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Exploring Angkor Wat – Everything you need to know

Angkor was once one of largest cities in the world, the capital of the Khmer Empire and the Royal center during one of the most prosperous and largest dynasties in Southern Asia. 1,000 years ago, the Khmer empire, strategically located between China and India, has used complex agriculture techniques to develop a civilization that has dominated Asia for hundreds of years. Angkor means the Holy City and it was the symbol of the universe and the symbol city of the empire. It took 27 kings to construct it and spread across 400 sq km of land. It was a megacity with a complex system of infrastructure, including roads, canals, reservoirs and irrigation systems supporting around 1,000,000 people. The wood and straw homes in which people once lived have long disappeared, and only the imposing stone temples still remain today. It is called “Angkor” Archeological Park, and it is one of the most…

A day to the Floating village of Kompong Khleang

In our two week trip to Thailand, we could not miss a visit to the near and famous Angkor Wat. So we took a flight from Bangkok directly to Siem Reap and spent two days there. Many people are only visiting Angkor Wat, skipping the rest of the things that you can experience in the area. We used the first day to see the Siem Reap region, the mighty Tonle Sap Lake and the famous floating village. Tonle Sap Lake or the Great Lake More than three million people inhabit the banks of this lake and 90% of them earn their living by fishing and working in agriculture around Tonle Sap Lake. The Lake is the largest freshwater area in South East Asia and its dimension and flow change depending on the monsoon and dry season. During the dry season (November to May) its size is about 3,000 square kilometers and two meters in…

Agency Travel Vs Do It Yourself (DIY) Travel

Travel is an important aspect of our lives. And we won’t point out all the benefits. Instead we will talk about the differences between the two ways of travel. Over time we have traveled both by travel agency or self-organized holidays and most of the times we preferred to plan our own trips. We just love to organize itineraries according to our taste, to discover new unexplored places and to do it our way. But we won’t refuse a good tour if offered by an agency. Because there are advantages and disadvantages on both sides and most of the times the balance tilts to one or the other depending on the traveler and its own preferences. Travel agency Pros: Easy to book your holiday When you don’t have the time or the know-how to arrange everything by yourself, traveling with an agency is the best answer. Reduced stress Not having to plan…

Thailand Two Weeks Itinerary – How to spend the Perfect 14 Days in Thailand

The two weeks in Thailand will be the most memorable and incredible journey! You will have pristine and perfect beaches, delicious cuisine, wild adventure, authentic communities, impressive sky bars, and so many more things. You only have to be ready for the adventure. We have put together this itinerary for you to visit as much as possible the amazing things that Thailand has to offer in a maximized time. We only hope that this itinerary will take your stress away and it will be on your taste. Here is a quick summary of this itinerary for Thailand in two weeks: Bangkok: 3 days Phi Phi Islands: 1 day Krabi/Ao Nang: 4 days Chiang Mai: 4 days Bangkok: 1 day Day 1 Flying to Bangkok Most probably, your adventure will start in Bangkok. Being the capital city most of airlines company have good connections at good prices. In general, we use…

Most Amazing Things to do in Thailand

Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is one of the most touristic places on the planet. Even so, it is a country that offers you once in a lifetime experiences. Most of the people think that Thailand is only about white sand beaches with palm trees and paradisiac pristine golf. Well, Thailand has so much more to offer. Here are some of the most amazing things to do in Thailand. Chat with a Monk In Chiang Mai, there is an opportunity to chat with Buddhist monks due to an exchange program that takes place in various temples. Discussions usually involve young priest during the training period. It is an excellent way for you to understand the culture and religion and also how they see life and its values. And in return, the monks improve their English. Don’t lose moments like this in your travels, because you can learn…

Chatting with a monk in Wat Chedi Luang Temple

In Chiang Mai there is an opportunity to chat with Buddhist monks. There is an exchange program in various temples. Discussions usually involve young monks during the training period. It is an excellent way for you to understand the culture and the local religion and also how they perceive their life and values. And in return, the monks improve their English language. Don’t lose moments like this in your travels, because it can teach you essential things in life. You can have a completely different way of life from the monk’s life but you will discover that we are all human and there is always common ground. Buddhism originated in India in the 6th century BC. Buddhism later arrived in Thailand from Sri Lanka. It became the dominant religion in both Thailand and Laos in the 12th century. Thailand is now 95% Buddhist country. Buddhism is a part of Thai…

Harvesting Green Tea in Northern Thailand

Did you know that tea is the second most popular drink after water? I always wanted to learn about tea, about the way it is harvested and prepared. And Northern Thailand gave me this opportunity. The origins of tea in Thailand probably go back well over 1000 years, in the far North of the country. Chiang Mai has one of the best tea areas in the country, so I made some research and I found out about Araksa Tea Garden, which is one of Thailand’s oldest tea plantations. Due to the height of the farm, the quality of soil and water, the land is ideal for planting tea. Araksa Tea Garden is one of the fewer ecological and chemical-free tea plantations. If you want to plan a visit, you have to book one of their tours available mornings and afternoons. We booked a morning session and we were eager to enjoy…

Mae Klong Railway a unique market near Bangkok

Maeklog Railway Market is perhaps one of the most unique markets in Thailand and a must-do if you are visiting Bangkok. Maeklong Railway Market is a small market right on the railway tracks next to Maeklong Railway Station where the train passes several times a day. When everyone hears the traffic signal, they move the umbrellas and the stalls waiting for the train to pass, then in less than a minute, you can find yourself again in a middle of a busy market. We rented a Grab car for 8 hours that picked us up from our hotel in Chiang Mai early morning. First stop was at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and then we rushed to Mae Klong Railway. We arrived at about 10:30 right on time to stop at one of the market terraces for mango sticky rice and a coffee. Trains pass through this market about eight times a day and…

Visiting the Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak

For centuries, rivers and canals were the main transportation network system in Thailand. People, goods, information.. all traveled the country by boats. So the floating markets were a common thing back then. The Damnoen Saduak canal was ordered to be built in 1866 by King Rama IV to facilitate water travels between Ratchaburi and Samutsakhon Provinces. Damnoen Saduak floating market is now a very touristic place but you can still feel the old-time vibes. Vendors sell their products directly from their narrow wooden boats. Many sell fresh products directly from their farm, others sell cooked food right there on the sport on their mobile hotplates and stoves. Usually, the banks are lined with stalls selling more of the same: clothing and souvenirs. In one of our days in Bangkok, we decided to visit this floating market, so we rented a Grab Car for 8 hours. The car came very early in…

Day Trip to Hong Islands

Hong Islands are a small group of tropical islands close to Ao Nang coastline, which can be visited by private longtail boat, speed boat or day tours. There is also part of the National Marine Park. These little islands have breath-taking scenery, white beaches, turquoise water and are like the definition of true paradise. They are considered to be among the most beautiful in Krabi province. During our stay in Ao Nang, we wanted to visit some less touristic islands. Of course, there are so many to choose from, unfortunately, most of them are pretty touristic. We heard that Hong Island was a wonderful choice and it was not so busy compared to the others.  We booked a day tour by a speedboat that was taking us around these paradisiac islands. The regular tours take you to Hong Lagoon, Pak Boa Island, Lading Island and Hong Island. We left very…

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