My Trip to Thailand


Thailand is known for its astounding tropical beaches with crystal turquoise waters, fiery food, lavish royal palaces, temples and ancient ruins. It has been a magnet for tourists for decades and I am so glad that I got an opportunity to take a trip to Thailand this year. This country in the southeast of Asia will take you aback with the abundance of opportunities to explore.

I went on a trip to Thailand for 9 days in mid September and today’s post is highlighting some of the things that I saw and did. For this trip, the focus was food and culture and I have so much to share!

Bangkok

Bangkok is Thailand’s capital. For a majority of tourists, Bangkok is the first stop on their journey to this fascinating country. The city is known for its historical monuments and vibrant nightlife.

I really enjoyed Bangkok! It is full of amazing food,and very sweet people. I loved walking the streets and exploring the area.  I flew in and out of Bangkok, so I spend my first and last days there.

Bangkok Chinatown

Among many noteworthy sights in Bangkok, Chinatown is a definite must-see. If you are a keen foodie, you’ll find yourself in a gourmand paradise here in Bangkok’s Chinatown. The district is very popular for its street-side cuisine packed with street-side restaurants, market stalls, and a great number of shops this district attracts thousands of visitors each day. And if you plan your trip to Thailand during Chinese New Year, you will definitely see Bangkok Chinatown in its full glory.

You should also go shopping in Chinatown at MBK. I found a lot of great items. I got two pairs of pants for $5!!  What a  STEAL! Make a stop here if you take a trip to Thailand and stop in Bangkok.

Klong Canal Tour

While in Bangkok, don’t miss a trip to its canals. You can see a whole unique way of life on the Klongs. This is a must do if you take a trip to Thailand. It was really fun and refreshing. I saw so many cat fish in the water on our tour.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Wat Suthat                 

Another must-see, Wat Suthat Thepphawararam Buddhist temple is a royal temple of the first grade, and it is one of ten such temples in Bangkok.

The temple was stunning and full of colour and intricate detail…making it a perfect place for photos. I really enjoyed this temple and learning the history behind it. Remember if you are visiting temples, you should have your knees covered (no shorts or short dresses) and also cover your shoulders.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Tuk Tuk Food Tour

To eat the best food at Bangkok, hop on a Tuk Tuk, a three-wheeled colorful taxi that originates from traditional rickshaws. This is a favorite way of getting around Bangkok for both locals and visitors. Bangkok is famous for its food. So, a great way to explore the city and its local eateries is via an exciting Tuk Tuk ride. You didn’t visit Bangkok if you didn’t ride in a tuk tuk on your trip to Thailand.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Bangkok Eats

While you are there I suggest you check out:

  • Harmonique, a local restaurant with a very unique ambiance and excellent Thai food.
  • Mezzaluna, a Michelin-star restaurant,  and savor excellent food while enjoying breathtaking views of the city.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Where I Stayed in Bangkok

I stayed a two different hotels, one on each leg of my trip.

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The five-star Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan offers large and comfortable rooms that are luxuriously decorated with great attention to detail. My room had an old fashioned claw foot tub and they had my pillow case monogrammed with my name. Check out my vlog!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

The Lebua Hotel in Bangkok happens to be the hotel where Hangover 2 was filmed. The views are AMAZING and don’t forget to check out the rooftop bar.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Sukhothai

About a one hour flight away from Bangkok is the charismatic province of Sukhothai. We flew with Bangkok Airways for this quick trip. Sukhothai will call you to discover its fascinating historical UNESCO World Heritage Site, exceptional Thai culture, warm hospitality of its local people, and some of the best food you’ll ever taste.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

You can check out my Trip to Thailand vlog below or on YouTube for better quality!

Sukhothai’s Organic Farm

A must-do in Sukhothai includes visiting the Organic Farm where you can take part in traditional Thai farm activities. After some farming, indulge in a tasty lunch at the farm’s restaurant. The dishes are made from the farm’s organic ingredients. The farm, Sukhothai Airport and hotel are all owned by Bangkok Airways.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Orchid Farm

The orchid farm contains more than 100,000 exotic species that will welcome you with the fireworks of colors. In addition, you will have a unique opportunity to cycle around the farm and rice paddies. Now if only I could get orchids to grow like this at home. 🙂

Sukhothai Historical Park

If you are here you must visit the Sukhothai Historical Park to discover more about these remarkable historical ruins. Explore the site cycling – it is a unique experience. This famous tourist attraction covers the ruins of Sukhothai – Dawn of Happiness – translated into English. The site was the capital of Sukhothai Kingdom (Northern Thailand) in the 13th and 14th centuries. The historic monuments and ruins are still well-preserved and offer an incredible setting for Instagram shots. 

This was my favorite part of the trip. I loved it all! We rode bikes through the park and made a good choice to go right in the morning so there so hardly any people there.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Where I Stayed in Sukhothai

During my stay I checked into the Sukhothai Heritage Resort. This luxurious hotel offers guest rooms and suites designed in traditional Thai style. You can enjoy dipping into hotel’s two swimming pools and relax with a traditional Thai massage. There is also a bike rental at the hotel, as well as the library, the Lotus Restaurant and Vanda Bar.

