A gentle 'wai' and sawasdee khaa. Welcome to Thailand!
…The land of smiles, friendliness and laughter. A versatile country that frames mountains and tranquillity, action and spirituality in the far North. A country that brings you plenty of opportunities to beat the crowd along the Burmese Border, to sail the beautiful lake waters, explore remote villages and trek into the deep jungle. And a country that boasts so many eye-soringly beautiful beaches and islands that it is not even necessary to choose between umbrella-decorated beaches or unexplored coves. Thailand has something in store for everyone!
And as a beating heart, right in the center of it all most travellers will start their journey in bustling Bangkok. Overwhelming for some, with its traffic chaos and concrete, sweet and spicy smells, tuk tuks and skyscrapers. Yet also fascinating and creative with an urban hip vibe, aspiring artists and underground markets. Everyone has an opinion about Bangkok, but boring surely isn’t one of them!
So the question is, what are you looking? When in doubt, we are here to inspire you and to guide you along the way; to find your trail and path through Thailand. Perhaps even with a detour to explore the other side of the recently opened borders of Burma, to venture through laidback Laos or trail across the grounds of Cambodia. From our Travel Service Centers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai we will help you to navigate the travel jungle. To take care of all the practicalities so you just have to explore.
We look forward to seeing you on the trails beyond – happy travels!
Team Go Beyond Thailand
Jesper Jul Hansen & Berit Bonde
Inspirators, explorers, travellers & dreamers
Go Beyond Travel Service Center, Bangkok
Jesper, Sales, Reservation & Operation Manager
“…I travel to discover. I love finding new areas to explore and to meet other cultures.
My most crazy travel moment was my trip to Myanmar in May 2014. I crossed the newly opened border at Mae Sot and all the border police just looked at me like I was from another planet.
What I remember the most from my first journey through South East Asia s the kindness of people in the region and how easy it is to meet fellow travelers on the go.
Bangkok can be a bit chaotic at times and Chiang Mai offers a complete change of environment. Everything just moves slower and with a chilled and relaxed pace it’s one of my favorite places.
Everyone asks for the floating market, which is pictured on travel magazines overseas.But if you want to go local there are truly amazing floating markets in Bangkok, where only the thais are going. Just come and find me for directions."
Mozz, Travel Advisor
"...Why do I travel? I want to experience what is out there / The unexpected lies everywhere / I want to see a lot more / Something not seen before / My desire thrives in craziness / just to see new things, nevertheless / I push my limit. Of course, I go for it / Traveling to learn, these roads I've hit.
My most precious travel memory is my trip to Udon Thani and I was teaching English for about 2 and half weeks, I'm not so sure if I should call it a holiday but it was great fun to go to several school in the middle of Isan and hang out with the kids! They were really happy people.
What do I love the most about Bangkok? Something off the beaten track ? I love going to art events, underground music. There's a big sub-culture in Bangkok when it comes to night life, from unknown grafiti artists to a psychedelic punk band. These people alter Bangkok's night life and gives you true vibe of this city. No, this is NOT the mainstream popularity, instead it is people who shares different way of expressing themselves through a form of art, music etc."
Nicola, Travel Advisor
"…I travel as oftenas possible. When I have time and coins - I am off.
I recently traveled in Myanmar….. I was walking in the streets of Mawlamyine, when it started to rain. Hard. Luckily a local teahouse was nearby. I ordered a sweet milky tea and a samosa, and started my favorite thing to do – people watching. A huge truck pulled up, full of Tupperware and large plastic boxes. A young kid got off and started to drop off huge stacks at a local shop. He was soaked, ran back and forth about 10 times, waving at me with the biggest smile. That was a good hour…
As these words are written, I am planning my next trip to Myanmar - this time up north to Mandalay and the Shan State. Someone recently showed me a video of the slow-paced train ride on the Gokteik Bridge – one of Myanmar’s most stunning manmade marvels. I would like very much to ride that train. Besides the last time I travelled in Myanmar, I missed out on the local soup – Mohinga – that alone is reason enough for a revisit.
When traveling in Bangkok don’t miss out on the street vendors/ street kitchens who are selling the most delicious food. Grab some on the go or put your bum on a pink plastic chair and close your eyes when you choose your dishes. Order plenty and share. Drink beer or whiskey/soda – and make sure to get a bucket of ice to go with both."
Martin, Travel Center Supervisor
"…I love to discover Bangkok’s food scene, there’s something new popping up every week! Also the bar, club & art scene is in steady movement. Bangkok is a hub for fashion in Asia.
I arrived in Thailand the first time in 2009 i came with no expectation & no overall plan. The country and its people welcome me with arms wide open and showed me the beauty of another culture. Not a big traveller back than, this was a major turning point in my life and i decided to move here and stayed ever since. I have travelled all over South East Asia and had a lot of great experiences. With this knowledge i now inspire other travellers on their journey with the everlasting enthusiasm that travel let you grow as a person and differentiate between what is important in life (and what is not).
