Dream Destinations – Thailand

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Even though Asia is not at the top of our priority list in terms of Dream Destinations, there are still various spots around the Asian continent that are particularly intriguing and Thailand is certainly one of them. Through my own personal ignorance and inability to enjoy Asian cuisine, I have never had any interest in visiting Asia until recently when I have learned much more about some of the amazing experiences that folks have in this part of the world.

Here are some of our key reasons for wanting to visit the country of Thailand.

Wat Arun

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Whenever you visit Thailand you are in for a real treat in terms of exploring a variety of amazing Buddhist temples as there are over 32000 to choose from. One of the most iconic of all these temples is Wat Arun also known as the Temple of Dawn. The beautiful architecture used to design this temple derives from a central iconic representation of Mount Meru which is at the heart of the Buddhist religion.

Wat Arun is attractive to visitors not only because of this gorgeous design but also because of its location on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. The beautifully decorated spirals towering from the temple stand majestically over the water and proudly play a key focal point in Bangkok’s skyline.

Grand Palace

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The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings located in the heart of Bangkok. This has been a royal residence in Thailand since the late 18th Century. Despite no longer being used as the official Thai royal residence, it is still frequently used for official events as it plays such a key role in Thailand’s royal regime.

It is currently partially open to the public as a museum and provides a great opportunity to see the grandeur among Thailand’s finest buildings.

Golden Buddha

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If you are interested in seeing the world’s largest solid gold statue, head over to the Wat Traimit temple to see the Golden Buddha. It’s crazy to think that this statue was lost to the world for many years as it was hidden under a plaster cast and only when the plaster started crumbling off did people realize exactly what beauty was hidden underneath.

Standing at just under 10 feet tall and weighing in excess of 5 tonnes,  the Golden Buddha is estimated to be worth in the region of $250 million so is clearly a prize possession for Thailand. I am not sure that they have much to fear about in terms of this being stolen given it’s weight and size!!

Ko Phi Phi

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Ko Phi Phi is a small archipelago of islands in Southern Thailand and offers visitors a gorgeous, relaxing setting away from the Bangkok city lifestyle. Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island of the group and is particularly popular among tourists along with other smaller islands for the beautiful golden beaches and snorkeling opportunities.

Chiang Mai

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After taking a few days relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Ko Phi Phi, head north to the culturally diverse city of Chiang Mai. Located in Northern Thailnd, Chiang Mai is a cultural paradise for many reasons, none more so than the amazing shopping opportunities that are available to visitors.

Tourists could spend the majority of their time searching for great bargains at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Remember that it is expected that you will barter and bargain for great deals here so be prepared with your game face on to haggle to pick up bargains.

***This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge (#DreamDestinations #AtoZChallenge)***


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Chris Boothman is the co-founder of A Brit and A Southerner. Born near Manchester, England, Chris moved to USA in 2006 where he soon after met his wife and travel partner in crime, Heather. They have since embarked on an amazing journey of travel as they challenge others to follow in their paths of working full-time but also being able to travel frequently! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Chris at [email protected]


  1. Yes, yes and yes to all of the places mentioned that we love. Gordon is looking forward to going back to Chiang Mai for a foot massage and a beer under the trees in the market. We never tire of Thailand. Great post

  2. Thai is one of my favourite foods – but, as in many countries, I have trouble if I can’t find enough vegetarian options. However, I know from that experience that there are always loads more things on offer – though I guess you don’t want to go to Asia to eat pizza!

  3. I can’t wait to share this post with my son who is planning on visiting Thailand in November. He just incurred some unexpected expenses but I hope he still makes it. He’s an avid rock climber and wants to do some climbing there. I haven’t yet been but like you, the more I learn about this area the more I’d like to go. I can see why so many people want to see Ko Phi Phi… it’s beautiful!

  4. Thailand is my favorite country in the world! The culture, people, food and architecture are all so amazing! What I love most is that, while the country is very open to westerners and embraces our culture, it has remained distinctly Thai. It’s the only place I’ve been with that kind of strong identity. I hope you get to experience it for yourself!

    • Corinne, I really think you may be on to something there and the more research I do on Thailand (and also Singapore), the more I think we need to venture over there and experience it all for ourselves. It’s all about taking that first plunge and just going for it and I am ready!

  5. Thailand is a dream destination for me for its food alone. I would kill for some decent thai right now but the closest Thai restaurant is at least a couple hours of driving from here. Great post!

    • Cheers Calli, we really appreciate your comments. As I mentioned, Thai food or Asian cuisine in general really isn’t my thing but I honestly think I need to overcome this and realize that authentic cuisine is probably way better than the Americanized rubbish that I have to deal with here.

  6. Yes Thailand is a great start too for further Asian travels you know! (no I’m not trying to push you… just a bit 😀 )

    You’ve got loads of little towns too that have got some great charm! I’m sure you guys would love it!

  7. Hey guys!
    Totally agree!
    Thailand has to much to offer! Cheap accommodation and great activities. We have spent a lot of time in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket, each are unique in their own little ways.
    Thailand also has some of the best beaches in the world (and the water is always super warm)


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