The ancient city of Ayutthaya is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in this city that was founded in 1350 by King U - Thong. Ayutthaya is 76 kilometers north of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent ruins. Such ruins indicate that Ayutthaya was one of Indo - China's most prosperous cities. The Ayutthaya Historical Park has been included in UNESCO's list of world heritage since 13 December, 1991. Characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendor. The city is sometimes called 'Venice of the East'.
Considered one of the top tourist destinations in the world, the city boasts some of the country`s most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; combined with a wide variety of magnificent temples, bustling markets and unbelievably immense shopping malls.
Cosmopolitan and modern city, full of contrasts and recognized as one of the friendliest cities on the world for the hospitality, grace and nature of its people, Bangkok is a cultural treasure and a truly remarkable city.
Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See's:
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), The Grand Palace, Floating Market, Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), Jim Thompson House, The Golden Mount (Wat Saket), Khao San Road, Chao Phraya River.
Beautiful, unique and exotic, the city offers a fascinating indigenous cultural identity, with its diverse dialects, cuisine, traditional values, festivals, handicrafts and classical dances.
Surrounded by high mountain ranges, the terrain is mainly comprised of jungles and mountains, which are home to the hill tribes. This wonderful region is blessed with a magnificent wildlife, spectacular scenery and exotic flora that can be observed in its national parks.
Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See's:
Wat Chedi Luang, Doi Suthep, Wat Phrathat, Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Wiang Kum Kam (Underground Ancient City), Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Doi Inthananon National Pak, Karen Long Neck Tribe.
Founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai, Chiang Rai is the northernmost province of Thailand. Chiang Rai is a traveler's paradise endowed with abundant natural tourist attractions and antiquities. Attractions include breathtaking mountain scenery, ruins of ancient settlements, historic sites, Buddhist shrines and ethnic villages as the province is also home to several hill tribes who maintain fascinating lifestyles. For the adventurous tourists jungle trekking is recommended along various trails.
Hua Hin is the oldest beach resort of the country, where visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, and golfing in the country's first standard golf course. Despite its expansive growth and development as a luxurious destination, the splendor of Hua Hin remains intact. It continues to provide a peaceful and relaxed sanctuary in a picturesque environment that comes with a true sense of historical identity. Even the Royal Family resides here at the Summer Palace of King Rama VII for part of the year. Clean white sand, crystal water and a tranquil atmosphere attract tourists in search of peaceful and relaxing holidays.
Kanchanaburi `city of gold` is considered the third largest province of Thailand and it is actually appreciated by many locals, tourists and nature lovers because of its scenic beauty characterized by several waterfalls, rivers, caves, forests and mountains. It's most famous visitor attraction is the `Death Railway` (Burma Railway) that was constructed during the Second World War by the Japanese Imperial Army. Other main tourist attractions to Kanchanaburi are activities such as: kayaking, rambling, trekking, elephant trekking and rock climbing.
Khao Lak is located only 80 km from Phuket, on the gorgeous Andaman seaboard. It is a very peaceful resort destination, an oasis for relaxation and beach lovers. Khao Lak is ideal for those that are looking to scape from overcrowded places and beaches and want to enjoy beautiful crystal-water ocean and long white sand beaches.
Koh Chang, the second biggest Island in Thailand. It is part of a
beautiful archipelago of 52 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Located only an hour south of Bangkok and graced with beautiful white sand beaches, montainous landscape, reefs, forests and scenic waterfalls; Koh Chang is a real paradise island and a perfect place for Snorkeling, Diving, Elephant Trekking, Spa and much more.
Koh Samui Island is considered to be the second most beautiful tourism spot in Thailand. It has lovely clean beaches with magical blue-green colored water and an idyllic atmosphere. The main landmark is Big Buddha - a 12m high statue of the Buddha, which lies at the top of ceremonial dragon-steps at the Wat Phra Yai. It also has a number of other impressive temples, including Wat Khunaram, where the mummified body of Loung Pordaeng, a monk who died in a meditating position is on display. The mountain jungle in the interior of the island is home to a number of impressive gardens built by legendary Samuian farmer Nim Thongsuk, the impressive waterfalls at Na Muang, real working rubber plantations and the most amazing views over the Ang Thong archipelago. You can also take a day trip out to the beautiful Ang Thong National Marine Park.
