Travel is always on my mind, and my latest obsession is Thailand. I first saw someone vlog about their recent vacation there on YouTube and was struck by its similarities to the Caribbean. Except Thailand seems even more exotic somehow.
While I’m not planning to go there anytime soon (the State Department just issued a travel alert for Thailand “due to ongoing political and social unrest”), I’m taking inspiration from these amazing photos.
I don’t know if it’s just a product of fancy cameras and Photoshop, but I love how colorful everything seems.
There are the beautiful gilded temples and giant statues of Buddha..
And nature makes its presence abundant, in the form of captivating waterfalls and crystal clear lakes amid lush jungles of the most vivid green …
… a multitude of beaches, some unspoiled and flanked by palm trees, and others, a result of tourist development, create private escapes.
But my favorite part might come as no surprise: the floating markets, and the street food, which seemingly can be found anywhere one could think to look, as well as at the ubiquitous weekend markets.
Photo Credits: 1. Thailand boat by Doug88888 | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 2. Wat Arun Rajwararam by Praveen | CC BY-NC 2.0 3. Wat Pho by Trey Ratcliff | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 4. Wat Do Kaim by ol’pete | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 5. Erawan Waterfalls by Todd Huffman | CC BY-SA 2.0 9. Photo by ser_is_snarkish | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 10. Photo by Uwe Schwarzbach | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 11. Floating market by Russ Bowling | CC BY 2.0 12. Thai street food by Behan | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 13. Fried bugs by Behan