There are lots of amazing places to visit in Thailand for all types of travelers to explore right from breathtaking sights to natural attractions to national parks. Below are five places which you should not skip if you are travelling to Thailand.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is about an hour and a half drive from Bangkok and is habitually crowded with hundreds of vendors and consumers floating in long tail boats to sell and buy local food and fresh produce, which are mostly grown in the nearby farms. Vendors sell stir fried dishes, pancakes, noodles and spring rolls which you can munch on the boat as you witness the market. It is a very eye-catching destination for travelers who like to explore the traditional style of buying and selling goods.
Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)
It is one of the major attractions of Northern Thailand and is 20 minute drive south of Chiang Rai. The White Temple was badly damaged due to a strong earthquake in 2014. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist with his strong dedication restored the temple and expanded further beautifully. To symbolize Buddha’s pure nature, he used white color, instead of typical gold which is usually observed in other Buddhist temples throughout the world. He constructed the temple to be a center of meditation and learning for people to gain benefit from Buddhist teachings.
Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park is located about five hours north of Bangkok and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. This wonderful place can be explored by car, bicycle or walk. Inside the park there are numerous impressive structures including temples, chedis and Buddha statues. If you want to explore this place completely, it will consume your whole day.
Bo Sang Umbrella Village
If you love something colorful and handcrafted, then this is the place to visit. A 30-minute drive east of Chiang Mai town is Bo Sang, a village that specializes in handmade bamboo umbrellas. There are many shops in the village selling a huge variety of exquisitely painted umbrellas along with other handicraft products. It gives tourists to opportunity to watch the entire process and purchase whatever designs you like.
It is an area about 45 minutes north of Chiang Rai where the Mekong River separates Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. The museum was specially made by the Thai royal family in their efforts to educate the public on the history of the opium industry and its effects on opium users. It is one of the most detailed museums in the country and contains several exhibits, film clips, photographs, tools and information.
Hugh Xavier is a writer of this article. When he is not writing, he can be found exploring new places and foods, especially weird ones.