Probably the most celebrated landmark of Thailand, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is a site that every visitor must see at least once in their lifetime. The construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I, the founder of Chakri Dynasty, as a royal residence, and it has been the utmost architectural symbol of Thailand ever since. The Grand Palace served as a major royal residence until 1925 and it is now used for ceremonial purposes only.
This new tourist attraction is the only vision illusion art museum in Thailand that visitors can have a full of fun in touching and taking pictures with these illusion 3D art pieces displaying in the museum. Within 5,800 sq. meters space, there are more than 10 exhibitions that range in different theme such as Underwater World Hall, Wildlife Hall, Dinosaur Hall, Waterfall Hall as well as making fun touch the world famous art paints.
The new theme park covers a total area of 12-rai and is housed in a structure similar to a large circus tent. It is believed to be the largest and most modern ocean aquarium in Asia, boasting a 100-meter-long, 6.4-centimeter-thick acrylic pedestrian tunnel through an underwater environment filled with dozens of marine species.The aquarium itself houses more than 4,000 marine animals, comprising more than 200 different species from the region as well as some rare creatures from overseas. Top in the Visitors must-see list is the rare shovelnose ray, a hybrid between a shark and a stingray.
Lying about 7.5 kilometers offshore from Pattaya, this island offers several white sandy beaches such as notably Hat Ta Waen, Hat Laem Thian and Hat Thong Long while there a bunch of coral reefs on the otherside of the island. Visitors can choose either snorkeling or viewing the coral from glass bottom boats.
Koh Samae San is 1.4 km away from the coast of Ban Samae San in Sattahip district. It has preserved by the Royal Thai Navy to be a home for sea turtles to hatch eggs, the abode for rare plants and the safe home for delicate corals. This island serves as a classroom in the middle of the sea where tourists and students can experience and learn about unspoiled nature. There are 5 beaches on the island which Hat Luk Lom is the most beautiful with softy white sand similar to the beaches along the Andaman Sea with the truly fact that it’s just 2.30 hours from the busy capital Bangkok. Not many facilities are available on the island. There are only a shelter, deck chairs and the breathtaking beaches.
A European style mansion by the sea houses a statue of Kuan Yin (Chinese goddess) and other god sculptures that express the philosophy of living. There are several buildings in the compound includes The Buddha Dome, a restaurant and souvenir shops that offers various products such as beauty skin, healthy and food.
Khao Chi Chan is a famous place as it features a giant sculptural image of Lord Buddha erected on the giant cliff. It was built 1995 as initiative from then Supreme Patriarch who felt it’s such a waste to let these marble mountains were destroyed so he ordered to create the giant Buddha image on the cliff that was cut half already. It was also built to honor His Majesty King Bhumibol on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee.
Wat Chalong is the most famous and sacred temple in Phuket as it was the residence of a respected monk Luang Po Cham, who took part helping people during the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. The statue of Luang Po Chaem is now enshrined at the main hall, together with statues of Luang Po Chuang and Luang Po Kluem, other revered monks who resided at the temple in later years. Locals and visitors usually visit the temple to vow their wishes from the statues, and will return to burn firecrackers when the wishes become true.
With half-moon shape of sloped, white-powdery beach considered the most beautiful on the island, Patong was the first beach in Phuket that was developed to serve local and international tourists. The three-kilometer beach is now Phuket’s tourist central with the most choices of accommodations, restaurants, spas, tourist-related services and shopping venues. The vibe here is dynamic so it lures in more of younger tourists who love to experience the fun and challenging water sports such as jet ski, wind surf and parasail. At the center of Patong finds Bang La, a nightlife central with selections of bars and clubs for every preferences.
Enter the aquarium and find yourself in an amazing underwater world with over 150 different species from freshwater and marine habitats, most of them local species from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. The aquarium`s interactive displays take you on an environmental journey through rivers, lakes and precious, endangered coral reefs, mangroves and estuaries. All information is provided in Thai and English and includes both common names and interesting facts about the animals.
The former paddy fields have turned into a thriving beach. Only 3 kilometers down from Pattaya Beach, Chomthian is highly recommended to those who seek a quieter resort as it is also quieter and more relaxing than Pattaya Beach. The 6-kilometer long, largely straight beach is popular for windsurfers and water sports enthusiasts. Hotels and other accommodation facilities are available along the road that runs parallel to the shore.
The half-moon-shaped Pattaya Beach is 4 kilometers long with a road running parallel to the beach. From the mid-section to the southern end of the area, there is a vast array of restaurants, bars, department stores, souvenir stores as well as other places of entertainment. There are various mini-resorts and hotels in a quieter atmosphere on the northern part of the beach. It’s actually free to stroll along the beaches, but operators will charge you for the services they provide, i.e. the beach chair. A price is roughly $1 per chair, though bargaining is rather customary in Thailand.
