Thailand has long been a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world. There is everything: beautiful beaches, unique reserves, majestic Asian architecture, and reckless entertainment. But let’s start with the capital.
Bangkok is a city of contrasts. It combines the fabulous eastern luxury and wild slums, ancient millennia temples and trendy nightclubs. In Bangkok, hundreds of skyscrapers are side by side with dilapidated buildings, and religiosity coexists with debauchery.
This is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet; about 8 million people live here. It’s no wonder that Bangkok is one of the five cities in the world with the biggest traffic jams, so it’s more convenient to move around on the smart motorikshs called tuk-tuk.
The nearest nice beach is in Pattaya, a two-hour drive from Bangkok. But this resort is not designed for a quiet family vacation. Tourists come here for entertainment and adventure. Pattaya is called the sex capital of Thailand; there are more than a thousand bars, which employ 20000 available girls. Formally, prostitution is strictly prohibited in Thailand, but informally everyone understands that sex business brings a colossal amount of money to the country, so the police and authorities close their eyes.
At the same time, the Thais are very religious; their temples are impressive with their beauty and incredibly huge statues of the Buddha. There are more than thirty thousand temples in Thailand. The most sacred place in the country, which the royal family even attends, is in Bangkok. It is a functioning monastery – Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is part of a single architectural complex with the Royal Palace, which covers an area of about 95 hectares. The entrance to the temple is guarded by bronze lions, and inside it is decorated with frescoes that tell of the life of the Buddha. The temple got its name in honor of the emerald (actually jade) statue of the Buddha, which was found in the 15th century on the territory of Chiang Rai. The tour costs 16 dollars.
Another no less interesting cult structure is Wat Arun or the temple of the Morning dawn, named after the goddess of the dawn – Aruna. The main tower of the temple is decorated with pieces of Chinese porcelain from the Chinese ship which sank nearby. You can get to Wat Arun on the ferry for a fee, as the temple is located on the other side of the Chauphraya River. The entrance to the temple costs $ 2. In Bangkok you should also visit the temple of Wat Pho with a 46-meter statue of reclining Buddha (entrance – $ 3) and the temple of Lak Mueang with two gilded phalluses as symbols of luck and prosperity (entrance – $ 2).
If you come to Bangkok with children, I advise you to visit the famous oceanarium “Siam Ocean World”. Here, as in the underwater kingdom, you can see thousands of colorful fishes and even sharks. The ticket costs 25 dollars.
In Thailand, you will be pleasantly surprised by non-standard national cuisine and the famous Thai massage. The cheapest massage in Bangkok is done right on Kaohsan Street. For 5-10 dollars, you can relax for an hour and enjoy bliss under the skilful hands of Thai women.
If you come to Pattaya, then you can visit the Mini Siam Park, which gathered in the open air the most important tourist attractions in Thailand at a scale of 1:25. In addition, in Pattaya there are the famous pedestrian street Walking Street, Floating Market, Elephant Village, as well as various shows and cabaret, the most important of which, of course, is the “Tiffany Show.” This is perhaps the most famous in the world and popular cabaret of transvestites. Some viewers joke that to go to the show is worthwhile, at least for the sake of looking at the wonders of plastic surgery. The ticket costs about 25 dollars.
A distinctive feature of Thailand is a huge number of national parks and reserves. The most famous are the Khao Yai National Park (near the town of Pak Chong), striking with its waterfalls, orchids and elephants; the Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai province, where the highest mountain of Thailand, Doi Inthanon, is located (2565 m above sea level); a marine park on the island of Samet with magnificent coral reefs; the Erawan National Park (near the city of Kanchanaburi) with a seven-story waterfall; a park of waterfalls and birds Khu Khut, located in the lake in Songkhla province. One of the best places for diving is the Tarutao Marine Park in the province of Satun.
Thais themselves are smiling, cute and affable people. Communicating with them is usually a very pleasant process and it is probably the friendliness of the Thai population has played into the hands of the popularity of the resorts of this country all over the world. Thailand is rightly called the “Land of Smiles” and, looking at the local people, you understand why.
As you can see, Thailand is rich in attractions and entertainment. Every tourist will find something of their own here. If you have not already visited this interesting country, it’s time to start planning your trip!