Thailand Off The Beaten Path

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Thailand Off The Beaten Path

  • Spas - Massages

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Like what I said before, Thai Massage is soothing and relaxing and sensual but not SEXUAL! Bangkok became infamous because of TURKISH STYLE BATH and MASSAGE (which thai's call soapy massage, oil massage, balls massage, happy ending and a lot more). This is ONE of the TURKISH BATH Houses near NANA Plaza in Klongtoey, Bangkok. You Better email me to...

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  • Villages and Beaches

    Phuket Off The Beaten Path

    As a local I should really be keeping this a secret but I don't think many people will visit my page, so I am considering this as a prize for those who do stop by and end up using this tip. http://www.knowphuket.com/Articles/20071027-secret-beaches.htm

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  • Elephants and Rafting

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    I came here as part of a long-necked tribe daytrip I did from Chiang Mai. We first rode on elephants for about 40 minutes or so alongside a river. We then transferred onto bamboo rafts and made our was back along the river so that we could get back to the camp. I have to say that the elephant camp didn't look all that good but then I had just come...

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  • Wildlife & Nature

    Ko Samui Off The Beaten Path

    Right up the top, on almost the highest point of Ko Samui, is the Magic Garden. A haven of peace inhabited by flowers and butterflies and very few tourists. Also the main reason for the visit are the dozens of statues hidden away on the trails. There is also a refreshing small waterfall. The garden was started only in 1977 by Nim Thongsuk and...

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  • Wats, Mosques & Temples

    Hat Yai Off The Beaten Path

    Wats (Thai buddhist temples) are oblivious buildings around Hat Yai in part due to the majority of Thais who embrace Buddhism. We visited several Wats between hat yai and Songkla (a neighbouring town). These holy places are pretty much the same and we could even get a view of a large golden buddha statue from our hotel room. The picture posted...

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  • Khlongs - Canals

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    We walked along this pretty canal from near Wat Kalayanamit, then found a bridge across so we could walk to Wat Arun. This canal is not really a canal. It was part of the original Chao Phraya River till a false section of the river was dug in order to avoid this loop. It is one of the prettier stretches of canal/river. You can travel along it by...

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  • Phang Nga Bay

    Phuket Off The Beaten Path

    Khao Phing Kan (Thai: เขาพิงกัน) or Ko Khao Phing Kan (เกาะเขาพิงกัน) is a pair of islands on the west coast of Thailand, in the Phang Nga Bay, Andaman Sea. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie...

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  • Jungle Trek

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    This towering waterfall, about 250m high at the top, is an awesome sight. You approach it near Doi Inthanon National Park, and as you're hiking through the jungle (about a 10 minute hike) you can hear the water pounding the rocks way before you actually see it. As you come around that last bend, the sight does not disappoint. The wide water...

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  • Beaches

    Ko Samui Off The Beaten Path

    Koh Nangyuan is a small island about 1 and a half hour from Koh Samui. It has great snorkeling and diving. It's lovely and there is only a resort there. You can get there taking a catamaran sped ferry which runs twice daily for 550 baht. Another way of going there is to join a tour. There are several tours available in Samui to Koh Nanguyan, that...

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  • Wat Hat Yai Nai

    Hat Yai Off The Beaten Path

    This is home to a large reclining Buddha, the 3rd largest in Thailand apparently, and a small mausoleum with a souvenir shop in the base. It is a little way out of town so you need to use a local taxi or tuk-tuk to get there if you don't have your own transport. The cost of getting there should only be 10 - 20 Baht so don't listen to Tuk-Tuk...

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  • Churches and Cathedrals

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This church is in the Old Thonburi area of Bangkok. We got here by taking the public Chao Praya river boat, getting off at Memorial Bridge, walking across the bridge, then heading right. The church is well signposted from the bridge. This church is located in the old Portuguese area of Bangkok. The original church which occupied this site was...

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  • Exotic animals

    Phuket Off The Beaten Path

    probably not really off the beaten path, but well worth a look in. lots of exotic birds and other things to check out. one noticable difference to western zoos, is the abscence of any barrier cages. you can walk straight up to an enlosure and put your hands through the bars,( watch out for the little kiddies fingers.)

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  • Karen Hill Tribe

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    STOP 5 on TRIBAL TOUR Still continuing on back roads our next stop was the Karen Long Neck village. The long necks live here, we saw their homes in the distance. Instead of visiting these, we were taken across rice paddies to an area that was set up with tourist stalls. Some of the Ladies were weaving and others were just by their stalls hoping...

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  • Waterfalls

    Ko Samui Off The Beaten Path

    This is a very small island so not place is too far to visit. This Waterfall Na Muang is just a short drive around the island and you do not require much walking to see it and catch up with it. You can join a trip or just ask a driver to take you there.

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  • Snake Restaurant

    Hat Yai Off The Beaten Path

    For reasons of taste (in both senses of the word) I did not put this tip in the restaurant section! I had seen this spectacle on TV a few times but had not witnessed the real thing. There is a place on Ngu (Snake) Street that has cages full of live snakes ready for human consumption. I have not got a strong enough stomach for anything like this so...

