Thailand Attractions - what to do and where to go for the best holiday in the country. Thailand beautiful and exotic country, the number of attractions and entertainment it just rolls over.

Once in Thailand, the tourist can afford almost any kind of recreation and entertainment by the extreme, such as rafting and climbing up to the relaxation relaxing on the very secluded islands, where you are completely immersed in communion with nature. Describe all the attractions of the country in one place is very difficult. I will try to show the main ones on types of tourism.

Thailand beach vacation

Thailand is a great place for a beach holiday. Depending on your preference, you can organize yourself beach vacation, as a center of entertainment, and you like this life, and on the very secluded islands, indulging in relaxation and oneness with nature.
If you want to combine a beach and a rich entertainment life, including sex tourism, perhaps the best option for this is Pattaya. At the beaches of Pattaya has its own specifics, the central beach closest to the supermarkets and entertainment centers is considered not very clean.

Central Pattaya Beach

If you have this factor is important, then it is better to live in Jomtien beaches that are away from the bustle of the city and are cleaner, while away on a tuk-tuk to the center can be reached in 20 minutes. Just for such purposes suitable Phuket is the largest island of Thailand.
For a relaxing beach holiday is a good option in Koh Chang, Thailand's second largest island of Koh Chang. Island given the status of a national park, and eighty percent of the territory is covered with jungle of Koh Chang. At the same time there are bars on the island and you can always afford to be delayed slightly.

Koh Chang

If you are interested in very secluded island, as an option can be the island of Koh Wai. Koh Wai is a small island of 6 km. in width and 1.5 km. at its widest point. On two Co Valle Resort, one with a very austere bungalows 200-300 Baht per night and more expensive option with comfortable bungalows about 1000 Baht per night. This is almost the only buildings on the island, and the electricity is produced by generators and is only switched from 18 to 23 hours, which would charge the photo and video equipment, and then give the oil stove. Is not it romantic.

Koh Wai

Rating beaches of Thailand
Periodically, special Thailand's Pollution Control Commission of the medium, check the country's beaches. In 2010, 233 Beach assigning stars, where a maximum of five stars has been tested. The best were the beaches of Krabi and Phang in southern Thailand. That there are five of the six five-star places for swimming: beaches Bi Leh, Koh Rok, Samsao, Ao Kha and Tai Muang. The province Sathun highest rating recorded Lidi beach.

Diving in Thailand

Each year the popularity of diving in Thailand is growing. In the waters of this country has a lot of beautiful reefs and the remains of sunken ships, and the representatives of the underwater world is a lot of marine life, including blue stingrays, manta rays and whale sharks, crabs, spiders, mantis shrimp, squid, parrot fish, lionfish , sea turtles and fire gobies.
Diving season in Thailand depends on the region: in the Andaman Sea - from November to May, in the east of the Gulf of Thailand, you can dive all year round (but there is better visibility from November to March), and in the west - from February to May. Diving centers have almost any Thai resort, but most of them are in Pattaya and Phuket. The main attraction for divers near Pattaya are two sunken vessel, the tanker "Vertical" and the vessel 40's "Hard Deep." Place the "number one" in the world to observe the whale sharks is in the Surin National Marine Park. The park is located 77 km. to the west of Ranong province. Surin National Park, considered one of the best places in Thailand for diving.

Richelieu Rock
At 16 km south-east from Surin, there is a rock Rishile, is another place that is chosen by whale sharks.
Koh Bon Island
Koh Bon is a great place for deep-sea diving, thanks to the reef, disappearing into the depths of 45 meters. Only here you need to be sure to remember the strength and variability of flows.
Similan Islands
Similan Islands - a group of uninhabited islands in the Andaman Sea, declared in 1982 a national park. Similiany are among the ten most beautiful islands in the world. Here, a large number of hard and soft corals, reef fish. Larger representatives of the underwater world of stingrays and whale sharks, too, do not bypass this place party. Especially between February and May, when the water is particularly rich in plankton. 

Rock climbing

Rock climbing in Thailand is practiced wherever there are rocks. One of the best places for this are considered to be the rock in the central region, near the wildlife reservation Huai Kha Kheng in the province of Uthai Thani, as well as limestone mountains stretching through Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khuri Khan.
Recently gaining popularity climbing on Phra Nang Peninsula. Many even call this place the mecca of mountaineering in Thailand. To get to the beach Pranang best taxi from Krabi town (1 hour) or by boat from Phuket (2 hours). Almost all the beaches and rock Pranang have mastered a large number of routes for both beginners and professionals. Climbing guides on Pranang are highly qualified. Cost of services from 30 to 70 $ per day of classes. The best season for climbing to Pranang is the period from November to May.

