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Best Things To Do in Banyuwangi

Banyuwangi “the sunrise of Java” this is the name of the eastern tip of Java which is given by the residence of the island. Banyuwangi offers many natural sights which are a feast for the eye. Have you ever seen a big blue flame? Then here is your chance, because there are just 2 places where these kind of flames exist. Or maybe you want to have an African-Style holiday where you’ll see African wild life in front of your eyes. Do you want to relax? Banyuwangi is a perfect place. The following are recommendations for activities during your holiday in Banyuwangi.

Witness the beauty of blue fire in Ijen Crater
Mount Ijen feels special due to its rare phenomenon in the form of blue fire which only exists in 2 places on the world. Blue fire is a process of sulfur evaporation that looks bright blue at night. The blue fire moment will be only at 02.00-04.00 local time. With an estimated start at Ijen Cater, you’ll do a trek of 2 hours. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see the blue fire phenomenon. Tourists will start at Kalipuro around 1:30 in the morning.

See rare flora and fauna in Baluran
Baluran is a national park that is often dubbed as the “African of Java” and that is not without reason. In Baluron is a savanna landscape similar to the savanna landscape in Africa. The national park area which has an area of approximately 25 thousand hectares has a variety of flora and fauna that are protected by the state. You’ll be treated by views of meadows and exotic mountains. You can get acquainted with protected animals such as bulls, buffaloes, deer, and long-tailed macaques. During the rainy season, there are many animals that look for food in savanna which covers almost 10,000 hectares. you still have to be careful with wild animals such as snakes and a herd of bulls that can come at any time considering this still wild life.

Visit the unique Selendang Arum waterfall
Selendang Arum is a waterfall located in Sumberasih sub-village which is rarely touched by humans due to its somewhat hidden location. With its height of 20 meters and lush trees, Selendang Arum Waterfall is a beautiful sight to see. This waterfall is called Selendang Arum due to its rock-like shawl. The water runs through stone walls which sparkles when exposed to sunlight just like an present an exotic feel resembling a shawl.

Surfing at G-Land beach
G-Land Beach, also named Plengkung beach, is the best surfing spot in Indonesia. Both beginner and professional surfers can surf at the G-Land beach, due to three levels of waves at the beach which are ranked from 3 to 4 meters for beginners to 6 to 8 meters for professionals. The surfing experience of G-Land beach gets even better with the atmosphere which is still beautiful. Its remote location and surrounding dense forest makes the air pollution-free. You will get an unforgettable surfing experience on this beach.

Go on an adventure in the forest of Alas Purwo
There is one more location in Banyuwangi which is a pity to be missed. This location is Alas Purwo National Park. Navigating this area is like exploring the wild version of Indonesia, which is said to be the oldest land in Java. The national park, which covers 44,037 hectares and has been designated a National Geopark, is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Not far from the gate, you will see a Hindu temple called Site Kawitan, which in Jawi Kawi means oldest temple. This is related to Alas Purwo, which is believed to be the first creation made be humans on Javanese land. You can also visit the vast Sadengan savanna where you can see peacocks, deers and Javanese bulls.

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Best things to do in Kupang

Kupang is a less known tourist destination in Indonesia, but the best thing about Kupang is that this destination is totally different from the rest of Indonesia. This city is located on the island of Pulau Timor. The landscapes are similar to the landscapes of Africa and because of this, you have the feeling that you are in a totally different continent. The people in Kupang are dying to meet you, especially when you are a foreigner from a western country. Already interested? Keep reading our recommendations for Kupang.

The forest in the sea
With forest in the sea, we mean mangroves. Mangrove is not touristic and you can see that on the way how it’s built. During your visit, you will think that you are walking on a tree-house-like architecture and this gives you an exciting feeling. The structure is really stable, but it doesn’t feel and look like it. The locals are making pictures of the mangroves and when they see you, you have to go on a picture with them.

Drive around the island of Pulau Timor
Driving around the island is for itself a very nice activity to do during your stay in Kupang. When you are exploring the island, you will see a landscape of a dry rainforest which is extraordinary sight to see for you as a tourist. There are also several markets you will pass. It’s a good idea to stop at one of those markets, cause you will have to opportunity to buy traditional handcrafts which are unique to the island. You will probably be the only foreigner at a market like that and the local people will admire you during your visit.

