Thailand From Your Living Room
Watch some hit movies set in Thailand!
“The Beach” is a fantastic film set in Thailand. Not only is it a thrilling story about Leonardo DiCaprio on the hunt for a secret beach hidden somewhere on the Gulf of Thailand, but it also treats your eyes with some of the most beautiful landscapes that we visit on our tours! Places like Bangkok, Koh Phangan and even the secret subtropical beach itself, Maya Bay can be seen from the comfort of your own couch. If watching a film isn’t your thing you can always read the hit novel by Alex Garland and save the visual surprise for when you’re really there.
The Hanover part 2 is another hit film based in Thailand, predominantly Bangkok. The guys travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable stag party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and opts for a safe pre-wedding brunch, however, it doesn’t go as planned and they end up with a crazy night in Bangkok that no one can remember. Sounds familiar right? The city itself is depicted as being a crazy hustle bustle busy setting and the truth is.. it is! The charm of Bangkok is how there is something new around every corner. The endless markets, the impressive temples, the gorgeous golden Buddha statues and of course the famous Khao San Road, home to some of the best bars and clubs in Bangkok.
Cook up a tropical storm in the kitchen with our video on how to make Pad Thai!
I know you can’t necessarily cook in your living room but you can definitely eat in there!
Thailand has some of the best food in the world but the one that always stands out to people who travel the country is, of course, Pad Thai. In Bangkok, you can buy a good plateful of these delicious stir fry noodles at a street food market for as low as 40P! We highly recommend giving it a go if you haven’t tasted it before.
Pad Thai is a stir-fried noodle dish with vegetables, beansprouts, scrambled egg and crushed peanuts. Chicken, Shrimp and Tofu are all popular options to add to the mix.
Whether you are new to cooking or a pro chef, pad thai is a very easy and delicious meal to whip up in just minutes. You can get all the ingredients you need from your local supermarket.
Head over to our Facebook page to find our video guide on how to cook Pad Thai from one of our group leaders, Adrian.
Work up a sweat in a special Muay Thai themed workout.
Muay Thai is a traditional combat sport that has been around since the 18th Century and is still used in professional mixed martial arts events all over the world. This style is known as the “art of eight limbs” as it is characterized by the use of fists, knees, elbows and shins. This means you can certainly expect a good full-body workout from the various exercise routines it offers! Coming into Thailand you can expect to see a fair few Muay Thai gyms dotted throughout including the one we use on our Thai trips in Koh Phangan.
Whether you want to get back in shape and get fit during lockdown or just want to impress your friends with your new muay Thai moves, you can find a video on youtube, or if you fancy a laugh click here to watch us have a go over on our Facebook page.
Take some time to learn the local language.
Most locals in Thailand tend to have learnt English in school so there’s a high chance you can communicate in basic conversation and try to haggle yourself a pair of elephant pants in a market for a cheaper price!
The Thai language is a complex and an interesting one to learn, not only do the phrases change depending on your gender but also the tone in which you say it.
It is always a good thing to learn some Thai to make your trip easier, below are some basic phrases to get you started.
· Hello - Sawasdee Khrup/Ka
· how are you? - Sabadee Mai?
· Thank you - Khop Khun Khrup/Ka
· Yes – Chai
· No – Mai
· Little Bit – Nit Nawy
· No Worries – Mai Pen Rai
· I would Like to order – Sang aa-haan
· Delicious – Aroy
· Very Delicious – Aroy Mak!
· Having Fun? – Sanuk Mai?
Drink from buckets.
Now I know what your thinking drinking from buckets isn’t part of Thai culture however it is part of the Full Moon party culture!
The Full Moon party is quite possibly the most famous beach party ever. The party takes place on an island called Koh Phangan which is on the south-east side of the mainland. Full Moon usually has the capacity of anywhere in between 10,000 to 30,000 people it is no lie that it is one of the biggest events ever and it happens once every month. Not only do people from all over the world travel here to stay up partying until the sun rises and drink cocktails from buckets but most people are also covered in glow in the dark neon paint and I can guarantee 10,000 people in neon paint is quite an impressive sight.
All you need to join in on this is a bucket, don’t worry it doesn’t have to be the size of ones you just cleaned your car with, just a simple sandcastle bucket will do ya! You also don’t necessarily have to put alcohol in these, you can make some delicious non-alcoholic cocktails for the whole family to enjoy and have a little boogie in your living room.
We hope this list of activities gives you something to do and get creative over this time we have indoors but also to get you ready for one of the best trips of your life.
If you are interested in finding out about what we do on our Thai tours including the itineraries and the breakdown of what you’ll be doing each day CLICK HERE!