Rafting in Thailand

Rafting in Thailand is becoming increasingly popular, especially for this purpose there are all conditions. Rafts can engage people virtually zero preparedness, as in the rivers of the country there are thresholds of any level of complexity from 1 to 5. The main places for rafting on wild rivers, especially after the rainy season, are in the north (from June to October) and in the northern the outskirts of the central part. Rafting in Thailand is becoming increasingly popular, especially for this purpose there are all conditions. Rafts can engage people virtually zero preparedness, as in the rivers of the country there are thresholds of any level of complexity from 1 to 5. The main places for rafting on wild rivers, especially after the rainy season, are in the north (from June to October) and in the northern the outskirts of the central part. Phuket excursions, with a trip to the neighboring province of Phang Nga, where the mountain stream flows Song Phraek, on which the alloys.
Below is a table with the name of places for rafting, level of difficulty, the best time to visit and about the time on the alloy. Map of best dive sites in Thailand

Thailand attractions


The cultural historical and natural attractions of Thailand

The territory of the country can be divided into four regions: North, Northeast, South and Central region. The central region is considered the most tourist it includes Pattaya and Bangkok.

The central region of Thailand

This region is rich in cultural and historical sights and the main place of their arrangement is the capital of Thailand Bangkok. This city has many faces, and combined the modern urban city and the beauty of the Buddhist temples.
In Bangkok, there are more than 400 temples, the most famous and beautiful of which is the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha Temple of the Dawn and Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Grand Palace, is the most significant of the many temples and attractions. And it is significant and interesting not only for tourists, but also has great significance for the Thais themselves, for them it is one of the most sacred places in Thailand. Grand Palace is a complex of palaces and temples of incredible beauty. The area of the palace is divided into an open area free to visit and closed. To visit are not available royal residence and offices. Construction of the palace began in 1782 and officially ended in 1785. The area of the Royal Palace 218 thousand square meters. (For comparison, the area of the Moscow Kremlin is 277 thousand sq. M), and the length of the walls around the perimeter of 1900 meters. Despite the fact that the palace is the official residence of the Royal Family of Thailand, the King and his family do not live here since 1946. In 1946, under mysterious circumstances died, King Ananda Mahidol Rama VIII, and since then the royal family resides in the palace chitralada also in Bangkok. Here, the king appears only for formal occasions. Hours: daily seven days a week from 8:30 to 16:30 (tickets and entry of visitors stop at 15:30). Entrance fee, the price of the ticket also included a passage in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. For a fee, you can take the media player, an audio guide in Russian. Grand Palace is located next to the legendary Khaosan Road.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) – the most sacred place in Thailand, which is visited by the royal family. The temple is located in the Greater Royal Palace. The name of the temple was in honor of it stored in the statue of the Emerald Buddha is actually jade. According to legend, the statue was found in the territory of Chiang Rai in 1431, and according to one version, it was hidden in another statue of Buddha made of clay, and on the other is covered with gold plates. Taking photographs in the church is strictly prohibited. Opening hours - from 6.30 to 16.30. Paid entrance.
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) named in honor of the goddess of dawn, Aruna. The height of the temple according to various estimates from 66.8 to 88 meters, and it is still the highest in Thailand. Anyone can climb it and admire the panoramic view of Bangkok from the bird's-eye view. Before the construction of skyscrapers Temple of Dawn was the tallest structure in the city. Visiting the temple is well combined with the Royal Grand Palace and Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as they are close by. Schedule of the temple - from 8.30 to 17.30. Paid entrance.
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) – it is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok. The temple was built during the city's founding and development of the island Ratannakosin under King Rama I, who decided to move the capital of the former city of Ayuthaya. The temple of the Reclining Buddha occupies 80 thousand sq. M, and the length of the walls around the perimeter of more than one kilometer. But above all, this place is known for the largest statue of the reclining Buddha is 46 meters in length and 15 in height. According to some reports this is the largest statue of reclining Buddha in the world. At the same time, the temple holds the record for the number of Buddha statues in Thailand, they are more than a thousand. The temple work is considered the first Thai massage school, where for a fee you can get training. The temple is located next to the Royal Palace, near the Khaosan Road. Hours: daily seven days a week from 8:00 to 17:00, entrance fee
Wat Pho — one of the oldest temples. The building dates back to the 12th century. It is believed that this is where there was the famous Thai massage. Opening hours - from 8.00 to 17.00. Paid entrance.

