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Thailand: The Land of Smiles and Self-Care

October 06, 2020 – Alike Editorial

Sawadee Ka! Welcome to the amazing Thailand – where smiles are as golden as its gleaming temples and opulent palaces and where energetic crowds invite you to go deeper into the country’s true delight and destinations. 


It will not be surprising to see people packing their weekender bags, or luggage, and rushing back too soon to their respective businesses once the borders started to open and it’s safe to zip around the country (or the world). But before you put those cancelled flights back to action and get back to the usual ‘do, do, do and go, go, go’ system, why don’t you make your way slowly in the center of mainland Southeast Asia—Thailand.

As soon as we pop through this crazy Corona bubble, stepping out of your home and flying into this country is the perfect place to manifest everything you’ve been through the lockdown—the enforced pause, the coerced slow down, and the inescapable apprehension of never taking things unappreciated ever again.

After this great reset, explore the stretches of the country’s tropical beaches in a pace decreed by the wind and tide. Greet your renewed hope in its glorious gold shrines. From camping at the province of Kachanaburi to immersing yourself in nature at Sai Yok to enjoying peace and calm at Laem Ngop, you will surely be more than ready to face the world again.

Behind the vibrating energy pulsating around the country is a solemn awareness of the inner self – often found in common tourist spots but with mindful and conscious contemplation.




Travel for Power

As one of the most visited countries in Asia for tourism, Thailand is a premier spot for Power Spot Tourism, having many destinations offering travelers a recharge and chance to be more in touch with their well-being.

Home to the best skincare brands in the market, promising beautiful and healthy skin, it’s no doubt that beauty and wellness go hand in hand in this country. Thus, a trip to Thailand means winning the best of both worlds. 




Spiritual Refreshment

There are 28 tourist attractions that emit strong positive energy and can pave the way for your spiritual refreshment. These tourist attractions are further classified into five types, which you can visit step by step to gain a full revival of your weary soul:

1. First stop: the centers of faith such as the City Pillar Shrine in Bangkok—religious sites where peace, calm and the presence of higher spirits seem to engulf the space.

2. Next, Bangkok’s major waterway - the Chao Phraya River, where the steady stream of the river inspires you to go with the flow and allow relieve your spirits of inhibition.

3. Then, make your way up the mountain, such as Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai, the highest mountain in Thailand. Within the national park that contains the mountain, you can take walks, hikes and tours, breathing in the fresh air from the high altitude.

4. Next on the list are historical sites, where you can deep dive in history, understanding that you are part of a bigger universe whose stories intertwine—Muang Boran or the “Ancient City” is a good location to experience this—it is only 30 minutes away from Bangkok.

5. Last stop: Krabi in Southern Thailand, where you can experience the oceanic power. These incredible bodies of water may allow you to experience lasting moments of peace and calm.




Forest Therapy

There’s something about nature that keeps us grounded. In fact, it provides eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout and inspires everyone to reconnect with nature.


Either to hike, savor the forest mist, drink water or tea, or simply pick a spot to savor the quiet while taking in the view. You can pause can and respite to peacefully activate your five senses in Kanchanaburi Province, located in Western Thailand. This large province is known for its rich selection of national parks, containing jungles, waterfalls, rivers, and beautiful natural views. Nature activities in Kanchanburi are perfect for every kind of traveler: forest trekking, mountain biking, star gazing, and even rafting and canoeing.




Ocean Therapy

Get inspired by the depth and breadth of an ocean as it teaches you how mighty and gentle you can be. From the soothing texture of fine sand, to the relaxing murmur of waves, it’s no wonder why people escape to the ocean when they want to take a break.

Thailand is brimming with spots for Ocean Therapy. The town of Trat in the coast of eastern Thailand is well-known by tourists for island hopping. You can visit and savor the unique sceneries each island in the area has to offer. Trat is also where you can get close to marine life: clams, corals and even mangrove forests abound in the area. It is also home to the only black sand beach in Thailand—and one of five in the world—where dipping feet into the sand can exfoliate and nourish the skin.

The Ko Chang District in Trat also provides Stand Up Paddling (SUP) lessons, hiking to the Khlong Phlu waterfall, or visits to fishing villages in the area. Truly, a quick scan into what Trat can offer will leave no tourist without anything do or discover.

Aside from these recommended power spots, other beauty and wellness spots can be enjoyed as well, so whether you’re interested in Thai skincare, spiritual refreshment, forest therapy or ocean therapy, there is definitely a destination in Thailand that will suit your desire to achieve well-being in your mind, body, and soul.





Know more about how you can assemble your own trip in Thailand by visiting Tourism Product and the Tourism Authority of Thailand on Facebook.




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