From beaches to bustling cities, markets and massages, the country has a lot to offer, relish and experience. The highlights of the region include Bangkok, Mekong River, Khao Sok National Park, Chiang Mai, and hill tribe villages. However, as Thailand offers you many options to relax and rejuvenate and even the freedom to do what you want as you tour, there are certain things that you need to be careful of. The Thai people are very particular about their manners, culture and maintaining and respecting their heritage.
Begin your fun-packed tour from the capital city of Bangkok to explore the vibrant nightlife and lights from high-rises shining in the sky. An interesting place to visit is the Grand Palace where you can see the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Heading onwards to Wat Pho, the temple houses the Reclining Buddha. Later move to taste scrumptious Thai cuisine in some opulent eateries and even try street food at stalls in every corner. After you have had your share of traveling in the capital, hop on a train to Ayutthaya, which was the former capital of the old Thai Kingdom. It gives you a glimpse into the glory of ancient Thailand as you wander through the remains of the place. The ruins of crumbling red bricks scattered across the lawns evoke the grandeur of the 15th century.
Chiang Mai is another sought-after destination. It is the second biggest city and strolling through its temples like Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang may make you think like you are in a big country town. Doi Sutheo gives you a chance to have a glimpse of the intricate carvings, worshipping rituals, and a shop selling elephant carvings and home furnishings. An interesting part about Chiang Mai is that Sunday Night Walking Street will leave you spoilt for choices to taste a range of delicious dishes – crab cakes, chicken stay, fresh fruit shakes, fried bananas and a lot more. Also, you can shop for goods like textiles, essential oils, wall-hangings, paintings and other items as souvenirs.
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Thailand is the Khao Yai National Park which houses some beautiful waterfalls and lush scenery and vineyards. At the Park, you will see the elephants in their natural environment. Apart from seeing elephants being worshipped all across the country, seeing them near waterfalls is another experience altogether. There are also species of monkeys, birds and other creatures.
Relaxation is one of the most important things that tempt you to head for a vacation to a place where you can have both touring and recreation places. The Krabi province houses the most famous beaches, with the Railay being the head of them all. It is a white sandy beach having clear blue waters that make you feel like you are in paradise. What’s more, you can even try your hand at rock climbing. Elephant trekking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, snorkeling are other adventures you can indulge in, and at the end of it all, take a massage for a therapeutic session. Other famous spots are Phi Phi Islands and Monkey Beach, where you come face-to-face with the animal.