Land of Smiles 😊
The "land of smiles" is a fascinating country. I would say the most "alien" of the countries I visited in S.E. Asia because it was never occupied or really culturally influenced by a Western country. Beautiful Buddhist people, awesome beaches, great food, warm tropical weather, great nightlife, plenty places to explore and see.
I was lucky enough to spend time with my mother being her tour guide in Thailand (and Cambodia) before she passed away in 2020. My Mom LOVED Thailand and kept trying to devise a way to move there and live fulltime after her trip. Ha! She is just like me, must of been in our DNA or something?
My 2nd Home Country
I feel like Thailand is my second home with the amount of time I have spent there. Thailand has three distinct seasons: the high season, the hot season, and the rainy season. In most of Thailand, the high season lasts from November to early March, so I was working remote and taking chunks of vacation time November through January and basically living in Thailand for two to three months every year.
There is so much to share with Thailand, I will split this up into four areas I am familiar with:
Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand. Founded in 1296, it was capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Its Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. It’s also home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents.
Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi - Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. Krabi, on southern Thailand’s west coast, is a province characterized by craggy, sheer limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, and more than a hundred offshore islands.
Pattaya, Koh Larn - Pattaya is a city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast known for its beaches. A quiet fishing village as recently as the 1960s, it’s now lined with resort hotels, high-rise condos, shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs.
Koh Samui - Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It's known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas.