4 reasons why you should visit Thailand

 

4 reasons why you should visit Thailand. For example to see palm trees.Why Thailand is a great travel destination

Recently the TV channels show a lot of negative news about the Thailand protests. However, I still recommend that you visit this wonderful travel destination. I would like to ignore the Thailand protest situation in this article, and focus on positive aspects instead. Hopefully i motivate you to visit this country. Tourists are a big source of income for the Thai. It would be a shame if we stay away while we don’t have to.

The land of the smiles has its flaws but in general it is a convenient and pleasant travel destination. Especially when you are a first time traveler to (Southeast) Asia. It is a cheap country with many transportation services, friendly people and excellent weather conditions. In this article I give you 4 reasons why Thailand is a great travel destination.

4. The weather

Opinions differ, but personally I think the weather in Thailand is great. Yes it can be hot and sticky but for me it beats rainy and cold weather everyday. Moments when the weather really show its charm are when the warmth temperature is accompanied with a nice sea breeze, or at the evenings when the temperature cools down a few degrees from very hot to very comfortable.


The weather forecast is often the same for the whole week. Sun with a clear blue sky from Monday till Sunday.  Time to set off to a tropical island, get out the hammock, order a cocktail and doze off under the shade of a palm tree. Did anyway mention protests?

 3. Cheap prices

Prices are rising but the country is still a very cheap travel destination. Particularly outside popular tourist destinations like Phuket or Bangkok. Especially cheap are train tickets, medical costs, hotels and the costs for renting an apartment or house. In the countryside you can rent a house with a garden for about 110 US Dollars! Imagine what you can rent when you are able to pay twice that amount.

2. Entertainment

Are you young and do you want to party? Then i really recommend Thailand. Think about crazy full moon beach parties, great nightclubs and charming beach bars. Popular nightlife destinations are for example Phuket, Pattaya and Bangkok. If you want to visit the famous full moon party then you can travel to the island Ko Pha Ngan.

1. Friendly people

The People in Thailand are generally friendly. However I have to make a side note that this can best be experienced with locals who do not deal with foreigners and tourists on a daily basis. When you travel outside of the touristic destinations then you can be amazed about the Thai hospitality.

People come to talk with you or offer to help you, and not with an incentive to get your money, but because they are curious and helpful. Show your interest to their culture and they will often open up. Even one simple word in Thai can make them bring up that real friendly Thai smile. It is a wonderful experience.

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Bangkok – Going Completly Local

Local street in BangkokGetting lost in a strange city. It has happened to me many times. I often try to walk around, instead of using public transportation. I do this with the purpose of getting to know the city. Getting lost has many benefits. The next time I have a bigger chance of knowing the way.

I strolled for hours and hours true large city’s like London, Tokyo and Bangkok. There is always this urge to put my feed to work, and just start walking and walking, in no particular direction. Getting sucked up by a strange city is a fun and adventures experience. The reward is often satisfying. When you step off the beaten tourist path, you suddenly enter the world of the locals.

Stepping into a side alley

Many main roads are crowded with tourists. Those places are often busy, loud and dirty. They give me the feeling that I could be anywhere in the world. Prostitutes, taxi drivers and street vendors, all try their best to annoy me as much as possible.

It all changes when I decide to walk into a side alley. Suddenly everything seems to calm down. Often I end up being the only foreigner in the street. I like strolling true local markets, living area’s, hidden temples and small parks. Sometimes these places are situated nearby main tourist roads. But not so many tourists notice or enter them. Sometimes it looks like the locals are hidden away from the main (tourist) crowd. And I am happy about that. The most precious gems are hidden away. Protected from a crowd who can steel it’s identity.

All cities have their own vibe and local surprises. Bangkok, for example, is an amazing place to go strolling true local food markets. A real food adventure, full of amazing smells, colors, sights and sounds. I like to wake up early and walk around, while the markets are just starting up. It is an amazing food experience, seeing all those exotic products being stacked up in huge piles. However, In the early morning, most of the food still needs to be killed. I often find myself surrounded by buckets and buckets of fish, little turtles, and frogs. Thousands of little eyes looking at me with the expression of help me please.

