Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. It holds historical, natural, and cultural sights in its vicinity with the north being the chief destination for trekking and adventure travel with its diverse ethnic minority groups, festivals and forested mountains. Thailand’s attractions include diving, sandy beaches, hundreds of tropical islands, nightlife, archaeological sites, museums, hill tribes, flora and bird life, palaces, Buddhist temples and several World Heritage sites. Bangkok shopping malls offer a variety of international and local brands with as well as several floating markets such as the one in Damnoen Saduak.
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. Shrines, shopping complexes & markets, street food and various cuisines, parks and museums are other points of interest.
A 2 hour drive from Bangkok, Pattaya is a resort city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast known for its beaches. A quiet fishing village as recently as the 1960s, it’s now lined with resort hotels, high-rise condos, shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs. Nearby, the hillside Wat Phra Yai Temple features an 18m-tall golden Buddha. The area also features several designer golf courses, some with views of Pattaya Bay. The offshore islands also hold scenic value.
A 13 hour drive southwest from Pattaya, Phuket is a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea. It has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos. The Two Heroines Monument, the Thalang National Museum & Phuket Aquarium are other attractions in the province.
Places to visit in Thailand
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