One of the things I really like about my job is how it gives me the opportunity to combine my work with my other passions. And travelling is definitely one of those passions. I super enjoy being able to travel for work! And quite recently, I was able to do just that when I visited one of the most beautiful countries in Southeast Asia… Thailand!
It wasn’t my first visit to Thailand. I visited the country three times in the past. However, this last visit proved to be one of the most memorable, thanks to Cebu Pacific and the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s “Beyond Bangkok” project.
When most people think about going to Thailand, Bangkok is usually one of the first cities on their to-do list. And that’s not a wrong thing! Bangkok is great for shopping, and is a huge tourist destination. But did you know that Thailand isn’t just a shopping place? There are also nice beaches, temples and vineyards that are just a couple of hours drive from the city. Cebu Pacific flies to Bangkok once a day everyday, so I am sure that you will be able to find a flight to fit your schedule. If you are on a budget, you can just go on a day tour and be back to the main city right before nightfall.
One city I will never forget is Pattaya. It’s a resort city on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. I got to pet an elephant at the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary located at the Noong Nooch Garden. I was able to watch the elephant show and experienced having a massage by an elephant! I also got to pet and feed a tiger at Sriracha Tiger Zoo which is located on the outskirts of Pattaya in Sri Racha city. The zoo has about 200 tigers and 10,000 crocodiles! Wow!
You definitely won’t be able to miss the spectacular Buddha mountain also called Khao Cheejan. It is 130 meters high, 70 meters wide, and it was carved using lasers and inlaid with real gold leaf. It was created in 1996 to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 50 years on the throne. Isnt that amazing?! That’s another thing that I love about travelling, I like learning about the history of different countries and their cultures.
Once you get tired of walking around, don’t forget to check out the Pattaya floating market.It’s 100,000 square meters of food carts, fruit stalls, art galleries, etc. The market is divided into four sections; each section stands for the four major regions of Thailand. Don’t miss out on the food here, the food is really yummy, I liked their Pad Thai!
Another unforgettable stop was the Sanctuary Of Truth. It is 105 meters tall and is 100 percent hand carved with different types of wood. The intricate details on this structure blew me away! If you look closely at the wood, you will see carvings of elephants, people, and mythological deities. It was created by a Thai millionaire named Khun Lek Viriyaphant and is an ode to Thai craftsmanship. Thailand is definitely not lacking in breathtaking structures, and you will be missing out on a lot if you don’t visit them and perhaps even learn a little about them.
When you are done with Pattaya, go further back in time with a visit to Ayutthaya. Located just 80 kilometers north of Bangkok, it is full of ruins and there are plenty of magnificent Buddhist temples attractive to tourists just like the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon .
Since it’s the start of the year, I know that you all are making your #travelgoals for 2018. Well, I would highly recommend that you include Thailand in your list. I would like to give a huge shout-out to the awesome people at Cebu Pacific for their wonderful service. The flights that I took were all on time, the staff onboard was very attentive, warm and accommodating, and the food was really good, too! I especially liked the salted egg chicken that they served. Special thank you also to Geneva and Ms. Roxy of CebPac, and the whole Kirby Studios Thailand–Kirby, Top and Bank for making the whole shoot in Thailand fun and memorable. 😉
For ticket bookings, log on to https://www.cebupacificair.com , they’ll be having a seat sale this week so go, book your tickets now and explore the new shades of Thailand! 🙂
That’s it for now guys! ‘Till my next adventure!