Thailand is considered one of the most traveled destination in the world. The country is always full of surprises and always bound
by limitless attractions. There is always something for everyone here. The Kingdom is southeast Asia's premiere destination with
over 12 million visitors per year sampling its irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples,
outstanding hospitality and superb cuisine. So what are you waiting for, uncover the mysteries and be mystified by the beauty
offered by its nature and experience the un-paralleled hospitality of the Thai people.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is an escape from the Western-style shopping malls of Bangkok and a
glimpse into the past, revealing the centuries' old way of life of the residents whose stilt-houses perch on the
canals. Visitors can explore the market with boat trips and sample the wares of local farmers as they do so. They
can also enjoy the experience of floating through one of Thailand’s many river villages.
Transport: Bus 78 from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Damnoen Saduak Bus Terminal
Opening time: Daily 6am to 11am
Royal Grand Palace
Construction of the palace began in 1782 and was completed in time for the coronation of King Rama I, and opened in
1785 to signify the end of the Burmese invasion of Thailand. The palace itself is made up of a complex array of
smaller buildings, most notably the Wat Mahatat (the Palace Temple) and the Wat Phra Keow (the Royal Chapel),
which houses the famous Emerald Buddha sculpted from a single piece of jade, and one of the most revered objects
in the Kingdom.
Address: Na Phralan Road, Phra Nakhon
Telephone: (0)2 623 5500
Opening time: Daily 8.30am to 4.30pm
Admission: B 250 (adults); children free
The Royal Barges National Museum houses several decorative royal
barges, the earliest of which dates back to 1357. Most of the barges
served as War Vessels at one point, and were subsequently used on royal
or state occasions on the Chao Phraya River. Due to their age the barges
are now rarely used, but their intricate designs reflecting Thai religious
beliefs and local history are of great importance to the country’s heritage.
The barges were last used at the end of 1999 to celebrate the king’s 72nd
Address: Arun Amarin Road, Bangkok Noi
Telephone: (0)2 424 0004
Opening time: Daily 9am to 5pm
Admission: B 30
The Royal Barges National Museum
Situated adjacent to the Royal Grand Palace, Wat Pho is Bangkok’s oldest,
largest and most famous temple. The grounds of Wat Pho contain over
1,000 statues of Buddha, and the temple houses one of Thailand’s most
spectacular sights, the Reclining Buddha - a 157ft (48m) long and 49ft (15m)
high statue that is gold-plated and inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl on the soles of
its feet. In the 19th century King Rama III turned Wat Pho into a centre of
learning and visitors today can still have a massage and learn about the
ancient art of Thai Medicine.
Address: 2 Sanamchai Road
Telephone: (0)2 222 5910 or (0)2 226 2942
Transport: Bus 6, 8, 12 (aircon); public buses 1, 25, 44, 47, 62 and 91; or express boat to
Opening time: Daily 8am to 5pm (closed from 12pm to 1pm)
Admission: B 20
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Jim Thompson's House
American silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson deserves most of the credit for
the current popularity of Thai silk around the world. His fame increased
when, in 1967, Thompson disappeared in the Cameron Highlands of
Malaysia under mysterious circumstances. He has never been heard of
since. The house itself is an excellent example of Thai residential
architecture, and inside is a display of his Oriental art and antique
collection, as well as an array of his personal belongings.
Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road
Telephone: (0)2 216 7368
Opening time: Daily 9am to 5pm (last tour leaves at 4.30pm)
Admission: B 100 (proceeds to Bangkok’s School for the Blind)
Serving as Thailand's capital from 1350, Ayutthaya was sacked by the
Burmese in 1767. During its heyday, the city was a hub for international
commerce. Now many come here to explore Thai history as it is a UNESCO
World Heritage site with magnificent ruins spread throughout the city area.
The best way to experience Ayutthaya is probably by bi-cycle, but takes a
guidebook so you know what you are seeing. The city is easily accessible by
train or bus from Bangkok.
72 kilometers north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Tel: +66 35 246 076-7 (Tourist Information)
Phuket Fantasea Show
Phuket Fantasea is culture night time entertainment theme park on the Kamala Beach. The park features
numerous attractions and adventure into Thailand’s ancient culture and realm of myths. Charming and beautiful
classical dances from Thailand’s various regions play a prominent part in the variety of shows presented. Phuket
Fantasea is the award-winning, Las Vegas-style production spectacle colorfully blending the beauty of Thai culture
with magical illusions, 4-D effects, aerial ballet, acrobatics, pyrotechnics, special effects, exciting stunts and
elephant performances featuring over 30 elephants, all into one unforgettably unique theatrical experience
guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages.
Experience the ultimate extravaganza in the most magnificent entertainment center of the south. We offer you the
complete range of modern and Hi-tech equipment's for the best in light and sound. Here you will find the superb stage
design and our famous "Cabaret" performance.