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  • Chatuchak Weekend Market

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    On our walk from Chattucak market to the nearest BTS, we passed by the street vendor selling funny looking foods. Looking closer, there are different kind of insects; worms, larvas, crickets (or grasshoppers) and pretty big insect looks like cockroaches. These insects are deep fried to brown. This unique stall attracts tourists to snap pictures...

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  • Hat Nai Yang Beach

    Phuket Off The Beaten Path

    This is a beautiful beach and everyone is so friendly. No fancy restaurants (except maybe at the few bigger hotels?) but lots of small restaurants right on the beach - eat with your bare feet in the sand - it feels so good! There are also casual restaurants not right on the beach. Delicious food at all the places we tried and not expensive at...

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  • Doi Inthanon National Park

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    Not a full bus for this tour, only 6 people including me! On leaving Chiang Mai, you head out in the countryside with mountain views. The road climbs, and the 1st stop is....... 1.........Vachirathan Waterfalls, (lovely) 2....... Siriphum Falls, another lovely one. 3....... A stop at a White Karen village, (this was not a set up one) 4...........

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  • Philatelic Museum

    Hat Yai Off The Beaten Path

    If you've already seen everything there is to see in Hat Yai and are really stuck for something to do you could visit the philatelic museum and look at lots of stamps. Alternatively you could find some fresh paint and watch it dry or a patch of grass and watch it grow. The museum is located above the Post Office on Thanon Rattakarn, fairly close...

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  • Koh Kret

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    I first heard about Koh Kred (or Koh Kret) from fellow VTer, "TheDouglas". Thought I will check it out myself one good day. That one good day finally arrived. In fact, it was so good that it was too hot to explore the island, especially after noon day. Felt that I could fry an egg on top of my head. Koh Kred was created in the Chao Phraya River...

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  • Sangkhaphaeng

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    If you make it to Sangkhaphaeng you should try your hardest to visit the village of Ban On Luai Mae On!!! This is a small, friendly, and traditional village. Here you will find many interesting craftsmen, including a famous, old, and friendly basket weaver. If you ask him to show you how to make a basket he will be more than glad to spend time with...

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  • Internet Access

    Hat Yai Off The Beaten Path

    Around Hat Yai there are many Internet cafes. Some are hopeless, their PCs crash all the time and connection speeds are extremely slow. The best one I've found is at the Ocean Shopping Centre on the first floor. They have good machines and the fastest connection of anywhere I've used in Hat Yai. What's more, it is the cheapest place in town at just...

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  • Forensic Science Museum

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    In the BTS guide we found a little piece about a Museum of forensic history. In the short description there were sentences like “for something out of the ordinary” and “not for the squeamish” and of course we got a bit curious. So we jumped into a cab and try to show him the brochure and he didn’t understand much of that. So we explained that this...

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  • Wat Umong

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    Way U Mong is located about ten minutes out of the main party of Chiang Mai but alot people miss going to this temple. The temple is located in the jungle and you immediatley notice the change in temperature. The temple is very unique and has a number of tunnels underground leading to small bhudda shrines. It is really interesting. There is also a...

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  • Fertility Shrine - Nai Lert Park

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Formally called The Goddess Tuptim Shrine (Chao Mae Tuptim), this is one tourist sight in Bangkok like no other in the World. The "Lonely Planet" listed this as a "Quirky Bangkok" tip (though the Hilton Hotel has since changed hands and been renamed, the Nai Lert Park Hotel). Trust me, quirky hasn't even begun to describe it. This is a shrine...

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  • Lumpini Park

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    When we arrived at Bangkok (our last visit July 2006) my brother handed us over a paper where he had written down the Thai name of LUMPHINI - SATHOR. Our hotel was located in that area, and we had to speak the LUMPHINI in a special pronunciation, that is not in an English or Dutch way. We got to our hotel right away ... Did you know that the...

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  • Chao Phraya River

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Jack’s Bar - as we nicknamed it - is a very rustic little place on the Chao Phraya River. Great for chilling out, people watching and taking in the atmosphere of the comings and goings of this busy river. Jack himself is a real character; if he’s not serving you your drink, he can be found negotiating river trips on either a long tail boat or...

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  • Ayutthaya

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Rachathiwat Ratchaworawiharn Temple was built before the Ayutthaya peroid. King Rama IV resided here while he was in the monkhood" The temple is situated at the end of Samsen Soi 9 on the banks of the Chao Phraya river .Inside the temple grounds an unusual stone bell tower.Climb to the top and check out the bell and view over the temple.In the...

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  • Pak Khlong Talat - Flower Market

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Go in the evening or at night - either by taxi directly there or by rivertaxi to Tha Rachini or Saphan Phut and walk. Walk along the streets to see the amazing variety of flowers - also try to find the large indoor wholsale hall. Apparently most business takes place here ain teh early hours of the morning (~ 2am-6am) so try and get there then...

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  • Street Food

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Bangkok is a food heaven; a sensational culinary journey and taste experience that is unrivalled and guaranteed to delight your taste buds. Apart from renowned Thai cuisine with its blend of spicy, sour, sweet and salty, the smorgasbord includes every other famous type of cuisine found in the world. TOM YUM GONG as it is after all Thailand's...

