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Posted on Jul 17, 2013 in Thailand, Travel Destinations |

6 Great Ways to Embrace Thai Culture

Thailand may be famous for its glowing neon nightlife and full moon parties, but the real beauty of Thailand lies beneath all that. It’s the luscious, natural landscape, fantastic food and slower pace of life that should really put Thailand in your top five must-visit countries. The real essence of Thailand lies in its unique culture, which has been able to absorb western influences, whilst still retaining its rich heritage and identity. Thailand is a feast for the eyes, mind and body, awash with natural beauty and colourful traditions. Millions of tourists fly into Thailand every year and while some may be planning a week of partying, others will be in search of Thai culture. So if you’re after a Thai massage at Wat Pho, rather than a fish pedicure on Khao San Road, here are six great things you can do in Thailand for a more authentic experience. 1. Experience Thailand’s Rural Past at Bang Krajao (Bangkok) If you’re staying in Bangkok and in search of more green than can be found in Lumphini Park, you may be surprised to learn that you don’t have to journey too far to find it. Alongside the rapid urban development of Bangkok’s centre is a reminder of its rural past. In fact just across the river from construction sites and grey expanses, lies the beautiful pocket of green that is Bang Krajao. Within the green jungle, traditional stilt houses stand between the trees. The luscious greenery is fed by a maze of tributaries, pouring life into every corner of the jungle. Amid the green, fresh fruit adds a surprising splash of colour to the scenery, while floating markets and temples will give you a change of scene. There are hundreds of paths leading through the jungle and many of these are on stilts above the wet land. A great way to explore this area is by bicycle – it’s around 100 baht a day and you can glide through the treetops! How to Get There: Travel to Klong Toei port or the riverside temple in Bang Na and pay 10 baht...

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