10 Things to Do in Thailand Away from the Beaches

Most people associate Thailand with tropical beaches, and rightly so — who doesn’t want to walk on hot soft sand barefoot before taking a dip in the clear water? I know I do. However, you may be looking for other things to do as it can be quite boring to get rid of sand from between your toes all vacation. Luckily, Thailand has a lot more to offer. How about:

1. Hiking in northern Thailand

Beautiful valleys north of Chiang Mai. Photo: worldexpeditions.com

10 Thai Foods I Can’t Live Without

I have tried to limit myself to the top 10 Thai foods – in no particular order – that I can’t (or don’t want to) live without. Some dishes like noodle soup, fried rice and Pad Thai almost got a place on the list. What is your favorite Thai food?

1. Kor Moo Yang with Nahm Jim Jaew
(Grilled Pork Neck with Tamarind/Chili Dipping Sauce)
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Photo credit: shesimmers.com

I love this dish so much my wife and I eat it almost every week. She grills the pork neck in the oven, but when it’s summer we cook the meat on the barbecue. The meat is marinated for 24 hours, and when ready to eat, served with an Issan style chilli dipping sauce and rice. Unbelievably good!

26 Places in 9 Provinces in Thailand

(Update: For an always updated list, check out My Thailand Route)

Today, I amused myself by putting together a map of all the places I’ve visited in Thailand. It turned out that I have visited 26 cities/villages and islands in 9 different provinces. What surprised me was that I have visited 9 different provinces. I don’t think i have visited 9 different provinces in my own country. Pretty cool! I can only thank my wife for driving around, showing me all these beautiful and interesting places. What is my favorite province? Krabi of course!

10 Gorgeous Viewpoints in Phuket

Phuket is an island of many hills and stunning viewpoints, and I have been fortunate to see many of them. The name Phuket is derived from the Malay word “Bhukit” which means “Hill.” Here are some of Phuket’s most beautiful viewpoints for you to check out.

1. Karon Viewpoint (Kata Viewpoint)

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Karon Viewpoint, which used to be Kata viewpoint, is one of my favorite views in Phuket. From here, you can see Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon beach. Three world-class beaches.