While the beautiful beaches and crystal clear water is surely a reason enough to pack your staff and visit Thailand, there are some amazing cities and beautiful places that deserve to be visited too. This is a short list of these interesting places.
Bangkok is the capital and the largest city in Thailand. It is located in the southern part of Thailand on the east coast of Chao Phraya River near the Gulf of Thailand. According to some statistics there are more than 8.300.000 people that currently live in Bangkok. This city is one of the most dynamic cities in the world both economically and when it comes to entertainment too and that’s why it is such a popular travel destination on the tourist map of Thailand.
Phuket is an island located in southwest Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket is part of Phuket Province and the capital city of this island is also named Phuket. This is the largest island in Thailand and there are about 600.000 people who live there. Phuket Island is among the most popular travel destinations in Asia. One of the reasons for that is the pleasant tropical climate. Some of the most popular attractions on Phuket Island are:
– Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala, Surin and Mai Khao Beach
– The statue of Buddha which is visible from most of the southern part of Phuket
– Wat Chalong one of the most important temples in Phuket
– Simon Cabaret Show
– Bangla Road known for the exceptional night life
– The old city of Phuket with all the cultural and historic attractions in it
As we have mentioned before, Thailand hides many beauties in every direction. Chiang Mai is a city located in the northern part of Thailand. Although this is a relatively small city with 150.000 inhabitants, this city has a lot of things to offer and some of them are:
– Wat Suan Dok – a Buddhist temple and university
– Wat Chedi Luang one of the most notable religious buildings in this city
– Wat Chiang Man is believed to be one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Thailand (some 2000 years old)
– Chiang Mai Aquarium is the biggest aquarium in Thailand although Chiang Mai doesn’t have access to the sea
If you are a fan of TV shows featuring interesting travel destinations you have probably seen few attractions from Thailand. This country is part of every top list of most desired travel destinations in the past decade. However, if you really want to experience the beauty of Thailand you must go there because there is no TV show or words that can describe the beauty that can be seen there. In order to save you some time we have highlighted few attractions and activities that you must see and do while you are there.
First of all, visit few Buddhist temples and royal palaces. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is one attraction like that. The Grand Palace is often described as the symbol of the capital city Bangkok. Built some 230 years ago this place was once the home of several administrative institutions. Today it is a real spiritual center where one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Thailand is located – Wat Prakeaw.
While you are in Bangkok you should also check the floating markets – another attraction linked to Thailand. These floating market boats usually have fresh fruit and vegetables and 100% natural juices prepared for the customers.
In case you didn’t know, there are still some indigenous tribes living in North Thailand so if you are interested in exploring a culture that has survived almost untouched for hundreds of years we suggest you go north.
Thailand is home to hundreds of elephants and many tourist use elephant trekking in order to explore the wilderness of Thailand. This is a fun way to explore the rich flora and fauna of Thailand.
Since people of Thailand are known for their hospitality, don’t miss the chance to visit some of their local festivals. Luckily there is a festival taking place somewhere in Thailand every day so you can definitely find one close to your location and visit it.
Finally, when you are in Thailand you will get an unique opportunity to learn something more about their national sport Muay Thai by joining a Muay Thai training camp. This sport is known for the intensive training classes that are suitable for beginner students and with a short (even two-week) training program you can strengthen your body and improve your health.
Thailand is located in the central part of Indochina. It borders with Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos and Myanmar. First and foremost, this is a country of friendly, curious, pleasant and smiling people. Their official symbol of luck – the elephant – will accompany you at every step and the elephant will be an unavoidable memory from your holiday spent in Thailand. The beautiful statues of Buddha are making the amazing old temples even more attractive. While you are there you will find many unusual types of fruit and while we are talking about food it is good to mention that their cuisine is an attraction for itself. The largest river in Thailand is Menam Chao Phraya also known as the river of kings. Thailand is also very rich in gems and ores.