I loved the pool here and I wish I just had a whole day to relax by it! This hotel has a great location….close to the airport, the farm and really just central to the whole area!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is approximately a 4 hours drive away from Sukhothai. On your way to Chiang Mai, make a stop in Lampang ‘The City of the Rooster’ to visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, the 13thcentury Buddhist Temple  and one of the best examples of Lanna style architecture in Thailand.

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From Lampang, you’ll have another hour and a half ride to Chiang Mai. The largest city in the Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai lays on both sides of the Ping River. The city is located 700 km (435 miles) north of Bangkok. With the highest mountains in the country nearby, it offers plenty of perfect picture spots all year round. Chiang Mai (the New City in English) has more than 300 ornate Buddhist temples, so don’t miss visiting at least some of them. Also, visit the local food market and try a Thai cooking class.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Patara Elephant Farm

Another must-do in Thailand includes a visit to the Patara Elephant Farm. The facility offers a range of interactive experiences and educational sessions. You will simply love these huge amiable animals. A friendly advice: bring a few zip-lock plastic bags with you to put your phone and wallet as you may get wet during elephant experience!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

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Where I Stayed in Chiang Mai

In stayed at the Dusit D2 Resort in Chiang Mai. This hotel was awesome! It was in walking distance to all the shops and the hotel gym on the top floor was amazing. I used it both days we were staying there. Working out is a great way to beat jet lag…which I had BAD on this trip.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Wat Phra Thai Doi Suthep

Give alms to this sacred temple and explore its astonishing surroundings. This is the most important temple in Chiang Mai and definitely an experience worth checking out. Additionally, don’t miss visiting a home of a local Thai family to learn about their long-standing traditions and participate in a local cooking class.

Keep in mind that, when visiting temples in Thailand, you will be required to cover your shoulders and legs. Also, you will be required to remove your shoes before entering a temple, but you may wear socks if you don’t want to walk barefoot.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Thai for a Day

One of the highlights of the trip to Thailand for me was the Thai for a Day experience which was hosted by a traditional Lanna family. We had a garden tour and cooking class to learn their way of life.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares details about her trip to Thailand. She went to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Sukhothai.

Thailand Travel Tips

The Thai currency is “baht”. All main banks, hotels, restaurants, and shops accept major credit cards. However, when visiting local markets and side-street shops, it is recommended that you use cash only. Also, prices are negotiable so you can get some awesome souvenirs at a discounted price.

If you travel with cash on your trip to Thailand, one of the most convenient places for currency exchange is at Bangkok or Chiang Mai Airports.

This Trip to Thailand post has been sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Canada. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me. 


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13 Comments

  1. Hannah wrote:

    Thailand looks amazing! Love the elephants and the orchard farm sounds so cool! I’ve never been to Thailand, but did live in Singapore for a bit – LOVED it!!!! I can’t wait to go back.

    Posted 11.12.18 Reply
  2. Thailand looks so stunning all around. Everywhere you look there is something new to see!

    Posted 11.12.18 Reply
  3. I have been dying to visit Thailand, looks like such a beautiful place and like you had an amazing time!

    Posted 11.12.18 Reply
  4. paulaschuck wrote:

    OMG that Thai food and the infinity pool!! Amazing. One day I will get there.I’d love to take one of my teenagers with me though.

    Posted 11.13.18 Reply
  5. omg, this trip looks so much fun! I would love to go to a Thai farm too!

    Posted 11.13.18 Reply
  6. Alix Maza wrote:

    I’ve heard about the tuk tuk food tours! Sounds super fun.

    Posted 11.13.18 Reply
  7. Amy wrote:

    Bella!! I’m so jealous Thailand is on the top of my places to visit!! Your photos look gorgeous as always and will definitely have to save this for whenever I do go!

    Posted 11.13.18 Reply
  8. Adriana wrote:

    Sooo amazing! Your trips are incredible just like your pictures! I’ve always wanted to go there!

    Posted 11.14.18 Reply
  9. Tara Liston Fuller wrote:

    i probably would have never left the elephant farm – how precious!

    Posted 11.15.18 Reply
  10. This looks amazing! I’ve been wanting to visit Asia so badly. The canal tour looked so beautiful.

    Posted 11.19.18 Reply
  11. I’ve never been to Thailand but I have heard NOTHING but good things. I have a friend who lived in Thailand for a year and ever since it’s been on my MUST VISIT list. All of your photos are so beautiful.

    Posted 11.19.18 Reply
  12. Sami Mast wrote:

    Your trip looks like so much fun! Thailand looks full of amazing culture and history. Also so jealous of you hanging out with elephants!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

    Posted 11.19.18 Reply
  13. Your trip looked absolutely incredible! I’ve been dying to visit Thailand!

    Posted 11.26.18 Reply

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