Then there are the mazes of local neighborhoods. Walking true small streets, where the locals live, I often feel like an exotic product myself. Especially when I am the only foreigner. Or farrang as the Thai like to say. Surprisingly, the locals mostly leave me alone. They are busy doing there own thing and are not pushy trying to sell me something. Something which happens so often at famous touristic areas. Most of the time the locals only tap each other on the shoulder and say ‘hey foreigner’, and  that’s it.

I enjoy seeing the Thai local families, living their normal daily lives. It is nice to see the families joining together at big tables, full of food. The little children are running around. Music is being played. The dogs stroll around looking for food. Mamma is cooking, surrounded by pots and pans. The people are smiling, and enjoying each others company. Often you get a warm smile as well. They seem to appreciate it, when you take the interest to really dive into their culture.

It is a much better sight then having to scroll true groups of drunk and half naked tourists, which at their terms are strolling true groups of  drugged and half naked prostitutes. An uncomfortable mix of bad and bad. But you can make it all disappear, by stepping into a side alley, with the intention of getting lost.

Then I walk further into that maze of small streets, and suddenly a beautiful hidden temple pops up. Hidden from the tourist crowds, these temples feel much more authentic. They are as beautiful as the big and famous temples,  but I often have them for myself. Thank god for the main tourist areas. They suck up the big crowds and create some calm spaces, which I can explore alone. Going completely local and lost. I would not like it any other way.

Your experience

Did you ever got lost in a big city and had an amazing time by just wandering around, enjoying the scenery? Which city do you like to explore the most?  Leave your interesting responses in the comments section below.

 

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Fashion Japanese Clothes

Cute and eclectic styles on the streets of Japan.

Japanese fashion is wonderfully eclectic. When it comes to fashion Japanese clothes are the perfect blend of innovation and tradition. It is drawing its influences from many different cultures across the globe as well as from a number of different periods of history. It also retains strong roots in tradition. Japanese women wearing the popular ‘Gothic Lolita’ style (a type of Victoriana given a contemporary, Japanese twist) will rub shoulder with women in traditional silk printed kimonos.

Fashion Japanese clothes

Japanese fashion has a number of recognisable subcultures, each with their own distinctive trends. For instance, the ‘Dolly Kei’ style emphasises a sweet, somewhat Western-inspired feminine look. It includes lots of floaty skirts, soft, fringed hairdos and knitted cardigans. The ‘Decora’ style focuses on pink hues at the clothing, and these clothes are then layered with as many accessories as possible to create a cute, quirky look. The influence of punk and goth culture and more unlikely sources of fashion are also very prominent  in Japanese fashion.


The ‘Lolita’ style

The Lolita’ style is a unique Japanese look. There are a number of trends in Japanese clothing fashion that come under the rubric of ‘Lolita’ styles. The ‘Gothic Lolita’ look, for instance, mixes elements of Victoriana such as lace gloves and ruffled shirts with elements of Gothic influence. Skirts are shortened and worn with knee-high platform boots. Military style coats are buttoned tight to the neck and skull shaped jewellery abound with this look. By contrast, the ‘Sweet Lolita’ fashion creates a childlike appearance because of its pastel colours, cute accessories, and doll-like make-up. Accessories like teddy bears and other soft toys are often used to complete the outfit. There are Lolita styles for everyone in Japan, from mature businesspeople to punks and goths!

What about you?

What is your favourite Japanese fashion style and on which occasions do you whear your outfits? Leave all your interesting responses in the comment section below.

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The Cutting-Edge World of Japanese Fashion

In the past century, traditional Japanese garments such as the kimono have given way to the incorporation of Western style with a Japanese twist. When visiting Japan, you’ll see a bright and vibrant mixture of luxury brand names and kooky street style. The Japanese are not afraid to don avant-garde looks and follow fast-moving trends, for an interesting yet classic style that is all their own.

Designer Japanese Fashion

Ranking up there with Milan, Paris, and London, Tokyo has also become a premier destination for fashion lovers. This is due to the rise of famous designers such as Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Japanese fashion designs from these brands are known for using high-tech fabrics and monochromatic colour schemes to create a unique, sophisticated, and often minimalist style. Japanese style is synonymous with high quality and modern vision. During the Tokyo Fashion Week, buyers from around the world come to view the latest styles from these high end designers. As as result, you can find Japanese fashion for sale in many of the world’s top boutiques and department stores.


