Thailand is a southeastern country popularly known for its pleasant beaches, gorgeous royal palaces, ancient ruins, and intricate temples portraying figures of Buddha. It is full of Buddhist temples, handicrafts, beautiful landscapes sprinkled with traditional farming villages, full moon parties, enticing floating market and many more. Some of the most highlighted places in Thailand are listed below.
Railay: Not an island though it feels like one. It is surrounded by mountains that can only be reached by small boats and it is also a famous spot for rock climbing. It is one of the most picturesque places in Thailand and has everything that a thrill-seeker needs. Other than rock climbing there are other water sports like diving and snorkelling. It has almost three beaches, near to each other easy to explore, and the beaches are very pleasant and relaxing.
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Pai: Once a village, but now a thriving town in northern Thailand, as it is now a part of the Mae Hong Son Loop stretching between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. This place is highlighted scenic valleys and relaxed atmosphere and is a favourite spot for backpackers and trekkers as it located in the Foothills Mountains with trekking routes and hill tribes. And outside the town are the elephant camps, hot springs, and beautiful waterfalls. Spending the evening along the riverside, chilling and relaxing is quite an experience.
Bangkok: Also called as the city of angels, is ranked amongst one of the most happening places in the whole world. It is the capital of Thailand which comprises dozens of things like magnificent palaces, high rise buildings, ancient temples, glittering nightclubs, bustling markets, and streets lined with vendors hawking souvenirs and foods. Some of the most highlighted places of Bangkok are the Grand Palace that houses a series of halls, pavilions, and other buildings intermixed with sprawling lawns, and gardens. The Wat Phra Kae temple contains the Emerald Buddha, and the Khao San Road is famous for shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Khao Sok National Park: One of the most picturesque places in Thailand is this National Park. It covers jungle forests, limestone karsts, rivers and lakes in southern Thailand. It houses some of the most amazing wildlife, such as Asian elephant, barking deer, wild boar, bears, Malayan tapirs and various monkey breeds like gibbons, pig-tailed macaques and langurs. There are several paths in the park from which the tourists can choose to enjoy trekking through the jungle to spot wildlife, beautiful falls, and admire the stunning vistas from elevated viewpoints.
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Ayuthaya: The city of Ayuthaya is located in the Chao Phraya River valley in Thailand. It was founded in the year 1350 and is sandwiched between three rivers connecting it to the Gulf of Siam. It was proclaimed by King U Thong as the capital of his kingdom and declared as the most magnificent city on earth. In 1767, the Burmese conquered the Ayuthaya and was mostly destroyed in the attack. The ruins of Ayuthaya are now the major attraction with three palaces and more than 400 temples.
Phanom Rung: It is a Hindu shrine complex regarded for its intricate architecture. It is just on top of an extinct volcano near the village of Nang Rong built by the Khmer culture between the 10th and 13th centuries, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is constructed by sandstone and laterite to represent Mount Kailash, the sacred home of Lord Shiva. The sun shines through all the 15 doorways four times a year and at that time the festival of sound and light is celebrated by the locals.
Phang Nga Bay: An angelic bay flanked by Phuket is one of the best scenic places in Thailand. It has a popular island called the Phing Kan also called James Bond Island. This place is full of emerald green water and has a lot of water sports activities. Aquatic grottoes, limestone caves, and the rock ceiling are the other attraction of this place and can be explored in a Kayak.
Similan Island, Phang Nga Province: It is a formation of nine upwellings formed by hot magma and is located off the coast of Phang Nga Province, in the southern part of Thailand. Tourist comes from every part of the world to explore this island and to dive and experience the underwater rocks, coral reefs, and underwater life. The east of Eden and the elephant head rock is the most highlighted spots in this place. The colourful species of fish in the turquoise water is mesmerizing.
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Chiang Rai white temple: Known for its beautiful architecture, it allures a lot of tourists every year just to see the temple. The exterior is designed so perfectly that it looks like a frozen temple and also symbolizes life and death. It also has a bridge called the ‘cycle of rebirth’ outreaching hands from the below. There are a lot of statues and symbols that have their own meaning.
Phuket: It is the most popular tourist place in Thailand after Bangkok and is famous for its nightlife parties and scenic beauties. The blue lagoons and orange sunsets must not be missed as these are the most scenic things. It has the most popular beaches with activities like diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and many more. One side of this island it is bordered by mountains and forests and on the other side is the great ocean.