Thailand is a true gem showing more and more unexpected sides while exploring. In fact, Bangkok, the name of a big city, is an abbreviation of the full name of 21 words and the name of the longest city in the world! Thailand’s attractions have a special atmosphere that makes ordinary things special, from condom-filled restaurants to tree-lined houses and cute cafes in a café. Thais loves realistic babies, prints his selfies on something completely unexpected, and even David Beckham finds his place in a Buddhist temple.
1. A Corgi café for all the dog lovers
If you happen to be fond of unusual places and are a dog lover, then Thailand knows how to entertain you. Start with this adorable Corgi café! Originally 2 of the owner’s dogs had 7 puppies, and their number just kept growing. The owner wanted to share this fun and joy with other people, so he decided to open this heavenly place. Adorable, friendly corgis and tasty meals are waiting for you!
2. If you want something unusual, you could try a coffee with your own selfie!
Drinking coffee is brought to a whole new fun level in Thailand! If ordinary milk foam seems too ordinary for you, then you can place an order to print your selfie of top of it. KC Selfie Coffee in Bangkok serves beverages like this for everyone — all you need to do is send them your photo in advance on Facebook and then just come pick it up. They also sell tea and other beverages with these prints.
3. You can create your own eco-souvenirs out of elephant poo.
Eco-tourism is blooming in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There is The Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park where tourists are offered a chance to collect elephant poo and participate in the whole process of paper making using the collected material. You can also make various souvenirs from it.
The whole process of learning the traditional handcrafting and collecting is really fun, and, of course, environmentally-friendly.
4. Prepare to get completely wet on the Thai Water Festival.
If you visit Thailand around April, you might have a chance to participate in a big and very important celebration — the Thai Water Festival, Songkran, that marks the beginning of the Thai New Year. Its most recognizable part is getting people wet using buckets and water guns. It is believed that by being soaked in water you get “purified,” so no one will leave the event dry!
5. Lifelike dolls are thought to bring good luck.
Thailand is a country of rituals and amulets, so there is no surprise that even dolls can become a source of a good fortune. Luk thep (which translates to “child angel”) dolls, are handled very carefully in Thailand.
It is believed that if you are nice to them, they will bring you great luck. That’s why people change the clothes of their dolls, keep them in their office, hire babysitters for them, and even buy them special meals at restaurants!
6. Samut Prakan — an ancient city with breathtaking buildings
This ancient city is 320 acres of beautiful gardens, water, and ancient architecture. The city itself is a mini-replica of the country that represents its most important buildings and structures. There are over 116 monuments that are placed in a certain geographic position with the same design — the main idea is to preserve the authentic and rich Thai culture for the upcoming generations.
One of the most impressive of these buildings is the Sumeru Mountain Palace, which is guarded by a giant Anand fish.
7. There are treehouses where you can feel like an exotic bird.
For those who want to be in unity with nature and to disengage from worldly vanity, there is a place where you can relax in a treehouse hidden in a forest in Keemala. You can start your day with morning yoga, spa treatments, and enjoy food with herbs and veggies, picked by chefs from the local plants. And you can do it all in a tree house. Some treehouses are equipped with amazing deep outdoor baths where you can enjoy the view of the forest and the nearby sea.
8. There’s a food market in the middle of the railroad tracks for those who prefer dangerous shopping.
Although the Maeklong Railway Market is just a market where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, there’s something that makes it a little more special — it’s situated right along the train line. Several times a day a train comes and runs directly through the market. In this situation, they just move their goods, wait till the train passes by and then keep working as usual.
Buyers can walk along the rail lines, but have to be extremely careful.
9. Cabbages and Condoms — a restaurant with an unusual name and even more unusual decorations
Cabbages and Condoms is a restaurant in Bangkok that has a rather defiant name, but its main idea is to direct people’s attention to social issues. Their motto is “Our food won’t make you pregnant,” which is a rather unusual one. The restaurant wants to promote a better understanding of family and pushes the idea that people shouldn’t be afraid of buying condoms. They’re a casual item, just like cabbages!
Don’t forget to bring your camera there — different dolls in the restaurant are decorated with… you guessed it, condoms.
10. There is a prison-themed hotel for those who want a convict experience.
For those who’ve always wondered how prisoners’ feel, there is a prison-themed hotel experience at SooK Station in Bangkok! You get an inmate number to use as a key, a robe, and can share a room behind bars with other guests, like in a real prison. You will also share a bathroom with them. If this is not thrilling enough for you, you can go into “solitary confinement.”
11. “Happy Cheese Toast” — a chewy-gooey rainbow in your hands
This nice crunchy toast is a favorite snack of many people. People in Thailand love to add a crazy twist to the most ordinary things — the Happy Cheese Toast cafe offers you the chance to eat a rainbow! They mix gooey cheeses, like mozzarella and swiss, and add some food coloring. As a result, you get loads of fun for your stomach and nice photos for your Instagram.
This is a pop-up cafe, so you have to check their Facebook to see where they are going to be next.
12. A huge festival filled with food organized just for the local monkeys!
Another must visit place is Lopburi, or “Monkey City.” It’s a place where The Monkey Buffet Festival takes place. During the festival lots of food is set up on a collection of large tables — there are various nuts, pineapples, bananas, watermelons, and lots more. And all of this is prepared just for the local monkeys!
Even though monkeys are worshipped in Thai folklore, the event itself was created just to attract more tourists.
13. This beautiful Buddhist temple is made from glass bottles.
The greatest example of how things can be recycled and reused is The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple, that is also called the Temple of a Million Bottles. This amazing building is made out of 1.5 million empty Heineken bottles and Chang beer bottles!
Buddhist monks got tired of removing bottles from the water, so they decided to ask the local people to bring these bottles directly to them instead of throwing them away. This brilliant idea once again raises the awareness of how serious pollution has become.
14. The Amulet Market is filled with charms and talismans for good luck.
Another interesting market to visit in Bangkok is The Amulet Market. People come here in search of pendants, talismans, and charms to protect themselves and bring good fortune. There are no witches or shamans there, people are supposed to find the pieces that speak to their hearts.
Prices can also vary — from really cheap ones to very expensive. No matter whether you believe in pendants or not, visiting this place will be an interesting experience.
15. Thailand’s fine dining insect restaurant might change your view on gourmet food.
It feels like people in Thailand can’t just sit and eat in peace — they always have to do something a little bit extra. This time they mixed European-style aesthetics and the eating of insects. Each meal is exclusive and professionally done. And there is one thing that we can say for sure: not everyone would dare to try it.