Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha), Bangkok
Situated behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho temple is a must visit attraction for any first-timer in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and well-known for its giant reclining Buddha statue covered in gold leaf. It’s pretty massive; about 46 metres long!
If you love massages and wish to learn how to become a better masseuse yourself, there are courses you can take at Wat Pho, where you can choose from over 15 options.
You will not find any place to eat inside Wat Pho. You can buy small water bottles at the ticket counter. While roaming around, you might come across an ice cream vendor. Do remember to take your shoes off before entering. For some good luck, we recommend buying a bowl of coins at the entry of the hall. You can put the coins in the bronze bowls which line the extent of the walls.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Cultural Village, Pattaya
A stroll through the tropical garden is like taking a walk around the world. Its gardens are designed multiple mediums such as 17th-century French, European Renaissance and Stonehenge. We know it might sound like it's going over your head but it’s a good break from the usual stuff you see in Pattaya.
Taking a bicycle on rent is awesome and you can go about exploring the garden at a leisurely pace. If you wish to get more in tune with Thai culture, then daily shows at the Thai Cultural Hall take place, where you can enjoy viewing a classical Thai dance, Muay Thai and an outstanding ancient drum performance. Other activities include elephant rides and paddle boats.
You will be given a sticker if you’re on a packaged tour. Don't lose the sticker! To avoid an inconvenience when on holiday, click a picture of it. It usually has the phone number of the tour operator. Carry some essentials like an umbrella, sunscreen and of course bug spray.
Coral Island, Pattaya
Coral Island is a piece of heaven located just off the coast of Pattaya. Although Pattaya isn’t exactly your first choice when it comes to imagining an azure blue sea and unspoiled beaches, the island is free from the claws of civilization.
To put it in simpler words, it's a beautiful small, clean island with an awesome Beach. Here you can enjoy all the watersports that you can in the city, but with cleaner, bluer and prettier waters. It's definitely worth a visit.
If you love adventure activities then this is the best place for you to experience that. Coral Island offers some really good snorkelling, scuba diving spots. If you really want to make the best of it then go early when the water is crystal clear and you can really soak in the natural beauty.
The best way to get there is to take a common ferry from the pier. It will cost you around 30 baht. There is an option to share a 6 seater motor boat which may cost you around 200 baht per person for one way. This is a more private experience and is good for groups.
The Big Buddha, Phuket
The Big Buddha statue in Phuket is a magnificent 45m tall white marble sculpture. It is visible from everywhere on the southern part of Phuket. The views from up there are breathtaking. After reaching top of the hill you will find a large parking space and a road leading to a structure where people can donate and buy amulets. Sometimes spiritual ceremonies are held. This place also houses a museum telling the history of the Big Buddha.
Near the Big Buddha a beautiful Sea View Restaurant is located which is a nice place to chill out after visiting the site. The food there is reasonable and tasty. The view, of course is wonderful.
It is a place of worship, so our recommendation would be to dress appropriately. It’s important to respect the rules and the sanctity of the place. It would be a good way to cleanse the soul after a full night of partying on Bangla road.
Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Samui
Ang Thong National Marine Park is called the 'golden bowl'. Why? Because it occupies around 250 sq. km and includes 50 sq. km of sheltered nature area comprising of over 40 mind bogglingly beautiful islands. The Ang Thong islands come out like dramatic walls; growing from the sea. This marine park is renowned for its white beaches and many small coves.
The main game is the scuba diving and the kayaking. It is a marine park so to experience it in its fullest, one must naturally be a very good swimmer. If you are here however and do not want to partake in the adventure, then a boat trip is also available where you experience the park in a more luxurious manner. The trip is reasonably priced and some nice food is available to eat on the boat as well.
If you are going scuba diving or snorkeling then carrying your own gear is way more hygienic than renting. Be sure to buy an underwater camera.