It’s been more than 3 months since the military ceased power in Thailand and things are getting back to normal now. Although latest news confirm that the number of tourists visiting the capital Bangkok is decreased, it looks like the popular tourist spots like Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai are welcoming almost the same number of tourists like the previous years. Thailand authorities (organizations, government bodies) have taken several measures to increase the number of tourists that visit their country.
One of those projects was designed by the Tourist Organization of Thailand. This is actually an ambitious marketing strategy for fast recovery of tourism after the change of authorities in Thailand. The new goal set by this organization is to realize an income of more than 68 billion dollars in 2015. This ambitious goal can be achieved thanks to the promotion of the new tourist concept called “Thainess, happiness, sustainability”. The project aims to restore the trust of foreign tourist in Thailand as a world class tourist destination (something that Thailand was/is for the past 20 years). For example, in 2013 Thailand had the 6th largest income from tourism in the world and third largest in Asia. As part of this campaign the potential visitors can be part of several events like Thailand Happiness Carnival in December and Thailand Music Festival.
Another measure taken by Thai authorities is exemption of visa fees for Chinese and Taiwanese visitors from August until October. The news was announced by the Shanghai Office of the Thailand Tourism Authority few days ago. Until now the visa cost around $37. The reason for this exemption is of course boost for the tourism sector. The Chinese tourists have already showed a great appreciation for this measure and local agencies are pushing Thailand as their first offer. The number of Chinese tourists decreased for more than 30% after the military made the coup in May. But in June the number of tourists started to grow. This measure will definitely help the tourism in Thailand. After all, China is one of the countries that provides most tourists to Thailand.
Adding on to the list of beautiful endeavors Thailand has in store for you, here are a few more spots to visit while in the South-east Asian nation.
The construction of the Grand Palace started in 1782 when the capital of Siam was moved from Thonburi to Bangkok. The palace served as the residence of the Kings of Thailand until the mysterious death of King Ananda Mahidol in 1946. His brother King Bhumibol Adulyadej who succeeded him moved permanently to the Chitralada Palace. The Grand Palace covers a wide range of architectural styles, ranging from a pure Ayutthayan style of the temples to a blend of Thai and Western for later structures. It also includes the Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha, one of the oldest and most famous statues of the Buddha in the world.
The Similan Islands in the western Andaman Sea are considered the best dive destination in Thailand. The archipelago consist of 9 islands covered in tropical jungle with white sandy beaches. The views under the water surface are even more impressive. There are 2 different kind of dive spots around the Similan Islands. East facing dive sites consists of gently sloping coral reefs while west facing dive sites feature massive granite boulders, covered with hard and soft corals.
Chiang Mai is one of the top Thailand attractions. The famous Night Bazaar sprawls along several city blocks along footpaths, inside buildings and temple grounds. It has handicrafts, arts, clothing and and imported products of all descriptions, and a number of large, well-appointed modern shopping centers. At first, the market was owned by Chinese merchants, but since it grew in size as more commercial buildings were built, it was no longer owned by a single group of people. Instead, there are many owners, and most of them are Thai.
Railay beach (or Rai Leh) is a small peninsula that is only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also a popular attraction in Thailand due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. Accommodation ranges from inexpensive bungalows popular with backpackers and climbers, to the renowned jet-set resort of Rayavadee. This is how Thailand makes the news, always as a top-notch place to be.
Thailand is a kingdom located in Southeast Asia or Indochinese peninsula to be more precise. This exotic tropical country is rich with diverse natural beauties, unmatched historical and cultural monuments, warm sea, amazing beaches, tasty cuisine, unforgettable nightlife and entertainment. An interesting fact about this beautiful country is that although it has rich history it has never been colonized.
Thailand is a leading worldwide travel power for decades now. Some of the reasons for that is the suitable climate which can be described as tropical – hot and humid. The temperatures during January are around 20 to 22 Celsius degrees (68 to 72 Fahrenheit) and during July 29 to 31 C (84 to 88 F) which makes it perfect for visiting in all seasons.
There are many popular destinations in Thailand and we will mention some of them so you can have some basic information about this incredible country.
Bangkok – The capital city also known as the city of angels is the biggest city in Thailand. It is situated on the river Menam (Chao Phraya River) and it has a population of over 9 million inhabitants. There are more than 2000 hotels in Bangkok which speaks about its orientation toward tourists. Some of the interesting that you can see there are Suan Pakkad Palace (area with traditional Thai houses that once belonged to the Thai royal family), the Grand Palace (complex of buildings with incredible architecture and home of the emerald Buddha statue and the statue of Kinnon mythical creature), Wat Arun (the Biddhist temple that is one of the symbols of Bangkok).
Phuket Island – The biggest island in Thailand and for many tourists the most beautiful island in the world. It is known for the incredible beaches and many other smaller islands that surround it (like Phi Phi Island). Besides that you can visit the famous entertainment park called Phuket Fantasea or Simon Cabaret. You can also check some of the temples like Wat Chalong known for the beautiful paintings in it.
Koh Samui – This is another exotic island worth visiting. It is located on the southeast coast of Thailand and a place that is offering fantastic cuisine, great Thai massages, attractive beaches and cheap entertainment.
Thailand is a tourist destination where you can discover new things in every place no matter how long your trip is. It is no wonder why so many tourists decide to visit it and discover the beauties of this country. In order to explore just a part of that beauty we’ve made a list of top five things that you should do while you are in Thailand:
- Festivals – There are dozens of local and national festivals in Thailand every year. Thai people are very friendly and they don’t mind if someone joins their festivals. That’s why you should try to attend the Thai New Year water festival (Songkran) in April and enjoy a fun water fight and party or Ubon Ratchatani candle festival if you fancy art.
- Riding elephants – Explore the wild side if Thailand with the help of these animals which are considered to be a symbol of Thailand. There are a lot of organized tours in the jungles with elephants. Most people will tell you to take an elephant tour in Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai) because of the isolated and untouched nature which makes those rides even more entertaining.
- Visit the islands – We all know about Phuket as a tourist destination but did you know that there are more than 1000 islands in Thailand and almost all of them have some history and beauty. Some of them are not inhabited and hide amazing beaches. The top five islands besides Phuket are Ko Phi Phi, Koh Tao, Ko Chang, Ko Phangan and Ko Samui. They are a real paradise for divers, swimmers and nature lovers.
- National parks and ancient sites – Ayutthaya, Phimai and Sukhothai are very interesting ancient sites where a lot of important events from the history of Thailand happened. There are more than 100 national parks in Thailand so it is very hard to choose which one to visit. Khao Yai national park for example is well known for the nocturnal creatures like bats or wild cats. Khao Sam Roi Yot park has a unique cave temple, beautiful beach and amazing nature. Thung Salaeng Luang national park is known as Niagara Falls of Thailand.
- Shopping – After exploring the nature, history and culture of Thailand it is time for shopping! People who have visited Thailand know how attractive shopping in Thailand is, because of the low prices and countless products that are offered. Visit the Siam Paragon shopping mall or Pantip Plaza mall if you are interested in IT products. You can also try to bargain on open markets if you are looking for cheap clothes or souvenirs.