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Thailand Love Me
I love my new life in paradise: Bangkok, Thailand. Now, I finally get to do life's little pleasures -- those things I always wanted to do, but was just too busy working to do. These days, I regularly write while seated on a blanket under a shady tree, next to a lake in a beautiful, well-manicured park...
But after a little while of getting my freedom and having a change of pace, I found myself missing certain familiar and fun activities from my past life.
This is one festival that could only be held in a developing nation and with only the briefest glance, a plethora of occupational health and safety issues blatantly stare you in the face. In a first world country the public liability insurance alone would cancel all hope of holding such an event.
For someone who goes to Thailand every year for a combination medical check up, Bangkok's annual film festival and Asia's air hub (this year I'm catching the next flight to Kazakhstan), the uniformly saliva-inducing food and happy kind people can become old Thai hat. This year I found the solution to boredom by walking on the wild Thai side, checking out spitting cobras, huggy boas, curious elephants and cuddly tigers.
I had been to Thailand many times before but had yet to visit Koh Samui. I put that right after friends said that they loved the place so much they had bought a house there and invited me to stay. They loved the people, beaches, the spicy food, phallic rock formations, culture and the strange mummified monks.
In the ruins of Ayutthaya there are more than 30 separate parts of the old city to explore, all within a four-mile radius of one other, so if historical travel is your thing, the Ayutthaya ruins can keep you busy for quite a while.
Founded around 1350 A.D., the city was the country of Siam's second capital, replacing the nearby abandoned Sukhothai.
Because of its location between China and India, it became a huge trading center for Asia and the rest of the world. Foreign settlements with traders from as far as the Netherlands and France were constructed outside the city limits.
Songkran Festival, Red Light District Adventures in the Heart of Thailand
My April trip to Thailand was during the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) and I visited Bangkok and the northern province of Chiang Mai. It proved to be a real blast!
The mountainous northern region borders China and Myanmar (Burma) on the west, Laos and the Mekong River to the east, and Cambodia in the south.
From the must-see day and night markets in every rural town to Thai Boxing and the red light districts in the city, Thailand is an eclectic place to visit.
The lush, tropical landscape of mountains, rivers, lakes, and the sea between 10 degrees and 20 degrees north of the Equator, made me totally understand why some people come for vacation and consider never leaving!
Read more GoNOMAD stories about Thailand:
Swinging in the Trees in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Take a Load Off: Adopt an Elephant
Getting Married On Location: Destination Weddings On the Rise
From Touring to Learning: Alternative Travel in Southeast Asia
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