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You can find yourself in magical Thailand in just a few minutes reading this article, it took me a little longer. Let’s go? 

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All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi

Intense with many colors wherever you look, Tuc Tuc (their own taxi), and strong smells of curry, fried vegetables from the early hours. This is a short but comprehensive description of a day in Thailand.

The beauty of nature is the architectural wealth that Thailand does not have. Apart from the beautiful and magnificent temples in Bangkok, Thailand is not famous for its architecture and its buildings, but for its natural gifts. Like the beaches that have remained almost untouched, the enormous imposing rocks, waterfalls and mountains.  

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All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi

Thailand has three seasons. The rainy season (May - September). The cool months (October - February). The hot summer months (February - April). We decided to travel in September to avoid the tourist season but also to find cheap tickets.  

The rain was not an obstacle to enjoying our trip, perhaps it added a ton of unexpected adventure!

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All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi
Photo credits: 
All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi

The Highlights of our trip:  

The Tigers cave, 1256 steps that climb 280 meters up on a limestone hill and a view that makes you forget all the broken breaths in seconds. The temple began as a small place for the monks to learn about Buddhism, and now it has evolved into a huge temple and one of the most important Buddhist temples in the south of Thailand. There is a large sculpture depicting the Buddha,  built - 99 meters high - of concrete. 

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All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi

We chose to visit the following islands:  

Bamboo Island

Ko Poda

Ko Phi Phi Don

Phi Phi Leh Lagoon

Koh Kai (Chicken Island)

Koh Tup-Koh Mor-Koh Kai  

Pictures that enchant you with the grandeur of their simplicity and beauty. 

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All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi
Photo credits: 
All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi

Sunset at the beach.

If you find yourself in Krabi or if you've already found yourself, you know that at 18 and half the only place you have to be is Aonang Beach to enjoy the unique sunset. We had one more surprise, as a beautiful rainbow made its appearance during the sunset. 

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All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi

Food

Let's move now to the food that is one of the key features of Thai culture.

WARNING, their own little bit hot is ours too. A useful phrase that you need to know is Mai ped which means not hot. 

The King of Thailand is undoubtedly Pad Thai, available all the time and his price starts at 1.50 euros. There are an infinite number of variations, but usually serve as noodles with tofu, onions and pistachios. At the finishing touches add fish sauce, sugar, chilli powder and ground peanuts for extra flavor. 

With a walk in the traditional MARKETS that are organized every day but mainly on weekends you can discover all their gastronomic culture. Of my favorites were their traditional pancakes with sweet and salty stuffing, but also the 100% coconut ice cream.

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All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi
Photo credits: 
All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi

Bangkok

Finally, Bangkok was a pleasant surprise that gave the best possible end to our trip. Colorful, chaotic with great tradition and history, a lot of influence from Japan with many diverse activities.  We visited several shopping centers in the center, including the well-known flower market, Wat Arun Temple, the lively Khao San Street and finally the Red Sky Hotel where we saw the best views I've ever seen in my life. There we realized how small everything around us imagines, and how big dreams we have!  

Thailand thank you and see you soon!  

Photo credits: 
All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi
Photo credits: 
All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi
Photo credits: 
All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi
Photo credits: 
All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi
Photo credits: 
All images © λ3 by Elina Aktipi

Useful information:

Athens has 4 hours difference from Thailand in the summer and 5 hours in winter.

It is worth downloading an app on your mobile to quickly calculate the currency difference.

Always and always negotiate the price.

There are useful words in their language like Kop Kun which means thank you.

If you're going to the monsoon season, it's definitely waterproof. 

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All images © λ3 by Christos Tzoutis

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