The capital and largest city of Thailand is Bangkok. This city represents a real urban jungle with mixed scents, dense traffic and amazing nightlife. One of the most interesting places that you can visit while in Thailand is the jungle. Along with the elephants (your transportation vehicle) and a local guide you will explore the nature untouched by human hand. At the heart of the jungle you will get the chance to meet some indigenous tribes.
However, the core of hedonism in Thailand is the beaches. Almost every beach is sandy and with beautiful small white or yellow sand. Sunbathing, drinking coconut milk, yoga and meditation, Muay Thai training are some of the things that you can find on these beaches. During the night you can enjoy the wild parties.
Phuket is an island located in southwest Thailand in the Andaman Sea. It is located in the homonymous province whose capital also bears the same name – Phuket. Phuket Island is the biggest island in Thailand and covers an area of around 540 square kilometers. This is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Asia and in the world. The old town in Phuket, Chinese-colonial palaces, beautiful beaches, temples (Wat Chalong), Banga Road (night life), the panoramic view of Phuket are some of the things that you can enjoy while you are on this incredible island.
Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia which has never been ruled by colonial authorities of the Western superpowers. This unique country has managed to preserve its tradition and culture but yet the people that live there are very pleasant and friendly and this is one of the main reasons why millions of tourists from every part of the world travel to Thailand every year. There are many places where you can go while you are there but it is always a good idea to have a plan because you will be surprised how fast time flies when you are in Thailand.
So, the first destination which you would probably visit even without our suggestion is the capital Bangkok. Bangkok or the Venice of East as some people call it, is a place that combines history and modern times in an original way. Visitors can see the harmonic mixture of grandiose royal palaces and ancient Buddhist temples and skyscrapers that reach the skies above this unforgettable city. This city has a population of over 8 million people and it is also known as a destination with spectacular nightlife.
Another popular destination in Thailand is Pattaya. Pattaya was a small fishermen’s village few decades ago and its beauty and potential was first recognized by American soldiers. Soon after, this village became an international tourist center which works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Pattaya is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, exclusive restaurants and “wild” nightlife. If you are not in the mood to be part of some crowd you can always rent small boats and visit some of the neighboring islands.
Finally, those who want to travel o Thailand should definitely find some time to visit Phuket Island. This island known as the pearl of the Andaman Sea is the biggest island in Thailand. While you are there you can visit the amazing Phang Nga Bay, the old town in Phuket, the island of James Bond, Bangla Road (famous for its nightlife), Phi Phi island and get involved in many interesting activities.
Thailand Travel Guide
If you are planning to visit Thailand it is always a good idea to prepare yourself on time. There are few things that you should know before you travel to Thailand.
First of all, almost all foreign citizens need visa in order to enter Thailand. You can obtain visa in the Thai embassy or consulate in your country or you can get visa through the tourist agency that you will use. You can also obtain visa upon arrival but this is not recommended.
When it comes to medical prevention, it is good to point out that travelers don’t need to take special vaccines before entering Thailand. All the additional information on various diseases that are common in Thailand can be found on the internet.
Thailand has typical tropical climate which means that there are only two weather seasons – dry and rainy. However these seasons occur and last for a different period of time depending on the region. There is a so-called hot season which occurs just before the rainy season begins.
Rainy season usually starts from July and lasts till October. This is a period of monsoon rains which usually means one or two rainy periods every day. Rainy days are unpredictable and it can rain for several days in a row. Despite all that, the weather brings pleasant temperatures of around 30 C (85 F).
The hot season lasts from March to May and this is the period with the highest temperatures. It is not unusual to witness temperatures of 40 C. What is interesting is that the islands remain with bearable temperatures during this season.
The dry season lasts from November until February. This is the period with the most pleasant and stable weather of around 25 to 35 C.
Thai cuisine is famous all around the world because of the specific taste. What is special about this food is the huge number of ingredients used in their preparation. Thai people use several spices in every meal. People in Thailand like to drink tea and enjoy fresh fruit.
Despite the civil unrest that happened in Thailand few months ago, Thailand is perfectly safe for foreigners.