Officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand – and previously called Siam – Thailand is a prominent country of Southeast Asia, especially so for tourism. Thailand boasts of many popular destinations – be they natural or cultural in significance. Also known as the Land of Smiles, the country and its friendly residents therefore can show foreigners so many reasons to visit the nation, but since listing all these reasons is an impossible feat, below are the very best jewels of Thailand you’d want to make sure to see if you ever set foot in Thailand as a tourist.
1. The Beaches – Thailand boasts of some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. Of special notice are the beaches of the Phi Phi islands: the family friendly resorts of Phuket and the other islands in this group are amongst one of the most popular tourist destinations. With many different recreational activities and water sports, the family friendly resorts in Phuket are definitely the best choice if you’re planning for a family trip overseas – the kids will definitely love it!
2. The Grand Palace – The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is the hub of the country for obvious reasons. You’ll definitely spend a day or two in the capital – there’s actually quite a lot to see in the city, besides the obvious souvenir shopping spree in its shops or simply walking along its many busy streets. Among one of the things you should not miss is the Grand Palace, that is, where the royal family resides. The palace is an excellent example of the level of craftsmanship of the Thailand architects, and is an important centre of cultural significance.
3. Sunday Walking Street – Located in Chiang Mai, the Sunday Walking Street is another spot you should not miss when visiting Thailand. It is simply a street filled with many food stalls and kiosks, all at cheap prices, but it never fails to be crowded every week, no matter what time of the year. You’ll be able to indulge in some of the Thailand specialties, and besides the food stalls, there are also many shops and vendors selling local products, be they soaps or textiles.
The above five are what are considered to be the cream of the crop – but there are just as many beautiful sightings in Thailand! Examples include the Pai, the Khao Yai National Park, the Old City of Sukothai, Ayutthaya’s historic city, Doi Suthep, the Floating Markets, etc. – as you can see, there are just too many to list. Thus, what can be said is only definite one thing: Thailand is a tourist spot that should not be missed by any means!