Eat at the boulevard of Kupang
At the boulevard of Kupang, you’ll find some nice terraces to have a meal or something to drink. Mostly of the time, the terraces have 2 levels which provides you for more places. The music which is played is modern music which gives you a real holiday feeling. On the beach are many seats which are waiting for you to take place, so you can enjoy the sunset while you are dining or just drinking something. This is a must do during your stay in Kupang.

Crossing the border to Timor Leste
When you go to the north of the island, you’ll be going to the border of Timor Leste. This is a different country, but you will get the opportunity to set a few footsteps in the county. The landmark of Timor Leste is waiting for you at the border of Indonesia. It is a massive pole with the name of the country on it and this is a good stop to make a picture which will make your trip memorable. After you have been there, you can go back to Indonesia which has also a landmark with the letters of Indonesia which you have to see.

Seek refreshment at Oenesu Waterfall
This waterfall is easy accessible and not touristic, but it is still big and it’s a wonderful sight to see. The waterfall even has its own parking place. Reaching the waterfall itself is a little bit tricky after you have parked your car. That’s because there is not a real walking path, but that makes the waterfall look more natural than it already is and you will have a little bit of a challenge during your visit. After you reach the end, you will be rewarded with an amazing view and you can even jump off the waterfall if you brought you swimming clothes with you.

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Best Things To Do in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is heaven on earth for many snorkelers and divers. The beauty of the underwater world in Raja Ampatis extraordinary and that’s known by the whole world. to its terrific underwater scenery, Raja Ampat also has another charm on the surface of the sea that is no less captivating. With its extraordinary natural beauty, Raja Ampat has become a dream destination that you have to visit once in your life. Want to go to Raja Ampat? Following are the interesting activities for our recommendation.

See exotic birds paradise in the village of Sawinggrai
Sawinggrai village is one of the most famous tourist villages in Raja Ampat which is home to 36 species of exotic birds. One of those birds is famous for being the paradise icon of Papua. During the breeding season, the male paradise birds will perform an attractive dance to attract females and this is beautiful sight for many tourists. The most famous activity in the village is preserving the birds, so they won’t die out. The present of these birds will entertain you during your visit at Sawinggrai. You can also do a lot of culinary tours in this area which will encounter you with flavours you have never tasted before.

Be amazed by the clear water at Timbul Beach
Timbul Beach is actually a stretch of sand that forms a small island in the middle of the ocean of Raja Ampat. The existence of Timbul Beach depends a lot on the ebb and flow of the ocean. The island will fade away from time to time due to the tides. The island will appear when the tides are high, but the island will fade away when the tides are low. The island is Called Timbul Beach, due to the strange phenomenon. Snorkeling at Timbul Beach an amazing, due to the colored and extraordinary shaped reefs underwater. Because of those reefs, Timbul Beach is one of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Raja Ampat. Not to mention the colony of ornamental fish which is so beautiful, is also not afraid of the camera which will provide you from beautiful pictures. Without doubt, it’s safe to say that the shallow of the beach is amazing.

Visiting a beautiful group of islands in Pianemo
Pianemo is a group of small islands located in the West of Waigeo District. The residence also call the group of islands Piaynemo, but the islands are better known under the name of Pianemo. The Pianemo islands are the iconic of Raja Ampat. You have to put much effort to see the beautiful scenery of Raja Ampat. First you have to pass 300 stair steps and after you have done that, you’ll be rewarded with a view of the ‘tiny paradise’. The residence of Papoea believe that the paradise is created by the power of god. You can freely capture every corner of the karst rock cluster with its calm and clear blue or green sea water in a picture.

Get to know the friendly residents of Arborek Village
Arborek Village is a tourist village that is not too broad, only about 7 hectares, so it will not take a lot of time and energy when traveling around the village. The population in the village of Arborek is around 197 people which exists out 40 families. People in this village are known for their craft in making hats and string bags. Unlike most women in other villages who help their husbands as fishermen, almost all the mothers in this village produce handicraft as a livelihood. Walking down the village road will provide an opportunity for you to interact with the villagers of Arborek, especially with the children who will warmly greet and get to know you.

