With the vacation time in full swing, we have people scouting for tourist places that appeals the most to them. Some prefer holidaying in the country while others go on international trips. It becomes a matter of precise selection as to which place is worth their money and all the fun that they are looking for. With the availability of online itineraries, it has become fairly easy to decide to which places can one go. Among those places is a very sought after and popular destination that is Thailand. There is a complete myriad of tourist attractions for those planning to go to Thailand. Here are top 10 things that you must not miss if you plan to visit the place.
Annual Monkey Buffet
As unusual as the name sounds, the Annual Monkey Buffet is one bizarre tradition conducted every year in front of Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi Province. This involves a great feast by bringing over about 600 monkeys as guests to feast over two tonnes of grilled sausages, fresh fruit, ice-cream and a host of other delicacies. The feast is conducted by the locals. The monkeys are considered as the harbingers of a large number of tourists in Thailand. Thus the locals organize the feast for the monkeys. This is done to thank them in helping the people for the improved economy.
The Great Buddha of Thailand
The Great Buddha of Thailand also known as The Big Buddha of Thailand is one magnificent attraction of the place. It can be found in the Wat Muang Monastery in Ang Thong province. The statue is simply gigantic with the height of 300ft and the width of 210ft. It took a considerable span of 18 years to complete the construction of the statue i.e. from 1990-2008. The statue is pleasing as well as awe-provoking being painted in golden, beautifully.
Ko Phi Phi Lee
Thailand has a total of 1,430 islands. The most famous one is Ko Phi Phi Lee. It is located in the Krabi province of Thailand. The island is complete with a circle of steep limestone hills surrounding two shallow bays namely Maya Bay and Loh Samah. Out of the two, Maya Beh is particularly famous for diving and has become more so after the release of the 2000 film, The Beach. The crystal clear water simply adds to the scenic beauty of the island. You would not want to miss out on the opportunity to see the beautiful corals for real in the transparent waters.
Doi Inthanon is the highest point of Thailand being 2,565m above the sea level. It is a part of the Thanon Thong Chai mountain range. The summit of the mountain is one of the favorite tourist attractions for all those who come to Thailand. The landscape at the mountaintop is breathtaking. It is always advisable to take some warm clothes along when planning to go till the highest point of Thailand for it can get pretty foggy and cold there. The temperature can even drop till 10 degrees Celsius. Taking a guide along would be good rather than looking forward to going alone or in a group.
Koh Phangon is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in Southeast Thailand. The island is famous for its Full Moon Parties. It is an all night beach party that is conducted on the night before or after full moon. The ritual of holding this beach party started back in 11985 with only 20-30 tourists as guests to attend the party. Now the guest list has increased to a swooping crowd of 5000-30,000 every full moon evening. Several other parties like quarter moon parties so also originated seeing the popularity of the Full Moon parties but they were eventually banned given the selling of drugs and other substances that was being carried out there. So as of now one still can look forward to the Full Moon party. Though you ought to be cautious.
The Erawan Falls undoubtedly becomes the biggest attraction of Erawan National Park in Western Thailand. The seven layered waterfalls are believed to resemble Erawan, which is a mythical creature shaped like a white elephant with three heads from Hindu mythology. It is a short road trip from Kanchanaburi. The park is always flooded with visitors and especially on the weekends.
If you are into history and would love to see something that has remained somewhat unchanged, then you must travel to the Floating Markets outside the capital city. When it comes to tourists they flock to the tourist market of Damnoen Saduak while the Thai people stick to Amphawa Floating Market. As of today, the Floating Markets with the increased number of tourists have become lesser of farming and agricultural spots. These places now rather brim with scrumptious food. But you would still feel the difference in the shopping style of the inner circle and outskirts of the city.
JJ Green Market
JJ Green Market in the capital city becomes the most colorful and happening night market of Thailand. It is hardly a five-minute walk from Chatuchak. Here you can help yourself to several vintage items and also enjoy the local drinking handouts around. There would be anything and everything that one can find here, be it clothes, shoes, bags, accessories or potted plants. The marketplace has some amazing bars that go on till even after midnight. You certainly will need a lot of energy if you are planning to go to this marketplace. It would be hours of walking around, to be precise.
Night life and Red Light Area
If you are a first time tourist in Thailand and wish to experience the nightlife, then here comes a tip for you. Bangkok, the capital city offers you basically three pleasure zones, Patpong in Silom District, Soi Cowboy in Sukhumvit District and Nana Entertainment Plaza in Sukhumvit District as well. These three places have massage parlors as well as freelancing sex workers. Thailand would simply come across as incomplete without its red light areas.
Sukhothai Historical Park
In Sukhothaai National Park, one can find the ruins of Sukhothai which happened to be the kingdom’s capital back in 13th-14th centuries. Sukhothai literally means Dawn of Happiness. The park consists of a total of 200 ruins also including 21 Temples and the Royal Palace. Many temples found there would reflect the Cambodian and Sri Lankan influences in terms of style. It would be a delight for history lovers. The park is also a site of a festival of light which is held for nine nights around the full moon of October or November.
The next time you find yourself planning vacations in Thailand, you would be sure of the places to visit.