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Thailand Travel Guide


Thailand or the Kingdom of Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia that borders Myanmar to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Cambodia to the southeast and Malaysia to the south. The crystal blue beaches, tropical climate, mouth-watering sea food options and a rich culture along with its warm people makes Thailand a certain crowd puller which attracts almost 16 million people every year. The incredible temples, dazzling palaces, crazy nightlife, grand hotels and big shopping malls are as addictive as anything. Be sure to enjoy a tuk-tuk ride. Thai massages available here will surely rejuvenate your soul. You can also enjoy activities like; Snorkelling, Maui Thai (Kick-boxing), golf, surfing, scuba-diving, sea-canoeing, rock-climbing. Thailand also offers a wide variety of wild life options

 

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS IN THAILAND:

 

BANGKOK:

 

WAT ARUN TEMPLE (THE TEMPLE OF DAWN):

The temple also known as the temple of dawn is one of the well known monuments of Thailand. The temple is believed to be constructed in the first half of the 16th century in the ancient Khmer style of architecture when Ayutthaya was still the capital. The ornate porcelain structure is at its best when the sunshine in the morning touches the glazed tiles to make it a dazzling and strikingly beautiful sight. Overlooking Chao Phrya river opposite the grand palace, the sunsets are also equally awe-inspiring.

 

GRAND PALACE:

The official residence of the King and the royal family until 1946, Grand palace is one of the classical examples of extraordinary architecture. The building complex along with the revered temple, Wat Phra Kaew was founded by King Rama 1st in the year 1782. The building complex consists of; Barom Phiman Palace, where king Ananda was murdered, Phra Maha Montien; the residence and the audience room of king, Chakkri Throne Room and Dusit Throne Room.

 

WAT PHRA KAEW:

It is considered as one of the most sacred temples of Thailand. The two main buildings are the Bot and the Pantheon. The Bot houses the incredible 66 centimeters tall emerald Buddha resting on a platform of about 11 meters above the floor. The statue is carved from a single piece of jade. The temple ground also houses various mythological figures and beautiful murals.

 

WAT PHO:

This temple is also known as the Temple of Reclining Buddha. As the name suggests it houses the gigantic gold Buddha in a reclining position (46 meters long and 15 meters high). The temple is also famous for its traditional Thai massages. The fascinating murals, inscriptions, porcelain glazed Stupas and scriptures, gardens and over a thousand images of Buddha will make your visit a memorable one.

 

SHOPPING:

The trip to Thailand would be absolutely incomplete without mentioning the shopping realms. The Chatuchak Weekend Market is the world’s largest outdoor market housing close to 8000 stalls and yes you can bargain here too. Imagine being surrounded by a dozen boats selling farm-fresh vegetables and fruits, Thailand’s floating markets just do that. The Damnoen Saduak (Morning Market) and Amphawa (Evening Market) are two such floating markets.The other markets include: The Khao San Market and Patpong Night Market.

 

CHINATOWN:

Sweet delicacies, gold and fabric shops and various vibrant Chinese signs and stalls welcome you in the Chinatown. The colors and chaos around are infectious in these Chinese quarters of Bangkok.

 

SIAM NIRAMIT:

The 80 minute stage show boasts of 3 acts which gives us brief glimpses of spectacular Thai culture, traditions, history and finesse. The show is a must watch and will be etched in your memories for time to come.

 

THE GOLDEN MOUNT:

Built in the temple complex of Wat Saket by King Rama IV, the mount is the highest viewpoint of the city and gives unrivaled 360 degree views of the town. On top of the mount, there lies a building that houses golden Chedi where an ancient Buddha relic is placed.

 

LUMPHINI PARK:

The park is a great greenish refuge from the hustle and bustle of big city’s life. The park houses playgrounds for children, gardens, lawns and lakes. The place is also home to various artists and activities.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS:

  • Khao San Road.
  • National Museum and Gallery.
  • Chao Phraya River Tour.
  • Muai Thai Stadium.
  • Calypso Ladyboy Show.
  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
  • Siam Ocean Park.