Since some twenty or so years ago, traveling to Thailand was considered nothing less than daring but not so any more. Today, it is amongst the most popular destinations in the East. From the stunning beaches of Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi to the cosmopolitan charm of the capital Bangkok; and from the vibrant plains to the magnificent hills of the Golden Triangle, the Thai kingdom has much to offer and one visit is never enough to discover all its facets.
If you are visiting Thailand, here are some places you may wish to explore.
Amphawa: Located about 63 kms from Bangkok, Amphawa is where you will find the signature floating market of Thailand. It cuts through a small community village and canal Amphawa. A popular day trip destination, Amphawa is dotted with cafes, restaurants and wooden-shop houses selling souvenirs and Thai sweets. You’ll find vendor boats parked along the canal banks ready to whip up a bowl of noodles and sea food. Long-tailed boats leave at regular intervals for a scenic tour of Mae Klong.
Ayutthaya: Once a prosperous Siamese trade and political capital, Ayutthaya is the most devastated city in the country’s history. However, the magnificent ruins ensure its place in the tourist map and wandering through its streets you can’t but be awed by the craftsmen of yore and their spiritual beliefs. The main attraction is the Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can see the four spectacular temples of the early Ayutthaya period set against a dense canopy of ancient trees. Besides, you can also visit other attractions in the area including the Ayodha Floating Market, Ayutthaya Boat Museum, and the Bang Sai Royal Folk Art and Crafts Centre.
Bangkok: The cosmopolitan capital of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the most compelling of all Asian cities. Here, the swanky shopping malls and skyscrapers share space with ancient temples. From shopping to Thai massage; from gleaming palaces to a rocking nightlife, Bangkok offers everything and more.
Chiang Mai: The cultural capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a land of colourful hill tribes and misty mountains. Besides, it is also a paradise for shoppers and the adventurous. Here you can also hone your skills in Thai cooking. The verdant valley on the banks of the Ping River was founded in 1296 – today it is a place where both the old and the new co-exist peacefully.
Hua Hin: Located at a short distance from Bangkok, Hua Hin is an ideal location for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the Thai capital. The sea side resort has been the retreat of the royalty and the celebrities since 1920s and still holds its appeal. There is much you can do here from lounging on the beaches to exploring historical sites and indulging in shopping. Also, if you are here for a longer stay, you can choose from a range of affordable Thailand villas equipped with all facilities for a comfortable stay.