The shortlist when visiting Thailand? Pad ka prao. Solo backpacking. And a floating retreat in Northern Thailand. Those, and a few more of our favorites, compiled into our unofficial guide to Thailand, below.
- How to be healthy in Bangkok. Hint: It’s easier than you think. Especially when organic food, yoga, vibrant tropical fruits and Thai massages await you.
- Backpacking solo in Thailand? Here are ten tips, from how to research to what to pack to where to stay,
- How to make pad ka prao at home. The dish, made with garlicky spiced pork or chicken and basil, is sweet, sour, salty, spicy all at once.
- A weekend on a floating retreat in Northern Thailand. The verdict? Wildly recommended. If you can plan a trip to Om Waters at some point, definitely, definitely do.
- Where to go in Phang Nga, a lovely little beach town. You’ll find buddhas, monkeys and waterfalls.
- D.I.Y. papaya salad (a Thai staple). This version is less sweet, more salty and a hell of a lot spicier than any other we’ve tried, too.
Also recommended: Pad thai at breakfast every morning. A chat with the locals whenever possible. Fresh fruit whenever possible. Exploring Bangkok, but making time for the smaller cities (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai) and the beach (Koh Tao!), too. Traveling overland (by car, by boat) when possible, instead of plane, to best see the countryside. Trying the street food but maybe skipping the pork. (We speak from experience.) Spending at least twenty quiet minutes in deep thought or meditation at a wat (temple). Bringing a pair of long, lightweight, breathable pants, a decent pair of sandals, a hat, a pair of sunglasses and an up-for-anything attitude.
What would you add to this running guide to Thailand? Any favorite spots and sites? Share in the comments, please!
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