Japanese Street Style

While you can purchase elegant styles from Japan’s’ most famous high fashion designers, the young people of Japan love to try on more eccentric looks. The sky’s the limit when it comes to Japanese street fashion, with trends coming and going rapidly in hotspots like the Shibuya neighbourhood of Tokyo. Many young people in Japan love to experiment with alternative or punk fashion, including colourful dresses, androgynous fashions, and glitter make-up. Some popular looks combine elements that wouldn’t seem to go together at all, such as Gothic make-up with a baby doll dress. This makes walking the streets of Tokyo’s trendiest neighbourhoods an exciting experience

Daily Fashion in Japan

In addition to the flamboyant looks on the streets of Tokyo and the sophisticated designs gracing the catwalk, there is another type of common style that you’ll find in Japan. Most Japanese do not wear eccentric designs to work, but instead prefer classic international luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Burberry. It’s estimated that nearly half of the world’s luxury fashion products are purchased by the Japanese, particularly those living in Tokyo. This national love of fashion extends to accessories, handbags, and shoe styles. Outfits are usually perfectly coordinated and the Japanese take good care of their clothing. Although many Japanese consumers may be willing to spend more money on luxury brands like Gucci or Louis Vuitton, they take proper care of their clothing to ensure that these items last for years.

Share your thoughts with us

Japanese style can be playful and unique. Do you incorporate any of these looks into your own wardrobe? What are some of your favourite Japanese designers or street styles?

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Asian Fashion

Asian fashion: modern, yet traditional
Asia is a vast continent. Indeed, it is the largest in the world, and the one with the highest population. As you might expect, then, Asian fashion comprises a fascinatingly wide range of styles, trends, and traditions. Here we provide you with some hits and tricks for navigating the fascinating world of fashion in Asia.

The bright colours of India are at the heart of fashion in Asia
With its rich traditions of vibrantly dyed cottons, sweeping sarees, exquisitely intricate prints, and glittering items of jewellery, the fashion of India has an amazing resource on which to build. Modern Indian fashion designers display a breathtaking ability to change and innovate whilst also remaining true to their roots. Designers such as Sabyasachi have specialised in capturing the essence of Indian tradition with sumptuous patterns and delicately textured fabrics whilst also giving garments a modern flavour with
(for instance) pencil style skirts and peter pan collars. One of the great beauties of Indian fashion is the way in which it can be simultaneously old and new in precisely this way.

Japan: cartoons and couture blend in one of the most exciting countries to be fashionable
The Japanese street, and indeed the Japanese fashion show, tends to display an eclectic mix of styles and trends: traditional silk kimonos jostle alongside anime-inspired T-shirts and Parisian-inspired haute couture. Japanese fashion is fresh and funky, and designers are never afraid to experiment and to appropriate styles from other cultures or periods of history and fit them to the Japanese mould. From the use of Gothic Victoriana in some of what are known as the ‘Lolita’ styles, to the use of the workman’s overalls in the ‘bōsōzoku’ trend, Japanese fashionistas have a habit of taking the bizarre and unexpected, giving it a modern and very Japanese twist, and making it fashionable.

Get sweet and preppy in South Korea

Though far from being the only fashion trend in the region, a preppy style of dressing has become increasingly popular in South Korea. Chequered shoes and skirts, polo shirts light knitted sweaters, beige chinos, large glasses, and velvet hair ribbons are all staples of this simple style. Since the arrival of Ralph Lauren and its classic polo shirts in South Korea in the 1970s, many brands such as Jack and Jill and Basic House have been feeding fashion-conscious Koreans’ desire for that preppy look. The few wardrobe staples mentioned above enable young men and women in South Korea to create a look that is at once nostalgic for the high school culture of the United States in the 1960s and 1970s and suggestive of a sweet, smart (even geeky), and slightly alternative personality.

Tell us your thoughts
What are your thoughts on Asian fashion? The examples of fashion in Asia given in this article by no means constitute an exhaustive list of Asian fashions. Indeed, it would be nearly impossible to give a comprehensive summary of the topic as Asian styles are so rich, varied, and versatile. Are there any other Asian trends you know of and would like to share?

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