Thailand is on My Bucket List

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I’m in the process of putting together my “bucket” list for travel destinations and experiences, and will be posting it in a couple of days.  A bucket list is a list of those must-do and must-see things that you want (or need) to accomplish before you die.  The expression comes from the movie The Bucket List starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, where their two characters created a list of things that they wanted to do before they kicked the bucket.

My travel bucket list is long, and every time I cross a few things off, it seems like I discover something new to add.  Perhaps that doesn’t make it a true bucket list, but it’s my list and I get to call it what I like.

Thailand spa One of the destinations that’s on my bucket list is Thailand.  Best gal pal, Anita, and I continue to talk about travel to Thailand, and may be able to make the trip sooner rather than later.

Here are some of the reasons that we’ve identified why we think Thailand sounds so appealing, and some of the things we like to do and experience:

Bangkok – Spend a day in the busy city checking out the markets, doing some people watching, and getting a feel for the pulse of the city.  Sure, it’s crowded, noisy, and a bit gritty, but so are Rome and New York City and both of us love them.  I want to experience the city, although I don’t want to stay for any prolonged time here.

Luxury hotel and spa – After hearing so much about the pampering and service at luxury Asian properties, I’d love to spend a day feeling like I was one of the rich and famous.  The treatments that I’ve read about sound divine, and although my budget could only accommodate a day of this luxury, it would be fun to experience it.

Thai temples Custom clothes – I still need to pull out business attire every once in awhile, and the suits in my closet are looking a little dated and shabby.  I’d love to have a custom suit made, one that fits perfectly in all the right places, is made of a fabric that I love, and serves as a practical, yet special, reminder of a vacation trip.  I know the prices for custom clothing aren’t at the bargain level that they were, but it’s still an affordable treat that I could fit into the budget.

Temples – A little taste of culture is good, and temples are an easy way to start.  The history and culture that surrounds the temples fascinate me, although my knowledge is minimal.  A little research and reading before arrival would help give me good basis to understand what I’d be seeing.

Cooking and food – I’m pretty adventurous in eating, within limits, so enjoying the local dishes would be a real treat.  Even better, though, would be taking a cooking class.  I know that many of my favorite dishes are time intensive, but it would be wonderful to know how to recreate them at home.  Noodle dishes are a real favorite of mine.

Beaches – After all that traveling, shopping, and touring, it’s time for a little rest and relaxation, and from what I hear about the beaches of Thailand, I can’t go wrong.  I’d love to stay somewhere that had those cottages that are built out over the water.  The kind of stilts, or at the end of a long dock, where the ocean surrounds you.  I can imagine myself sitting with a cup of coffee in the morning, perhaps reading a good book or doing some writing in the quiet hours.  Or, chatting with a friend over a glass of wine while watching the sunset and planning the day to come.  The quiet and stillness may be forced by the location, but it’s a necessity that I don’t often allow myself.  Oh, and a massage on the beach would be nice, too!

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I know I’ve missed much of what Thailand has to offer, and even this list would require a fairly crowded schedule.  What do you think I’ve missed?  What can I comfortably do and see in a relatively short period of time?  And, if you can help with suggestions, ideas, accommodations, tours, or have other recommendations, I’d love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment below, or email me.

NOTE:  This post is sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, who also provide the photographs.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

4 Responses to “Thailand is on My Bucket List”

  1. January 7, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    I went to Bangkok in July, and you can see most of the major sights in a couple days. If you want a good massage, I got a 2 hour massage at HealthLand for 450 baht (about $13), and it was AMAZING!
    I wrote a blog post about it here – http://milesofabbie.com/2009/09/21/2-days-in-bangkok-pictures/

    • January 8, 2010 at 4:48 am #

      @Abbie,
      Thanks for the tip, Abbie. Thailand is creeping up my bucket list, and with some tickets set to expire soon, it may be next.

  2. January 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    I like that term. I’ve heard of making dream vacation lists. In fact, I’ve done that. But let’s get a list made of all the places we want to visit before we “kick the bucket.”

  3. January 8, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    @Mary Emma Allen,
    I like the phrase, too. Although I don’t like the thought of kicking the bucket, the phrase conveys more of a sense of urgency, a little stronger than a dream. Thanks for the comment, Mary Emma!

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