1: Railay Beach
- Lying relaxed, seeing the moon, hearing the roaring waves.
- Aside from the powder white sand, amid the sound of waves whispering, lie and relax emotion under the moon shadow, and listen to the wind gently murmured. Natural charm and Railay beach are meant to be.
- At Ao Nang, Krabi, a little village of fishermen is surrounded by high limestone cliffs, accessible only by boats. This beautiful powder sand called Railay beach is not commonly known among Thais, unlike foreigners. Railay welcomes many tourists taking a long distance journey to absorb the romantic atmosphere, appreciate the moon, and possibly climb the high cliffs. Railey is a home to emerald water. A curved smooth beach stretches along the cliff line. Take a local fishing boat preserved by fishermen to see Phra Nang Cave, the site of love between a maiden and the King of the Naga. If you are adventure-minded, Railay is well known for climbing under professional supervision. Twilight at Railay looks so atmospheric, particularly on days of the full moon. Moonlight shining gently over a vast smooth sea reflects two moons adjacent to each other.
- At Railay beach, there are delightful local dishes available at Wangsai Restaurant, Ao Nang. Here fresh seafood is ready to serve tourists. Boiled dog conch with spicy seafood sauce, grilled prawn with chilli paste, and southern sour soup accompanied with stir fried phak liang with egg are Krabi’s signature dishes guaranteed to titillate the taste buds.
- If there is a chance, rent a boat to enjoy an island tour such as Koh Kai, Koh Tap, Koh Hong, Koh Poda, and Talay-Wak or the split-sea. This trip can be taken in one day. Canoeing, sea kayaking at Ao Tha Len, and then floating along mangrove swamps or around Koh Hong, and Railay rock climbing are definite must-try activities for visitors.
- Railay high season runs from Novemeber to mid-May, travelling from Ao Nang during this period is so convenient. While Ao Nam Mao route must be taken instead during the monsoon season; mid-May to October.
2: Koh Phi Phi
- One of the most unique and attractive clusters of islands in the world, Koh Phi Phi is an idyllic island retreat that features a number of beaches that feature a variety of accommodation options and many outdoor activities.
3: Phang Nga Bay
- Phangnga is one of the southern provinces in Thailand with its geographic features of mountains and forests 788 km. from Bangkok. Its landmark is Khao Chang which is the big mountain in a shape of crouching elephant – the symbol of Phangnga province. Visitors can go exploring beautiful caves such as Ruesi Sawan cave and Luk Suea cave in Somdet Phra Sri Nakarin Park, Khao Chang road. Inside the caves is very cool with clear beck and beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Pung Chang cave is also one of relaxing place with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites and all-year beck.
- Phangnga also owns beautiful islands, including the most famous one – Similan Islands. The word ‘Similan’ derived from Malay language which means ‘nine’, so the islands’ name is the nine islands. The attractive islands are waiting for travellers to experience their charm. North Surin Island and South Surin Island are also famous for their beautiful bays. The most well-known one is Aow Mae Yai which is the big bay with gentle sea.
- You are also invited to participate the turtle release fair. The 7-day event is annually held in March with its highlighted activity – releasing young turtle hatchlings.
- Rubber tree leaves artificial flowers are the famous products made by groups of farm women. You can buy dried seafood and shrimp paste from local stores and markets around the city.
4: Grand Palace
- Located at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, the Grand Palace was a former residence for King Rama I to King Rama V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. Today, the place is used for hosting royal ceremonies and welcoming the king’s guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries. It is also a place where remains of kings and high-ranked members of the royal family were situated before cremation.
- The Grand Palace is divided into two main zones, which are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. The latter is divided into three major areas: the Outer Court, the Middle Court, and the Inner Court.
- The Outer Court starts from Wiset Chai Si Gate to Phiman Chai Si Gate and includes the inner walls of the Grand Palace. It is now the location of several state offices such as the Bureau of the Royal Household, Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary, and the Office of the Royal Institute.
- The Middle Court starts from Phiman Chai Si Gate to Sanam Ratchakit Gate. The area is where significant royal ceremonies are held such as the Royal Coronation and the Royal Ceremony of Coronation Day. Situated in the Middle Court area are the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings, the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings, and the Siwalai Gardens quarter.
