There was an era when travelling to Thailand was considered dangerous. Times have changed now and it is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world. And it has a lot going on for itself. Whether you choose luxurious, modern Bangkok or simple living in Koh Samui, there is a holiday for every budget in Thailand. Travel inland and enjoy the never-ending plains and hills of the Golden Triangle. Or head out to the coast to laze at the white-sanded beaches of Phuket and Krabi. Everywhere you look, you will only see the splendid nature. You will visit once, but you will keep coming back for more, such is the attraction of this beautiful country.
Highlights Of Thailand
Monuments Of Thailand
Thailand has a rich cultural heritage and that can be amply seen through the numerous monuments that are spread all through the country. Many of the famous landmarks are known all through the world, but as you walk about you will also spot smaller, lesser-known, but just as beautiful structures that have stood the ravages of time. When in Thailand, you must include Prasat Hin Phimai, one of the oldest temple structures, in your itinerary. Military history talks about the Bridge over River Kwai, and you can take a train or walk across this tragic reminder of the cost of war. The White Temple, James Bond Island, Sukhotai Historical Park and Temple of Dawn are all landmarks that will showcase the beauty of Thailand and let you know why it attracts tourists every year. Be careful about your attire when you visit religious places. Cover your shoulders and legs as it is considered inauspicious.
Natural Beauty Of Thailand
About 25% of Thailand is covered with natural forests such as monsoon and rainforests. These are mostly made of hardwood trees. Throughout the country, you will come across bamboo and coconut palms as well. Thailand has done an excellent job preserving its natural landscape, and there are numerous national parks throughout. You can trek through the forests, a few of which offer opportunities to climb high peaks, or bathe under beautiful waterfalls, or even get a glimpse of a dolphin. If you wish, you can head out to the coast and just laze by the beach with a book in your hand. Thailand also has several water sports, and if you are an adrenaline junkie, do check out some of the sports like snorkelling, diving and surfing while in Thialand.
Wildlife Of Thailand
Thailand might be a small nation but it is home to more than 10% of all of the world’s animals. This tropical nation has an explosion of land animals that include tigers, leopards, elephants, Malaysian sun bears, deer, sambars, otters as well as a host of primate species like gibbons and macaques. Bird watchers will rejoice in Thailand. The air in Thailand too is filled with birds of various colours and hues, including birds of prey such as the crested serpent eagle and the crested honey-buzzard. Reptiles and snakes abound in this tropical paradise too. But don’t worry, you are unlikely to spot one unless you go looking for them. Wildlife photography enthusiasts will have a field day capturing these amazing creatures.
Cuisine Of Thailand
Thai cuisine is world famous today and has tantalised the taste buds of people in all corners of the world with its explosion of exotic flavours and fragrances. When in Thailand, you must stop for a piece of juicy grilled pork on a stick or slurp on a potent Tom Yum soup. Do crunch on the green papaya salad and enjoy a plate of Pad Thai (fried noodles). A plate of fried rice and Thai curry is the perfect way to end a tiring day spent touristing around. With so many flavours and fragrances, you cannot possibly go wrong with your culinary experiments in Thailand. Jump in and take your taste buds on a delectable journey of delicious foods.
Interesting Facts About Thailand
- Thailand has the world’s longest reigning monarch.
- The head is considered the most sacred part of the body and should never be touched.
- In contract, the feet are considered dirty and should never point at anybody.
- The Thai Ramayan is the country’s national epic.
- The world’s largest restaurant is in Thailand.
- Did you know that Siamese cats are native to Thailand?
- Thailand’s name in Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means ‘the land of the free’.
- Are you aware that Thailand is the only South East country to have never been colonised by the Europeans?
- Thailand has the world’s longest single span suspension bridge.
- Thailand holds the world record for the longest catwalk as part of the Pattaya International Fashion Week.
Location Of Thailand
Thailand is in Southeast Asia and is bordered by Cambodia and Laos to the east, Malaysia to its south and Burma to its north and west. The country is bordered by the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. The country has several distinct regions, and each has its own distinct geography. There are mountains to the north, the plateau to the northeast with its Mekong River, the dominant flat lands and river valley in the centre, and finally the narrow peninsula to the south.
Best Time To Visit Thailand
Thailand is an all-year destination, although it can get a bit hot and humid in summer. The best time to plan a holiday is from November to February when the weather is cooler and it doesn’t rain as much.
How To Reach Thailand
There are regular direct flights to Thailand from India. The main international airports in Thailand are in Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang), Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi, all of which have excellent connectivity to the city centres.
History Of Thailand
There is plenty of evidence to indicate that Thailand had human settlements from 20,000 years ago. Copper, bronze and iron productions have been found in certain sites to show that these were well-established civilizations with a strong cultural background.
The first settlers in Thailand were the Thai ethnic group, who find a mention in Chinese chronicles from 6th century BCE. Thailand has had several kingdoms, some of which are Khmer and Pagan, who later gave way to the Sukhothai kingdom which is recognised as the first Thai kingdom by mainstream Thai history. Several more kingdoms, battles and accessions later, it was Rama 1 who first consolidated the lands to form Thailand as we know it today. The world wars and the cold war brought about economic hardships, which were overcome after the wars ended. It was only in 1988, after much internal instability and unrest that Thailand got its first elected prime minister. Today the country shows considerable economic power and is counted among the regional powers of South East Asia.
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