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More of Thailand’s Best Islands

This is the second of our two part overview of Thailand’s best islands. Continue on to read the whole article or click on one of the specific “best island” categories:

Best Thailand Islands More Thailand Best Islands
The Best Overall Thailand Island Best For Tropical Forests
Best For Honeymoons Best Island Close To Bangkok
Best For Scuba Diving Best Nearly Undeveloped Island
Best For Rock Climbing Best For Wild Parties
Best For Chill Parties
Best For Families

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Thailand’s Best Islands

Thailand has over 250 islands, from deserted specks of land to tourist havens with mega resorts to everything in between. Regardless of what you are looking for in a tropical island, chances are that Thailand has at least one to fit your tastes.

Here’s the first of our two-part rundown of Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite Thailand islands. Continue reading on or click on an island category that meets your fancy:

Best Thailand Islands More of Thailand’s Best Islands
The Best Overall Thailand Island Best For Tropical Forests
Best For Honeymoons Best Island Close To Bangkok
Best For Scuba Diving Best Nearly Undeveloped Island
Best For Rock Climbing Best For Wild Parties
Best For Chill Parties
Best For Families

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César’s Palace (No, Not That One)

Most people would not voluntarily live in the middle of a remote lava field. Artist César Manrique decided to build his dream house there.

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The Pottery Village That Goes Thud in the Night

Japan is a modern country, famous for its electronics and technological prowess. Thankfully, a few little pockets of the old, traditional Japan remain. Such as the wonderful little village of Onta.

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The Restaurant That’s In A Tree, Of Sorts

When we first heard about a restaurant in Okinawa, Japan that was lodged on top of the remnants of an absolutely massive tree, and that customers went up to this restaurant by taking an elevator through said massive tree remnants, it immediately raised several questions for us:

What’s the story behind what must have been the largest tree in Japan? What happens to the restaurant when the ex-tree’s wood rots? How did they build an elevator through the tree? And how did the restaurant end up in the tree to begin with?

It turns out the answers to all those questions are essentially the same . . .

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Walk Along The Giant’s Causeway

Many of the historical myths and stories of Ireland involve fighting with England, Wales and Scotland. So it is with the legend of the Giant’s Causeway, which folklore says was built by the giant Finn McCool so that he could walk from Northern Ireland to Scotland to do battle with his nemesis. Supposedly, the battle didn’t go so well for Finn McCool; he retreated, tearing up the causeway as he went, except for the portion that exists today.

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Moscow On Ice

New to Moscow’s Krasnaya Presnya park: the world’s first ice sculpture gallery. This might also be the world’s coldest museum—the frozen exhibits here are kept at -10C (14F).

Visitors to the gallery are given special coat to wear that looks like a cross between an Eskimo’s parka and an alien costume from a low budget horror movie (see photos after the jump). The coats are partially to keep you warm (and looking ridiculous) but also to keep your body temperature from melting the displays. Even with the coats, to keep the temperature constant only ten visitors are allowed in the gallery at a time. The ice displays are open year round, making the ice sculptures in Krasnaya Presnya park a good place to cool off in the summer . . . or warm up in the Moscow winter. Entrance is 350 rubles (about $14, €9).

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