- The Inner Court starts from Sanam Ratchakit Gate to Thaew Teng, the row houses which were formerly palace walls during the reign of King Rama I. The southern area of the Inner Court was then a female-only zone; no man except for the king was allowed to get into the area, where the queens, consorts, consort mothers, and daughters of the king lived together with many ladies-in-waiting and servants. The area no longer served as a residence nowadays.
5: Khao Yai National Park
- Khao Yai National Park spans over four provinces, which are Sara Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, and Nakhon Nayok. Khao Yai is the first national park in Thailand, comprising mixed forest, rainforest, and meadows all 400 – 1,000 meters above sea level. Sightseeing on Khao Yai is one of interesting things to do in Nakhon Ratchasima. There are more than 3,000 kinds of flowers, 250 kinds of birds, and 67 kinds of mammals like elephants, tigers, gibbons, deer, and boars up there.
6: Ayuthaya Historical Park
- Rest on the island framed by three significant rivers: Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pasak, the historic temples, palaces and remaining architectures of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya are one of Thailand’s most precious historical sites. The 715-acre area has been listed the UNESCO World Heritage SIte since 1991 as it portrays the heydays of one of the most largest kingdoms in IndoChina history.
- The large area means you probably need the whole to walk, or cycling (bike rental is available), around to visit the legendary architectures to learn the history of Ayutthaya.
- Highlights include Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Na Phra Meru, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Ratburana and Wat Phra Mahathat temples, all of which can be easily visited on foot. In the south of Wat Phra Si San Phet finds Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit where Thailand’s largest bronze buddha image is enshrined.
7: Doi Suthep
- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most important temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Built in the early 19th Buddhist century, the beauty of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is marked by seven-headed serpent statues that line the stairs to the temple where a Chiang Saen style golden pagoda and all its exquisite Lanna architecture is situated. The view of Chiang Mai from here is just phenomenal as well.
- At Wat Phra That Doi Suthep they also have Tiaw Khuen Doi Festival, which is the travel up Doi Suthep Hill to worship the Buddhist relics enshrined there. It is an experience worth checking out.
- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located in Tambon Suthep, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai Province. Doi Suthep Hill is 14 kilometers away from the center of Chiang Mai.
- If you travel by car, take the Huai Kaew – Chiang Mai University – Chiang Mai Zoo road and you will see the way to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep signposted. There are also small buses running from Chiang Mai University, which are available from 5.00 am – 5.00 pm.
8: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi is one of the most popular floating markets in Thailand. Every day many Thai and foreign tourists travel here to shop, eat, and absorb the atmosphere of Thailand water markets that have been like this for over a 100 years.
- Damnoen Saduak is the straightest and longest canal in Thailand. The canal was built on royal initiative as King Rama IV of Thailand wanted to link the Mae Klong River with Chinese river ways to support transportation and trade. It took over 2 years to dig, and was eventually finished under the reign of his successor King Rama V. The canal is 32 kilometers long and has more than 200 branches.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market’s popularity grew to new heights in 1971 – 1973 when the river was full of farmers on their boats selling their wares. And that is the way trade is performed in this area until todays.
9: Phanom Rung
- Phanom Rung Historical Park or Prasat Hin Phanon Rung is a key location in Buriram, Thailand. It has many important archaeological sites, which are located at the top of an extinguished volcano 350 meters above seal level.
- On this now dormant Volcano you will see incredible Khmer architecture, which is assumed to have been built in the 15th – 18th Buddhist century. Here you can marvel at the giant stairways of red stone and sandstone. The long story of Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is part of Thailand history. Don’t miss out on this place when you get to visit Thailand.
10: Wat Arun
- Locally called Wat Chaeng, Wat Arun or the Temple of the Dawn, Bangkok, is an ancient temple dating back to the Ayutthaya Period. It used to be called Wat Makok in the Thonburi Period. When the King of Thonburi had the capital moved from Krung Si Ayutthaya to Krung Thonburi, he also brought the Emerald Buddha from Vientiane to enshrine in Wat Arun, before it was later transferred to Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). In the Rattanakosin Period, Wat Arun was restored and renamed Wat Arun Ratchatharam by King Rama II. Another restoration finished in the reign of King Rama IV and the temple’s name was changed again to Wat Arun Ratchawararam.
- As one important temple in Thailand history, there are many unique attractions in Wat Arun in Bangkok especially the central prang, a stupa-like pagoda encrusted with colorful glazed porcelain tiles and seashells, Giant statues, the Ordination Hall, the Bell Tower, and many Buddha statues.