Officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand, this Southeast Asian country is a top tourist destination for travelers from around the world. Bordered to the south by Malaysia and to the southeast by Cambodia, Thailand is well known for its beautiful beaches, the rich and colorful culture and its great food. Bordered by Myanmar to the northwest and Laos to the northeast, this country is also famous for having a very travel friendly tropical climate that draws guests and tourist year-round.
Originally known as Siam, Thailand is situated at the center of the Southeast Asian Indochina peninsula, with the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea as its maritime boundaries. As the world’s 51st largest country and the 20th most populated, this nation is ruled by King Rama IX, who is the 9th king from the House of Chakri to have ruled this nation since 1946.
Travelers from every corner of the world opt to visit the colorful and beautiful country of Thailand and for very obvious reasons. Any trip to this kingdom in Southeast Asia is full of enriching cultural experiences, as well as sensory adventures. Offering a diverse number of attractions for travelers of any age, anyone who chooses to spend their vacation in Thailand will find it one of the best travel decisions they have ever made. Any trip to Thailand is a treat to the senses, may that be to our sight, hearing and taste. And while you are there for a visit, be ready to be touched by the beautiful Thai people, known for their enchanting smiles.
Start your Thailand journey by visiting the country’s capital city, Bangkok. Famous for being listed in the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest location name, Bangkok serves as Thailand’s economic, cultural and diplomatic center. Known to the locals as the City of Angels, this eclectic city is a sweet mixture of thriving economic industry, exciting nightlife and tempting, exotic cuisine. Join one of their many festivals during your visit, starting with the Songkran Festival, the traditional Thai New Year, held annually from April 14 to 16. Complete your Bangkok experience with a relaxing and rejuvenation treatment from one of their numerous spas, or a visit to its numerous retail shops. Finish your visit with an exhilarating tuk-tuk ride.
Explore a bit more of Thailand by heading to Ayutthaya. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya became the second capital of Siam and was famous around the world for its ruins, which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Start your Ayutthaya travel by visiting one of its three temples, Grand Palace, Wang Lang Palace and Chantharakasem Palace. Include their numerous temples in your travel and start off with Wat Thammikarat on U-thong Road, Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit on Sri Sanphet Rd and Wat Phra Mahathat on Naresuan Road, all showing old Buddha statues and images. To complete your cultural experience, do not forget to drop by any of the museums found on the island, beginning with the Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre, that houses many relics of Ayutthaya’s history. Entrance to the museum starts at 100 baht for adults. It will also prove to be a wonderful experience to visit Baan Hollanda, located on the east bank of the Chao Phaya River. This information center was donated by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to King Bhumibol and his people many years ago.
For those who love to experience its many beaches and enjoy endless fun under the sun, there is no better place to visit in Thailand than Pattaya. Situated at the seaside resort portion of Thailand on the Eastern Gulf Coast, this area is well known for its beautiful beaches starting with Pattaya Beach. Situated at the City Center, the beach is lined by hotels and seaside restaurants, and is bustling with activities of people visiting to experience the many bars and Muay Thai, showcased in open arenas in numerous bars. For those traveling with their families, they can always opt for Jomtien Beach. Located in the southern part of the city, this beach is more peaceful compared to Pattaya Beach and is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, while couples who are seeking tranquility and privacy can always choose to visit the secluded Wong Phra Chan Beach.
Regular visitors to Thailand also choose to visit the enthralling Phuket and experience many of its beautiful beaches. If you would like to know more about Thailand’s culture, you will find a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sukhothai Historical Park a worthwhile experience. Those who like exciting outdoor adventure will choose to stop by the jungle reserve of Khao Sok National Park, located in Southern Thailand.