My favourite place has to be Laos – the unspoiled nature & people, no 7/11 on every Corner, all is laid back and the food is amazing, breathtaking landscapes and always something new to discover!"
When you talk to people about Bangkok you will soon realize that everyone has their own Bangkok. It is a city full of hearts and souls, multilayered & versatile. Listen to these storys and start to explore yourself your very own Bangkok.
Britta, Travel Advisor
"…I travel to learn more about the world and to expand my horizon. But most of all, I travel to learn more about myself. To push my limits. I truly believe that travelling enriches your life in so many ways.
The beauty about travelling, is, that not everything always goes as planned. I’ve taken the wrong bus so many times, got a bad sunburn, ate food my stomach couldn’t handle, lost a toenail and so much more. Strangely enough, when things get mixed up and don’t go as planned, it more or less always turns out for the better. You always learn from it and you’ll have another funny story to tell.
My Best insider tip to Bangkok is to get away from the rush and touristy parts. Here you’ll meet the always smiling and welcoming locals and the food just tastes a bit better. Join a bike tour that takes you to the remote parts of Bangkok, or visit the Old Venice of Bangkok where you sail in a longboat through the canals of this extraordinary city."
Go Beyond STAY - New Road Guest House
Go Beyond Travel Service Center, Chiang Mai
Alistair, Travel Advisor
"…I really love meeting people, and traveling to new and different places is the best way to do it. Whether you are meeting people and learning about different cultures and different mindsets, or meeting fellow travelers. I’m quite a chatty person anyway and like hearing new stories, so traveling gives me all that and more.
I really like to eat. Like, REALLY like to eat. Thai food is the best in the world and it feels like I am discovering new dishes every week! There are so many street food stalls in Thailand it’s really no surprise I am not the size of a house by now.
I think the first time I went to Hanoi in Vietnam. I was still a little green behind the ears at the time and wasn’t too clued up on how to avoid some scams and stuff, and I found the whole city to be so confusing and difficult, loud and a little dirty. Also the amount of motorbikes on the roads is insane! BUT, I went there again earlier this year, and found that I really liked it for the same reasons I disliked it the first time. I love that it’s kind of a crazy, old fashioned, busy place. And the coffee there is just the best!"
Production, Reservation and Operation
Nui, Assistant to Product Manager
“...What I remember from when I was a child travelling in Isarn, is my many questions, and my father’s answer: we are never alone on the earth, we can share and receive at the same time. We are not different from each other and if we are our simple selves, we can live well together in this world. This is my aim, and that’s why I love to travel.
My best advice or travelling is to ask lots of questions. Find out what to do and what not. Respect the rule and customs of the country, and enjoy spending your time with the locals.
I still remember when I was in Myanmar and went to Golden Rock on a rainy-sunny day. Sitting on the back of an open-air truck we, and our bag of clothes, all got wet. We had no clothes for tomorrow and we were to stay 1 night at the Golden Rock Mountain. When the rain stopped, a team member asked the hotel to help us make a bonfire so we could dry our clothes. 22 people seated in a circle, all sharing and talked and getting to know each other better, that made a circle of new friends.
Lek, Reservation Manager
"…Travels are my job, and in my spare time, I read magazines about fashion and travelling.
My favorite place to go is Chiang Mai with my family. I go there because it has wonderful views and clean air.
When you are in Bangkok, I highly recommended to try the noodle shop ‘Yen Ta Four’ at Thanon Jan Rd. It’s so yummi!
Tew, Product & Database Officer
“...I travel becauseI want to see things I have never seen before and encounter with cultures I have never met before. Exactly this happened once I was in Tokyo in Japan with a friend of mine. My friend and I lost the way to Shinjuku and it was difficult for us to find, anyone who could speak English, so we tried to explain the locals by body language where we wanted to go. Finally the people we were talking to understood us and shortly after we reached our destination. That was really travelling for me.
I have recently been to Italy. When I arrived I felt like a whole new, amazing world suddenly opened to me. I especially liked Venice with its atmosphere, its photographic scenery and of course the pizzas.
...But even though I liked being abroad, the best trip I have ever been on, was when I once went on a tour to Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya is a city 80 km outside of Thailand, which was the capital of our country from 1350 to 1767. Being there, made me so proud of my country and myself because it is surrounded with wreckage of history.
"…I travel for the adventure to get to know a new culture, new geography is a great experience in life! I like to go places I haven’t been before and whether I’ve planned in details or left parts open, I always find challenges on the way.
My first journey was to Sihanoukville Cambodia. I still remember the small side roads, the flora and fauna, old fashion wooden houses, crystal clear rivers and blue ocean water.
My favorite place to go is Koh Phi Phi because of the beautiful beaches. Every time I step out onto the beach, it feels soft and comfortable for my feet.
The water is clean and clear, the coconut lined seafront and comforting waves are beautiful and the smell of the sea makes me feel relaxed.
