7 Wonders in Thailand

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7 THINGS TO DO IN THAILAND FROM THE 7 WONDERS

It’s hard to believe we’ve been traveling together for five years. What started as a trip to celebrate two of our friends passing the bar exam evolved into an epic annual vacation for seven women and a certified travel crew. Our persuasion to participate in the bar trip began with the infamous “Live this Life” motto spamming our group chat (via said law school graduates). While we were all trying to figure out this adulting thing, we committed to working hard and vacationing harder. Since then, we’ve traveled to 15 cities in eight countries together.

We all can agree that our Thailand vacation was one of the best experiences thus far. With stops in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, we were enamored by Thailand’s beauty, hospitable people, mouth-watering food, and fascinating culture. If you’re considering Thailand for your next destination, here’s what we recommend for you and your squad.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”black”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2048″ img_size=”full”][vc_custom_heading text=”1. Temple Run” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

  • Temple Run – Buddhism is the dominant religion in Thailand.  The two most important things to Thai people are temple and community. We visited the Grand Palace in Bangkok, which served as the official residence of Thailand’s royal government until 1925. After the palace, we walked to Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, which houses an impressive 46-meter long, gold Reclining Buddha. In Chiang Mai, we went to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a mountainside temple with the most breathtaking views of the old city.  At the temple, you’ll learn about the legend of the white elephant and enjoy the panoramic view of Chiang Mai.

Travel Tip: Tour with Tong has great packages for temple visits and excursions. During temple visits, remain respectful in your actions and attire. Dress appropriately (cover up) and remove footwear before entering the temple.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2050″ img_size=”full”][vc_custom_heading text=”2. Float Run” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

  • Float On – As part of our Tour with Tong in Bangkok, we also visited one of Thailand’s famous floating markets, which was lively, colorful, and filled with merchants selling fresh fruit and Thai delicacies. We overindulged in mango sticky rice, rambutan and mangosteen, and enjoyed a spicy noodle soup for lunch, which we washed down with refreshing coconut water.

Travel Tip: The floating markets became popular when rivers were the primary mode of transportation, but now they primarily serve as a tourist attraction. Damnoen Saduak is the most popular of five floating markets in Thailand. It attracts more tourists than the other markets. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and boat traffic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_media_grid element_width=”12″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1517248115336-92735d1f-928d-6″ include=”1904″][vc_custom_heading text=”3. Crouching Tiger” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

  • Crouching Tigers – Pet tigers, they said. It’ll be fine, they said. We all agree it seemed like a great idea at the time, but once you enter a confined space with two massive tigers and they lock the gate, there’s nowhere to run or hide if the tiger spazzes out. Rajah got a little too excited at one point, but we faced our fears and have awesome photos to prove it.

Travel Tip: We went to Tiger Kingdom, which uses the proceeds from tourist visits for captive breeding to increase the tiger population.[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”12″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1517248115331-54d87fb7-695a-3″ include=”1903″][vc_custom_heading text=”4. Day with the Elephants” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

  • A Day with the Elephants – One of the most memorable experiences we had in Thailand was our visit to Maetang Elephant Park & Clinic in Chiang Mai. From speaking with the elephants, to taking turns feeding, riding and bathing them, we learned how fascinating elephants are and had a great time interacting with them.

Travel Tip: Research elephant sanctuaries and select an ethical location. Uniforms were provided at Maetang Elephant Park, but bring water shoes.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2058″ img_size=”full”][vc_custom_heading text=”5. Treat Yo’self” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

  • Treat Yo’self – We were adamant about getting Thai massages and selected Cheeva Spa in Chiang Mai. Cheeva Spa offered excellent service, a relaxing atmosphere, massages that left us feeling rejuvenated and at ease, with lingering scents of herbal oils and green tea.

Travel Tip:  We’ve had trips with jam-packed itineraries and others where absolutely nothing was planning. Over the years, we’ve learned to schedule some time for R&R. After all, we are on vacation! Add a spa visit and/or relaxing beach day to your itinerary.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”black”][vc_separator color=”black”][vc_separator color=”black” style=”dashed”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2064″ img_size=”full”][vc_custom_heading text=”6. Becoming Salt Bae ” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]

  • Becoming Salt Bae – Briana Riddock, our foodie expert and food blogger from Seasoningbottle.com, suggested we take a cooking class while in Thailand. We went to Zabb E. Lee’s Cooking School and learned how to make spring rolls, soup (Tom Kha Kai and Tom Yum Kung), Pad Thai, and a curry dish from scratch. The class included a trip to the market where we discovered and purchased the staple ingredients in Thai cuisine, such as lemongrass, palm sugar, and glass noodles.

Travel Tip: The cooking class is outdoors. The Thai heat and the kitchen heat combined are no joke. Take breaks and stay hydrated. Also, be friendly! The class is small and intimate. We met a family from Australia and discussed the differences between our country and theirs.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2062″ img_size=”full”][vc_custom_heading text=”7. Forward to the Islands” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Our stay in Phuket was everything we could’ve asked for and more. We rented an incredible villa, frolicked on Patong Beach, and checked out the nightlife scene in the area. During our beach day, we found a boat tour to Koh Phi Phi. We cruised on the Andaman Sea to Koh Phi Phi, swam in Maya Bay, boated through caves, explored James Bond Island, and ran from monkeys on Monkey Beach.

Travel Tip: We chose Koh Phi Phi because it allowed us to make the most of a day trip, but there are hundreds of islands off the coast of Thailand that you can visit. Another popular island is Koh Samui. If you make it to Monkey Beach, guard your possessions![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Our list could go on for days, but we’ve shared some of the experiences from our Thai trip that we will never forget. Thailand was the perfect destination for us to explore a new culture without breaking the bank. The malls and markets were amazing, all of our dining experiences were exceptional, and we tried so many new things we would’ve never done in America. The 14-hour flight from New York to Japan, a brief layover, and 6-hour flight from Japan to Bangkok would discourage most people from visiting Thailand. However, the journey is well worth it, and we’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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