Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Here are the best places to go within the country!
1. Grand Palace, Bangkok
A visit to Thailand’s capital Grand Palace is a must in your list. The Grand Palace is a famous attraction that draws tourists from every corner. Located on the bank of River Chao Phraya, the complex houses a series of halls, pavilions, wats and other buildings intermixed with sprawlinglawns, impressive courtyards and lustrous gardens.
2. Ayutthaya Historical park, Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya Historical Park displays the ruins of once the largest cities in the world, Ayutthaya. This ancient city is believed to have been established in 1350. That was over six centuries ago! Ayutthaya Historical Park include Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Mahathat, Wiharn Phra Mongkhon Bopit and Wat Phra Ram. Out of which, the famous place is Wat Mahathat, the main attraction here is the head of Buddha that protrudesout from the branches of a tree.
3. Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi
Erawan National Park is in Thailand, northwest of Bangkok, near the Myanmar (Burma) border. It’s known for Erawan Falls, which cascades down 7 tiers and is filled with many interesting sites to keep one occupied inside the premises. The park’s many caves include Phartat Cave, which has stalactites and stalagmites, and Ta Duang Cave, featuring rock paintings.
4. Ko Phi Phi, Krabi
The Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand between the large island of Phuket and the Straits of Malacca coast of Thailand. The island does not limit itself to swimming in its tranquil water, sunbathe on the white sand beaches or dive under to witness colourful marine life. It is famous for stunning coral reefs, picturesque beaches.
5. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a floating market in Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi. It has become primarily a tourist attraction, attracting domestic and foreign tourists. It is often considered the most famous floating market. Selling all sorts of fruits and vegetables, there is no rest for the sellers wearing a traditional mo hom shirt and a straw hat. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is definitely a must visit place and the best time to visit to witness the business hours are from 7am to 9am.
6. Chiang Rai White Temple, Chiang Rai
Wat Rong Khun, perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is a privately owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai. It has a curious design symbolizing life and death. The premises has a bridge of “the cycle of rebirth” and below you can notice outreaching hands. Likewise, there are many statues and symbols each having meaning of its own and in order to truly understand the depth of Wat Rong Khun.
7. Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
Chaweng is the largest and most popular of Samui’s beaches, and is usually divided into four sections: North Chaweng, Central Chaweng, South Chaweng and Chaweng Noi (Little Chaweng) which is around a headland and at the southern most tip of Chaweng. The ocean brings a lot of debris on the Chaweng Beach and while most of it is natural, it still makes the beach look dirty. The beach tends to have bigger waves and stronger currents than most of the other beaches of Thailand. Visibility in the water is very poor.
8. Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay lies between southern Thailand’s mainland and Phuket Island. Also known as Ao Phang Nga National Park, it’s characterized by limestone cliffs and rock formations, as well as mangrove forests and small islands. Here, the only thing you will feel like doing is to dive into the emerald-green water.
9. Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai
Sukhothai Historical Park covers the ruins of Sukhothai, literally ‘dawn of happiness’, capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries. This historical attraction is located in northern Thailand and its walled-in park has a wide collection of nearly 200 sets of remains of the past that include 26 temples, royal palaces, large lakes, interesting wats and statues etc.
10. The Great Buddha, Phuket
The Great Buddha of Phuket, is a seated Maravija Buddha statue in Phuket, Thailand. The official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri, shortened to Ming Mongkol Buddha. Close up to the Phuket Big Buddha itself, the atmosphere is very peaceful. The only sounds to hear are the tinkling of small bells and the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags in the compound, with soft background dharma music.