A place you have barely heard about it, Lithuania.
Have you ever heard about Lithuania? Most Thais say NO. Have you ever heard about Baltic sea? They still say NO. It is common that many Thai people do not know this country as a place for traveling because it is not a famous country and a popular destination like France, Germany, or Italy for them. So now it comes a time for them to recognize it as one of their to-go lists!
Lithuania is a country member of EU located near Baltic sea, Belarus, Latvia and Poland. It has a long history with Baltic states (Latvia and Estonia) and Soviet Union or Russia in nowadays. Its capital is Vilnius which can pronounce differently according to Lithuanian grammar. A-must visits in Vilnius are Vilnius Old Town, Cathedral Square, Castle Hill, National Museum, TV Tower and Green Lake. Actually Vilnius is a place that you can visit all kinds of traveling.
If you want to see somewhere ancient and traditional, take walk along the Old Town.
If you want to know more about its history, National Museum is the best choice.
If you want to see all the city from the top views, go to Castle Hill and TV Tower.
If you want to go to its landmark with magical wish, Cathedral Square is your answer.
If you want some fresh air, Green Lake is a good idea.
And how to get there is not a hard step for any Thais. Even though there is no underground in Vilnius. People there use bus and trolley bus instead. You can use ‘Trafi’ application to help you reach anywhere by using your Location Services on your smart phones. It tells you which your bus or trolley bus is and how long it takes. For its cost, you should have E-ticket or Vilniečio kortelė for more convenience which can be bought at any Narvesen or shops having its symbol at front. Or should you have a heavy pocket and dislike this complication, you can use taxis and for foreigners like us, we should select the safest choice. The application ‘eTAKSI’ is easy to use as well since it will tell the name of drivers, the number, colors of cars and time for waiting.
Another thing you should not miss there is traditional dishes! Lithuanian cuisine completely differs from Thai dishes and many of Asian food because most of them are cooked with potatoes and no spicy taste but tasteful in its style. Some of them are here. They are called ‘Cepelinai’, ‘Šaltibarščiai’, ‘Balandėliai’, and ‘Gira’
Once you are there you should not miss these dishes! Because some foreigners dislike them but some really appreciate them, so one day you are there, you will be able to decide which side you are! However, It is undeniable that when you are there and you think that Thai foods are more delicious but one day you go back to Thailand and you think about their dishes, your tongue will miss them again.
Schengen Visa is needed for legal access to this country. And in Thailand, there is no the embassy of Lithuania, but you can go to the German embassy in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Phuket as a representative. At this stage you need book your queue and submit your visa form online via www.bangkok.diplo.de
For flights from Thailand to Lithuania, you need to accept that you will have connecting flight from other countries before Vilnius because there are not many airlines flying to Vilnius International Airport from other continents. Mostly they are from European countries, Ukraine and Russia because if European people want to come to Lithuania, bus or cars for them are easier and cheaper than airplanes. There will be some groups of people who need to fly instead if the distance are too long to save their time. Thus, if you want to go from Thailand, you can select the airlines such as Finnair, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Aeroflot or SAS. For those who prefer Thai Airways, you should check on the website because it is not available everyday like others recommended above.
These are just a beginning of Baltic countries, 3 countries from the rest of the world.
STAY TUNED to get more places on your bucket lists!