Yaowaraj Road or China Town is an old business district and has been a commercial zone for Thai-Chinese people. Since it is the largest gold market of the country, you will find gold shops lie along both sides of the road. If you visit Yaowaraj, you will feel the ambiance of busy street activities, shops selling imported products from China, Chinese herbal medicines, Chinese food outlets and restaurants, markets for fresh and dried foods, imported fruits and more. If you walk a bit further, there are fabric market “Pa-Hu-Rat” and “Sum-Pheng” where you can enjoy a bulk shopping of souvenirs for friends back home at wholesale prices. At night, Yaowaraj glows with street lights, neon shop signs and will stimulate your appetite with variety of food stalls right alongside of the road. Yaowaraj is also very famous for good Chinese food, seafood and local delicacies. You shouldn’t miss it for the world!!
Besides beautiful beaches, there are many other touristic places. So, when you finish swimming in the beach, do not forget to visit those splendid waterfalls in Phuket as well. One of them is a small waterfall called Kathu; it is 4 kilometers away from the municipal office. This waterfall is one of the most popular touristic places among Thai and foreigners. Tourists can come up the stairs to see Kathu waterfall; the distance is 130 meters with 3-tiered height. The first tiered is for wading in where 3 dams can be found there. It is a small and clear waterfall.
The temple’s Ubosot built from reinforced concrete following Fine Arts Departmentwith 15 meters wide and 32 meters long was constructed in 1979. The pavilion which was made of concrete and hard wood with 25 meters wide, 42 meters long was built in 1956. As for the guest residence, the building is 15 meters wide and 42 meters long constructed in the same year as the ubosot. There are 30 monk residences. The crematory was made from reinforced concrete.
It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the southern Thailand and Songkhla province. It has 7 levels. The most beautiful level is the third level called Ton Ngachang as the stream separated into two, resembling a pair of elephant’s tusks. The waterfall is in the area of Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary. Accommodations are all prepared for tourists. To see every level, you have to walk for more than 1 km. Each level has different names.
Located on the top of KhaoKho Hong mountain, on Punnakan Rd., HadYai district, Songkhla province, it was built on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the King BhumibolAdulyadej’s accession to the throne. The construction completed in 160 days on February 28, B.E. 2549. It was made from all stainless steel tubing and is lit up at night and visible from the road below the hill that passes it. Tourists can visit the well-decorated stainless steel inside the chedi. Each door in the chedi represents 8 days in a week (the Wednesday has 2 doors representing Wednesday morning and Wednesday night) and each day also has its own Buddha image in different attitutudes.
The market is from the idea of the ex-village headman. Nowadays, the market has been developed in every aspect as more tourists visit here unceasingly. Here you can note many vehicles entering to the market because the road to the market is the road to HadYai town.
Located on the Chiang Mai-Lampang Super Highway close to Wat Chet Yot, the museum has been designated by the Fine Arts Department as a regional center for education and preservation of the art and culture of Chiang Mai and upper northern Thailand, the Lanna Kingdom. Their Majesties the King and Queen graciously presided over the opening of the museum on 6 February 1973. The museum was built in traditional northern architecture, with a Lanna Thai rooftop. Interesting topics include
Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center, located on Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road, is the center of Lanna arts and culture. It is Thai traditional teak houses, with exquisitely etched doors and windows. Within the area, there are plenty of souvenir shops, hill tribe villages, and antique fabric museum “Saban Nga”, in which more than 60 photographs are kept to display the town generality, tradition and culture, costumes, and life styles of the north people 100 years ago. Moreover, the site exhibits more than 6000 archaic textiles, and the stories of each hill tribe as well. Tour guides will take visitors around, narrating about history and unique features of each hill tribe textiles.
Ban Thawai, a woodcrafts village, is considered one of the most famous cultural tourist attractions in Chiang Mai province. It is well-known to both Thais and foreigners and home to the Chiang Mai wood-carving industry and becomes more popular nowadays in terms of the value and quality of products. It is the center of prominent handicrafts diversity such as wood-carving, sewing and embroidery, lacquer and gold leave craftsmanship, silverware, lacquer ware, homespun, wickerwork, pottery, etc.
It is an absolute fun to visit Pattaya Floating Market! Why?? Because it’s like you step back in time and witness simple way of life of the Thai people all in one place. Pattaya Floating Market is not very far from the center of Pattaya city, about 15 kilometers away. It is located in a very large area divided into four parts representing four different cultures and traditions of the four regions of Thailand – – north, south, east and west.
As the biggest town in the south, the town of Hat Yai in Songkla has made its own name with its technological advance of large city while keeping the traditional southern charm like the old days. While you can spend at least 2-3 days visiting the whole city on your own pace, there are 5 places you can skip out. #Travel #HatYai #Thailand
One thing you should not miss when visiting Phuket is to stroll along the old part of Phuket city, around Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. It will take you back to Phuket in the past with numerous century-old beautiful Sino-Portuguese architectural shop houses and Sino-Colonial styled mansions along both sides of the roads. History told that since the 16th century, Phuket had attracted Europeans and Chinese with mining and they had come to make a fortune and lived their lives there since. There are certainly a variety of unique and exotic souvenirs and merchandise for you to shop along the way as a memoir of your trip to the Old Town Phuket.