27 Jun Top Five places to visit in Thailand
Thailand is home to breathtaking temples, regal palaces, floating markets, and sunny beaches. There is something for every person looking for adventure! Here are the top five places to visit in Thailand.
Ayutthaya Historical Park
The Ayutthaya Kingdom lasted from 1351 until 1767 and was one of the largest and wealthiest kingdoms during its reign. In 1767, the city was burned and looted by the Burmese, but today you can see the ruins of this amazing city. The city was also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. While visiting, you can tour many temples and three royal palaces. The park is located on a private island so to get there you can reserve a private taxi, riverboat, train, or bus.
Bangkok’s Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is the number one must see destination in Bangkok. It was built in 1782 and housed the Thai king, royal court, and government officials for 150 years. The Palace is now used for ceremonies and to welcome guests of the king or state. The estate is divided into two areas, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Royal residence. You can see the amazing architecture and learn about the history of the temple. Pro tip: The palace has a strict dress code, so dress modestly.
There are several floating markets to choose from in Thailand, but here are some of the best. In all cases, the markets can become very crowed so make sure to arrive early. Talin Chan, Khlong Lat Mayom, and the Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market are smaller and aimed at locals. The Damnoen Saduak and the Amphawa floating market are bigger and filled with tourists. Whether you want to visit the smaller markets or tackle the big ones there is something for everyone.
Phuket is the ultimate beach getaway. The white sand and swaying palm trees is the recipe for complete relaxation. There are many activities depending on what you like. For the beach bum there are several beaches to choose from such as Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi Island, or Similan Islands. For the night owl there is a huge array of nightclubs along Paton’s Bangla Road. There are also night markets where you can find local foods and buy souvenirs. For all the animal lovers there are elephant sanctuaries! Whatever you choose to do will be fun on Phuket.
Chiang Mai Canyon
Now known as the “Grand Canyon”, the Chiang Mai Canyon was not always open to the public. A company has now taken over the canyon and charges for entry. Due to the increase in visitors, the company has made the canyon much safer. You can enjoy a thrilling jump off the canyon, sunbathe on bamboo rafts, rent an inner tube to float, or try out their zip line. Pro tip: You have to take a songthaew (shared taxi or bus) to get to the canyon, but make sure you have a way home or you may be stranded. Yikes
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