“Land of smiles“, you have probably heard this phrase before. Thailand is known as the land of smiles which interests many tourists. Not only the beautiful smiles that attract us but the charm of nature is irresistible. Thailand is a Southeast Asian country with their well-known tropical beaches, rainforests, temples, fascinating culture and ancient ruins. Let us introduce you to Thailand’s 5 incredible cities to visit and few activities to do.
Bangkok is one of the travel hot spots in Southeast Asia. “The city of angels” offers festive night-markets, a lot of shopping malls, charming temples, a riverside full of surprises, stunning sights and attractions.
Is an authentic floating market, based 50km from Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. The main draw is to eat seafood grilled on wooden boats. Seafood and the atmosphere at evening time suits perfectly together which are irresistible but to join the crowd and taste the deliciousness the food vendors have to offer.
Your Bangkok trip will not be complete without a great visit to The Grand Palace. The city’s most famous landmark constructed in 1782 and was the home of Thai Royal Family 150 years ago. The Beautiful architecture and intricate details will amaze you.
The legendary theatre that performs the traditional Thai Masked danced Khon based on The Ramayana Epic. The theatre established in 1933 and was a cinema before it became the home of classical Thai dance and is one of the oldest theatres in Thailand.
#2 Phuket island
Phuket is known as “Pearl of The Andaman Sea” and is Thailand’s biggest island. Phuket has a lot to offer, some surprisingly delicious fresh seafood, the impressive shopping malls such as Jungceylon and Central Festival, festive nightlife at Bangla road and all the beaches.
The island’s most photographed and best-known location for tourist to visit every evening.
Watching the sunset on top of Phromthep Cape is one of the must do when you visit Phuket. The view is such a delightful scene to experience.
The Big Buddha is Phuket’s biggest and tallest Buddha image that sits on top of The Nakkerd Hills, at 45 meters tall. The top of the temple offers the best 360-degree views of Phuket. A very peaceful atmosphere, only tinkling peaceful sounds and some fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags with soft background Dharma music can be heard. The Big Buddha statue was built in 2004 and is 25 meters across at the base.
Old Phuket Town
Old Phuket town is surrounding with Sino-Portuguese buildings with fashionable shops that will surprise you. Phuket town offers some attractive restaurants and local sights with a unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture. Caution! “Do not forget your camera”
#3 Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern capital which offers blissful and calm climate with unique Thai-Lanna lifestyle for you to enjoy the beauty of culture. You can either participate in the vast array of activities on offer or explore the backstreets and discover a city that is still firmly Thai in its aspect.
Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon National Park is rich in plants and wild animals with its cooling climate, dense forest, stunning waterfalls, and caves. It is the organization of nature trails, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
Chiang Mai City Arts And Cultural Center
A modern museum and cultural education center, it is featured with a range of media such as video, scale models, enlarged photos, wall murals with Thai-English contents. The building was a former Provincial Hall Of Chiang Mai and was built in 1924.
Is located in Chiang Mai’s old city. Wat Chedi Luang was built between 1385-1402 during the regime of King Sean Muang Ma. The massive Pagoda is the center of attraction. Wat Chedi Luang was once the home of The Emerald Buddha which is now in one of Bangkok’s famous temples.
#4 Udon Thani
Udon Thani is a northeast district, The sleepy provincial town which took action when the Thai and US governments built a joint-force military base there during the Vietnam War. Udon is rich with its ancient and is home to one of the earliest bronze-age civilization.
Red Lotus Lake
This magnificent lotus lake is based 45km southeast of Udon Thani ring road. The low season between November and late February is the best time to visit. The lotus flowers begin to bloom in October and reaches full bloom in December. Recommended time to visit is between 6.00am to 10.00am.
The historical park ranks one of the best attractions in Isaan region of Thailand. Phu Phra Bat Park Combines various fascinating landscape with multi-layered arts and religion stretching back at least 3,000 years. Not only the stunning cliffs that amazed tourists but there is also superb spiritual and religious shrines which feature Hindu and Buddhist influences.
Pa Phu Kon Temple is hidden in the woodland, 126km away from Udon Thani City. This delightful Temple is hardly seen by tourists.The location is ideal for meditation practice, therefore, there are many buildings throughout the mountain for meditation groups. Unique spots of this temple are the aqua blue roof and massive white marble reclining Buddha statue. The white reclining Buddha statue was donated by an elderly Thai Woman who donated the funds in honor of The King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
#5 Ubon Ratchathani
“Royal Lotus City” or Ubon Ratchathani is one of the four major cities of Isaan, Ubon shares a border with Cambodia on the south side, Mekong River and Laos o the eastern part. This dazzling city might surprise you.
Is known for its charming scenery revealing Mekong River landscape. The beautiful stones will be hidden under Mekong River in the flooding season and will turn to be in different shapes basins due to erosion. This tourist attraction is also known as Siam Grand Canyon.
Pha Taem National Park
Is a national park along Mekong River, features hills, dipterocarp forest, sandstones in unusual shapes, sheer cliffs resulted from the earthquakes. The cliffs surface are filled with prehistoric cave paintings above the Mekong which estimated to be 3,000-4,000 years old. The painting describes the traditional way of life that includes rice farming, fishing, and human figures.
Is one of the must visit temples in Ubon Ratchathani. Sri Maha Pho Chedi is the highlight of this temple, which was built in 1956 to honor of 2,500 years of Buddhism. The chedi suppose to resemble The Mahabodhi stupa in Bodhgaya, India.