Senior Travel to Thailand

Dec 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

We have French friends who travel the world and dearly loved Thailand. So seniors, what is the attraction in Thailand?  Check out the many links on this page that can help you discover what the main attractions are in Thailand.

You will probably arrive in Bangkok, which is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Here you will want to visit the magnificent temples, palaces and museums. Cool out in the parks. Savor the lively nightlife. Plunge into the shops. Gorge on the wonderful and exotic Thai cuisine. Take a trip down the Chao Phraya River, the enchanting “River of Kings”. Founded in 1782, Bangkok is a young city that constantly changes, constantly fascinates. The Thais call it Krungthep, “The City of Angels”.  Visitors call it one great experience. Home to 10 million people, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and countless picturesque canals, Bangkok has also earned the nicknames “Big Mango” and “Venice of the East”.

In Bangkok you will want to visit the stunning Grand Palace featuring Wat Phra Keo, which houses the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is the most revered Buddhist shrine in Thailand. Don’t miss Wha Pto, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok, featuring the massive Reclining Buddha. It is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters the largest Buddha.

And Phuket is another “must” visit.  Any time of year, rain or shine, you’re spoilt for choice in Phuket. With an abundance of beaches, parks and forests to explore, a rich history and culture to discover, and fantastic dining and nightlife choices, the only thing you’ll find lacking is the time to see all that the island has to offer. The range of activities in Phuket continues to grow in sophistication and variety, offering visitors of all budgets, tastes, ages and abilities something to enjoy. Touring all of Thailand’s temples could take years, but make sure to save time for the museums, theaters, parks and natural wonders, too.

Thailand is unique in that it is probably the only country in the world that is fairly modern, but has lost very little of it cultural heritage. The most visible elements of that heritage involve Buddhism; namely the awe-inspiring temples you see everywhere, and the saffron clad monks. But Thailand’s uniqueness doesn’t stop there. Take the food for example. The main food in Thailand is rice. Everyone has eaten it since they were born. But we can’t really eat rice alone so we have to have something to go with it. There are many dishes of food to go with rice. Most of them are hot and spicy and that is what Thai food is famous for.  Thai food is the balance of five flavors which are spicy, salty, sweet, sour and bitter.

Now add the architecture and the history. How about the music, dance and even the language? There’s more good news seniors. Thailand is a free and open society and visitors are welcome in the country. Thailand has a population of about 60 million. There are no restrictions as to where you can go, what you can see or how to get there. You can rent a car and travel the length and breadth of Thailand visiting temples, historical sites, national parks, mountains, waterfalls, beaches restaurants and bars.  The car rental is still the best means in my mind to visit any country.  You have the liberty to drive up that road, to turn left whenever you want and to stop at a fascinating site along the route.  You can not do that in a bus tour.

Credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diner’s Club are accepted at all luxury hotels and the more expensive restaurants. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed at banks and exchange counters in major towns and resorts. ATM machines all over thailand accept the most widely used cards including major credit cards and debit cards such as cirrus and maestro cards. I have learned that using your debit card abroad is a good means of attaining cash when you need it.

The best time of year (with the most comfortable climate) for visiting most of Thailand falls between November and March – during these months it rains the least and is not too hot. There is never a dull day in Thailand.  Lonely Planet’s guide to Thailand will help you discover top choices to visit.  Thailand is often referred to as a golden land, not because there is precious metal buried underground but because the country gives off a certain lustre, be it the fertile rice fields of the central plains, white sandy beaches or the warm hospitality of its citizenry. Sound neat?  See it for yourself seniors. So..ลามีการเดินทางดี…which is “have a nice trip” in Thai. jeb

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