Marvel at the beauty of the underwater world on Kri Island
Kri Island is an island located in Yenbuba, Meos Mansar, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua. You can find 374 species of fish with beautiful corals on Kri Island. Barracudas, jacks, batfish and snappers live side by side with small reef fish, sharks, groupers, turtles and many other species. The island is beautiful with clear sea water so you can see fish and coral just by looking at it from above the surface. The most popular spot on Kri Island is Cape Kri where you can swim with sharks and fish without the hassle of diving into the ocean floor.

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Tips to enjoy Nyepi Day in Bali

 

Nyepi or Silence Day is a very unique holiday that you will only find on Bali and its neighboring islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Its purpose is to celebrate the Balinese New Year. Since Balinese people follow a different calendar system, and this year Nyepi (Silence Day) takes place on March 7, 2019.

Despite of all the rules to be followed, such as wandering restriction around outside of your house, and not to be seen or heard, The Silence Day is a unique experience you could try and enjoy during your stay in Bali. With some useful tips below, your Nyepi experience will be fun and memorable.

1. Plan your arrival; Ngurah Rai International Airport is perhaps the only international airport in the world that totally ceases its operations for a full 24 hours every year. Due to the closure, all flights both arriving and departing from the airport will be inoperable. It’s always a good idea to plan your flights in or out to avoid the actual Nyepi date. In other words, arrive early – perhaps in time to watch the lively parades of Nyepi Eve!

 

2. Find yourself a nice accommodation, with a swimming pool, to enjoy the tropical climate even on Silent Day. Hotels in Bali are well geared up to offer their guests the best experiences during Nyepi, which basically confines them to their resort grounds, as traveling is one of the restricted rules during Nyepi Day.

 

3. Ogoh-ogoh Parade, a cultural highlight you don’t want to miss. The evening before Nyepi each village will have a huge parade presenting large artfully crafted monsters, made from bamboo and recycled paper, called Ogoh-Ogoh. They will be carried through the streets, accompanied by traditional music and mostly even a performance act. It is really impressive watching this cultural Highlight.

 

4. Stock up snacks & DVD. Visitors are exempt from the Nyepi restriction of lighting fire (for cooking – as long as the light and fire is not visible from outside your room or villa), so it’s okay to stock up on snacks or food for your kitchenette. The same goes for in-room entertainment such as DVDs (entertainment and other luxuries are also restricted among the Balinese during Nyepi). The local government has pushed for TV stations to cease broadcasting over Bali’s airwaves over Nyepi. Your hotel’s satellite channels will mostly remain available, including internet and Wi-Fi.

 

5. Book a full spa treatment. Nyepi is a great opportunity to make good use of its silence and seclusion, so why not spend some quality spa time with a full-day treatment? It’s a perfect time to reflect, reconnect and truly unwind.

 

6. Stargazing. Despite, having a relaxed day and just enjoying doing nothing, you will see the most amazing night sky during Nyepi Day. Since every place is supposed to shut down the lights, you will be able to see a million stars!

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Best things to do in Krabi

Krabi is a province in the south of Thailand which has a beautiful scenery both the inlands as at sea. Krabi has many different small islands, gigantic cliffs, gorgeous waterfalls and exotic wild life. Krabi is the ideal destination for a laid back holiday without mass tourism. It’s less crowded then Phuket and more laid back than Koh Samui.

Enter a tropical quiet paradise
One of the islands you have to visit during your stay in Krabi is actually a group of islands which are called the Phi Phi islands. This group of islands is famous for its beaches with white sand surrounded by palm trees and turquoise water. The island is a tropical quiet paradise which provide you from a relaxing holiday. The Phi Phi islands also have a very nice attitude when you compare it to other islands. There are just a few places in the whole world which are just as laid back as the Phi Phi islands. Stress doesn’t exist on the island.

Snorkel your way through Koh Poda
you have to see is Koh Poda. This island is the perfect place to snorkel and dive and it’s still a secret to many tourists. If you want to see a beautiful underwater world without that many tourists, then Koh Poda is the place to be. When you want to see an island within one day, you can go to Koh Hong. This island is easy to reach and it’s small enough to see all the nature sights in one day. Tourists are also not allowed to stay for the night on the island.

