A beautiful tourist destination in South-East Asia, Thailand, rightly called the “land of smiles”, is known for its natural beauty, friendly people and intriguing culture. Discover, explore and enjoy the exotic islands, serene beaches, floating markets, museums, art galleries and mouth-watering cuisine that the city has to offer. Pamper yourself in the exotic spas and get a glimpse of the vibrant nightlife.
Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is a bustling cosmopolitan city and a shopper’s paradise. Travel around and experience the charm, tradition and culture of its inhabitants. The Grand Palace is one of the most famous landmarks which served as the official residence of the King of Thailand for more than a decade. It is a spectacular sight with magnificent buildings known for its beautiful architecture and the intricate designs. Though no longer the official residence, it is still used for official and other auspicious ceremonies.
The most important Buddhist temple of the country, Wat Phra Kaew, is situated in the west of the Grand Palace. The people of Thailand are influenced by Buddhist values and preachings. It houses the famous Emerald Buddha dating back to the 15th century. The compound wall of the temple is decorated with murals depicting the story of the Ramayana. Some of the other monuments in the temple complex are Model of Angkor Wat, Hermit statue, Pagodas and Elephant statues.
The floating market in Thailand is a unique experience. A bustling market place where sellers set out selling fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and variety of other goods laden in their small wooden boats. The narrow canals are crowded with small canoes paddled by Thai ladies in their wide conical hats, bargaining all the way for their produce. It is a noisy and a colourful market that gives us a glance of the still prevalent traditional way of life.
Pattaya, a popular beach town offers a quieter seaside experience for people looking for peace and adventurous water sports for the more active ones. Koh Larn or Coral Island, situated in the west of Pattaya, is a perfect place to spend a day relaxing near the seashore. Phuket, the most popular tourist destination in Asia is famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. Enjoy a day with your family and friends in the pristine white beaches and enjoy the unparalleled tranquility of the place. The adventure lovers can look forward to scuba diving, deep-sea diving, water skiing, jet skiing and lot more. Enjoy the exotic sea food served in the beaches. Take a ride in the brightly painted tuk-tuks for a local tour or go for Patong beach shopping.
Watch a nerve-racking kick boxing match in the famous Lumpini Boxing Stadium. Thai boxing or Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. It is one of the most famous martial art forms in the world. A must see for every visitor of Thailand is a football match played by elephants, a unique event organized by the Maesa Elephant Camp. The elephants are trained to play football as well as paint. View some amazing paintings created by the jumbos and watch them scoring splendid goals in the football ground.
Thai cuisine is a blend of different flavors that makes use of various herbs and spices. Khao or rice is their staple food and is accompanied with various dishes like chicken, pork and vegetables. Try out the famous hot and sour Thai soup, Tom yam or a typical rice soup called Khao tom, fried rice noodles and a wide variety of mouth-watering cuisine.
There are innumerable shopping complexes, malls, fashion boutiques and local markets for a wonderful shopping experience in Thailand. Shop for handicrafts, Thai toys, dolls, Thai paintings, wood carvings, antiques, gems, jewelry and any other products you would love to take back home. Also, check out the rattan furniture, a specialty of Thailand. The furniture are exported to as far as America, Egypt and South Africa.