Traveling Around Thailand – Top 2015 Attractions

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As currencies in the West have been fluctuating a great deal in recent years, people have been trying to work out how to get more for their money on vacation.  One solution is to look further away and see what the East has to offer.  Thailand is becoming a very popular destination for people of all ages and there is plenty to see and do in the country.

Among the must-see places in Thailand for 2015 is the capital city of Bangkok.  This is a city that is becoming increasingly fashionable and has both old and new quarters that are ideal for tourists to explore; it is not uncommon to find a centuries old temple surrounded by modern buildings.  The city is perfect as a base for visiting other parts of the country.

The former capital city of Ayutthaya is just 76 km from Bangkok and is popular with those who want to get a glimpse of the country as it was centuries ago.  This is a World Heritage Site and perfect for learning more about the culture of Thailand.  Why not go from one to the other on a river cruise?  Once there, getting around the sights is easily done on foot.

Wat Phra Mahathat Ayutthaya Thailand

Wat Phra Mahathat

The city of Nakhon Pathom is nearly 60 km from Bangkok and easily reached.  There are many attractions there, including the tallest Buddhist Pagoda in the world, which dates back to the 6th century, and an elephant show that is considered to be one of the greatest around the world.  This is widely considered to be the oldest of the Thai cities.

Pattaya is a popular destination with tourists and can be reached in just a two-hour drive from Bangkok.  It is a beach resort and visitors are almost guaranteed good weather there.  Activities such as water sports are on offer.

Venturing further north there are the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.  Visitors in these areas can take part in tours on elephant back and enjoy the amazing views.  There are also plenty of temples and palaces that are open to visitors.  There are more than 300 temples in Chiang Mai alone and the city is also home to Sunday walking street market and a night bazaar, perfect for picking up traditional crafts for gifts to take home. Just a short drive from Chiang Mai is the Tiger Kingdom, where you can get up close and personal with an adult Tiger.

Chiang Mai Tiger Kingdom

Chiang Mai Tiger Kingdom

Visitors to Lamphun can also tour the temples, which date back centuries.  In the town of Lampang, the main mode of transportation is horse-drawn carriage.  The area of Udon Thani is a must-see for the World Heritage Site.  This is a village that dates back many thousands of years.

For a must-see that is off the beaten track there is the town of Chachoengsao, hardly ever frequented by tourists from abroad.  However, those interested in local culture and Buddhism will be interested in seeing the Phra Phuttha Sothon, which is considered to be one of the most sacred images of the Buddha in the country.

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Updated: February 19, 2015 by admin

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