Replay the movie “the beach”
Travel to Maya Bay and see the former scenery of the movie “the beach”. Relax at the beach which is as white as snow and have a view over the beautiful rock formations of the bay. Buy your drinks and snacks in a small shack at the beach. You can also dive and snorkel at Maya Bay. You’ll see the amazing rocks and sea life underwater. It’s also possible to explorer the area by boat. You can hire a kayak, so you don’t have to spend your whole day on the beach.

The Emerald pool in the lush forest
The Emerald pool is surrounded by lush green trees which are really high. The pool itself is a hot water spring which makes it really pleasant for swimming. The pool has also a wild verity of flora and fauna which you can only find in the Emerald pool and the surrounding forest. The water of the lakes has an amazing turquoise and emerald colour which the name of the lake refer to.

Follow the footprints of Buddha
Krabi has many caves which can be visited by tourists and each cave has its unique sights. The first cave you have to visit during your visit to Krabi is the Krabi Tiger Cave. This cave is unique, because it’s actually a temple. The cave is filled with many Buddhism handcrafts and statues. You’ll also find the footprint of Buddha which is the main attraction of the cave. During your visit to the Krabi Tiger Cave, you’ll also see many monkeys which walk freely through the area.

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Travel Tips to South East Asia

Planning a holiday all the way to South East Asia might be an exciting thing to do in your vacation agenda. But what if you have never been to Asia before? What things you should be preparing for an excellent journey to Asia?
Here we share some tips for everyone who will travel to South East Asia:

1. Essential Documents
Prepare your passport and its digital copy. Some countries are free visa entry, some will apply Visa on Arrival. Don’t forget to check the immigration information in advance, for every country you will be visiting. If it needs visa in advance, you can arrange it in your home country.

2. Travel Duration
If it’s your first time to South East Asia, my tips is: don’t rush! Many traveler choose to travel fast in order to fulfill their bucket list in such a limited time. 1 night here, 1 night there, and then cross the border to the next country. It’s exhausting, besides you could not get enough experience of the places you are visiting. Spend at least 3 nights in each city to know more about the area, the culture, the local life, and the culinary. Because traveling is not about how many places, but it’s about how much experience you get during the journey.

3. Eat like locals
Want to experience an absolute travel? Try the local street foods! South East Asia is so famous with its street foods. Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, you name it. All of them have their own authentic street foods to offer. Almost in every city, there’s a street foods market, both day and night. Make sure you do at least once, roaming around the packed night market and eat the local foods in one of the stall. I’m sure you will not end up with 1x visit only!

4. Drink from the bottle
To avoid any bacteria or germs infecting your liver, try to drink only from a sealed bottled drink.
We don’t say that South East Asia is dirty and has a high risk of diarrhea, but the different climate between Northern hemisphere and the South East Asia could also be the main factor your body immune needs to deal with. And if you are not in your peak performance, the risk of getting sick from any germs is still possible to happen. So protect yourself.

5. Light packing
Traveling to the tropical South East Asia doesn’t require any of bulky outfits. As the weather is relatively warm all year long, light clothes would much work for entire occasion. T-shirt, casual shirt, short, light dress, and sandals are the essential, plus a sun glasses. Only in the rainy season you might need a hat or umbrella. But if you are a kind of who love to dance in the rain, you probably don’t mind to get a bit wet. In some areas of SEA there’s winter season (like in Hanoi), but the winter in SEA is still relatively warm for the people from Northern hemisphere. It’s around 14-20’c.

6. Join in at least one cultural exchange activity.
By joining in an activity that has some culture activities to offer, you will get a new unforgettable experience during your travel. For example visit a farmer’s house, traditional market, join in an art workshop, lunch with the royal family in the formerly palace (in Bali), join in one hour teaching at the local school, farming with local farmers, and etc.

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Best things to do in Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a perfect destination for couples and families to go on holiday. The city is located at the shore and there are many tourists attractions in the city and surrounding area. Furthermore, Hua Hin Has many accommodations, because the city was hundreds of years ago a holiday destination for the Thai Royals. Hua Hin is also not too far away from Bangkok, so when you want to escape the crowded city, you can go easily to Hua Hin.

