The attractions of Thailand are world-famous and have been used as backdrops in several Hollywood as well as Bollywood movies. Beautiful beaches, full moon parties, great historic places… there’s so much to explore. Here are the top 9 must-visit places to help you find your very own piece of Thai paradise.
1. The Grand Palace, Bangkok
This 200-year-old beautiful gold-tipped series of the building is the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. Built in 1782, the complex is the home of the Thai King. The beautiful architecture and intricate details of this Grand Palace have continued to fascinate its visitor since decades.
The illuminated Grand Palace at night is the perfect destination for a romantic date!
While you’re at the Grand Palace, don’t miss visiting the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, home to the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand and also the Emerald Buddha.
2. Famous National Parks, and Ancient ruins
Thailand is home to some amazing National Parks, and ancient ruins, few of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Few must visit ancient ruins and national parks are:
- Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest
- Thilosu Waterfall, considered being the most beautiful waterfall in South-East Asia.
- Khao Yai National Park, one of the largest monsoon forest in Asia largest monsoon forests and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Phimai Historical Park and Phanom Rung Historical Park, home to the 12th-century Khmer ruins.
- Sai Yok National Park, home to several caves, waterfalls, and rare animals.
3. The Golden Triangle
The meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, is one of the memorable sites to visit. Stand on the riverbank of Thailand, and you can look across to Burma/Myanmar and Laos! You could also hire a boat for a closer look.
Perched on the edge of the mountain range, is a haven for backpackers. Also, here, you’ll also the infamous Death Railway linking to the Myanmar, and the bridge over the River Kwai. The two spots, constructed by the prisoners are haunting relics from World War II. Add the place in the Thailand itinerary if you are in search for some chilling experience.
Planning to get up close and cuddly with the big cats? The Tiger Temple is nearby.
5. Exotic islands
With over 5000 miles of coastline to explore, Thailand offers a variety of beaches and islands for you depending upon your taste and budget. Of all, Phang Nga Bay, offering the famous limestone rocks, the white -sand beaches and abundant snorkelling of Koh Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Lee, Koh Samui located in the Gulf of Thailand are particularly picturesque.
6. Elephant trekking
Your trip to ‘the Land of White elephants’ is incomplete without an Elephant trekking! You will find many camps and resorts offering a unique trekking experience with the magnificent animals in Thailand.
7. Floating markets
Don’t forget to take your DSLR camera, these markets are quite unique and colorful! Apart from the famous floating market, Damneon Saduak Ratchaburi, you can also choose others like the Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram or the Tailing Chan weekend Floating Market in Bangkok. Try arriving early to avoid crowds and bag some good bargains.
8. Local tribe villages
The best way to discover the amazing culture and tradition of Thailand. Just take a break from the tourist trail and spend a day with a local family or tribe to get a deep insight of the country and its culture. Hmong, Akha, Lisu and Karen tribes are found across the north of Thailand.
9. Time for a shopping spree!
From bustling markets to street stalls, Thai Govt offers numerous shops at every turn! Just pick any market from a Weekend Market, all day markets, the riverside Asiatique Night Market, or the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and you would find the latest trendy items, local handicrafts, wooden carvings, silk, silverware, pottery and furniture to choose from. Just carry a Matrix Forex Card to get the instant cash in the required currency at preferential exchange rates for a hassle free shopping experience.
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