- Aug 01, 2020
- in Travel
Most Visited Tourist Attractions in Thailand
Thailand is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Whether it is turquoise beaches, shimmering sands, dense forests, heritage sites, historic temples, or yummy food, this 'Land of Smiles' caters to every age group.
For more than 150 years, the stunning Grand Palace was home to the King, the Royal Court, the Royal Mint, and the Government of Thailand. The structure looks breathtaking both from outside as well as inside and boasts of great historical significance. The palace contains pavilions, royal halls, courtyards, manicured-lawns, gardens, ancient temples, and the most famous Wat Phra Kaeo temple. (temple of the Emerald Buddha) Both men and women are expected to dress up appropriately and cover their knees while visiting this place.
Visit the historical city of Ayutthaya to get a glimpse of ancient Thailand. This ancient city was an important part of Thailand's history until it was raided by the Burmese army. The temple complexes and ruins look spectacular and are worth exploring. Some of the attractions here are a Buddha idol with its head wrapped around tree roots and a 12-meter long reclining Buddha. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on an island surrounded by water on three sides.
The famous floating markets in Bangkok are over a century old. It is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand among locals and tourists alike. Some of the popular markets are Damnoen Saduak, Khlong Lat Mayom, Amphawa, and Taling Chan Market. Head to the residential canal waters to explore the place on your own or take a guided tour of the entire market. You can find colorful fruits, vegetables, cooked food, local souvenirs, spices, coconut water, and much more.
Though Thailand is synonymous with beaches, Railay Beach is the most picturesque and prominent beach here. Situated in the Krabi province, this gorgeous island is a paradise for beach lovers. It is also a famous spot for rock climbing at the limestone cliffs. It is also known for water sporting activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and ocean rafting. The only way connecting Railay Beach to the mainland is by boats. There are a few local islands off the coast of Railay and you can indulge in some island hopping if time permits. The sheer beauty of this place is enough for you to apply for your Thailand visa.
Wat Pho and Wat Arun
Wat Pho is a beautiful Buddhist temple that houses a magnificent 15-meter high and 46-meter long giant reclining buddha. The colossal relic looks incredible and leaves its visitors spellbound. The temple complex also has many majestic stupas and a traditional Thai massage school. Wat Arun, also known as & 'Temple of Dawn,' lies on the shimmering riverside of Bangkok. The best time to visit the
temple is during sunset when the entire temple dazzles against the backdrop of the sun. The intricate architecture and colorful patterns of seashells and porcelain look brilliant.
Once deemed to be part of the Thai-Burma Railway that never saw the light of the day, the Kanchanaburi bridge, also known as the bridge over the River Kwai, became famous for historical reasons. The Japanese built the rail link during World War II, to connect Burma with Bangkok. But unfortunately, due to frequent bombings and damages during the war, thousands of allied prisoners of war and Asian laborers lost their lives. A daily train to Nam Tok Railway station is still operational.
Though the route is extremely scenic, it serves as a grim reminder of the horrific incidents that took place here.
Khao Yai National Park
Located in the eastern part of Thailand, Khao Yai National Park is home to a myriad of wildlife such as black bears, gibbon, porcupine, sambar deer, barking deer, and Asian elephants. You can even find dinosaur footprints making it a very unique experience. The park has hiking trails, campsites, observation towers, and accommodation facilities like cabins and lodges. The park also houses the iconic Haew Suwat waterfall, which features in the Leonardo DiCaprio's film, 'The Beach';.
Thailand's magic lies in the fact that the country offers a beautiful mix of modern and ancient appeal to tourists. Thailand has so much to be explored, admired, and loved and it is the perfect time to plan a holiday to this exotic country.
By Kritika Panase