Thailand is a kingdom overflowing with natural beauty, located on the Indo-Chinese peninsula. It is popular with tourists flying in from all parts of the globe, and its past is rich with history, making it a land truly blessed with culture and religion.
A country like no other, Thailand makes for a unique holiday destination, so if you’re looking for some inspiration about where to jet off to this summer, look no further.
What is there to do in Thailand? That is a tricky question to accurately cover, because there are simply so many different opportunities to experience something new. Make sure to try the delectable Thai food, fresh from its origin, and don’t miss the chance to get wet and wild on its bountiful golden sands.
Also, the country is famous for its buzzing nightlife, and you can’t leave before experiencing an authentic Thai massage! Here are some more tips to help you get the most out of the “Land of the Free”.
Ban Chiang, Nong Han District
Down in the Udon Thani Province, you will find Ban Chiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is perhaps the finest example of the country’s rich cultural and historical heritage, something which attracts a large percentage of its visitors.
Famous for its architectural importance, it is believed to be the single most important prehistoric settlement to be discovered in Southeast Asia. Make sure to visit the Ban Chiang National Museum to brush up on your history – not just of Asia, but of all humankind.
Pattaya Sanctuary of Truth, Eastern Gulf Coast
Pattaya proper has many different sights – its beach stretches for three kilometres and is lined with restaurants, hotels, music venues and shopping centres, while Mini Siam is one of the most famous model cities on the planet. There’s also the gorgeous Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, replete with waterfalls and elephants shows, and the amazing Underwater World, where you won’t want to miss the Hawksbill turtles.
However, the main attraction is the Sanctuary of Truth. This giant wooden temple is unique, with its incredible and impressive design. It is actually still unfinished, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s ancient – work actually began in the ‘80s!
Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province
Founded all the way back in 1350, some people book cheap flights to Thailand purely on the promise of seeing Ayutthaya alone. 76 kilometres north from Bangkok you will find the magnificent ruins of the city, thought to be one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the world, back in the 1700s.
It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the early ‘90s, and is packed full of beautiful temples, some of which are still being used today. Visit the large and well-known Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the biggest temple in Ayutthaya, which was destroyed and looted by the Burmese, for just 50 baht.
Make sure to walk around the gardens of Phra Chedi Suriyothai to see the white and gold chedi memorial for Siam’s first heroine – the Ancient Siamese society gave great honour to women. You shouldn’t leave until you’ve also explored the imposing Phet Fortress; it’s magnificent.