In Bangkok, organized excursion to the floating market, where you can ride on the canals of the city and enjoy the authentic Thai life.
Bangkok is located National Museum, which provided a rich exposition, which will introduce anyone to the history and culture of Thailand, starting from ancient times to modern.
In Bangkok or Pattaya there snake farm, where you can see the view from the snakes. At the snake farm is a unique opportunity to try the soup and roast Cobra, as well as a cocktail of her blood, which is cooked before your eyes.
In Bangkok or Pattaya there are aquariums, where you can get acquainted with the life of marine life, but if you want to immerse them in a spacesuit.
Pattaya is located the world's largest crocodile farm, which has about 40,000 reptiles. Here you can feed the crocodiles with fishing rods, take a picture with the oldest animals on Earth, as well as purchase products from crocodile skin.
In Pattaya there elephant village, in which you can see an interesting idea, as well as a ride on the animal.
As in Bangkok and in Pattaya organized excursions on the River Kwai, where you can plunge into the world of wild jungle and see the natural beauty of Thailand.
At about 80 kilometers from Bangkok is located Ayutthaya - the former capital of Thailand.Ayutthaya - this is one of the most important attractions of Thailand. In 1991 the city was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. As from Bangkok and Pattaya from here excursions, but many believe that the short-term trips to explore the ancient capital of small and recommend this for 2-3 days. In Ayutthaya there are hotels of different price categories.

Throughout the world, Thailand is famous for its shows, the most famous of them are Alcazar show and Tiffany Show in Pattaya. In both shows in representations of the actors involved transvestites. For substitutions used cutting-edge music and sound design. Whether you'll be unlikely to impress.
Very popular in Thailand have erotic show varying degrees of frankness from soft porn to erotica action a few meters away from the audience. Visit such a show can be both in Bangkok and in Pattaya.

South Thailand

South of Thailand - a delicious white sand beaches and lush tropical vegetation. In this region, many islands, which are considered the most beautiful in the world. There Ranong, Thailand is the only resort with geothermal sources. In the south, Krabi is a resort, its beaches are considered among the best in Thailand. Trang City, known National Reserve with the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. And not far from the town of Surat Thani is another Ang Thong National Park. In the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat is famous temple of Wat Phra Mahathat Voramahavihan, which holds the tooth of the Buddha. It is believed that this city spread Theravada Buddhism branches across the country.

Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand is part of the legendary Golden Triangle - the cradle of Thai civilization. The main city of the region is Chiang Mai. The second largest city after Bangkok Taya. Chiang Mai - this is the Thai St. Petersburg. The city is known for its ancient temples of the 13th century. Not far from Chiang Mai is located in Chiang Rai. The city is famous for its incredibly beautiful nature and Buddhist temples. The most amazing of which, and a must to visit Wat Rong Khun (Wat Rong Khun) White Temple, also called the white wonder of northern Thailand. Also in Chiangraye has several museums: a good museum, museum of the hill tribes (Hilltribe Museum), which is placed in the center of the city, the Museum of Gold cup (Oub Kham Museum) is located 1 km from the center of Chiang Rai and the Museum of Ho Vattanatam-Nitat (Ho Watthanatham Nithat Museum) is located in the city Hall. On top of Chiang Rai is a good starting point for trips to Myanmar and Laos. In northern Thailand is home to many ethnic tribes, the greatest interest is the long-necked tribe women. Women of the tribe wear around the neck special rings to increase its length.

Northeast Thailandа

North -vostok primarily known for its national parks and a variety of festivals. In Ubon Ratchathani candle festival is held annually in the town Yasohoton celebrate the feast of rain, during which the sky a huge number pyrotechnic launch missiles. And Suri town would be interested animal lovers, there is the traditional November celebration of elephants, which attracts tourists from all over the world.
Khao Yai National Park is situated on the territory of the four provinces. In Khao Yai you can find deer, bears, tigers, elephants, silver pheasants and many other animals and birds. Phu Kra Dung - is another National Park, which is located in Loei province.
At 56 km from the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, in the town of Phimai, located a stone church, the castle of the 9th century. This temple is a fine example of the culture khemerskoy chapels Cambodia.

