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Thailand Country Guide

Whether you’re into tropical beaches, beautiful architecture or the Buddhist culture, Thailand has it all. It is, arguably, one of the most beautiful locations in the world, as well as one of the friendliest (and cheapest).

 

Things to do

Through the eyes of a westerner, Thailand is a country that can appear messy and chaotic even at the best of times. The gods of routine and order certainly seem to have a diminished presence in this vibrant, colourful nation. While it may take some getting used to, very few leave Thailand without falling in love with its way of life. One thing's for certain - you will never run out of chances for adventure and excitement.

Places to eat

If there is one thing that Thailand should be famous for above all else - it is certainly its food. Those with adventurous taste buds will find myriad flavours, as well as a few unorthodox dishes awaiting them. When it comes to food in Thailand, the golden rule is to never let unfamiliarity put you off trying something new. For those looking to move to Thailand, this will be an all-important attitude to adopt.

Traditional Thai food can be found in all manner of places - from hole-in-the-wall style canteens to busy street markets, to luxurious five-star restaurants. All these places should be explored to ensure that every interpretation of Thai cuisine is sampled. As a side note, a good rule-of-thumb would be to look for places that are filled with local Thai customers - as these are the places that are likely to offer the best food at more reasonable prices.

Shopping

Shoppers can get their hands on almost anything in Thailand - and the best places to look for those hidden gems has to be the numerous street markets that can be found in any of the big cities. Be sure to bring your top haggling-game with you to ensure you get the best prices!

For those looking to try their hand at cooking their own interpretations of pad thai and massaman curry, the Damnoen Saduak floating market in Bangkok is a one stop shop for tropical fruits, vegetables and all manner of local produce. The waterways are crowded with vendors selling their wares from the decks of their boats and provide the perfect opportunity to capture some truly memorable photos.

The one downside of the Damnoen Saduak market is the fact that it caters almost entirely to tourists, so if you are looking for a more authentic take on a Thai floating market, head to the Amphawa market; close to Bangkok it is visited almost exclusively by Thai locals.