Thailand: The Postcard Perfect Destination

By Nisthula Nagarajan

Published: Fri 18 Dec 2020, 6:34 PM

From night markets to white sand beaches, ancient ruins and temples, and water sports, Thailand is a globetrotter's dream come true. The country has opened its borders to international tourists offering a 60-day tourist visa with a 14-day mandatory quarantine. According to regulations, prior to flying, travellers must take a Covid-19 test and be able to present a negative result within the last 72 hours along with other formalities.



Pai

If you prefer a sense of freedom and independence when you travel, the small mountain valley town, Pai, is the place for you. Escape the urban buzz, and spend your days exploring the natural scenery on a scooter. Relish in the city's offerings: temples, waterfalls, hot springs and a nature reserve. Get in touch with local travel agencies to organise hiking, rafting and kayaking trips. Immerse yourself in Pai's nature by staying in rustic bamboo cottages along the riverside.

Sukhothai

The Sukhothai kingdom's art and architecture are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles. Today, it consists of both an urban town and partially rebuilt ruins. The Sukhothai Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, divided into five zones and best approached on a bicycle.

Chiang Mai

The laid-back city is a melting pot of history and modernity. A short drive outside the city reveals beautiful mist-shrouded peaks. The national parks are a must-visit to revel in the magnificence of these mountains. Stroll down the Walking Street to see the markets which sell everything from unique handicrafts to delicious street. food.

Koh Chang

The clear waters are an invitation to all to discover the splendours of the island. Koh Chang offers that small island feel but enough activities to fill your days. Hike to the Kai Bae Waterfall, explore the Bang Bao floating village or hike Salak Phet, the highest mountain on the island.

Ayutthaya

The hidden archaeological gem, overflowing with Buddhist temples, monasteries and more. Marvel at the craftsmenship of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Wat Phra Mahthat, which is a large stone Buddha head set in a colossal and deep-rooted tree.


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