Thailand East

East of Thailand is attractive for its nature, there are several national parks with waterfalls, pristine jungles and uninhabited islands. In the province of Trat is the Marine National Park, Koh Chang, which is interesting for nature lovers, a relaxing beach holiday and diving. Approximately 50 km from Pattaya is Khao Khiao Open Zoo. It contains animals from Africa, Asia and Europe. The zoo is interesting in that you can touch and feed all the animals are there in the open-air cages, of course, except for predators.
We should also mention the city of Chanthaburi, here it is the largest Christian church in Thailand.

Shopping in Thailand

Thailand is a paradise for shopaholics, you can buy almost everything ranging from exotic bottle with a snake and canned crickets and ending with clothing leading brands. Major shopping centers are located in Bangkok and Pattaya.
In Bangkoka large number of various shopping centers and markets are likely the most notable of all are: Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragon shopping center.

Thailand attractionsChatuchak map

Chatuchak It is the country's largest market in its territory there are more than 15,000 stalls, which sell almost everything. At Chatuchak you can buy clothes, dishes, books, animals, souvenirs and much more. If you want to see a large selection of products at a reasonable price and experience flavor of the Asian market, then you at Chatuchak. The market is very large and that would get around it all, it does not need much time, so it is best to come on in the morning and the stock market is a card that would not get lost. If there is no card, the focus should be on the big clock tower in the center of the market. To get to the market can be a tuk-tuk or taxi, just tell Chatuchak Market. If you take the metro to go it is necessary to "Mo Chit" station, then go with the crowd to the old bus terminal.
Direct contrast to Chatuchak Market, this shopping center Siam Paragon. Siam Paragon, the largest shopping center in Asia and a member of the expensive brands boutiques and famous Thai brands. In terms of price the goods here are about the same cost as in Russia in the boutiques of famous brands, an exception may be products of the Thai production. In addition to the shopping boutiques in Siam Paragon has a cinema - mutipleks, Thai art gallery, exhibition hall, an opera concert hall, several cafes, aquarium Siam Ocean World. The center can be visited, as one of Bangkok's attractions.
In Pattaya also a large number of different shopping centers, which in addition to trade combine a variety of recreational facilities.
Central Festival It is the largest and one of the most popular shopping malls in Pattaya. The Central Festival are fashion boutiques, sport goods, book stores, electronics stores, and much more. On the ground floor there is a cafe which are popular with budget travelers. On the top floor there is an observation deck, which offers a great panoramic view of Pattaya. Address Central Festival - 2nd road, Soi 9.
Close to Central Festival are two shopping centers Mike Shopping Mall and Royal Garden Plaza. Royal Garden Plaza It is the nearest shopping center к Walking Street. Prices in these shopping centers, for the most part, can not be called cheap, because basically there are represented well-known brands.

What would you buy some products at more affordable prices you should pay attention to shopping centers

Big C 1 Address: 78/12 Moo 9, Pattaya Sai Second Rd, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260..
2 Address: 565/41 Moo 10, South Pattaya Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150. Open daily from 09.00 to 24.00.
Tesco Lotus 1 Address 221/19 Moo 5, North Pattaya Rd, Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260.
2 Address  408/2 Moo 12, South Pattaya Sukhumvit Rd, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260. Open daily from 06.00 to 23.00. .
Evening market in Pattaya Thepprasit Market It would be a good option for buying cheap, but the quality may be appropriate. Thepprasit Market is located between the shopping centers Outlet Mall and Tesco Lotus. Hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 18.00 to 22.00.
Floating Market - эthe floating market in Pattaya, you can buy products from the four regions of Thailand. In the market you can take the boat rental and ride on the canals. Floating Market Address: 451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvi-Road Pattaya Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150.
Lukdod  – a huge gift shop with fixed prices. Customers brought here for free, you need to call and send you traffic. Tel. +66 (0) 3842-3223, +66 (0) 8 7889 0506. Near the shops are stalls with souvenirs, where you can bargain for a lower price.
Here is an incomplete list of markets and shopping malls in Pattaya and only the most popular.

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