This ancient town of Phimai, located in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima (or Khorat), was once a part of the mighty Khmer empire of Angkor (present Cambodia) and marked its territory in the western frontier....
Indulge in silkworm rearing at a farm tour in Nakhon Ratchasima
Credit: Boeck Brian Keith
If you think agrotourism or a dose of local farm life sounds like a good way to spend the day, then make your way to Nakhon Ratchasima, a province in northeast Thailand....
6. Stay in Phuket old townPatong in Phuket is a tourist attraction but Old Phuket town is quiet and has beautiful architecture. Book a guest house in old phuket town and spend a day or two just strolling around the streets. At nights the streets are lit with really pretty lights and cute shops all over the old town to take back some souvenirs for your loved ones. Strongly suggest staying at the Rommanee guest house.Read More
6. Stay in Phuket old townPatong in Phuket is a tourist attraction but Old Phuket town is quiet and has beautiful architecture. Book a guest house in old phuket town and spend a day or two just strolling around the streets. At nights the streets are lit with really pretty lights and cute shops all over the old town to take back some souvenirs for your loved ones. Strongly suggest staying at the Rommanee guest house.
There is a certain amount of fun in planning out your own itineraries. You can choose what you want to do, where you want to stay, what you want to eat and most importantly how you want to go about doing these things. Let me tell you, first of all it saves a lot of cost, if it is compared to the trip planned out with a travel agency and secondly, you don't have to be dependent on them for your own trip. Phuket 2016 was one such trip which had no planning whatsoever except the flight tickets from Kolkata to Phuket via Bangkok and hostel reservations. It was the first occasion where I relied much more on my spontneous planning skills and that of my extremely annoying but travel-seeking friend Abbas Juzer, who apparently had to spend double the amount on flight tickets coming from Dubai. This was supposedly our stress buster trip after being completely saturated at our corporate jobs and our only objective was to relax, explore, party and have a whole lot of fun. "Two bacheors, Phuket, Thailand, fun", sound fishy eh? You are left to your own imaginations in trying to interpret what that means :P
Day 1, Jan 4th, 2017: As we landed at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport, we almost forgot the weariness of the journey from Guwahati the previous evening, the long wait at Kolkata airport, and the almost lack of sleep on the flight due to excitement (or was it too much coffee). Visa on arrival was done quickly enough and hassle free as we excitedly took pics from inside the car as our car sped through early morning Bangkok traffic to Don Muang airport for our flight to Phuket.
Phuket, an island so big has a lot to explore. From elephant rides to canoeing, from waterfalls to ziplining and tour to phiphi islands will take one to zenith. As we missed Indian food badly and desperately needed some spicy taste , we came across an Indian restaurant C-Food run by both Indians and Pakistani. The food is relishing, amazing and cheap in budget.In Phuket, one can visit the Bangla Road to watch out for Muay Thai fight.
Thailand seems to have lucked out when it comes to beaches. Stunners at such short distances. Spotting this tiny island from your flight, it’s surrounding emerald and jade waters leave a lasting impression on you. What a ravishing beauty!Here are the top family things to do and see @ Phuket-
Phuket is good bet to explore while one is here but the internal flight from Bangkok to Phuket was digging a big hole in our meagre pockets so we chose explore Bangkok and Pattaya thoroughly in that one week, and trust me one week was less to explore the both in and out. So the decision to leave Phuket for another time was good plan as Phuket does deserve it's share of time and is more of a romantic place than a student place as it's obviously more expensive than the low-maintenance siblings of Thailand. Vegetarians all the very best, you can always click the food if you can't eat the food.
On the very same day I reached Phuket and as soon as I reached my hostel from airport for the first time in my life, I experienced such sort of things called backpacker hostel. I stayed at Bodega hostel near Bangla Road, Patong beach. I met couple of girls who travelling since last couple of months and then there was this guy who arrived couple of days back in Phuket and few more. I started having conversation with them and trust me it felt so good as if we knew each other for so long. I got along with those people very well and right from there it set the tone for the rest of my journey.
