VietnamSurprise – Thailand has been a favored destination for intrepid backpackers and travelers ever since the 1970s. It has everything that you could ever want from an exotic adventure overseas. The food is exciting, the people are diverse and the scenery is truly breathtaking. These days, Thailand is different enough for western travelers to still consider it a life changing destination. Yet, it’s safe enough to be explored by even the most inexperienced of jet-setters, say experts at NeverStopTravelling.com.
There are so many worthwhile attractions in this part of the world that it’s almost impossible to draw up a list of the best. Unfortunately, it’s a task that you’ll be faced with if you’re only planning to visit for a week or two. Nobody wants to spend their big vacation running around in a panic, trying to see as many different things as possible and inevitably failing to see very much at all. Here’s a guide to the places that you should visit whilst travelling through Thailand.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
If there’s one sight that no visit to Bangkok could be complete without, it’s the majestic and beautiful Grand Palace, say experts at Bangkok.com. Built in 1782, the Grand Palace of Bangkok is intricate and remarkably unique. Thai citizens think an awful lot of this spectacular structure – it was the home of their king for 150 years, after all. The site contains not only the Grand Palace, but the famous Wat Phra Kaew temple too. Wat Phra Kaew is considered to be the most important temple in the whole of Thailand, so it’s an attraction that’s heavy with meaning. Due to the fact that this site is so special, visitors are kindly asked to cover their feet, legs and shoulders for the duration of their stay.
Phang Nga Bay, Phuket
Phang Nga Bay is the first of only two limestone bays in the world. This makes it and its sister site – Ha Long Bay in Vietnam – very special indeed. Phang Nga Bay is made up of hundreds of limestone outcrops, outcrops forming tiny islands that just out of the emerald green water. There are quite literally hundreds of private beaches dotted about these limestone crags and if you find one, you’re more than welcome to make it yours for the day. Tourists do come thick and fast in this region, but it is possible to get away from the crowds, says Touropia.com. If you want a quieter experience, book one of the boat cruises that travels towards the north of the bay.
The Floating Markets, Bangkok
Even the most inexperienced of travelers have heard of the floating markets in Bangkok. In fact, they’re just outside of Bangkok in the Samut Songkram province – easy to get to though, especially by water taxi. These days, a little of the authenticity might very well have disappeared from these markets, but they’re still a great place to visit. You be should be prepared to engage with the traders as they will try to convince you to buy from their boat. Be prepared for the crowds too. Hundreds of tourists flock to the floating markets every day and things can get a little claustrophobic.
Khao Yai National Park, Bangkok
Just north of Bangkok is Khao Yai National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the third largest national park in Thailand. Don’t let that statistic fool you though, it’s a pretty big attraction. Khao Yai stretches across four provinces, namely Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi and Nakhon Ratchasima. It’s home to mountains, valleys, waterfalls and forests. If you’re looking to get back to nature during your visit to Thailand, the Khao Yai park is the perfect destination for you. Don’t get lost in the jungle!
Sarah has spent three years backpacking around the world. Her only absolute necessity is a top quality travel insurance policy from www.Directasia.co.th. She feels that wherever she lays her head, that’s her home.