Heard of a Thai massage but skeptical to try it? Well, here are some of the valuable informations which might help you overcome your inhibitions to a certain extent. Though it was initially a form of therapeutic healing, today Thai massage has taken the garb of a more fashionable form. Whether it’s the street in Bangkok, a by lane in the magnificent Chingmai island or the charismatic Pattaya, a massage parlour is sure to catch your attention.
There are more than a dozen types of Thai massages which are well-known from the ancient times. The Old Medicine Hospital Style, the Buntautak style, Thai classic massage and the Thai yoga massage are just a few to name; and if you happen to hit any of the parlours, you are sure to find a style that suits your needs.
As soon as the receiver changes into his/her pyjamas, he is put into yoga-like positions during the course of the massage. In the northern style there are a lot of stretching movements whereas the southern style emphasis is given to acupressure. Usually no oil is applied, but sometimes a hot herbal compress is used to warm and sooth the receiver’s body. A typical relaxation therapy may last upto two hours. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage.
A Thai massage is a sheer treat to your mind and soul, but it might be a little heavy on your pocket. While a regular parlour may charge you approximately $10 to 15, the same may be five times more expensive if you opt for a five star hotel parlour. But whatever your choice of massage may be, make sure you have a fair bargain and not get cheated by the innumerable parlours.
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When it comes to food, Thailand serves you one of the vastest spreads of sumptuous eateries. Being situated near the sea, sea food is one of the reasons why tourists flock to Thailand. In fact food is as much a part of Thai culture, as is a Thai massage or kick boxing.
If you are in Bangkok, you won’t have to walk far before you find something to eat. In fact to taste the actual flavours of Thai cuisine, a roadside movable van or a pavement eatery should be your destination….but yes…don’t be surprised to see and hear some of the funniest sounding and looking dishes!
Likewise, other smaller towns of Thailand also offer the most delicious and mouth watering dishes. And if you are game to try out something new and different, then opt for the “Yam Makhua”, a salad of grilled long eggplants topped with tiny dried shrimps or the “Gaeng Som”, a soup flavored with tamarind and palm sugar, packed with chunks of coarsely chopped cauliflowers.
A word of caution here would be necessary here, if you are a pure vegetarian. Though the country offers an unmatched culinary experience, it often gets difficult for a veggie to get his/her hands of something that does not contain meat, fish or egg. Infact the Thais often don’t seem to understand the major difference ‘coz for them everything is “eatable”! thus, you might even find it impossible to have a simple cheese burger!
There quite a few “Vegetarian” restaurants in Bangkok offering limited variety of dishes, but in the suburbs like Pattaya and Phuket, it will be wise to carry your own veg food to avoid disappointments.
If you have been to Thailand and have missed the ravishing parties which begin as the sun goes down, consider a trip to the country again! Yes, Thailand is crowded with more pubs and discos per square mile, than you can imagine. And it’s not just dancing and drinking that happens here, from karaoke sessions, cabaret shows to live musical programmes and jamming sessions, it all happens in this “paradise on earth”!
The capital city Bangkok is particularly famous for an absolutely phenomenal night culture. Once there you will agree that the people surely know how to celebrate and rejoice. Some of the more popular areas are Sukhumvit road, Siam square and the areas around the World Trade Centre. The city hosts a vibrant night scenario attracting both the Thais and the tourists.
If wild is the word for you, then join the gang in Pattaya. Here you will experience one of the wildest parties you have ever imagined! Whether young or aged, no one can escape the rowdy night parties that go on till the wee hours of dawn. Even Phuket boasts of a lovely night culture and offers something for every taste.
Whether it’s a trendy club in Bankok or a good jazz bar in Phuket, Thailand will make you jive, whatever your budget is. Though it seems quite wild, actually, the night life in Thailand is quite safe and relaxing. Just find the right place and company, and the night is yours!
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Thailand is the home for one of the most exciting lot of water activities. The warm waters off and around the country have paved way for not just unforgettable serene beauty but also some of the most adventurous water sports.
The tropical island of Phuket and Phi Phi are a haven for divers who have always been fascinated by the underwater world. Here you will get to see the most amazing coral reefs and some rare amphibians too. Scuba diving tops the list of water sports here, apart from under water walk and river rafting, where you can feel your body move with the high waves!
The lovely Pattaya Island offers thrilling high speed boat rides. Banana boat ride, Wind surfing and Jet Skiing will surely sweep you off your feet. Another very exciting water sport in Pattaya is Parasailing. Stuck in a harness, soaring up in the sky, you are bound to feel like a weightless bird.
Water sports activity should be a vital part of your trip to Thailand. It is an experience of a lifetime and does not cut much of your pocket too. While the parasailing in Pattaya will cost you around $10 per ride, a one hour breathtaking banana boat ride will make you spend just 900 bahts. So next time you plan a trip to Thailand, make sure to try all the adventurous water sports on offer.
Bangkok has always been a lure for Indian film fraternity. This year, the IIFA Weekend, was held in the Amazing City of Bangkok. The event will culminate on June 8th with the Idea IIFA Awards and has an action-packed schedule endorsed by the Indian film industry’s biggest names. IIFA Brand Ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan, in the company of the Thailand Sports and Tourism minister, Khun Weerasak Kowsurat and the Indian Ambassador, Latha Reddy, kicked off the festivities in the presence of Indian cinema biggies and other dignitaries including Sanjeev Aga Managing Director Idea Cellular, Mehul Choksi, Chairman of Gitanjali Lifestyle and Sabbas Joseph, Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment Ltd.
