When you travel to Thailand you’ll meet many smiling faces. This jewel of the Orient is a happy country and you may feel it wherever you go. I consider a visit to Thailand as a once-in-a-lifetime travel. Start with the beaches, the palaces or pagodas and you won’t be disappointed.
Cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai busy with activity and commerce, but going into the real country, facing the elephants and the monkeys, is the real treat.
The Grand Palace in Bangkok
No matter where your plans take you in Thailand, you will probably spend a couple of days in Bangkok and what better place to start than the Grand Palace.
This is by far the # 1 attraction in Bangkok, of historical significance and craftsmanship. The grounds are a maze of royal halls, temples, and ancient relics, the most important being Wat Phra Kaeo, Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
A relic within this temple is said to be a piece of bone or hair from the enlightened Buddha himself.
Wat Arun the Temple of Dawn
Called locally Wat Chaeng, Wat Arun means “Temple of Dawn”, which has been the major temple during the reign of the Thonburi Period. It is located in the Bangkok Yai district on the west, Thonburi bank of the river Chao Phraya.
It is a shrine to the Emerald Buddha, transferred from Vientiane, the Capital of Laos.
The central Prang of this temple has an elevation of more than 85 meters. Wat Arun is counted among the most popular landmarks of Thailand.
Railay Beach on the Andaman Sea
Located on the shores of the Andaman Sea in the Province of Krabi,
it is only accessible by boat. It is a rock-climbing destination with many
But the main reason people come here is for the amazing beaches, being Railay the # 1 of them. There are therefore, the main reason for visiting the area.
Among the other things to do are elephant trekking, kayaking, whitewater rafting and snorkeling.
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Sukhothai Historical Park
It is home to the ruins of Sukhothai, that was the capital of the namesake reign during the 13th and 14th centuries.
It is located in northern Thailand and features approximately 200 sets of ruins, including the Royal Palace and 26 temples.
Ayuthaya Historical Park
It was established around the 1300s and it is the site of the former capital of Siam (former name of Thailand). It is one of the largest cities of Thailand.
It was destroyed by the Burmese army, but in the middle of the last century renovations started to bring it back to its former glory.
Phang Nga Bay
Located about 95 km from the famous island of Phuket, this is one of the most picturesque regions in Thailand, with charming caves, limestone islands and grottoes.
The most renowned island in the bay is Ko Ping Kan, known as the James Bond Island, featured in one of his movies, “The Man with the Golden Gun”.
Floating Markets near Bangkok
Be sure to do a day tour to one of the colorful floating markets outside the Capital of Thailand.
Besides as being a tourist attraction, it is a full community, where people live and develop their business activities. Needless to say, that food here is delicious and you’ll find Thai dishes everywhere.
Damnoen Saduak is the most renowned floating markets for visitors, while the Amphawa Floating Market is mostly for locals.
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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
This is a shopper’s paradise, located on the east side of the walled city of Chiang Mai.
Here you’ll find mostly handicraft and antique stores. This is a nighttime attraction with no parallel in Thailand, especially for families.
It is open from dusk to midnight every day of the year, regardless of weather.
The name comes from Erawan, the three-headed white elephant of Hindu Mithology. This is the main attraction on the Erawan National Park in the western part of Thailand.
Around the falls, macaques can be commonly seen while water monitor lizards are occasionally there. Being usually very busy during the weekends, the park is open to visitors year-round.
Bridge over the Kwai River
I can even remember how to hum and whistle the famous song of the movie “The Bridge over the River Kwai”, that I saw almost 60 years ago.
The visit to this historic bridge can be emotional, because you get an idea of the tragedy and achievements of the soldiers of the free world on these times.
Koh Phi Phi one of Thailand's Best Beaches
This is one of Thailand most famous beach resorts. I dedicated a full article on my Beaches Site.
Of all the islands, only Phi Phi Don is inhabited with day trips available to the surrounding islands. Monkey Beach is a must. Here you come face to face with these creatures.
Long Beach is another nice spot on the island; it's not a secluded place, but is great for watching the sunset. If you're lucky and the tide is out, it's a beautiful walk back toward the main part of the island.
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Thailand Flag Description
The Thailand flag was officially adopted on September 28, 1917. Red is said to symbolize the blood of life, white the purity of the Buddhist faith, and blue the monarchy. The blue and white stripes were added to the flag during World War I.
images for travel to Thailand
grand palace by hanny naibaho
wat arun by diego delso
railway beach by dronepicr
Sukhothai by caspar
ayutaya by hajime
phang nga by diego delso
chiang mai by calflier001
erwawan by fear of music
kwai by pumpkinsky
kho phi phi by mr bullitt
all courtesy of wikimedia commons
Map of Thailand and its neighbors in Southeast Asia