App” to book a cab. Tuk tuks are a great way to get around the city, and no trip to Thailand would be complete without taking at least one tuk-tuk ride (Kindly bargain a lot prior to the ride).
Food: Apart from street foods, Indian restaurants and McDonalds, Thailand offers you with a number of 7/11 shops across every corner. If you’re on a very budget trip, you can always grab packed meals from this shops.