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  • Muang Boran - Ancient City

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Their web site and the guide books talk about bus 511 and the Southern Bus station. I thought you had to go to the southern bus station to catch this bus. Not so. It starts and ends there. Not sure of the exact route but eventually it arrives on Ploen Chit Road and down Sukhumvit Road near the Marriott. You have to look for the 511 bus on the bus...

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  • Safari World

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This cute little beautiful creatures are so adorable that you will remain awe struck for quite sometime as how they could perform. Right from taking a swim, catching the rings, carrying a huge ball, dancing , jumping and even kissing!!! Hahahah! Children just enjoy. I noticed, their handlers love them so much the training must have been very...

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  • Tiger Temple

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Here at the tiger temple you will find wild tigers that have been brought up and cared for by the local monks It really a wonderful experience with the big CATs. The entrance fee is just only 300 Baht and you can have unlimited photo taking with the CATs. The keeper will bring you into the area and they will take the photo for you. You will go...

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  • Wat Prayoon

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    We have been to Bangkok many times and have done most of the touristy sights, so I was pleased to find a suggested walking tour of the Old Thonburi District in a guide book I borrowed from the library. The first sight on this walking tour was Wat Prayoonwong or Turtle Temple. We got here by taking the public Chao Praya river boat, getting off at...

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  • Nonthaburi

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Nonthaburi Nonthaburi is a province located only 10 km from Bangkok. Have some interest attractions and have very cheap markets. Information Name: Nonthaburi Close to: Bangkok Location: Central Thailand - Part of Bangkok area Capital: Nonthaburi Pictures in the web: Nonthaburi Last Visit: September 2008 My Photos First Photo: Market in...

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  • Bridge on the River Kwai

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    I enjoyed immensly the tour I took to Kanchanaburi to the Kwai river. It is about 70 miles from Bangkok. The history of the Burma / Siam (Thailand) railway, is quite fascinating. And I do mean the real story of the events depicted in the Alec Guinness / William Holden film The Bridge on the River Kwai, which was largely fictional. However the...

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  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    In actual it was not as interesting as you may read from article in Internet. It abit disappointed when I found the boat price were so expensive which cost us 500baht per person. We departed from Bangkok about 7am reached there about 8:30am. Took a boat to floating market. We expect there are crowded with hundrreds of vendors and purchasers...

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  • Victory Monument

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Extracted from the website below since it describes the monument best: ..."Victory Monument commemorates those who died in national service – policemen, military officers and civilians. The concrete monument has a number of statues representing the services alongside plates commemorating those who died in the Franco-Thai dispute of 1943. Foreign...

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  • Amulet Markets

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    The amulet market is right next to the Grand Palace along Na Phralan Rd .It's also close to Thailand's well know Thammasasat Univerisity , Silpakorn University & the National Museum . Take a stroll along Na Phralan Rd and you will see the classic Bangkok street with people sitting on the ground selling mostly Buddha amulets,herbal...

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  • Nakhon Pathom

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Petchaburi Information Name: Petchaburi Attraction Type: Eco Tourism, National Parks, Historical Parks, Beaches Close to: Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan Location: Central Thailand Pictures and information in the web: Petchaburi Last Visit: September 2008 My Photos First Photo: Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park Second photo: Phra Nakhon Khiri...

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  • Suan Lum Night Bazzar

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    You can drop at Lumphini MRT station and the Night Blazzar is just beside the station, It opens at about 6pm till midnight. You can try the foot reflexology and massage there for about 250 to 350 baht per hour. There are about 800 stalls selling from souvenirs to clothes and shoes. Bargaining is a must. Many tourists goes to the Chatuchak weekend...

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  • Patpong Night Market

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    This is a rather unusual tip but we found it very interesting watching the vendors begin setup for the Patpong Market. You have to be VERY CAREFUL though. The sidewalks and stairs and such are VERY crumbly and uneven. WATCH WHERE YOU ARE GOING. But, if you dare, you can start at the Silom end of Patpong at around 3:30pm and slowly make your way...

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  • Chatuchak Park

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    The Chatuchak park is a component of the Chatuchak weekend market and if you are walking from the market going to the MRT Station or the BTS Sky Train Station, then you will pass by this park as it has a short cut in going to the Stations. according to Wikipedia: Chatuchak park is one of the older public parks in Bangkok. Construction began in...

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  • Wat Ratchabopit

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    I only discovered this temple due to an attempted con - it started out with some guy on the street (as ever) telling me about this place which was only open once a year.... Fortunately for me, the temple is an attractive place, and was well worth a wander around. Of course this temple is open daily, but it's less well visited than many of the...

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  • Phuket

    Bangkok Off The Beaten Path

    Several times already ,we visited Phuket , and we would be back for more..one of the paradise on earth we would to rate it :-) Phuket, formerly known as Thalang ,or Jung Ceylon,is located in the southern provinces of Thailand, neighboring provinces is Phang Nga and Krabi (wikipedia). Our journey started from CGK airport Jakarta ,Indonesia, Phuket...

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