A Giant Buddha Statue at Golden Triangle, Thailand – Photo Courtesy: Josch
Thailand is a country of paradoxes where on one end the beautiful beaches mesmerize even the most discerning of travellers and on the other hand, the tropical forests urge you to delve into the unknown. This is a country where the bustle of the capital city Bangkok is quite a contrast to the calm and serenity of the islands. Modern and glistening glass and steel structures coexist harmoniously alongside ancient palaces, monasteries and temples. Thailand travel guide helps you pick out some of the best places to visit in this fabulous country.
1. The Elephant ride trip and Khao Yai National Park
Elephant Rides at the Khao Yai National Park – Photo Courtesy: Spinheike
If you are wondering how to spend some of your most valuable time in Thailand, you should not miss out on the Elephant Day ride trip at the Khao Yai National Park. The national park is located at a distance of 108 miles northeast of Bangkok consisting of five vegetation zones and monsoon forests. It is home to more than 153 species of birds, animals, 200 wild elephants, bears, tigers and barking deer. It is definitely one of the best Thailand places to visit. The best thing in the national park is the elephant back ride, which is a 45 minutes ride, where you can also have pictures. This is indeed a once in a lifetime experience.
2. Thailand’s Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
Sunset at Wat Chai Watthanaram temple complex in Ayutthaya, Thailand, established 380 years ago – Photo Courtesy: Justin Vidamo
If you are a person who loves temples and cultural activities, visit the Ayutthaya temple in Bangkok. The Ayutthaya temple is a Unesco World Heritage site and is one of the most popular attractions among the various Thailand places to visit. This was a thriving kingdom until it was captured by Burma. Ayutthaya is known for its ruins and its temples such as Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Chai Mongkol, Wat Phra Sanphet and Wat Panangcherng. Wat Chai Mongkol is famous for its large Buddhist statue.
3. The Bangkok dinner cruise on the river Chao Phraya
The Chao Phraya is a major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial river plain marking the mainland of the country. In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya is a major transportation artery for a vast network of ferries and water taxis, also known as longtails. Photo & Info: Vyacheslav Argenberg
One of the best Thailand places to visit for enjoyment is the Bangkok river cruise where you can treat your loved ones with a wonderful two and half hour river cruise. The cruise will provide you with some of the most luxurious comforts along with great delicacies. While you cruise down the river, you will come across The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Grand Palace complex where you can have a wonderful view of twilight. This cruise is an integral part of any Thailand travel guide.
4. Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok
The Bridge on the River Kwai – Photo Courtesy: Xiquinho Silva
Board a boat for embarking on a fascinating journey to the floating markets. Your journey would be commencing from Bangkok, passing through paddy and salt fields. The boats in the floating market are loaded with colorful and juicy fruits, vegetables, meats and sweets. This is an experience which should not be missed at all. Visit Kanchanaburi, the home to River Kwai and its infamous bridge at the end of the day.
5. Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner
Fantasea show in Phuket – Photo Courtesy: K. Thy
Last but not the least, visit the Phuket Fantasea Show, which would leave you spellbound. Phuket Fantasea Show is ideal for the kids. It is one of the ultimate theme parks which have carnivals, rides, magic shows, a range of variety of meal spreads, and a buffet dinner.
If you are searching for more Thailand places to visit, there is an array of the same. Visit Thailand and make the most of it.
Chandralekha is a Travel enthusiast, currently working with ixigo.com, an online India Travel Guide that helps you plan your trip. This time she has written on Thailand travel guide. Hope this information will help you to plan your trip to Thailand.