Thailand, with its vast and varied tourist spots is often referred to as the ‘Golden Land’. From sandy beaches and tropical islands to archaeological sites and museums, she has it all. Its capital Bangkok, is a modern city with international sensibilities interwoven with devout Buddhism.When in Thailand most tourists enjoy hopping on to one of the tuk- tuks, which in itself is a joy ride. While some enjoy going to the spas, cinemas and experiencing the notorious nightlife in Bangkok, there’s more on the other side for adults with kids.
The Grand Palace is an absolute ‘must see’ as, apart from its magnificent architecture, it also houses the Emerald Buddha- the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Not very far from here you will find the National Museum and National Gallery Museum where traditional and contemporary works of art created by Thai artists are displayed. Another neighbor of the Grand Palace is the Wat Pho where one can see the gigantic gold- plated reclining Buddha which is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The visit to the Temple of thailand tour packages on the side of the Chao Phraya River will stun you with the sight of the majestic porcelain- encrusted Pagoda that sparkles magnificently in the sun.
The world’s largest golden teak building, the Vimanmek Mansion Museum is a 3 storey Royal mansion containing 81 rooms, halls and ante-chambers containing Royal memorabilia. Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute is definitely worth a visit. This snake farm is one of the largest producers of anti-venom Serum in Asia and the visit there will be more of an educational tour. Next on the list would be the famous Floating Markets where you tour in a boat and get to see slices from Thai village life.
Phuket finds tourists flocking to see the Big Buddha, a recent arrival to the island.
Wat Chalong, one of Phuket’s most visited temples, is beautifully decorated with hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several pagodas Another favorite spot with most tourists is Phuket’s Old Town which, with its fusion of colonial and Chinese architecture, makes for an unforgettable memory.
Phang Nga Bay is unique for its limestone cliffs that jut out of the green waters. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are two famous spots in this bay. Phuket’s sunsets are best viewed from the ‘Three Beaches’ hilltop venue on the road between Nai Harn and Kata or to make it better and if you are one of those cocktail aficionados’, you could stop at the After Beach Bar while the golden ball dips into the horizon. Hua Hin, literally Rocky Head, is where you see Buddhist temples clinging on to a somewhat dreadful cliff. Its crystal clear waters and white sand makes it the number one choice among tourists.
Chiang Mai with its 300 or more temples is a visual treat. The best way to explore the place is by going for treks on elephants and river rafting.
Koh Samui, the island of coconut trees is well- known for its beaches. Most popular among them being Koh Tao, considered a top diving destination whereas, Koh Phangan known for its Full Moon Party, a beach party where about 10,000-20,000 people participate every month.