#SwipeRightToTravelBus transfer from Bangkok International to Domestic. I was the last to board thanks to my punctuality. I saw two empty seats, one at the window and the other next to this girl in her mid twenties. On a trance of backpacking solo, I chose the latter. A few minutes past and the first thing I asked was the time, it is cliché but often breaks the ice and helps you decide if you vibe or not. As it turns out, we progressed from the bus to the Airport Gate, we were both headed to Phuket for the first time and we'd exchanged numbers and decided to spend a day travelling around Phuket together. What we did not know was how would this day unfold. The next morning, I hire a scooter and pick her up from her hotel. And following are the list of things we did:1. Cover 6 different beaches trying banana pancakes and singha beers.2. Get drenched on the highway due to unseasonal rains.3. Swim at the highest waterfall of Phuket in the National park.4. Race our scooter 50 kms south to catch the sun set at 'Prom thep Cape'.5. Post sunset went to the Phuket walking Street and drank more beers, met random travellers. To end the day, I dropped her at her hotel and left for Phi Phi islands the next day. She was French, 'Celene' was her name. We knew eachother for 48hours from the time of meeting to the final goodbye. But she gave me one of the best days of my life I would never forget.
Our next day was our last second day in Krabi before our journey to Bangkok. I decided to do couple of things to wind up our stay in Krabi. Well, we woke up, didn't bother to waste a minute in the room as it was our last day. We quickly rushed out, rented a car, which was an SUV, absolutely automatic transmission, and cute looking. The deal was again good. You get good cars for THB 1000 per day. They will keep a copy of your passport and advance of THB 1000 more which is refunded when the car is returned.Read More
Our next day was our last second day in Krabi before our journey to Bangkok. I decided to do couple of things to wind up our stay in Krabi. Well, we woke up, didn't bother to waste a minute in the room as it was our last day. We quickly rushed out, rented a car, which was an SUV, absolutely automatic transmission, and cute looking. The deal was again good. You get good cars for THB 1000 per day. They will keep a copy of your passport and advance of THB 1000 more which is refunded when the car is returned.
It was a fun night for us to explore the town surrounded by yummy food, busy street-side stores, and shopping complexes. Getting around was not difficult because everything was on one main stretch of road. Furthermore, our resort gave us a number to call when we wanted to head back! Our whole stay and rides were made memorable by the staff who constantly helped us in teaching their customs, language and in fact, they knew some of the Bollywood stars and began singing songs in their cute Thai accent! ha-ha.
After doing a lot of research work we finally decided to put up in Ao nang Villa Resort. First day was spent exploring the lively town of Ao Nang and soaking its relaxed atmosphere. We strolled and relaxed over the Ao Nang beach and were in awe with that beautiful picturesque white sand and limestone cliffs beach view.
The drive towards the coast is characterized by limestone karsts appearing one after another on the horizon, each larger and more awe-inspiring than the previous. The main beach here -- Ao Nang -- rolls into view as if from a glossy magazine centerspread: endless stretches of emerald blue water turning into froth at the touch of the white sand, with longtail boats gently rocking to the rhythm, sticking their elegant necks out in perfect symmetry. As you go through your days here, though, you realise nearly everything is a picture postcard. Not just the many ridiculously perfect-looking beaches, but also the pristine coast-hugging roads, the quirky roadside shacks, heck -- even the shop-lined streets.
The next morning we travelled from Koh Samui to Krabi. We left at 6:30 a.m. and were in Krabi by lunchtime. Ferry to the mainland and then a car to our destination, tickets are easily bought at Samui from one of the many travel agencies. I must comment that the Thai highways are like grey silk ribbons. The drive is so smooth that we slept through most of it though the scenic views are worth staying up for. After Samui, Krabi seemed drier and sandier somehow but our room at the Ao Nang Cliff View Resort with it's rain-shower-head and tub-in-the-balcony cheered us up.