Travel Thailand; The Land of Smiles.

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When you travel to Thailand be ready to be truly amazed the minute you step off the plane.

One of the first places we visited on our travel and explorations around Phuket was Big Buddha one of the most famous landmarks on the island of Phuket.

Big Buddha

Big Buddha, I have lost count of how many times we have travelled up the mountain to Big Buddha and it is always a place we take our visitors… While work is still ongoing there is always something different and new to see… My favourite sight though will always be that huge Big Buddha sat atop the Nakkerd hills sparkling in the sunlight, made of white jade he just shimmers as the sunlight catches that beautiful white jade… An awesome sight… Remember to keep covered up no bare arms and legs. Then on the way down you can stop at one of the restaurants and enjoy some lovely Thai food and of course the spectacular views around the bay.

If you travel to Phuket then you must go and visit Big Buddha.

There are many beautiful beaches in Thailand, my favourites are the ones which are not so crowded…The lesser visited beaches which are so beautiful… How to pick a favourite? Click this link and you will see why I can’t make that choice they all have their own charm. All you need is a beach towel and a camera and don’t forget the sunscreen.

beach and chairs nice pic

You have of course got the very touristy beaches like Patong, in Phuket but if you visit some of the others you can see or do some silk printing, have your portrait painted or just relax at a reggae bar and watch the waves or if you are feeling particularly sporty there is paddle boarding for which you need a fair amount of balance and it is not as easy as it looks… But you can’t travel to Thailand and not do at least one of these.


Sea gypsy villages are so very beautiful…They have a life of their own..self contained and self-sufficient, some have a school and one even has its own floating football pitch. Very fresh seafood, some amazing Thai food can be tasted it is all authentic flavours no holds barred when it comes to chillies … Just browse the little stalls set up in front of homes selling anything from dried fish, honeyed nuts, local goods made of silk or bags made by the hill tribes from the North and of course the normal bits and bobs to take home as mementoes of your travels.

houses on stilts Koh Panyee

I just love Krabi...Taking a long-boat to visit all the little islands is a marvellous day out just be ready to get wet and having to wade out to sea a little to get onto the boat but so much better than the speedboats for me anyway…You see far more and the boatmen know the schedules of the big boats so you can see the islands and miss the crowds.

A Thai massage on the beach or some lovely wraps and wall hangings which the beach vendors will be trying to sell to you…Lovely handmade wooden goods … purses and key rings …all sorts for sale and remember Thais love to barter…

If you are hungry the food is fresh from the boats and cooked to order…

You can get the most wonderful Thai massage on the beach while laying and looking out to sea and letting your thoughts just wander and take you where they may …

I will tell you a funny story when we went to one of the small islands massage was not permitted on some of the beaches but you could see the police boat coming as obviously boat was the only form of  access so if the boat appeared everyone upped sticks and we sat and sipped our drinks  as if nothing was going on and when they went on their merry way massage continued it was quite funny really and made me wonder whether the police really knew anyway…

My masseur happened to be male as all the ladies were busy … My lucky day…apparently, I had that look on my face( according) to hubby…I think it is called a blissful look …That massuer had the best hands…The rest I will leave to your very fertile imaginations..ladies…”smirk”

Temples or wats there are SO many here they range from the very old to the very new. From highly ornate to ones which need some TLC and to the quirky temples like this one which is made entirely out of Heineken and Chang bottles.

Called Wat Pa Maha Kaew or the Temple of a Million Bottles it is a Buddhist temple in the Khun Han district of Sisaket province, Thailand. Made from over 1.5 million bottles it took two years to build the main temple.

Can you just imagine a temple built completely from bottles and beer bottles?

Wat Bang Riang

This one is Wat Bang Riang a little drive from Phuket but well worth the trip …

I can’t go without mentioning briefly the food of which there is so much to love…Those Thai flavours are so amazing…

My Favourite Khao Soi a yellow curry with crispy noodles which packs a fiery punch as well.

You can’t visit Thailand and not visit a market…They are many and varied from the huge markets which sell everything to the little local market with 10-15 stalls which sell the essentials and the fresh fruit and vegetables are so very fresh..just picked that morning… Not forgetting, of course, the floating markets.


That’s all for this post  I do hope you have enjoyed it. I am looking forward to your comments and if you also hit the share buttons I would love that ….Thanks, Carol xxx

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46 thoughts on “Travel Thailand; The Land of Smiles.

  1. Raj

    Thailand is one of the best locations out there, just got back from Thailand and its craving again! Check my latest post about the whole trip. Thank you!

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  2. frejatravels

    Krabi is wonderful but Phuket is a dump. I personally never like Phuket. It is too crowded and so noisy. Yes, i like the market and the food, it is delicious. Thailand is one of my favourite country to visit:)


    1. Carol Post author

      That is a very sweeping statement I lived in Phuket for 5 years and yes if you stay in Patong and do all the touristy things then that is what you get. I saw the real Phuket and there are still some very worthwhile places to see if you look beyond the hype and the tourist spots which most do not. It is a shame that you didnt 😀

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      1. frejatravels

        ha..ha.. actually I did, we rent a car to go around the places and I have been to Phuket several times during the courses of more than 20 years – just to check if it has changed, unfortunately I still do not like it. But I do like Thailand and have visited other part of the country numerous times.

        Btw, how did you find lived there? any interesting story behind it?

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      2. Carol Post author

        I loved living there and we had an enjoyable few years while we had our restaurant ….I also made a few good friends and I never would have started writing if I hadn’t moved there..However the last year we were there many people moved on and I started to find it too transient I prefer the North of Thailand although I have many memories of Phuket and there are still places I love there which are off the tourist track or just over Sarasin Bridge so yes many stories 🙂

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      3. frejatravels

        Yes, the North is much more quiter. I guess it is more tourist now compare with my first visit in the 80s especially in Chiang Mai and Ching Rai.
        I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I can see many changes from year to year.
        Do you still live in Phuket?


      4. Carol Post author

        No,we live in the North now…and yes even the North is more built up than when we first visited some 16 years ago but I much prefer it to Phuket although I made some good friends and have some lovely memories of Phuket 🙂

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      1. Carol Post author

        So it has its uses then…lol I just am so hit and miss with my photography… my dream is to take amazing pictures and to be able to do what you do but realistically that is all it is 🙂

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      2. Robert Matthew Goldstein

        I started to use a DSLR in late 2012. Before that I used a Blackberry. And before that I didn’t take pictures at all. It takes time but I think anyone can learn how to take good photographs with practice. Good luck. 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      I love the markets I have just came back from one we walked there and back today as it was overcast and a nice breeze..I got some lovely fresh squid and vegetables…

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      1. Carol Post author

        I know I am lucky to have so many awesome markets around here..I just hope that doesn’t change like it has in other countries where big supermarkets take over 🙂

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