Simon Cabaret the most exciting place to be on the Andaman Gulf. In our exclusive and luxurious surrounding, you can
look, listen and be impressed with the fabulous Cabaret performance that made "Simon Cabaret" famous worldwide.
Phuket View Point
From this point can be seen the bays Kata Noi, Kata, Karon, and also Koh Poo Island. It is one of the island's best
views. A large public sala, or shelter is there for visitors, and several vendors sell food, drinks, and souvenirs in the area
when the weather is nice. The Viewpoint is between Kata and Nai Harn.
Sino Portoguese Old Phuket Town
A walk down Thalang Road in the late after-noon light is a
journey into the past. Every few meters you walk beneath
arches looming over the sidewalk, and you can imagine
you’ve been transported to l8th century Lisbon or Verona.
The street has a distinctly European feel to it. But closer
inspection will reveal a very different cultural influence.
You’ll see Chinese writing above some of the doors
-sometimes vivid, as though freshly painted, but more often
than not the writing is faded with age and difficult to
It’s hard to provide a blanket characterization of this style of architecture but, in general terms, it’s fair to say that while the columns, roofs and walls are
European in design, with flamboyant Corinthian, Ionic and Doric embellish-ments, doors and windows display distinctly Chinese characteristics with carved
teak louvers and inlaid doors. The merchants’ houses in the centre of Phuket traditionally have Chinese writing above or just inside the en-trance, giving the
family name and occasionally the names of the family gods. Almost all the houses have a small altar in a place of prominence, many displaying memorials
to family members since passed on Both man-sions and townhouses share other similarities. The centre of the house is usually open to the elements,
allowing the breeze to circulate within.
Wat Chalong Temple
Wat Chalong, situated approximately eight kms southeast of Phuket town, with its typical architecture found throughout
Thailand, is not known for its artistic merit.
But the temple still remains the biggest and the most beautifully ornamented of Phuket's 29 Buddhist monasteries.
The Chalong Temple is associated with three revered monks of Luang Pro Chaem, renowned herbal doctors and setters of
bones, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Ahngyee -- Chinese Coolie, Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of Rama
Statues of Luang Por Chuang and Luang Por Gluam, other monks who were abbots of the temple during later times, and who
are the objects of respect and recipients of offerings by Phuket people generally, are enshrined at the Temple.
Phuket's last significant virgin rain forest is a designated national park located in the northern part of the island.
Spend a morning taking a leisurely walk up by the Tonsai waterfall, or, if you want to spend the day walking in the quiet
majesty of a tropical forest, there's an eight-kilometre trek right through the park from Bang Pae waterfall to Ton Sai.
Guides are available at the park, and for 8 kilometres definitely advisable! Much of the forest's wildlife tends to stay out of
sight, but stay still for a while and your guide will point out the telltale sounds of all sorts of animals. If you're lucky, you may
even see some of the forest's unusual creatures. A small museum and information centre is located near the bottom of the
Chalong Big Buddha
Travel anywhere to the south of Phuket City, look up at the ridge of hills
running down the centre of the island and you will see a towering monument
under construction right at the top.
This is the Giant Buddha, as it is known locally, which is destined to
become a local landmark and a place for both tourists and devout Buddhists
Thai Boxing (Muay Thai)
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is one of the world's fastest growing martial arts and revered as one of the most challenging.
There is no substitute for a real fight, which is an adrenaline pumping experience especially if there's a good local crowd
heavily betting. It's generally not as bruising as western style boxing with more skill and athleticism required. High
kicks and punches area allowed and short rounds allow the protagonists to recover those karate style kicks. Wins are
determined by points, although knockouts do occur.
You can see Muay Thai in the Bangla Boxing Stadium located above the Margarita Bar at the junction of Soi Bangla
and Rat-U-Thit Rd. Tickets are 750 Baht - more expensive than in Phuket Town. but then you don't have cab fare if
you're staying in Patong.
Muay Thai can also be found at Sala Muay Thai at the top of Soi Vegas off Bangla Road.
Hua Hin Attractions
This is one of the oldest railway
stations in Thailand. Its unique
feature, the red and white pavilion
formerly served as the Royal Waiting
Room, was built in classical Thai-style
by command of King Rama VI
(1910-1925) for use in the Sanamchan
Palace in Nakhon Pathom province.
This Thailand’s most beautiful
trainway stations of which the local
people are very proud.
Khao Takiap Vantage Point
This hill, jutting out to sea, is lying at the southern end of Hua Hin beach, about 6 km. from town. It has a temple and a
huge standing Buddha image on the hilltop, where a good vantage point is provided. Formerly, visitors had to climb
series of steps to the top of Takiap Hill to enjoy the panoramic views of the bay and Hua Hin town. But now the hill is
easily Accommodations and seafood restaurants are available around Takiap Beach.
