Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand is a country of diversity. Bright cosmopolitan city life jostles with the serene countryside, jungle adventure, sparkling beaches, and enough history and culture to satisfy the most demanding of travelers. The Thai people are known for their hospitality and though the native tonal language is difficult for westerners to master, many of the Thai people speak some English or other European languages. You should have no problem getting around.

Temples

Bangkok, being home to Thailand`s international airport is the first point of encounter for most foreign visitors to the country. While you`re here, make sure to pay a visit to three of the most famous and well-known Buddhist temples: Wat Traimit, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Keo.

Wat Traimit

Here you`ll find the famous Golden Buddha, a three-meter tall, sitting statue made of gold and weighing in at an astonishing 5.5 tons. It is thought to date back to the 13th century.

Wat Pho

Perhaps the most astonishing of all the Buddha statues in Thailand, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha houses the 43-meter long statue which is also 15 meters high. The 3-meter tall feet depict panels of images representative of Buddha such as dancers, elephants and tigers and are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

Wat Phra Kaew

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha houses a 26-inch tall standing Buddha that`s carved from jade. The temple is regarded as the most sacred in Thailand. Emerald, in the Thai language, refers the color rather than the precious stone.

Beaches
Pattaya Beach

2.5 Miles of sandy beach, packed full of lounge chairs and beach bars, this is a lively seaside mecca of water sports including jet skis and windsurfing. Not the place for a quiet sunbathe but perfect if you`re looking for a vibrant beach experience.

Jomtien Beach

Also lively, but more populated with locals than tourists. Watersports abound, along with beach bars and restaurants for refreshment during the day.

Phuket

The Thai island of Phuket is renowned for its beaches and nightlife. If you get a chance to hop across from the mainland you`ll find trendy beach resorts, perfect beaches, great shopping, and great Thai food in the many restaurants.

National Parks

For stunning scenery including unique flora, fauna, and dramatic waterfalls, you`ll want to pay a visit to one or more of Thailand`s 102 national parks. The oldest, Khoa Yai, was established in 1961.

Touring holidays in Thailand are becoming increasingly popular as there is so much to see and do throughout the country. It seems a waste not to move about and see as much as possible in the time you have.

Travel options include taking local buses or trains, although prices and standards of travel, including speed and safety, need to be taken into account. Many independent travelers choose to hire cars as this option gives the most touring flexibility and allows you to stay longer or move swiftly on as the mood takes you.

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