Top Tourist Attractions in Thailand
By: Macon Gravlee
Thailand construes to mean ‘the land of the free’ and true to its name, there are so many free things that you can only get in Thailand. Thailand lies in the heart and soul of Southeast Asia and is arguably the most beautiful place in the world. Be it the mouth watering dishes, lush green forests, the soothing winds, and the alluring beaches, you are sure to experience true exotic beauty, but only upon visiting Thailand.
First things first, Thailand is geographically divided into 4 – the north hosts the forests and mountains, the central hosts farms and paddy fields, the northeast plateau is known for its rich anthropological and archaeological heritage and the southern peninsula is famous for tropical islands. People in the southern peninsula do tin mining, rubber cultivation and fishing.
Thailand’s diversity is beyond a shadow of a doubt rich, as there is more than meets the eye. From the welcoming and friendly people, to unrivaled culinary feasts, affluent history, great biodiversity, and outstanding beaches. Whether you are looking for a romantic holiday destination, a shopper’s paradise, or a haven to sample different culinary feasts, Thailand offers something for every traveler.
Some of the sporting activities that will give you a break from the beaches include snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing, and wind surfing to mention but a few. The capital city of Thailand is Bangkok, which construes to mean the ‘city of angels’. Bangkok is a mini Thailand in its own rights, what of the many activities that take place in the city. It is the hub of industrial, commercial and cultural activities but amidst all the bustles and hustles, you can still experience some serenity and simplicity by visiting the Buddhist temples.
Being a cosmopolitan and all accommodative city, the Buddhist temples are strategically located close to cafes and nightclubs, talk of real convenience. A major tourist attraction you might not want to miss is Phuket, famous for its exotic island, an engaging and pulsating nightlife, and multi cuisine bars and bistros all closely located to each other for convenience. Of equal importance and a must visit is Chiang Mai, a location that combines the best of the old and the new of Thailand. In Chiang Mai you will find detailed temples and cultural remnants some dating back to 700 years ago. The Doi Suthep monastery is located over a mountain and overlooks Chiang Mai.
Being a cosmopolitan destination, communication is easy as most of the tourist spots, restaurants, hotels etc speak English and common European languages. By the same token, transportation is easy as you are lost for options, from a taxi, a city bus that operates within the city, a tuk tuk (a three wheeler that allows you to ride open air) or if you are traveling long distance, you can always opt for the train.
Thailand has 3 major seasons with the cold one starting from November to January, summer commencing from February to May, and the rainy season commencing from June to October, but has enough sunshine for a perfect holiday. Many tourists however prefer to visit Thailand over the December and January months as it is the ideal season to party and relax.