Friendly, exotic, tropical, historic and cultured. Thailand radiates a golden hue from its impressive temples and tropical beaches. In a country with as many attractions as Thailand, it can be difficult to visit all the places on offer. Here are 5 of the most incredible attractions in Thailand.
- Railay Beach
Railay beach is the cream of the crop in a country with some of the most stunning beaches on offer. Generally considered one of the best beaches in the country, Railay delivers on its promises of clear blue water, white sandy beaches and a feeling that you’ve found a slice of paradise. The beaches are quite simply the main reason to visit Railay, but you can try your hands at rock-climbing as well. Railay’s karst peaks draw in adventurers both experienced and amateur to try their hand at climbing the soaring limestone cliffs.
Among the many other things to do, you can go whitewater rafting, elephant trekking, kayaking, and snorkeling, or take on some lighter options such as cooking classes and the eternal favorite of indulging in a massage. There’s also the tourist-friendly Diamond Cave, which has a convenient walkway to accommodate inquisitive visitors looking to do some exploring between long stretches of sunbathing.
- The Grand Palace
Probably the most remembered and frequented landmark of Thailand, The Grand Palace in Bangkok is where every visitor must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime.
The main attraction of the Outer Court is the Temple of Emerald Buddha, the residence of Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist sculpture: The Emerald Buddha, which was carved from faultless green jade and is situated among gold-gilded sculptures and ornaments, and fresco paintings of the main ordination hall.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get here is taking the skytrain to Saphan Taksin station. From here, one can take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Chang Pier, and then it’s a short walk to the Grand Palace’s main entrance. Modest dressing is highly recommended as the palace reserves right to admission based on the visitor’s clothing.
- Bridge over the River Kwai
Immortalized and featured in world’s famous book and film, The Bridge on the River Kwai is part of the infamous Death Railway, imposingly built over Kwai Yai River, by the prisoners of the World War II under the administration of the Japanese Imperialism Army. It is called the Death Railway as its construction took the lives of many who went unsung. It is estimated that more than 16,000 war prisoners from Australia, England, Holland and America, together with some 90,000 labors from Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, died during the construction.
The Bridge, together with the Death Railway, is now regarded as the significant symbol of peace, reaffirming that war is the great illusion that benefits no one. Pay your respects to the dead while taking back with you a gruesome but important part of history.
- Muh Koh Hong Islands
As one of the most arresting rock formations, Hong Archipelago is a composition of twelve islets that stretch vertically from the North to the South of Krabi Sea. The islands are blessed by its breezy reachable beaches. However, an overnight stay is not permitted. The highlight of these islands is a large lagoon embraced by surrounding mountains at the archipelago’s main island.
The best time recommended to pay a visit is during November-April when you can try kayaking to nearby attractions. The kayak route usually starts on the beach close to National Park Ranger Station and you can then sail by the majestic limestone cliff and head to the lagoon at the opposite end of the island. The entire trip usually takes up to 30 minutes to one hour.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Brimming with Thailand’s culture, the markets are nothing short of exciting. A market that virtually floats above water, journeying through it needs to be done on a boat. Being about an hour’s drive from the city of Bangkok, the floating market is a massive tourist attraction in Thailand
What’s surprising here is that it’s a fully functional market as well. If you’re planning on visiting this place it would be wise to arrive early in the morning as the place usually fills up with tourists by mid-day. Be sure to carry your camera as the place provides for some incredible photographs on your travel.
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