Bangkok

- ‌Soei restaurant, recommended by "Bizarre Foods" chef, Andrew Zimmern

-‌ Chatuchak market, for anything you can possibly want to buy, from antiques to organic food
‌- Lumpini Park, to spot some locals exercising
‌- Thip Samai and Suki Je Ru Yu, vegetarian restaurants
‌- Pha Klong Flower Market
‌- Wondering along Rama IV road, to get a feel for the real city, you'll be the only foreigner
‌- Wat Hua Lamphong, beautiful temple
‌- Patpong Night Market, selling fake designer goods, not pretty
‌- Wat Traimit, temple of the Golden Buddha

- Grand Palace, beautiful but way too crowded

- Chinatown, for tasty food

‌- Didn't go, but wanted to: the Rajadamnern Stadium stadium, for Muay Thai combats.

Chiang Rai

- ‌Lab Sanam Keela restaurant, in the middle of nowhere, locally famous
‌- Lu Lam restaurant, Northern thai food
‌- Night Bazaar
‌- Clock Tower, somewhat disappointing, but you will bump into it anyway
‌‌- Wat Pra Kaew, peaceful temple, wander around and you'll find a monk's school and quaint neighbourhood
‌- Wat Mung Muang, temple, a bit busier, but still worth it

Chiang Mai

-‌ Night Bazaar, way too busy, I left after 10 minutes
- Wat Suan Dok, the most memorable temple of the entire trip 
-‌ Pun Pun café, inside the Wat Suan Dok, super simple, relaxing and tasty food
‌- Wat Phra Singh, beautiful & typical Buddhist temple

- Wat Sri Suphan, a temple made of silver, I thought it was very tacky
‌- Nabê bar, rock live music, for local youngsters
‌- Mai Kaidee vegetarian cooking course, 5-stars, couldn't recommend it more
‌- Wat Muen San temple, old school and incredible
‌ - Wat Chedlin (or Jedi) temple, simple and pretty, with a Japanese-style lake in it
- Wat Ket Keram or ‌Wororot Market, wholesale and an overwhelming experience
‌- Wat Chedi Luang temple, crowded but worth it

​I was planning on going for a "monk chat", but it felt like a tourist trap 

Ko Phangan

- Paradise-on-earth-type beaches, almost deserted during low season: Haad Salad, ‌Had Yao, Mae Haad, Ko Ma, Chaloklum and my favourite ‌Haad Khom
‌- Bamboo & Tattoo bar at Mae Haad

- Shell hunting in any beach
-‌ Snorkeling at Haad Khom

 

I didn't go to Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Phuket on purpose, and its already been ruined by tourism.
I didn't go to Ko Lanta but would have loved to.

What I did

- Eat. Loads. Everywhere. The food is unbelievable. Any soup bowl from a street vendor. I loved the birdsnest soup (dessert), papaya salad, mango sticky rice, thai iced tea, coconut water, coconut icecream, dried sweet & spicy tamarind, fresh jackfruit and kow soy.

- The simple things: swim, write, read, film. 

- Explore and walk around with no plan. It's safe and it's magical.

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