I have visited quite a few places in 13 different provinces from Chiang Mai in the north to Songkhla in the south (I write I because my wife has visited some more), and while all places are pretty awesome, there are some that stand out to me more bringing back some good memories. I don’t know if my wife agrees on everything, but below are my top 10 highlights from our trips to Thailand so far.
1. Staying at Baan Mon Muan Resort, Mae Rim
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
Searching the internet for a list of the largest island in Thailand gave me zero results, so I have done the homework for you. With 926 islands scattered along the coast provinces, there are six islands larger than 100 km².
#1 Koh Phuket (514 km²)
Phuket is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Asia with millions of visitors every year. You probably already know about the beautiful beaches, but did you know that the island boasts 36 of them? Below is a list of all the beaches in Phuket.
1. Patong Beach
Patong Beach one April morning.
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)
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!
(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!
20 amazing facts you may not have known about Thailand.
#1. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation to never have been colonised by an European country.
#2. Thailand has more birds than Europe and America combined. One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand!
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)
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.