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Think You Know Thailand? Think Again!

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Thailand is a land of different colours. You have the cosmopolitan and fast-growing south complemented by the culturally rich and historic north. By culturally rich, we mean the unique and distinct Songkran festival, the Thai new year. Sometimes all of us should move out of our comfort zone and visit the lesser known. This summer, why not head to Thailand? For the electrifying ambience of this destination can get you smitten with the travel bug in you! 

1. Restart your year at the Songkran festival

Restart your year at the Songkran festival
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The upcoming Songkran festival that begins on the 13th of April is a harmonious blend of traditions, celebrations, charity and brotherhood.

Here is the fun part, during the Songkran festival, apart from offerings to monks, pouring water on Buddha statues and visiting temples, part of the city is closed for traffic and are used as arenas for water fights and the young and the elderly participate alike by splashing water on each other.

HolidayIQ traveller Apoorva Bharadwaj says “Serene and calm, the sleeping Buddha statues everywhere seems to be in a blissfully meditative trance. Each of the temples has several of its own cultural rituals, like the shaking of numbered sticks till one falls, following which one must pick the prophecy with the corresponding number to know their fate! Thailand is a land of faith and that is what makes it very very endearing” 



2. Khao Lak is that paradise you have been searching for

Khao Lak is that paradise you have been searching for
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"Khao Lak" literally means "Lak mountain". It is a series of villages in the Takua Pa district and in the Thai Mueang district of Phang Nga Province. Popular for its serene ambience and as a departure point for liveaboard scuba diving trips to the Similan Islands, It is approximately 60 kilometres north of the Phuket island along Phetkasem Road.

HolidayIQ traveller Amit Raj says, “Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture. This place a perfect holiday destination for all fun loving people."

3. Remember the movie, “Bridge over the River Kwai”?

Remember the movie, “Bridge over the River Kwai”?
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Kanchanaburi's “Death Railway” of WW 2, as it is now remembered, was built at the cost of the lives of many prisoners of war. Today that serves as a memorial. The town is known for its national parks of dense jungle, waterfalls and limestone caves. Seven-tiered waterfalls at Srinakarin Dam National Park, while Erawan National Park has aqua-blue falls. 

HolidayIQ traveller Apoorve Bhardwaj says, “Water transport is a very relevant part of the daily business and there are several boat cruises which can provide several splendid views of the city from the river. However, once you have cruised along the beautiful river lines on a tourist boat, I strongly suggest you take the tail boat cruise, for the real Bangkok experience!

4. Take a ferry to Koh Lanta

Take a ferry to Koh Lanta
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Ko Lanta is an island district in Krabi on Thailand’s Andaman coast. The coral-fringed beaches, limestone outcrops and rainforests, the Mu Ko Lanta National Park spans several islands, till the largest island Ko Lanta Yai, home to semi-nomadic sea-people, the Chao Leh. The park contains the Khao Mai Kaew cave network and Khlong Chak waterfall.

HolidayIQ traveller Sushmita Malakar says, "Dense jungles surrounded by water. This place is indeed beautiful. Beautiful is rather an understatement."

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5. You cannot miss out Ayutthaya

You cannot miss out Ayutthaya
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You can either fly to Ayutthaya or take the road and ferry trip. About 80 km north of Bangkok, it was the capital of Siam kingdom and a prosperous international trading port until 1767. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park, an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues.

HolidayIQ traveller Sushmita Malakar says, "Somewhere in the turbulent and wild Andaman Sea, surrounded by huge chunks of limestone from all the sides. This place will send you to a state of complete trance as you enjoy the limestone walls and the emerald bay of the Andaman Sea!"

6. Surat Thani means “The City of Good People”

Surat Thani means “The City of Good People”
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Surat Thani, an alluring natural beauty with a glittering history of civilisation, was the seat of power of the Indonesian Srivijaya Empire in ancient times. It lies 651 km south of Bangkok. You can either take the train or drive down the Route 401. The local handicrafts village and the folklore museum are definitely worth a visit.

HolidayIQ traveler Amit Raj says, "The Thailand visit was too exciting. Tropical beaches, Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands."

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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