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“Every traveler has a special place, a home away from home,” says National Geographic Traveler editor at large Daisann McLane. “Old Bangkok is mine.” Here’s her insider’s guide to preparing for your trip and what you should do and see once you’re on the ground to experience the rich culture of everyday Thai life.

In 1979, I was a young backpacker in search of paradise. I found it in southern Thailand. Lost on Ko Phangan, I stumbled upon the brilliant sands of Haad Rin. I stayed there a month, made a hand-drawn map of its location, and vowed never to let the secret out. But others discovered it. Today Haad Rin represents tourism gone wrong.

Perfect Paradise: Phuket

This December marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Southeast Asia. But Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, refuses to be defined by the tragedy. On a recent visit there, I discovered what makes this beach retreat so special and why, a decade after enduring one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, it’s stronger than ever.

Katherine Connor’s tale of turning youthful wanderlust into animal-saving action as the founder of Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in northern Thailand inspired an outpouring of votes that added up to make her our People’s Choice Traveler of the Year. Learn more about this globetrotting rebel with a cause.

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There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April.

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Alana Morgan quit her 9-to-5 job in Seattle and moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to travel and experience the world. Two years later, she’s still living abroad and planning her next move. Here are a few of her favorite things about Bangkok’s “little, nicer, cleaner, smaller, calmer, prettier sister” city.

Though there are many ways to see Thailand, touring markets is one of the best ways to experience the cultural intersections that make this southeast Asian gem so unique. And that intersection is on fabulous display in Thailand’s capital city.

Here are four markets in or around the Bangkok area that give visitors a taste of local flavor — in every sense of the word — any time of year.

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The Radar: Travel Lately

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Best Bike Tours for Foodies

What better way to sample the culinary delights of a region than by peddling along its backroads, enjoying the scenery and working up an appetite for the next meal?

Here are ten great itineraries for all you food- and wine-loving cyclists out there.

#FriFotos: One Particular Harbor

Our pick for this week’s #FriFotos theme, HARBORS, was taken by Eranda Ekanayake and submitted to our My Shot community.

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Jeremie Noel, My Shot.

The Bangkok of Champions

There’s something inherently grand yet tumultuous about Bangkok: the streets humming with traffic, the nonstop nightlife, the elephants on the sidewalk. Though most travelers venture to Thailand to experience unearthly tranquility, its capital city presents a fast-paced, action-packed alternative for those looking for some extra oomph.

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#FriFotos: Make A Wish

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This week’s #FriFotos* theme is SPECIAL MOMENTS, and what’s more special than a child’s hope for the future? Even though it’s sappy, it’s true. That’s why we chose a photo of a family preparing to launch a wish lantern into the night’s sky to celebrate the new year in Phuket, Thailand — though it’s a…

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip.

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You’ll find towering boulders, high perched temples, and other incredible places that seem to defy gravity in this new Atlas Obscura Guide to Precarious Places. [Atlas Obscura] Summer is the perfect time to grab a pint with a friend at one of the best beer gardens in London. [Great Little Place] Take a cycling tour…

Learn the ABC’s of Thai cuisine from Som Tam to Larb Moo, then discover where in Bangkok to sample these traditional dishes. [Go Backpacking] History, culture, art, and a floating hotel. Don’t miss out on these five great activities in Prague. [The Lost Girls] Explore Chicago’s diverse south side. Learn about the history of the…

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By: Lawrence Ferber BANGKOK: The peaceful Buddhist country of Thailand has had some strangely violent outbursts of late– the explosive Bangkok riots in 2010 and, as of right now, deadly border skirmishes with Cambodia– but for a few days in mid-April Thailand’s streets filled with a different sort of fighting. Water fighting. It’s Songkran, Thailand’s…

The Elephant Buffet

Catherine Price gets up close and personal with 300 elephants in Surin, Thailand. For most of the year, there are not many reasons to visit Surin, Thailand. More than seven hours northeast of Bangkok by train, it’s the capital of a province whose claims to fame are sweet radishes and fragrant rice. But Surin has…

Traveler intern Daniel Bortz talks with his cousin, who returned last month from volunteering in Swaziland and Southeast Asia, combing through photographs from his journey. Jordan Weitzman, a 25-year-old lifelong Baltimorean, left his Charm City roots behind in January to embark on a four-month adventure. A first-time global traveler, Weitzman ventured to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam,…

Last week, contributing editor Carl Hoffman set off on a story assignment in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to visit his 81-year-old father, who now lives there. He sent us this dispatch from his travels so far. Traveling is so much about leaving home, moving through space and time to new worlds full of exotic sights and…