There is so much to see and do in Thailand that visitors cannot resist returning time and again. The expansive coastline and stunning tropical islands promise wonderful beaches and laidback ambience. Inland and beyond, there are rice paddies, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lush jungles teeming with wildlife. Predominantly a Buddhist country, Thailand also offers an abundance of golden temples flaunting spiritually-inspired architecture. In stark contrast is the buzzing, vibrant capital Bangkok, which with its neon lights and smog-filled streets, skyscrapers and floating markets can leave you a bit overwhelmed.
One reason why Thailand proves to be an attractive holiday destination is that despite western influence it has managed to retain its distinct Oriental identity. In a way, the country combines the best of the East and West and so whether you are a sun loving beach bum or an adrenaline junky looking for adventure in the river rapids, you will find yourself in for an exotic and exciting experience. There is more good news in store in that Thailand enjoys year round temperate climate which means you can visit any time you choose.
Getting around is fairly easy and safe considering that even far-flung towns are connected with major cities by comfortable sleeper trains. While many people prefer to opt for organized tours, you can miss out on the fun of exploring between attractions and meeting the locals.
Here are some attractions you may like to visit during your trip to Thailand
Ayutthaya was the former capital of Siam from around 1350 to mid-18th century. It was at one time, one of the largest cities in the world. However, much of the city was destroyed when the Burmese army, after which the capital was relocated to Bangkok in the year 1768. Ayutthaya is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and retains much of the splendour of its capital times. A trip by bus from Bangkok to Ayutthaya takes about an hour while a boat trip from the Chao Phraya River can be arranged through the travel agencies.
Chiang Mai Temples
One of the most popular tours in Thailand is the temple tour of Chiang Mai. The old town is considered to be the cultural capital of Thailand and is home to some fascinating ancient Buddhist sanctuaries. One such temple is the historic Wat Pra Singh housing the revered Phra Singh Buddha, which dates from the 15th century. Wat Chiang Man, established by King Mengrai, is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. The temple is noted for its ancient bas reliefs and massive teak columns. Also worth a mention is the Wat Chedi Luang which boasts a gigantic chedi ruin, said to be the tallest structure in the old town.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak Floating in Bangkok provides a glimpse into the past, revealing the centuries-old way of life of the residents who make their living selling fruits, vegetables and flowers on longtailed boats on the Chao Phraya River. You can explore the market with boat trips, sample the wares of local farmers, and float through one of Thailand’s many river villages.
Where to stay in Thailand
Thailand attracts the year round and whether you wish to visit Bangkok or explore islands such as Koh Samui, Phuket, and Koh Phangna or explore the famous resort town of Pattaya, you will find a range of accommodation options in the destination of your choice from luxury Thailand villas for those looking for privacy and space to resorts and hotels. Being a popular visitor destination, you should book your accommodation well in advance for the best location and deals.