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8 Reasons You Need to Visit Thailand Right Now

8 Reasons You Need to Visit Thailand Right Now

Ready for your next vacation or getaway to a new place that’s culturally stimulating and relaxing at that the same time? If you are looking to escape to a foreign, exotic and affordable land there is no greater place than Thailand. If the pristine white beaches and the relaxing atmosphere don’t win you over the food and people will. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places on earth, but there are endless sites, attractions and excursions for any type of traveler. You might have such a great time that you won’t want to return. Here are eight reasons you need to be in Thailand right now.

1. You can visit Ko Phi Phi Le Island where the movie “The Beach” was filmed with Leonardo Dicaprio

This uninhabited island offers sandy white beaches, stunning cliffs and crystal clear blue water that will take your breath away. You will feel like you are living in a dream.

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    2. Your money goes a long way in Thailand

    Hotels, food and clothing are all beyond affordable. What you might pay for a beach side hotel in the U.S. is likely half the price in Thailand and food from the local village and street vendors can be as cheap as a $1 for a meal.

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      3. The people in Thailand are incredibly friendly

      Thailand is not called the “Land of Smiles” for nothing; the natives are kind, happy and willing to help you when you are lost. It’s a country that welcomes tourism, but doesn’t bother its tourists.

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        4. Thai food will rock your world

        You haven’t experienced real Thai food until you’ve had it in Thailand. Not only is it affordable, but it’s delicious. There are a variety of options and, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to pick out your own fresh crab or lobster to eat from the tank. Ask the locals what they recommend and without a doubt you will be more than satisfied. Just note that their idea of spicy is as close to a fireball in your mouth as possible, so order mild.

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          5. Phuket is the true paradise island of Thailand

          Beach fans, scuba divers, snorkelers and watersport enthusiasts have just found their dream vacation spot. Additionally, the incredible and multi-colored sunsets are a sight not to be missed. Khao Phra Thaew National Park, a rainforest with protected wildlife, is also a treasure of Phuket that offers great hiking trails and waterfalls.

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            6. Bangkok is a cultural Mecca

            This cosmopolitan city, the largest and capital of Thailand, highlights the heritage and nightlife of the Thai culture with floating markets, temples, local cuisine and rooftop bars. The Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn are must-sees to add to your list. You will never run out of thing to do in Bangkok.

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              7. Full Moon parties

              A full moon party is an all-night beach party that started in Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand that is thrown on the night of, before or after every full moon. These famous parties boast of great music, glow in the dark body paint and intense dancing with thousands of people.

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                8. Thailand’s location is ideal for a traveler

                You might take awhile to get to Thailand, but once you are there everywhere is just around the corner. You can grab a flight and in just four hours be in Bali, three hours to Hong Kong, two hours to Singapore and it is half way between Australia and Europe. It’s the perfect place to start or end a travel adventure.

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                Still not sold on traveling to Thailand? Well, if you need more motivation to travel, read 5 Reasons Traveling Changes Your Life.

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                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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