"…I love to travel whenever I have time for it. Travelling fills me up with new energy!
I like to explore, and I never miss the chance to get in touch with the local food (especially the spicy dishes), and the way of living they have.
Asia in general would be my destination. I have been to China, Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam; all of them brings a different kind of charm, and has a lot of things to explore.
But if I have to choose my favorite destination it would be THAILAND, my motherland!Thailand is not only the land of smiles, but also full of beautiful beaches, emeralds, sea and mountains covered with tropical plantation and wild life. And again I love local food, my tip for you is to try Tom Yum Soup with sticky rice and mango, which I think is a once in a life time dish! Yummy yummy!
Phet, Head of Guides
"…I love traveling. It opens my eyes and I get a better understanding of the world and what’s going on. I
My most precious travel memory was my journey to Switzerland – seeing real snow! However, my favorite places to go are Denmark and UK. I speak both Danish and English and going back helps me improve my language skills. Also I have friends in both countries.
My best insider tip to Bangkok would be to go to the Flying Chicken restaurant. It’s a place where you can have a lot of fun on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Arm, Assistant Operation & Sales Manager
"…In my free time I like to go to s small lovely coffee shop to read my favorite book and listen to my favorite songs. But sometimes I just stay at home and play Ukulele. I’m still learning though.
My favorite travel memory is my Pukradueng Trip, because it makes me proud of myself. The feeling of reaching the top of the mountain, which I never thought that I could do.
I travelto find places that are different from my daily routines; that has fresh air, no traffic, slow moving life and less city stress.
My first journey on my own was when I graduated high school. I went to the northern provinces with my friends to visit Phetchaboon, Loey, Lampang and Lampoon. I still remember the feeling of being on the road, blessed by friendship.
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Berit, Product, Communication & Marketing Manager
"…I like to keep exploring, seeing new things. Whenever I have a free moment I trail the backstreets and soi's of Bangkok. Or plan my next Asian journey. My feet are constantly itching to get into unknown.
I still remember the first time I set foot in Asia. The conflicting smells, the concrete jungles and green rice fields. The friendliness and the laughs and the curiosity. After 10 years, I’m still here and the fascination and admiration hasn’t faded since.
I can’t mention a favorite place. There’s simply too many – and too many places yet to explore. I love the Thai countryside and remoteness, the unexplored areas of Laos, the friendliness of Sri Lanka and the never-ending contrasts and chaos of India. I travel to feel, to see, to understand.
My travel bucket list is close to spilling over, and before I die I have to dive Indonesia from East to West, I have to live in Bombay and I have to cross Asia on a Vespa. Never stop exploring!
Torn, Online Sales & Marketing Specialist
“...I travel to make precious memories and also to experience things, which I normally do not see in my everyday life. I always really like to learn new things and be physically active, which I also always try to integrate when I go travelling.
An experience that really gave me a new perspective was when I went on a tour to Chiang Mai. One of the days while we were up there, the friends I was travelling with and I decided to go to see a waterfall near by. While we were at the waterfall, we met a lot of other Thai people and also a Tourist family. All of sudden the boy from the Tourist family falls down into the water close to the waterfall. Suddenly a lot of the Thai people who had just been hanging out seconds earlier jumped into the water and helped him out, before returning him safely to his family. To see how my countrymen reacted and helped the boy made me feel really proud of my country.
My favourite travel destinationisthe countryside in Thailand. From Bangkok it is not very far way. And it is always very peaceful. And when you are out there, if you ask the local people, they will always know where the best experiences can be found and at the most fair price.
Top, IT & Data Reporting Manager
"…I like to travel around when ever I have free time. I travel to learn new things and get new experiences.
My first journey was to Hong Kong. We wandered aimlessly around on small local streets and found a local casino in a small village. We started playing with the locals – and we won! ;)
My favorite travel destination in Asia is Silmilan islands in South Thailand. To see the stunning white sand beaches with crystal clear water. Beyond Asia, I still remember Phillip island in Australia where the smallest natural specie of penguin will walk on the beach right beside you.
Toan, Assistant IT Manager
"…My first journey was to Japan. I had no plan and no schedule. But I found a lot of interesting things such as good restaurants, and my favorite Nike shop.
My favourite travel place is Hua Hin. I love to go there because it is the closest beach town from Bangkok and my girlfriend love to go there.
My insider tip to Bangkok is simply to try to get lost sometimes, and you will know more local areas. Not least, try to go to Lumphini park for a bit of Tai Chi in the early morning.
Go Beyond Traveller Service Center in Bangkok, New Road Guest House
Find us: 1216/1 Charoen Krung Road 10500 Bangkok, Thailand
Call us: +66 (0) 2630 9371 (Emergency Out of Office Hours: +66 (0) 81 909 0175)
Skype us: "jyskthailand"
Office hours: Every day 08:00-12:00 and 15:00-19:00 Thai local time (UTC+07:00)
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