Thailand has so much to offer that each of the visitors can enjoy their vacation to their taste and at their own pace! Most of the Thailand’s famous attractions have already been documented in many of the TV documentaries, postcards, movies, newspapers, and such other media. Therefore, many of us are aware of the tourist locations in Thailand. However, it is a different experience to visit these crowd-pulling destinations personally and enjoy unforgettable first-hand glimpses of the world-famous Thai destinations.
The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew
The Grand Palace is undoubtedly Bangkok’s most famous and must-see landmark. This 150 year old palace is known for its beautiful architecture and intricate details- a testimony of the craftsmanship and creativity of the Thai people. This Royal Palace continues as the spiritual heart of the present day Thailand. People visiting here are suggested to dress politely and behave correctly while visiting this place. Those violating these instructions could be refused an entry to this place. Within the palace, the Wat Phra Kaew (the temple of Emerald Buddha) is a small but greatly revered monument that dates back to the 14th century.
Floating markets near Bangkok
Bangkok’s floating markets are one of the most interesting destinations that pull visitors’ attention in and around Bangkok. These floating markets are piled up with tropical vegetables and fruits, freshly cooked local food with kitchens located right on the boat, coconut juice and such other tropical delights. If you are not interested to buy anything, you can still relax yourself on a guided boat tour around the Damnoen Sadauk Market. The other interesting places to visit include Bang Ku Wiang Market, Taling Chan Market, and Tha Kha.
Elephant adventure, a trip around the Mae Kok River and the local hill tribe village of Karen
After about 70 km drive from the Chang Rai, the unspoilt beauty of the Mae Kok River offers you a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an elephant trekking adventure and also visit the local hill tribe of Karen. The tribal people will welcome you with their friendly gestures and you will get an opportunity to know more about their unique culture, language, art and attire. A two hour elephant trekking from here will take you to Yao Hill Tribe Village. Enjoy a refreshing lunch at the local restaurant near Akha Hill Tribe and take a trek to the local waterfall, where you can enjoy swimming or take a break. Shop some of the most interesting handicrafts as souvenirs before returning back to Chang Rai.
Phang Nga Bay and the Similan Islands
Located to the north-east of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay is a unique site which resembles the Ha Lang Bay in Vietnam. The sheer limestone cliffs appear as if they are emerging out of the green sea waters. Koh Panniyi and the James Bond Islands are the other major attractions around this area. You can take a boat trip from the northern end of Phuket and enjoy spectacular scenery with a great leisure.
The Similan Islands are a group of rocks and islands that lie to the west of Khao Lak and about 90 km from the Phang-Nga coast. The area has been declared as a Marine National Park since 1982, and thus has remained largely undeveloped. This group of nine islands is teeming with tropical fish and colorful corals. The waters have an amazing visibility and offer an ideal setting for diving.
There are many things to do and enjoy your Thai vacation as you wish. You can take an express boat trip to the Phi Phi Island, experience Sea kayaking at Angthong Marine National Park, take a discovery trip to the Krabi rainforest or simply board a tuk tuk and enjoy a rambling Bangkok experience!