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The Grand Palace in Bangkok

The palace is the most popular tourist attraction in Bangkok. It was built in 1792 and was the official residence of Thai Kings. The palace comprises numerous impressive structures and amazing interiors including the Wat Phra Kaew - a temple complex housing the Emerald Buddha that was crafted in 14th century. Because the palace is considered a sacred place, all visitors must follow a strict dress code - long pants for men and no revealing clothes for women.

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

The Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, housing the enormous and beautifully decorated statue of Reclining Buddha - 46 m (150 ft) long and 15 m (49 ft) high. The temple is located in the district of Phra Nakhon in Bangkok, near the Grand Palace of Thailand.

Chiang Mai

Ancient City Wall and Moat in Chiang Mai
Ancient city wall and moat in Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai, located in northern Thailand, 700 km (435 mi) northwest of Bangkok, is country's fifth largest city. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Chiang Mai is exotic, picturesque, offers spectacular scenery and history that dates back to the 13th century. The city and its neighboring areas are home to over 300 ancient temples, about 30 of them in the historical center that is surrounded by the city wall.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, about 110 km (68 mi) from the center of Bangkok, is made up of Thai style canoes or boats laden with colorful and fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, condiments, handicrafts, paintings, souvenirs and other merchandise. Discovering the floating market life can be an amazing and unique experience giving visitors to Thailand the opportunity to witness how the locals live. The market closes around midday, so the best time to arrive is early morning.

Ayutthaya

The city of Ayutthaya, located 85 km (53 mi) north of Bangkok on a river island, is famous for its many temple ruins. The picturesque city that used to be the capital of Thailand, attracts many tourists with its must-see landmarks, including the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, the Phra Phuttha Chaiya Mongkhon, the Wat Phanan Choeng or Wat Thammikkarat. The historic city of Ayutthaya has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1991.

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay in southern Thailand is world-famous for its amazing seascape featuring impressive rock formations hundreds of limestone cliffs emerging from the sea. The area, easily accessible from Phuket, also offers stunning nature parks and unique eco-systems, best explored on a boat tour to the bay's islands.

Phuket Island

Phuket Island, situated in the Andaman Sea, is the biggest island in Thailand, and famous around the world for its first class beaches and superb facilities for tourists. It's an ideal place to relax and unwind, to enjoy the natural beauty of nature. A true paradise, especially for Europeans and North Americans, the island offers diverse selections of places to visit - from beaches to natural rainforests. The most exciting places to visit on Phuket Island include:

  • Hat Patong - known its beautiful beaches, shopping and recreational activities,
  • Khao Phra Thaeo - a reserve park and wildlife conservation center,
  • Hat Karon - famous for white-sand beaches and coral reefs,
  • View Point - an elevated area, situated between Kata and Nai Harn, offers magnificent views of the island and its bays.

Sukhothai

Sukhothai, with the population of about 35 thousand, is the capital city of Northern Thailand. The city is mostly know and popular among tourists due to the ruins of the ancient city, Sukhothai Muang Kao, built in the 13th century. The Sukhothai Muang Kao, situated 12 km (7.5 mi) west of the center of the city, was restored in the 1960s and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1991.

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park is conveniently situated near the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui. The park's landscape pictures huge limestone mountains, majestic rock formations, deep valleys, lakes, sparkling streams, waterfalls, caves as well as wild animals. It's a great place to spend a few days - possible activities include elephant trekking, trekking on foot, canoeing or jeep safaris.


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