Thailand, the most popular country in Southeast Asia, is famous among travellers for its incredible beaches, magnificent islands and crystal clear waters. It is just the perfect place for tourists to unwind at its beaches. Indulging in the beauty and the water activities that these seaside destinations have in store is one the most popular ways to spend your vacation in Thailand. However, if you have gotten bored of the island hopping or snorkelling or scuba diving in the waters, then you do not need to worry. There are a lot of beautiful and historic places in Thailand outside of its seaside locations for you to explore too. Just book yourself a luxurious villa in Thailand, and head out to the inlands of Thailand, where places of tremendous beauty wait for you. For starters, here are four must visit destinations of
1. Ayutthaya Historical Park
A UNESCO certified World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya is the Thai version of Angkor Vat, almost. Located just about an hour’s drive away from Bangkok, this historic site used to be the second capital of Siam (the old name of Thailand) from 1350 to 1767. After that, the city got destroyed by the Burmese invasion. Most of the sacred shrines, chedis, and Buddha statues of this beautiful city was destroyed during that time, and the structures which survived were buried in the ground for hundreds of years. Much of these buried sites have been unearthed today. Explore the magnificent temples, palaces, and Buddha statues, especially Wat Phra Ram Temple, Wat Chaiwatthanaram monastery, and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. The overgrown Buddha head behind Mahathat Temple is also one of the major tourist attractions of Ayutthaya.
2. Grand Palace of Bangkok
Bangkok became the new capital of Siam after Ayutthaya was destroyed. The Grand Palace Complex of Bangkok was built at that time. This 218,000 square-meter walled city had royal residences, offices, Buddhist temples and beautiful works of art. You will get to see a lot of striking buildings when you visit the complex. You will get to see a large golden chedi, which is a miniature version of Angkor Vat. You will also get to see various statues of the Chakri dynasty in the Royal Pantheon.
3. Elephant Nature Park
Elephants have been a really important part of Thailand’s culture and history. A trip to the Elephant Nature Park is a great way to know all about these majestic animals and how closely are they related to Thailand’s history. Situated in the Chiang Mai city, the Elephant Nature Park is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for abused, elderly, and injured Asian Elephants. You will get to know how important these animals are in street begging and lodging industry. You will also have the opportunity to feed them, bathe them in the river and spend a day relaxing with them. A trip to this park is a must-do activity in Thailand for every animal lovers.
4. Wat Rong Khun
Situated at a 20 minutes’ drive’s distance from Chiang Rai, the Wat Rong Khun is better known to foreigners as the ‘White Temple’. This ornate Buddhist temple has a really striking appearance, and it has made its way into many Thailand itineraries. This white coloured temple was conceptualised and built by Thai artist, Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. He used white, as opposed the usual gold colour, to represent the purity of Buddha. The mirror-fitted mosaics, the hand filled foreground, the striking architecture turn this temple into a surreal art piece.