Best places to visit in Thailand

Indochina Beauty Travel: Best places to visit in Thailand

There’s no denying that Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for tourists across the world. The charming neon lights of Bangkok once the sun sets, the majestic beauty of temples and statues in every corner, white shorelines that could quench your thirst for beaches and the best street foods you’ll ever taste in your life. Who would ever pass up the opportunity to explore this country and learn about its culture?

One of the reasons why Thailand is a tourist-favourite is because of its affordable airlines and public transportation. You won’t have to break the bank and go over your budget just to see the sights and immerse yourself in a whole new community.

To get you started, here are the most famous tourist attractions in Thailand:

Bangkok

Known as the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is something you should not miss out on. The city has that perfect combination of a cosmopolitan atmosphere and historic palaces and temples, paired with remarkable city life. You can walk around the city and without spending a dollar, you’d already learn so much about Thailand. The sight of skyscrapers, vendors and the canals connecting the neighbourhoods will make your trip complete.

If you’re ever tired of walking, you can take the train instead, helping you reach your destination in no time. Check out these things you can do when you’re in Bangkok:

See the Grand Palace

Built on over 54 acres of land and served as the home of the Thai Monarchy, the Grand Palace is the country’s most visited tourist destination. When you’re inside, you can study the Buddhist sculptures, intricate works of art, golden walls and a mural of Ramayana, among other things. The place also houses a temple called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, considered to be the most sacred Buddhist shrine in the country.

Explore the Thai markets

Taking a trip to Thailand will never be complete without visiting its markets. This includes sophisticated shopping centres, open-air markets and floating markets where a merchant rows their wooden boats around the water. You can also have a great photoshoot session if you’re looking for the perfect view!

In these markets, there are also lots of street foods you will never find anywhere else. Although they come at cheap prices, you’ll never be disappointed with their varieties, tastes and flavours that perfectly capture the culture of Thailand. Check out some examples below:

  • Pad Thai
  • Massaman Curry
  • Khao Soi
  • Guay Teow
  • Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai
  • Kai Jeow

Ayutthaya

If you’re in the mood for something historical, then Ayutthaya is the best place to be. Before Bangkok, it was considered to be the capital of Thailand way back in the 14th century. It is located 85 km north of Bangkok, filled with the ruins of a historic city while still possessing a modern vibe. 

The place was discovered around 1350 and reached a population of approximately one million when the 18th century came. Ayutthaya is surrounded by three massive rivers, giving birth to a productive trading community, attracting merchants from nearby cities and countries. However, its exposure became the cause of the place’s collapse. In 1767, the Burmese burned it to the ground, capturing the citizens and plundering the commercial buildings.

Today, the ruins of the kingdom was officially considered to be a UNESCO site. We highly recommend that you visit the Wat Phra Mahathat—the most visited temple of the place. It has breathtaking headless Buddha statues, while the roots and veins wrap around a Buddha’s head. Wat Ratchaburana is also a must-see, with intricate carvings that almost look like a tower and temple paintings along the walls.

Another place you can visit in Ayutthaya is the Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre. This is where you’ll discover the life and culture of the citizens before the place was ransacked by the Burmese. With so many historical facts and background, you will understand the lives of the people that once lived there. 

Kanchanaburi

Another tourist attraction that would quench your thirst for historical adventures is the Kanchanaburi. It is best known for its tragic connection to World War II, built on the forced labour imposed upon the Allied prisoners of war. The place was also once a home for Japanese prisoners of war during the second world war that lasted from 1939 to 1945.

The most famous activity to do in Kanchanaburi is to walk along the bridge on the River Kwai. Considered to be the Death Railway Bridge, the historical landmark was the cause of many deaths during the construction. The Japanese troops supervised the whole process since the railway could help them transfer supplies to their soldiers trying to defeat the British forces in Burma.

Once you’re done exploring the landmark, getting a history lesson at the Thailand Burma Railway Centre & Kanchanaburi War Cemetery should be your next step. This is where you can learn about the atrocities of war, especially the brutal situations that the prisoners of war had to endure. There are photographs, personal narratives and artefacts that will fill you in on what truly happened during this dark age of history.

You can also take a walk around the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery to see the graves of 7,000 prisoners who lost their lives during the construction of the Death Railway Bridge. Make sure that you bring a box of tissue with you since it can be an emotional trip. The inscriptions on the graves will tell you that some of the prisoners were extremely young, and they were forced to fight a war they never started themselves.

To make the trip complete, don’t miss out on the JEATH (Japan, England, Australia/USA, Thailand & Holland) War Museum. Found in Wat Chai Chumphon, this museum was built to exactly imitate the happenings inside a prison camp. It is presently maintained by a monk who allows tourists to witness the unpleasant effects of war upon innocent civilians obligated to die at the hands of someone’s enemy. The place is filled with photographs, bunks and interviews of POWs, among other things.

Travel tips when visiting Thailand

If you’re all set to make Thailand your next destination, here are some helpful tips you should consider:

Choose your clothes accordingly

Exploring Bangkok and night markets would call for a light attire that would keep you fresh, or taking a trip to palm-lined beaches would allow you to wear bathing suits and shorts. However, when you’re visiting sacred temples and palaces, we highly recommend that you cover-up. As a tourist, it is your moral responsibility to respect the culture and traditions of a foreign country, so choose your clothes wisely.

Moreover, when entering temples, make sure to take your shoes or slippers off. Wear flip-flops so things would be easier for you!

Don’t drive a motorcycle

Many tourists fly off to Thailand in the hopes of driving a motorcycle around town. However, this is not recommended at all. Although it’s one of the most famous transportations in the country, the place has many dangerous roads that can lead to major accidents and injuries. Besides, you would never want to encounter reckless drivers on the road, so it’s better to take a bus or hail a cab instead.

Avoid gambling

Even though Thailand is getting more progressive each year, gambling is still prohibited. Keep in mind that even displaying your deck of cards in public places is enough to get you arrested because of the Playing Cards Act. However, there are rumours that Thailand might start considering legalising casinos to lure in more tourists. But since nothing has been confirmed yet, it’s safe to keep your gambling habits at home.

Be mindful of scams

When you’re a tourist, one of the most alarming things you should avoid is getting scammed. This is especially true when you want to ride a tuk-tuk, also known as the motorized rickshaw. They will offer you a price that seems too good to be true. And if you’re not careful and say yes without thinking twice, they will take you around jewellery shops and antique stores to convince you to keep buying.

Here are other Thailand scams you should look out for:

  • The Sombondee Restaurant scam – When you ask the driver to take you to a restaurant, you might find yourself at the Sombondee Seafood Market. The place offers highly expensive food with substandard quality, and the driver gets a portion of your payment for bringing you there.
  • Fake baht – Be extremely careful with the fake baht scam. When you visit a store and you pay with a banknote, the owner might claim it’s counterfeit. They will excuse themselves for a while to inspect it closely, and when they come back, they have already swapped your real money for something that’s counterfeit.

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