Marketed as a major tourist attraction and a marker of Thai culture, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is among the most popular floating markets in the world. Boats swaying on the water are navigated by Thai locals and traders who sell all kinds of farm produce, fruits, souvenirs and freshly prepared local foods, which visitors can enjoy while sailing in their own boats.
Known For : Ayutthaya Historical Park Wat Mahathat Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Ayutthaya, short for Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, is a small city in Thailand containing archaeological sites like temples, monasteries, palaces, etc. It lies just 80 kilometres north of Bangkok and hence is an ideal destination for a day trip from Bangkok.
Best Time: November to February
Known For : Bridge On The River Kwai Elephantsworld Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Kanchanaburi is a city situated at the confluence of river Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai. It's well known for its waterfalls and national parks. The most important attraction of this place is the "Death Railway" built during the World War II. All in all, Kanchanaburi is a treat for nature and history lovers.
Best Time: November to February
Known For : Walking Street The Sanctuary of Truth Jomtien Beach
Pattaya is a beautiful beach resort nestled along the eastern coast of Gulf of Thailand renowned for its gorgeous beaches, water parks, unspoiled natureês beauty, religious temples and long walks on the street. Tourists should look out for an amazing nightlife at the island offering a never forgetting experience.
Best Time: November to June
Known For : Trekking/Hiking Wildlife Wineries
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Khao Yai is Thailand's oldest and most visited park established in 1962. It covers more than 2,100 square kilometers. The park boasts a lush green landscape, rugged mountains with thick forests, marvellous waterfalls, exotic species of birds and animals.
Best Time: November to April
Beyond the national park, Khao Yai has a handful of vineyards for an enjoyable wine tasting session. Among countryside roads and vast fields of sunflowers, Khao Yai has a few vineyards Prapatsorn, Supatra, Granmonte. All these, although nothing in comparison to Tuscany or Napa, are huge and Thailand's best wineries. They offer delicious whites and reds both. You can rent a car or motrobike from Pak Chong to drive around these farms and vineyards.
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Known For : Cicada Market Hua Hin Train Station Plearn Wan Shopping Village
Hua Hin is a seaside resort which is popular among both Thai nationals as well as tourists. What was once the royal family's beach getaway is fast becoming a relaxing place to escape Bangkok's city hustle and bustle. Hua Hin is widely known as the original Thai beach getaway. Since gaining the stamp of approval from the royal Thai family, many local tourists and foreigners come to this city to experience laid-back Thai vibes and stay away from the madness of 'touristy Bangkok
Best Time: November to February
The Dream World theme park is located in Thanyaburi, which is an easy 50-minute drive from Bangkok. The amusement park offers a cheerful, bustling ambience, complete with rollercoasters, colourful parades, candy floss, waterworks, flowering gardens, a snow park and entertainment shows. Children and adults alike can indulge themselves in the vivacity of Dream World.
With over 100,000 crocodiles of various species in the facility, Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo ranks among the largest crocodile farms in the world. Trained experts perform fascinating tricks with crocodiles and elephants in daily live shows. There are enclosures where visitors can also feed crocodiles, making for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This is the national park of the highest waterfall in Thailand and resembles the three headed elephant, Erawan. Erawan National Park, named after the white three-headed elephant of the Hindu mythology, is a little far from Kanchanaburi centre. It is a beautiful forest with the 7 layers of waterfalls, bridges and many rocks. Many of the waterfalls have tranquil and serene pools where you can enjoy a swim. This calming retreat should be on top of your list when you visit Kanchanaburi.
Top attraction of Kanchanaburi built by the prisoners of war. Recommended for all the history buffs, Death Railway Bridge was brought to Kanchanavuri by the Japanese during World War II. It was originally made in Java, and then assembled by the prisoners of war in Kanchanaburi. It provided as a link between Thailand and Burma.Thousands of people died during the construction, and hence today many travellers visit this place to pay tribute.
Coral Island, or Koh Larn, is a gorgeous island situated at a distance of around 7 Km off the coast of Pattaya Beach. With the Bay of Bangkok present on the northeastern end and Gulf of Siam on the western side, Koh Larn is synonymous to paradise on earth and is a must–visit place during your trip to Pattaya.
Safari World is one of the most favorite destinations in Bangok, with both tourists and locals descending on the park to spend quality time amongst wild life. Not only a place for gathering knowledge about the ways and lives of wild animals, it offers a host of entertaining shows along with activities. It is an extraordinary animal park that cannot be dismissed as an ordinary zoo. People from all walks of life find it pleasurable to spend some time with wild life with the young children being absolutely fascinated with them.
One hour away from the capital, is a small Thai village that gives a glimpse of Thai culture and traditions. Composed of colourful gardens and beautiful orchards, the Rose Garden Thai Village is a pleasure for every tourist. Visitors are also introduced to the Thai culture through the folk dances, sports, wedding ceremonies and elephant show. You can also treat your taste buds to some authentic local food, and enjoy shopping at the handicraft market.
Khlong Suan is a small town surrounded by fertile rice fields and consisting of an old market that sits beside a canal. Most of the people come here for the local food and to experience the old market which has retained the history of Thailand in its architecture and layout. Muslims and Buddhists have lived for centuries in harmony and peace and can be seen from the mosques and temples that surround the market. You can buy a variety of spices, and try traditional Thai cuisine ranging from Wontons to noodles, and look at some local handicrafts.
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