Amazing Thailand - The Land of Smiles!

Amazing Thailand - The Land of Smiles!

Amazing Thailand - The Land of Smiles!

A dancer is all smiles at the hilltop Wat Doi Suthep located in Thailand’s northern capitol of Chiang Mai.

From Penang, Malaysia I took a short AirAsia flight into the capitol city of Bangkok and just like that I had arrived into the Kingdom of Thailand - the land of smiles.

What’s not to smile about?

World class beaches such as Ko Phi Phi and Ko Pha Ngan - check!

Exploring Buddhists temples - check!

Nonstop shopping in the capitol of Bangkok in huge modern malls - check!

Sipping Chang or Singha beer on the famed Khao San Road where all backpacking trips begin and end and watching the world go by - check!

Trekking with elephants - check!

Getting a history lesson at the ancient capitols of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai - check!

Trekking to minority tribes in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai - check!

The food, the glorious food - check!

From the independent flashpacker like myself to the resort-umbrella in the glass-tourist, Thailand offers everything under the sun for all types of travelers to find their little slice of paradise.

Be sure to pack your camera, sense of adventure and a big smile!

Check back for more of my Thailand adventures!

Happy Travels!

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Taken on: 25th February, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

Read more about Chiang Mai

Thailand's northern capital, Chiang Mai is the country's second most-visited city, yet in terms of size it does not remotely compare to Bangkok. With its smaller size and population, Chiang Mai has a lot in its favour for tourists and travellers alike, with the centre of town packed with glittering wats, excellent restaurants and expansive shopping markets all of which are easily taken in on foot.

If Thai temples are your thing, then Chiang Mai has a lot to offer -- the hill-top Wat Doi Suthep is the crown jewels, but the old city is packed with a vivid collection of traditional Thai temples, with Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Read our complete Chiang Mai travel guide

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