Collected by Kaitlyn Barrett, AFAR Local Expert
Ko Racha Yai, Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand
There are no sunsets as beautiful as the ones reflected off the ocean. Racha Yai is a small island off the coast of Phuket. While it's possible to stay on the island, instead I docked in the bay on a live-aboard boat with Scuba Cat. For two days I...
165 Soi 9 Chiangmai-Lampoon rd., Nonghoi, Muang, อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50000, Thailand
At A Lot of Thai's cooking class in Chiang Mai, I learned to make incredible Thai food. The class was held outside in Yui's courtyard and in the course of one day I learned all the Thai classics like spring rolls, paneng curry, Pad thai, sticky...
2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is in a suburb of Bangkok, right beside the Grand Palace. There are always lines, apparently, and why shouldn't there be. This huge golden statue of a smiling golden Buddha is something to see. He lies,...
463/100 หมู่ที่ 9 Amari Pattaya Beach Rd, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Part of the appeal of Southeast Asia is spending full days in flip flops eating pad thai off of street carts. When the grubby backpacker life starts to pall slightly, treat yourself to a lavish meal at Mantra where you can eat in the Opium Den or...
Koh Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat, Thailand
Siam Hut has amazingly cheap bungalows right on the beach of Koh Chang. The bungalows come air conditioned or with fans, they have private bathrooms and there's a big communal seaside deck off the Tree House restaurant. At night they light these...
Ko Phi Phi Don, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand
This is where they shot the movie "The Beach." Gorgeous white sand beach and turquoise water, exactly as advertised. I read "The Beach" while I traveled around Thailand, which I would recommend to anyone who likes travel narratives and dreams of...
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