Welcoming IIFA to Bangkok, Khun Weerasak Kowsurat, Sports and Tourism Minister said,
“Thailand is honoured to be the host of this prestigious event. As we witness the most memorable events & proceedings over the next 3 days, Bangkok is geared up to offer the best hospitality and play perfect host to this magnificent event. IIFA is a movement that provides a global pedestal to encourage international interaction and further business opportunities. We are optimistic that both the countries will create a stronger bond through this relationship.”
This year, the IIFA World Premiere at Siam Pavalai, Paragon Cineplex, Bangkok, showcased the much-hyped ‘Sarkar Raj’, starring Indian film icons Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and directed by one of the most sought after Indian directors, Ram Gopal Varma. The other films promoted at the IIFA Weekend were Mission Istaanbul, Acid Factory, Love Story 2050 and De Taali.
IIFA Brand Ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan said,
“IIFA is very special to me and we are committed to enhancing the IIFA phenomenon every year. This year, the Weekend activities range from high-end fashion to the ground-breaking FICCI IIFA Global Business Forum. I am confident that the Idea IIFA Awards will live up to its expectations and that audiences will experience yet another incredible IIFA, this year.”
The IIFA Fashion Extravaganza scheduled for the 7th June, with leading fashion designers showcasing their creations. The Indian couture line is designed by Rohit Bal, Vikram Phadnis, Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Some of the popular stars of Indian cinema like Kareena Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Ayesha Takia and Riteish Deshmukh will walk the ramp as the showstoppers. To add sparkle to the glittering show, DIAMRUSA, a jewellery designer from Thailand and Gitanjali Lifestyle from India, will present their dazzling jewellery collections. The proceeds from the show will go to the IIFA Foundation, which was set up to raise funds and support families that are adversely affected while working for the production of a film.
The Idea IIFA Awards on June 8th will close the IIFA Weekend. The Awards have a stunning performer line-up that include Indian Cinema’s biggest names: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Govinda amongst others. The star casts of De Taali, Mission Istaanbul, Love Story 2050 will also put up amazing performances. The star-studded event promises to be a never-seen-before spectacle. The awards night will be hosted by the glamorous Urmila Matondkar, Ritiesh Deshmukh and Boman Irani.
The IIFA Weekend, 2008 in association with Gitanjali is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The IIFA World Premiere is powered by PVR and the Venue Partner in Bangkok is the Siam Pavalai, Paragon Cineplex.
Though the bar culture and raunchy nightlife of Thailand has made it rather ill-famous, yet Thailand has strongly rooted Asian culture. Family is still the topmost priority for Thai people. Children live with their parents until marriage and elders get their due share of respect. There is no caste system, but the social hierarchy, topped by the monarchy , is quite rigid. Women have been positioned second after men, despite playing a major role in the economy, mainly as laborers and white-collar workers.
Thai people still maintain their traditional way of greeting-The Wai and the most interesting part is that the height of the wai reflects the social gap between the parties. If the gap is extreme, inferiors may approach their superiors on their knees. People are predominantly followers of Buddhism and do not take in disrespect to the king or Buddhism.
The monkhood (sangha), some 250,000 strong, plays a crucial social role. Monks conduct numerous Buddhist rites, ranging from festivals to everyday blessings and other social events. The most scared literary work of Thailand is Ramakien, an ancient moral epic with its origins in the Indian Ramayana. Thailand’s most notable literary figure is the 19th – century poet Sunthorn phu.
Thailand film industry thrives on a diet of comedies, thrillers and period dramas. Thailand has still preserved some of its ancient sports – its unique style of kick boxing, a game similar to volleyball named Takraw where they use feet, and also kite flying.Comments 1
If I were to tell you about ALL the places worth visiting in Thailand and ALL the things worth doing in this amazing land, then I would need pages and pages of this blog to cover all of them. Nonetheless, slowly and surely, I am going to give you a complete and detailed taste of tourism is Thailand.
To start with, the best and the most happening place in Thailand is definitely its capital city Bangkok. Everything about Bangkok is wonderful…The smell of wonderful food cooked on the street, the historic temples to boast of the glorious culture of the land– The Emerald Buddha, Temple of Dawn, etc, the all alluring and tempting shopping malls… The famous and unique floating markets,… canal tours,… and of course, the nightlife giving way to girlie bars, clubs and shows, which has made Bangkok infamously famous… everything deserves a mention. The BTS skytrain adds ease, tech and glamour to the city. Bangkok, being an easy reach from many destinations, you can easily take a trip to Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui from here.
Again, Phuket is a must in every tourist’s agenda. Phuket has lovely beaches of duvet-soft sand, offshore islands, and offers a lot of water activities like diving, snorkeling. You have excellent resort hotels and posh restaurant with superb hospitality to make your stay comfortable here. Just 70 minutes flying time south of Bangkok, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is a must go for all nature lovers.
Phi Phi Island, is just 45 minutes by boat from Phuket. It makes its presence felt with its classic white sandy beaches which are surrounded by magnificent limestone cliffs.
Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket. A new entrant in Thailand tourism, the island is sure to enchant anyone with its virgin beaches and hundreds of coconut trees. The island is more famous for its nightlife having lots of live music, clubs, pubs and restaurants.
These are just a few to begin with. Keep watching this space for more on Thailand……..Comments 0