Relax at the beach
Hua Hin has a wide beach which is visited by many tourists. This beach is clean and pleasant for families with young children, has many restaurants at the shoreline and during the weekdays, this beach is not too crowded. There are also many sun beds to get a nice tan during your day the beach. Furthermore, there many activities you can do during your day at the beach like jet-skiing, water-skiing, kiteboarding and horse riding.

Fun at Vana Nava Waterpark
If you get enough of the beach, don’t worry. There’s also an enormous waterpark which has many different pools and waterslides. A fun fact to know is that this waterpark is an ecologic waterpark. There is also a big variety of flora and fauna, because there are 2000 different plants and trees which grow over the whole of Thailand planted at the waterpark. Due to this wide variety of flora and fauna, this park is also named “Vana Nava Jungle”. The park is friendly for all ages. If you want to have a relaxing day or a day full of aqua fun, the park is a decent place to go.

Travel back in time to Plearn Wan Shopping Village
Travel back in time to the 50s. When you go to Plearn Wan Shopping Village. Parents enjoy their visit to the village and teenagers can learn a few things from the past. The village exists from a wooden complex with 2 levels. In this complex, you’ll find many vintage shops from the 50s. all those shops are covered movie-star and fashion magazine posters from the past. You’ll also hear music from the 50s-60s throughout the whole complex. The complex also offers many vintage accommodations which are an experience to stay for the night.

Playing golf in Hua Hin
Hua Hin has 3 big greens which are in use for golfing, these greens have all one of the if not the lowest fees to play in the whole world. The 3 courses are The Royal Hua Hin, Black Mountain and the Banyan Golf Course. All the courses have 18 or more holes, so you aren’t done with the courses that quickly. All the courses have a restaurant where you can go for lunch of dinner.

Khao Takiab “the spiritual monastery”
Visit Khao Takiab and experience the spiritual side of Hua Hin. The mountain is a spiritual monastery for many monks within the Buddhism religion. Monks goes to this place to pay their respect for the gods by praying. While traveling to the monastery on the mountain, you’ll see monkeys. These monkeys are also called “the carb-eating macaques” and they are an attraction to see by themselves. Be aware that these monkeys are wild monkeys and you have to make sure that you hide your shimmering personal belongings.

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Best thing to do in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is the former capital of Thailand and is renowned for its temple ruins and historical sides. Ayutthaya is the perfect place if you want to see the Buddhism culture. Ayutthaya attracts many backpackers by its historical sides and this place is a must-see when you make a round trip through Thailand.

Temple of ruins
During your stay in Ayutthaya, you have to visit is the Wat Phra Si Sanphet. This temple has served as the royal monetary for the Thai king in 1350 till 1448. You can make a walk through the monetary and you’ll end up in front of the royal palace. Nowadays, this temple is a ruin which is impressive for the eye. This temple has also served as a modal which is now located in Bangkok. Back in the days, the Wat Phra Sanphet used to be the most important temple in the whole Ayutthaya region.

Dutch sights in Thailand?
Yes indeed, there is a big Dutch monument in Thailand which is called Baan Hollanda. This house keeps the Thai-Dutch history. It has been opened since 2013 by the former queen of the Netherlands herself “Beatrix” and the Dutch government. In this building, you see the Dutch history of the VOC. You see the lifestyle of the Dutch residence during this period, how they worked and how they integrated with the Thai culture.

Exhibition of Buddhism
The Chao Sam Phraya National Museum is a museum you have to visit during your stay in Ayutthaya. This museum has many artefacts from different temples across Ayutthaya. At the first floor, you’ll see Buddha images which show you the fortune of the time they were built by the style of the images. At the second floor you’ll find many gold and wooden Buddha’s and at the third exhibits the traditional houses of Thailand.

Shopping under the locals
If you want to see true Thai culture, you must go to the Krungsri Night Market. You’ll find everything you can think of when you visit this market. The market has also plenty of traditional food choices. The food is also fresh which makes the taste of the Thai dishes only better. You’ll also hear Thai sounds the whole evening to make the Thai experience complete.

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Best things to do in Pattaya

Pattaya is a big resort city on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Pattaya is a mass tourism destination which is the reason that this city is modern. The city offers also hundreds of bars, cafes, and clubs which makes the nightlife major. Furthermore, the city is a multi-cultural city, so you will see a lot of different nationalities and oversee influences.

