Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is best known for its gorgeous coastlines, blue beaches, lush green landscapes, ancient ruins and historic temples.There are variety of best places to explore in Thailand. One can spend weeks exploring national parks, ancient temples, serene islands, and hi tech cities. Exotic and tropical, friendly and fun loving cultured and historic, Thailand offers an exotic and relaxing holiday to people of all interests and age.
Equipped with every modern amenity you need, there is something for every interest and every price range. Such an amazingly captivating portfolio explains why Thailand is Southeast Asia’s most popular travel destination.
Whether you are planning a holiday with family or a honeymoon with your better half, Thailand surely is a place you cannot miss to see and enjoy.
Brace yourself as we have compiled a list of best cultural, historic and natural attractions for you in Thailand:
1) Bangkok :
Bangkok- the Capital of Thailand is a world famous tourist destination and once you step in Bangkok; it would not take long for you to know why? You will witness a hi-tech, fun-filled city whether you enter a gleaming temple, or take a ride along the busy roads of China town or sail around in a long tail boat through the floating market. Bangkok is especially famous for its food, whether served at a five-star hotel or a mere street stall you will fell in love with the exotic food and its wide variety in Bangkok.
Not to forget the luxurious shopping malls of Thailand which contain hundreds of thousands of shops and stalls, you will not be able to resist yourself from overspending there and will end up in heavier luggage bags to take back home. Also do not forget to treat yourself to the night life of Bangkok by enjoying yourself completely in nightclubs, exotic red light district, and notorious massage centers.
2) Islands of Thailand:
The mind-blowing Islands of Thailand are famous worldwide for their beauty and serenity. If you are a nature lover this should definitely be your pick to spend few days on quite peaceful beaches of Thailand. They even claim to have their fame for a party atmosphere. There are basically three sets of beaches in Thailand. On east of Bangkok are the Ko Samet and Ko Chang, in the Andaman Phuket and Ko Phi Phi (by far the largest and the most developed ones connected by two bridges) and in the Gulf there are Ko Samuli Li, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao. Other than these famous, developed and known beaches there are still many more to be explored.
These Islands are the type of places which you usually see on calendars and postcards and would wish to quit your job and start living on these beaches forever, the turquoise sea water, white sand and long hung cliffs make you feel to be in paradise.
3) The White Temple:
Situated outside Chiang Rai, “the White temple” is the most famous travel destination which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourist from all around the world. The brainchild of a visual artist and painter Chalermchai Kositpipat, this is a unique temple which is built in all white color to depict the sacredness of the temple.
This unique temple is an unconventional approach to temples compared to the rest of the temples in Thailand and that is an incredible fusion of imagination to display teachings about hell, heaven, sins and karma.
4) Clock Tower:
This unique golden clock tower is situated on a busy traffic round about in Chiang Rai at the intersection of Thanon Baanpa Pragarn road and Jetyod Road. This clock tower is also designed by the same artist Chalermchai Khositpipat who designed the white temple; this opulent golden clock beholds a contemporary design and is a fusion of patterns of temple and clock tower. You can witness an interesting light show daily from 6pm-8pm which turns the clock tower pink, purple and blue.
5) Phanom Rung:
Prasat Phnom Rung is uniquely built on the top of an extinct volcano, Phnom Rung, in the province of buriram. It is one of the most beautiful and phenomenal ancient monuments in Thailand.
The Phanom rung sanctuary was built by the Khmer culture between the 10th– 13th centuries and is located near the village of Nang Rong. Constructed with sandstone and laterite, Phanom Rung was built in order to represent Mount Kailash.
The local residents celebrate festivals around April alignment with modern sound and light shows and ancient Brahmin ceremonies. This complex faces East and is famous for the sun shining through all the doors of sanctuary 4 times a year.
6) Night Bazaar:
Thailand is a shopper’s paradise as stated earlier, and one of the most famous shopping destinations for tourists is the night bazaar which is open every day of the year from dusk till midnight regardless of the weather. From clothes to shoes and from brands to local items you will find each and everything here which you can think f shopping from. There are some great finds here but need you to be a bargain expert and a little bargain can save you a lot of bucks and you can spend these on some other items on your wish list. In the night bazaar you will also find wide variety of street food Thailand is famous for, the aromatic smell of the food will attract you as you pass by a hot food vendor.
7) Ayutthaya :
Ayutthaya is one of the best places to explore in Thailand and is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site and is a fascinating historical park. It is Thailand‘s hidden archaeological gem, with gleaming Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues of monumental proportions.
Nowadays, much of Ayutthaya has been unearthed and its ruins form an archaeological park. The ruins of Ayuthaya are now a major attraction for those visiting Thailand. It is just 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok and is easily reached by train, boat, bus or van.
8) Floating Market:
Floating market is yet another fascination that attracts millions of tourist each year who witness an enchanting view and shop till they drop. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market’s gained popularity in 1971 – 1973 when the river was full of farmers on their boats selling their products, and this practice is continued till date on the similar pattern daily.
The floating market is located 100 km from Bangkok and one can easily access the market to shop for fruits, vegetables, spices and hundreds of other items while sailing in a boat.
Every day many Thai and foreign tourists travel here to shop, eat, and absorb the atmosphere of Thailand water markets that have been working on the similar pattern for more than 100 years.
9) Sukhothai Historical Park:
Famous for its historic importance, the Sukhothai Historic Park ruins are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. For the people traveling for religious reasons or to study history, this site holds great importance and information. The park has remains of more than 21 historic sites and additional 70 sites stretched within the 5km radius.
The entry to the park is 100B which is considered expensive as compared to the rest of the temples, parks, and sites. Also, the historic sites are stretched at distance and one may need a bike or another to take a complete tour of the park.
10) Tiger Kingdom :
Situated in Chiang Rai, the Tiger Kingdom gives a rare opportunity to come in close contact with one of the most dangerous animals – Tigers!! Located at a half an hour drive from city center this tiger kingdom holds reasons to be the tourist attraction. The kingdom allows visitors to interact with tigers of all sizes and age. As most of the “tigers are born in the same center they are trained to friendly with tourists and do not pose any threat to the visitors”.
This is a very rare and unique experience to interact with a predator like tiger; there are trained guards in the kingdom to handle any unforeseen situation.
For those of you who possess a daring and adventurous nature, this surely can be life time experience. The tour to the kingdom might be a bit expensive for you but it will be an experience you won’t forget.Also read this “Most Colorful Places on Earth”
So, Folks, this was your virtual visit to Thailand, I believe I have convinced you enough to grab your passports and book yourself a trip to best places in Thailand!!!