Travel Guide – Thailand

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Introduction

Thailand officially called the ‘Kingdom of Thailand’ is one of Asia’s most visited travel destinations. Every year almost 16 million foreigners come here to spend their vacations in serenity while exploring the cultural heritage of this country. The tourist attractions of this country are myriad. From ancient monasteries to ruins, from dense jungles to blissful beaches, from moon light parties to floating markets, you will find the best of both worlds only in Thailand.

Along with all this, there is Bangkok the capital city of Thailand and also one of the most visited cities in the world. To sum it all, whether you are searching for a beach destination, an adventure land or a place to party harder, Thailand is the only answer.

Best Time to Visit

There are mainly 3 seasons in Thailand – rainy (from May-Oct), summer (March-May) and winter (Nov-Feb). So, you can come here whenever you wish to. Still, as for the best time to visit Thailand, it will be the winter season when the weather is pleasant and the temperature is mild.

Getting Around

Like everything in Thailand, getting around is also cheap. There are local buses, metro, skytrain and metered taxi. You can even take the famous Tuk-tuks (3 wheeled rickshaws) for getting around the city. Motorbike taxis (in orange vests) are also available all over the country.

What to See

Thailand is a fascinating country attracting millions of travelers every year and that too from different parts of the world. You will need more than one trip to explore and see what all this magnificent country has to offer. Given below are some of the most popular tourist attractions of Thailand that you shouldn’t miss.

  • Bangkok – Bangkok or Krung Thep, “the city of angels” is the capital of Thailand and also the most popular tourist attraction of the Kingdom. You can even call it the political, economic, cultural and spiritual center of Thailand. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that no trip to Thailand will be complete without a visit to Bangkok. From Chinatown, floating markets to Buddhist temples and nightclubs, Bangkok is one city that has something to offer to every traveler.
  • Chiang Mai – Also known as ‘Rose of the North’, Chiang Mai (meaning new city) is one travel destination that is famous for its cultural and natural diversity. Nestled into the foothills of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a land of immense natural beauty surrounded by mountains and lush green countryside.
  • Ko Phi Phi – Did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie The Beach was filmed at Maya Bay of Phi Phi? If you wish to see nature at its best, come to Phi Phi Islands (a small archipelago of 6 islands). Call it Shangri-La of Thailand, Phi Phi Islands are immensely beautiful. Ko Phi Phi is a perfect destination for newly-weds and those who want to spend their vacations in complete serenity.
  • Phuket – Phuket is one destination that doesn’t really need any introduction. Phuket is also the first name that comes to mind whenever we talk about sun, sand and sea, when in Thailand. The famous James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” was shot here. Since then, Phuket became a hot tourist destination and is frequently visited by thousands of beach lovers every year.  
  • Krabi – Located on the Southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, Krabi is a popular province comprising of labyrinthine archipelagos. There are many archaeological evidences indicating that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25,000 – 35,000 years ago. Today, Krabi is a popular tourist destination offering attractions like a wildlife sanctuary, hot springs, sea caves, coral reefs, limestone cliffs and much more.

Other Must See Attractions

  • Pai
  • Railay Beach
  • The Grand Palace, Bangkok
  • Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Sukhothai Old City
  • Historic City of Ayutthaya
  • Doi Suthep

Things to Do

Visit the Floating Markets – Have you ever bought something from a floating market? Well, you can do so in Thailand. The floating markets (where vendors sell things directly from their long wooden boats) are one of the best ways to shop anything in Thailand. Amphawa, Damnoen Saduak, Bangkok, Khlong Lat Mayom and Taling Chan are some of the most popular and frequently visited floating markets.

Try Scuba Diving – Thailand’s crystal clear waters make it an ideal destination to indulge in some exciting under water activities. Scuba diving is one of them. Even if you are new to this, the experience of scuba diving will be an unforgettable one. Koh Tao, Koh Lanta, Surin Islands and Similan Islands are some of the most popular places to go for scuba diving.

Enjoy a Full Moon Party – If you love partying, then you must attend a full moon party when in Thailand. Almost 20,000 people party on a beach on Haat Rin, Koh Phangan till sunrise. The Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan is one of the biggest full moon parties in the world with a lot of drinking, dancing, music and much more. Come here on New Year’s Eve to see the real enigma of this party.

Interesting Facts

  • Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation that has never been colonized by the European powers.
  • Thailand is the 50th largest country in the world almost equal to Spain in size.
  • The weather in Thailand is generally hot and humid.
  • The geographical area of Thailand is approx. 514,000 sq km (200,000 sq miles).
  • 92% of the population in Thailand speak Thai or one of its regional dialects. English is also spoken and understood throughout Thailand.
  • 94.6% of Thais are Buddhists.
  • Thailand is a constitutional monarchy.
  • Thailand does not observe daylight savings.
  • There is an annual Monkey Buffet held in front of the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province.
  • The Great Buddha of Thailand at the Wat Muang Monastery is the ninth tallest statue in the world.
  • Criticizing the monarchy is strictly against the law.
  • Until 1939 and again from 1945-1949, Thailand was known as Siam.
  • Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice.
  • You will find world’s largest gold Buddha, the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant and the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge in Thailand.
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