Not a fan of the beach?
You don’t have to worry when you want to cool down in Pattaya without liking the beach. You can go to Ramayana Water Park Pattaya. This waterpark is the biggest waterpark of Asia. The park has over 50 water slides and there are plenty of activities in the water which you can do, like water sports, fly boarding, and many more. There is also a relaxing big relaxing park in the park where you can take a well-deserved rest after trying all the water slides and activities.

Will you find the truth?
When you see the sanctuary of truth, you’ll see what human skill is really capable of. This shrine is a wooden that the sanctuary is fully made by only the hand worship of humans and nothing else. The sanctuary represents the understanding of Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, the Cycle of Life, Life’s Relationship with Universe and a Common Goal of Life toward Utopia. The Thai residence believe that the sanctuary is the answer of the above called subjects.

Explorer the night life of Pattaya
Pattaya is famous all over the world for its nightlife. There are many different places where you can go and there is for every category a club of café. The LGBT community is also strongly supported in Pattaya and for that community are many different options within the nightlife of Pattaya. Furthermore, there are many bars and festivals which tourists can enjoy in an international environment.

Lose yourself in Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
This garden will show you different landscapes in just one day. You’ll see a different biodiversity while you’re walking through the park. The organisation of the park also held shows every day which are a feast for the eye to see and there are also plenty of restaurants in the park to have lunch or dinner during your visit.

The largest Buddha of Pattaya
When you want to go to Jomtien Beach from Pattaya, you cannot miss the 18 metres high Buddha. This is the Wat Phra Yai and this is the biggest Buddha in the whole region. The temple itself is actually a fishing village and this because of this, the temple is also visited by many locals who came to pray at the statue. The first thing you see are golden dragons when you want to enter the temple. The temple is made in 1940.

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Best things to do in Bangkok

Bangkok “the capital city of Thailand” is a city which have several great things to offer to many tourists across the world. Bangkok is well known for its cuisine, great nightlife, friendly residence who are always willing to help you even when they cannot speak another language then Thai, floating markets, authentic sights, spa’s and much more.

Visit the king in the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is home of the king of Thailand. This palace is the biggest mark of Thailand and as a tourist, you have to see it. The Grand Palace is built in 1782 and it was the home of the king of Thailand for more than 150 years. The Grand Palace is also home to several other buildings like the Pra Ubosot which is home to the emerald Buddha. This Buddha is the most important Buddha in Thailand. During your visit, you also have to see the Phra Asadha Maha Chedi. This complex is built of 8 different towers and each of those towers refers to a different concept within the Buddhism religion.

Buying your souvenirs on a boat
Ever visited a floating market? Now is your chance. There are 3 floating markets in Bangkok which will give you a totally different experience than what you used to. The first market is the Bang Ku Wiang Market , the second market is the Tha Kha and the third market is the Damnoen Saduak. The Damnoen Saduak floating market is the biggest one of Thailand. You can buy here many souvenirs, food and drinks.

Visit China in Bangkok
Chinatown is a neighbourhood in Bangkok which is really old. This Neighbourhood was once the economic centre of Bangkok, but it has changed to a place where you can buy your supplies for the lowest prices in the whole city. Furthermore, you can have a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner for a very low price. The street is very narrow and crowded and because of this, the street is authentic to the Chinese culture. When you arrive at the train station, you’ll see the biggest golden Buddha of the world.

Party your way through the Khao San Road
After sunset, this street will become a big party street. You’ll many mobile bars which sell buckets of cocktails which you can enjoy to start the night. After you drank your bucket, you can go further and choose one of the many bars to go. Every bar has its own music genre and because of this, there is always a bar which you can enjoy.

Be amazed by the Reclining Buddha
Every first timer in Bangkok has to go to the Wat Pho. When you are at the Wat Pho you’ll see a Buddha which you have never seen before. This Buddha is called the reclining Buddha and this is one of the biggest Buddha statues. The Buddha is 46 metres long and is fully covered in leaf gold. While visiting the Wat Pho, you cannot forget to take a massage, because this temple is well-known as the centre relaxation.