Thailand has been one of the top destinations in Asia for many years. The Kingdom of Thailand has been attracting many Western tourists for a long time with its friendly people, fabulous beaches and delicious Thai cuisine. Even in times of political instability or after natural disasters such as the tsunami on December 26, 2004, tourists find their way to the land formerly known as Siam. Economically, the country is not entirely dependent on tourism. Exports are the number one source of income for Thailand. Many tourists who visit Thailand combine a visit to Bangkok with one or more beach destinations such as Phuket, Koh Samuior Ko Phi Phi, possibly supplemented with a complete tour through Thailand. Check topmbadirectory for how to get to Thailand.
Please note that you need a visa for Thailand if you want to stay in Thailand for more than thirty days. Arrange that on time. Also check if you still need certain vaccinations for your Thailand trip.
Top 10 places of interest in Thailand
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. The cosmopolitan city of Bangkok is known for its emerald green Buddha, nightlife and Chinatown. With a walk through this city you will immediately notice how many ‘wats’ there are. These are Buddhist temples. But also the great contrasts of poor slums and large expensive hotels and office buildings. Bangkok used to be compared to the city of Venice in Italy. The comparison comes from the many canals through the city. Nowadays, many of them have been filled with concrete, so that more roads could be realized. The Royal Palace of Bangkok is a landmark of great class. Within the walls of this royal palace is also the ‘Wat Phra Kaew’ temple. Check simplyyellowpages for mass media and culture of Thailand.
#2. Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is an important city, especially for its place in the “Silk Road”. This is the trade route along which much trade was conducted between East and West Asia. Later, it was mainly the goods that were made or worked by hand that put this city on the map. The city has a number of sights, including of course various temples such as Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man. There is also a beautiful city park ‘Buak Had’, the old city walls and gates and the night Bazaar. The untouched nature of Chiang Mai is perfect for outdoor sports and activities such as rafting. There are several elephant camps near Chiang Mai, where it is possible to book an elephant ride.
#3. Koh Chang
Who is looking for beautiful white beaches in combination with an azure blue sea, some shade under a palm tree, with a jungle nearby and without mass tourism? He should definitely visit this beautiful green and mountainous island of Koh Chang, which actually means elephant island. During your stay it is possible to follow a PADI diving course. If you would like to spend more time in or on the water, it is good to know that there are various options for renting all kinds of boats. A ride on an elephant should not be missed on this elephant island. Do check if you can find an elephant-friendly camp, which will certainly benefit the ride.
Phuket is also called ‘Pearl of the South’ and for good reason. Long wide and beautiful beaches adorn the coast of this beautiful and largest island of Thailand. Chalk cliffs and green hills characterize the beautiful surroundings of Phuket. Beautiful waterfalls such as ‘Bang Pae’ can be found in the east in the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. The beaches of Karon Beach and Phatong Beach are a sight to behold. But if you haven’t seen the sun set in Laem Phrompthep, you haven’t seen all of Phuket. Phang Nga Bay is another beautiful place that should not be forgotten. Phuket’s nightlife is very diverse. The most famous nightlife spots can be found at Patong Beach and Kata Beach. Things get a little more spicy and eccentric at Bangla Road.
Pattaya is a city and seaside resort in one. This used to be a small fishing village, where people from Bangkok used to spend the weekend. Now this seaside resort is a real tourist attraction. Of course there is plenty to do. There are wonderful beaches, especially at Jomtien in the south. There is a water park, several shopping centers, a sea aquarium and many restaurants. The water park ‘Pattaya Park’ has the tallest tower in Pattaya. Pattaya is a great place to play golf, but horseback riding, gliding and diving are also possible. You will also find ‘Nongnuch’, a beautiful botanical garden, just outside Pattaya. Pattaya nightlife is known as the best in Thailand.
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#6. Sanctuary of Truth
Just outside Pattaya lies Naklua, an old fishing town. There is still a fish market here. But the town is now more famous for the 105 meter long building called ‘Sanctuary of Truth’, which means holy place of truth. This castle consists of the most beautiful carvings. Many influences from Chinese, Thai, Indian and Cambodian cultures can be seen in art form in this beautiful castle. The eccentric billionaire “Khun Lek” has employed some 250 wood carvers who are responsible for this majestic palace.
#7. San Kamphaeng
hot springs The natural hot springs of San Kamphaeng are located in a park of about 40 hectares. The sources can be recognized by the fumes that come from them. Sometimes the water sprays straight up. Because there is a lot of sulfur in the water, it has a healing effect, but also a typical sulfur smell. You can also visit a research center at the park, where you can find more information about the sources and the generation of energy. It is possible to buy eggs that you can then boil in a geyser. The question is whether you are hungry despite the air that hangs there.
#8. Wat Pho
Wat Pho is better known as ‘the Temple of the Reclining Buddha’. This Buddhist temple can be found in Bangkok. The Buddha has a size of 46 meters long and 15 meters high. What makes this Buddha even more special is that it is completely gilded with gold leaf.
#9. Damnoen Saduak
Floating market Damnoen Saduak can be found in the Amphoe Damnoen Saduak district, which is close to Bangkok. This market is quite unique, as other floating markets are slowly disappearing with usable channels closing. Everything is for sale at this trading market. The boats are often well stocked with merchandise such as vegetables, fruit, pots, pans, hats and spices. There are even boats set up to cook for simple meals and snacks.
#10. Sukhothai Historical Park
In the north of Thailand lies the Sukhothai Historical Park. It includes ruins of the royal city of Sukhothai. The city is surrounded by a city wall, within which are the remains of a palace, 26 temples and many Buddha statues. There are many more historical sites surrounding this area.