Hua Hin Railway Station
Situated in an old typical house on
Naepkhehat Road, the center
features a private collection of
contemporary works of many Thai
artists-paintings, sculptures and local
handicrafts, as well as old furniture
and many pictures about Hua Hin in
Khao Lak & Phang nga Attractions
9 Islands of Similan Archipelogo
The nine islands of the Similan archipelago, lying about 52 miles north-west of Patong Beach, is one of the
best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea. Generally counted among the 10 most interesting dive areas in the
world, this little archipelago has also become a favorite destination for yachts and tour boats.
Today the visitor might be surprised to learn that, until the mid-1980s, the Similans were a frontier known mainly to a
small number of divers and sailors. Ten years ago you could spend a whole week out among these islands and
encounter no one beyond the occasional long-tail boat full of Sea Gypsies. In the winter season these days, by
contrast, the best anchorages are a forest of masts, and there’s a busy traffic in dive-boats and day-tours from Phuket.
Hua Hin Arts & Crafts Centre
This temple is located in Moo 2, Tambon Krasom. Take Highway No. 4, (Phang-nga - Ban Khok Kloi route) for 7
kilometres and upon reaching the kilometre 31 marker at Amphoe Takua Thung, there is an asphalt road going to the
right to the temple, one kilometre away. The locals call this temple Wat Tham. This is an interesting temple of all in
Phang-nga since it is of historical and archaeological importance. Within the boundary of the temple is a mountain with
numerous caves. Tham Yai is located at the lowest level and, inside; the total length of the cave walls is decorated
ceramic tiles, bowls as well as terra cotta ware and Benjarong ware. It is also used as a temple and houses various
manners of Buddha images, one of which is a splendid reclining Buddha image. You can also see many Royal
Monograms inscriptions on the walls of the cave.
Phang-nga National Park
Phang-Nga National Park is situated in a
250,000 rai in Muang District and Takua
Thung. This national park was announced
and been confirmed to be a landmark on
April 29th 1981. To reach this park just look
for the highway number 4 to the south to
Kok-Kloi Sub district and 8 kilometers to
town. Then turn left 4 kilometers to Highway
number 4144 until you reach the national
Phung-Chang Cave is in the area of
Prapasprajimkhet, behind the Phang-Nga
City Hall . There are the beautiful
stalagmite, stalactite and watercourse in
the cave all year.
How to go: It's 700 meters form the
interjection to Phuket and 2 kilometers
from Phang-Nga bus terminal,
Phechkasem Rd. and there are also the
minibuses from there.
The Beach is considered one of the most spectacular of all the Andaman coastal
locations. This idyllic spot is a peninsula that can only be reached by boat, as it’s
separated from the mainland by sheer limestone cliffs. A few quiet resorts are situated
between the two crescent–shaped beaches. In all, there are a number of beautiful
beaches to choose from, but Phra Nang attracts most of the day–trippers as it
features an ancient shrine inside a cave. Those who are fit can hike up a steep path to
the top of the karst and gaze down into a hidden sinkhole lake in the middle.
Fossil Shell Cemetery (Susan Hoi)
This famous island group comprising two smallish, tree–covered, rocky islands: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le. Phi
Phi Don is the larger of the two, and is world–famous for its coral formations and spectacular beaches.
Comfortable but limited accommodation is available along the island’s two scenic bays, Ton Sai and Loh Dalam.
Shops at Ton Sai offer diving and snorkeling trips off Phi Phi Don and around the other islands located nearby,
such as Koh Phi Phi Le, Koh Mai Phai and Koh Yung. The ferry to Phi Phi from Krabi Town takes 90 minutes and
runs twice daily. The Tsunami wiped out most of the development on the island and not much has been rebuilt
leaving it in a more natural state.
Open: daily, 08.00 to 17.00
Admission: 400 baht for national park
Viking Cave In Phi Phi Island
If you are wondering what attracts visitors to Viking Cave it is usually the profound beauty. There is no beach area
on this part of Phi Phi Lei. The island simply juts abruptly into the sea. The actual cave is 3.2 square kilometers
large. This Phi Phi Lei cave got it's name from the Viking ship cave drawings on the wall. The inhabitants of Viking
Cave create the most amazing feature. Thousands of swallows live on top of the 15 meter high ledges. The
collecting of the bird's nests is a regular demonstration on guided tours.
Viking Cave In Phi Phi Island
The Maya Bay in the Phi Phi Islands is shallow with crystal clear water and splendid coral formations. Both novice
and experienced divers are drawn to Maya Bay, because of its abundant rock formation that drops to a depth of 18
meters; and just outside the bay - the 30 meter wall dive with caves, valleys and swim-throughs made by
underwater rock formations. Snorkeling is also popular in Maya Bay. The visibility is unlimited in gentle waters, and
the experience is nothing short of magnificent. It is said that Maya Bay has the most stunning beach in Phi Phi,
and embraces luxury with the fragrance of orange jasmines lacing the wealthy rural Maya Bay Thai village nestled in
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