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Thailand in a Week

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With some of the best transport links in Southeast Asia, you can cover a fair amount of ground in Thailand over the course of a week. For the sake of convenience, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the two main cities, make great bases for activities ranging from elephant trekking to investigation of the country's Buddhist culture. Time might be limited, but you should have enough scope to visit the beach paradise of Koh Samet and do a couple of day trips from Bangkok.
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158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok's Yai district. It is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is one of the best known Thai landmarks. The mosaics which cover the temple create a pearly sheen during...
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21, 100 S Sathorn Rd, Silom, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
The Banyan Hotel has several amazing places to catch a glimpse of the breadth of Bangkok. AFARer John Galante recommended the Moon Bar at the very top of the 61-story building. Unfortunately when I arrived there was a private event being held. The...
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60 Mahidol Rd, Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
There is a time and a place for eating at restaurants with well-trained chefs concocting creative delicacies all within a pristine environment. New York City, Madrid, Paris, even Bangkok - yes, I'm all for it. But in Northern Thailand, the magic...
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Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
For anyone that enjoys the journey as well as the destination then whilst there is nothing fantastically remarkable about Wat Doi Suthep the 15km ride up the mountain really puts the cherry on the cake, a stunning piece of tarmac which snakes its...
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Ko Samet, Phe, Mueang Rayong District, Rayong, Thailand
Just a four hour journey by road and boat from Bangkok, Koh Samet is the most appealing beach destination within easy striking distance of the Thai capital. The island has wide, sandy beaches and a nightlife that gets pretty lively, especially at...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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160/11 ถนน สุขุมวิท 55 ซอย ทองหล่อ 6 แขวง คลองตันเหนือ เขต วัฒนา กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
For authentic Thai food in a lively but stylish setting, it is hard to go wrong with Supanniga Eating Room. Drawing on the culinary heritage of two Thai regions (Trat and Issan), the restaurant has earned a deservedly formidable reputation....
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Ko Kret, Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand
Koh Kret is a small island just outside of Bangkok located in the Chao Phraya River. A taxi (about an hour from Silom) will take you to the boat where it is literally a 2 minute boat ride across the river. Koh Kret is a community of Mon people and...
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Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi, Thailand
Leaving Bangkok was more a sweet than bitter experience. The day before I went to the Damnoen Saduak, the tour mini van spending an hour collecting people from various hotels around the huge sprawling polluted stinking city that was already...
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
The thick jungles and elevations changes of northern Thailand are absolutely perfect for ziplining. Therefore, it is no surprise that several outfits have set up in the area. One of the best is Flight of the Gibbon, which has nearly 5 kilometres...