Thailand Travel Guide Contents
At a glance
Thailand is a tourist heart of Asia – there is everything you can expect from a trip to the Far East. This is a dream country for thrilled travelers – sunny, colorful, full of cultural attractions and rich nature. The trip to Thailand is full of breathtaking views and historical monuments that show the splendor and power of the former Siam country.
- Capital: Bangkok
- Language: Thai
- Currency: Bath (THB)
- Population: 61 230 874
- Voltage: 220 V
What you did not know about Thailand?
- The symbol of Thailand is an elephant. Elephants have a long tradition in this country. They were used in battles, when transporting trees, and in the present time they are only the attraction of the tourism industry. Elephant is part of the Thai flag. Visit Koh Chang, the Island of Elephants.
- The image of the King of Thailand is on all the coins and banknotes, so it is not allowed to step on the money, because it is considered not only a deep offense, but also a crime.
- When you put your foot on foot or sit on a Turkish, be careful not to steer your feet towards the Thai – they are considered impure, so you will feel offended.
- Thai monks cannot be touched by woman – even by their own mothers!
- When entering the temple in Thailand, take off your shoes. Be careful not to offend the Buddha – and you can do it completely unconsciously. An insult is, for example, climbing on statues or even posing with them for photos.
Best things to do in Thailand
The ancient city of Ayutthaya
You can’t miss a visit to the historic city of Ayutthaya. Discover the fascinating history of the former Kingdom of Thailand, strolling through a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ruins of old temples, imagining the power and past glory of the city. Wat Maha That is one of the oldest and most important temples in the city, just like Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. Also interesting is the Wat Chai Wattanaram built in 1630 in Khmer style. However, there are many more ruins of the temples in Thailand… In the meantime, you should sit down at an Asian lunch or snack, as there is also an interesting market.
Bangkok and the magnificent temples
In Thailand the beauty of nature can only give way to rich history. An example is Bangkok, a city considered one of the most attractive in the world because of its enchanting architecture. The former residence of the rulers, the Grand Palace, as well as the stunning, splendid Buddhist temples, impress with oriental architecture.
Going on holiday in Thailand, do not miss the 18th century Wat Pho, where there are more than a thousand sculptures, including the famous gilded 46-meter statue of the Buddha. Moreover, the temple was decorated with many paintings, and the whole complex is surrounded by beautiful gardens. At Wat Pho, you can also enjoy a moment of relaxation during a unique Thai massage.
Taste of Asia
During your holiday in Thailand you have to spend some time exploring the famous South East Asia markets, especially the floating market and the “railway track” market. This is a unique opportunity to try exotic fruits and local dishes and specials. About 60 km from Bangkok, in Mae Klong, you can see the unique Thai market set on top of railway tracks. Locals have to move stalls every time trains pass through. Maeklong Station is the last on this route, so it is worth to capture this moment by camera on the background of the market.
The one-of-a-kind floating market in Damnoen Saduak is located about 100 km from Bangkok. You will not see the stalls hidden between the narrow and winding streets or the shopping mall. The canals and long boats are full of colorful and unknown fruits and vegetables in Europe. Retailers – locals in straw hats – smile and willingly talk about every fruit and delicacy often prepared by themselves.
The Cities of Thailand
In this exotic country, we can immerse ourselves in the urban jungle in which millions of people commute every day through the vivid and colorful streets of large cities. Their architecture is unique and overwhelming. After leaving the airport and clashing with the buzz of overloaded horns, high temperature, smell and chaos, every European experiences a shock, which passes with time.
The cities of Thailand are a mix of different cultures and influences. Unfortunately, they are not the most beautiful in the world. Among them, the capital of Thailand – Bangkok, a great metropolis, in which modernity is intertwined with history at every step, as well as interesting Kanchanaburi with lots of attractions in the area and romantic Chiang Mai in the north of the country. You must also see at least one of the old capitals of the country, larger, but more difficult to access Sukhothai, or located near Bangkok Ayuthaya. The temples and ruins of ancient cities that are there make a great impression. They are quite similar in character, though not as impressive as Angkor in neighboring Cambodia.