Ean embarking on a riverboat in Thailand

Thailand has something for everyone

The floating markets of Thailand are a surreal experience that should be on every traveler’s itinerary. The narrow canals of the market are packed with riverboats carrying a dizzying assortment of local cuisines and souvenirs for tourists. I didn’t think the floating markets would be accessible but the resort I was staying at, Damnoen Care Resort Hotel, had a solution: a fully wheelchair accessible riverboat. Thanks to the resort’s commitment to accessibility, I was able to fully immerse myself in this unique slice of Thai culture.

Khaosan Road is a tourist hotspot brimming with energy. The loud music and the tens of thousands of tourists who visit each day make for a lively atmosphere on the “street that never sleeps” where also almost anything a person could want is available – tattoos, street food, drinks, massages – you name it. Thailand is home to countless temples and other picturesque sites including my favorite, The Grand Palace, the official residence of the King of Thailand. Moving away from the majesty of palaces and temples we had an enjoyable time on the accessible beaches of Chonburi and feeding wild monkeys atop Khao Sam Muk.

My travel dates: Jan 6 – 8, 2020 and Jan 14 – 25, 2020

My flight: Thai Airways, Flight #677 from Tokyo NRT on Jan 6 at 5:30 pm.
Arrival Bangkok BKK at 10:30 pm.

Ean visiting a Bangkok temple
Ean in Bangkok
Ean at the beach in ChonBuri in Thailand
Chonburi is an accessible beach in Thailand
Ean using an accessible riverboat to visit Thai floating markets
Visiting Floating Markets by riverboat
Ean wheeling down Khaosan Road in Bangkok
Ean on Khaosan Road in Bangkok

Practical Tips for Thailand

Three things I would like to particularly highlight :

  • The punctual services of Wheelchair Holidays Thailand were an affordable mode of transportation.
  • My hotels both in Bangkok and in the rural area were accessible.
  • Visiting temples to pray with the locals was a unique spiritual experience which I won’t soon forget.

Three things I would advise to bear in mind:

  • Anyone with respiratory concerns should be aware of Thailand’s poor air quality.
  • Endless streams of tourists flocking to Thailand’s many tourist traps make some locations feel a bit stifling at times.
  • There was some confusion and delay caused by language barriers with Thai Airways concerning ventilator approval.

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