Krabi is a southern province on Thailand's Andaman seaboard with perhaps the country's oldest history of continued settlement. It has over 150 islands with various recreational opportunities. Dominated by scenic limestone Karst and beautiful secluded beach, Krabi becomes one of the most attractive destinations in the world. The ideal location for adventurers, yachtsmen, scuba-divers, snorkelers and day-trippers.
The town has a long and interesting history dating back to the 11th Century when it was established as the Kingdom of Khelang Nakorn. The City is home to the Wat Phra Thart Lampang Luang temple which for three decades housed the Emerald Buddha Statue which was later kept in the Wat Chedi Luang temple in the City of Chang Mai. Lampang is unique in many ways having kept intact most of its culture and traditions. The City is famous for its horse drawn carriages which are still used as a means of transport ferrying locals to and from the market place and around town. These carriages can also be hired by tourists and are a good way of viewing various sites within the City.
Mae Hong Son is a peaceful spot, with many natural attractions. It provides great opportunities for adventures in the mountainous forested region, passing through villages with Burmese style temples. You will also encounter beautiful waterfalls that fill small pools which are a perfect treat at the end of long treks through the forests. The region is also well known for its multitude of caves: more than 67 caves were discovered in the province, many still containing prehistoric relics. The 400m long cave at Tham Lod, about 80km to the northwest of Mae Hong Son, near Soppong, is just one of these fine caves. There are also several temples, well worth visiting like: Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu - set at an altitude of 1500m on Doi Kong Mu, offering a wonderful view of the city and the encompassing mountains and valleys, Wat Jong Klang housing a collection of Burmese carved wooden dolls - tukata, depicting characters from the Jataka tales (stories of Buddha's previous life episode).
Situated on the pattaya edge of the eastern part of the country, along the Gulf of Thailand. After the Central Plain, it is the second richest region of the country. The region has a well established industrial and tourist infrastructure as well as an abundance of tropical fruits and precious gems (rubies and sapphires).
Phi Phi Islands are located between the famous island of Phuket and the western Andaman Sea coast of the mainland. These Islands have breathtaking beaches and turquoise waters, where you can have the best diving experiences; Also stunning rock formations where you can try rock climbing. Phi Phi Islands are perfect to combine diving, sailing, eco tourism, and relaxation at the beaches.
Phitsanulok is the province in the northern part of Thailand. It is famous for its ancient places such as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat or called Wat Yai, Wat Chula Manee, Shrine of King Naresuan the Great. Besides, Phitsanulok is famous for its beautiful scenery, Thung salaeng Luang National Park, Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park. At present Phitsanulok plays the important role as the center of air and land transportation, also the commercial city in the northern of Thailand.
An idyllic Tropical Paradise surrounded by beautiful mountains and famous for its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue ocean, lush tropical vegetation and breathtaking scenery.
Phuket is a lovely place where you can extend your horizons. Discover the surrounding islands, take a cruise to the Phang Nga Bay or escape to Phi Phi Island and fell in love with the immense natural beauty of one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand.
Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See's:
Phang Nga Bay, Old Phuket Town, Phi Phi Island, Big Buddha, Wat Chalong, Phuket FantaSea Show, Simon Cabaret Show.
The ancient city of Sukhothai is a visual feast of magnificent ruins. It was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries and Sukhothai Historical Park ? a place with numerous sites of historical interest ? has been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The province is located in the valley of the Yom River on the lower edge of the northern region, 427 kilometres north of Bangkok and is considered the cradle of Thai civilization. Other interesting places include Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Sri Satchanalai National Park, and The Royal Palace and Wat Mahathat. Today the ruined city is situated among rolling green hills and tranquil lotus ponds and offers a glimpse of the culture and architectural wonders of a bygone civilization.
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