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5 best places to visit in Thailand

If you are planning for a vacation with your family or friends and also want it to be easy on your wallet then these are your 5 best places to visit in Thailand! It is one place that caters to all kinds of travelers and budgets and also has attractions galore to explore and experience.

Be it the natural beauty, the azure blue calm of the beaches, or the majestic temples that stand tall, the diverse culture and the spice that dances on your tongue when you dig into Thai food. Everything about Thailand is exotic and ineffable making your experience memorable.

We bring to you 5 must-visit places in Thailand:

Ayutthaya Historical Park

Ayutthaya Historical Park-Thailand

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An ancient historic park that is 400 years old is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is just an hour’s drive from Bangkok. The temple ruins of Ayutthaya reminds of brilliant heritage architecture that once had a glorious past which was destroyed due to a constant power struggle with Burma. One of the popular icons of Ayutthaya, is the site of the lone Buddha’s head amidst the roots of a banyan tree. Other attractions in the park include Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, Wat Phra Ram Temple, Wat Chaiwatthanaram monastery, and Wat Phra Si Sanphet that are not to be missed.

 

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market-Thailand

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How do you like a memorable shopping experience on a long-tail boat? As interesting as it sounds, Thailand’s Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the busiest floating markets and is just an hour’s drive away from Bangkok. A major tourist attraction which sells clothes, food, souvenirs and fresh vegetables. The mornings are said to be the busiest and getting there early would make things easy for you.

 

Koh Lanta Island

Koh Lanta Island-Thailand

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Away from the humdrum of other beaches in Phuket and Pattaya, the Koh Lanta Island is one of the most pristine islands with crystal-clear water and lush green forest in Thailand, with a spectacular view of the sea. It has a rustic charm and a relaxing atmosphere along the southern coast. The serene atmosphere along the 500-meter long beach is ideal for broad walks, swimming and snorkeling. Other attractions around the island include Lanta Old Town and Koh Lanta National Park.

 

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay-Thailand

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If you have seen the movies, ’The Man with the Golden Gun’ by Roger Moore and Leonardo Di Caprio’s ‘The Beach,’ you would most definitely not want to miss this place called Phang Nga Bay. Located between Phuket and Malaysian peninsula, it is famous for its unusual limestone rock formations and emerald green waters. A boat tour around the place gives a breathtaking view of the cliffs and secluded beaches and is a must-visit in your itinerary while in Thailand.

 

Chiang Mai Sunday market

Chiang Mai Sunday market-Thailand

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Whoever said you can’t bargain in Thailand? Located in the center of Chiang Mai city, the Sunday market is known for a bustling and satiating shopping experience for people who bargain. You get everything from bags, clothes, shoes, jewellery silk, accessories, crafts, and paintings and much more at a throwaway price. It also has a lot of street-food and restaurants that you can enjoy. Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Walking Street starts at 4 p.m. and goes on till midnight. Remember to bring cash and don’t be afraid to negotiate with the vendors.

 

Other attractions in Thailand include Elephant nature park, Tiger kingdom, Railay beach, Bo Sang Umbrella Village, Bangkok’s grand palace, Krabi, Chiang Rai White Temple and of course Phuket.

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