In this time and age, jobs have become more challenging than before. Moreover, we invest long hours and too much time at the cost of other essential aspects of our lives. Loaded with multiple pressure in our daily work, it leads us to experience stress, anxiety, and even depression. Too much time in our work also compromises our family relationships.
We often miss out on valuable family gatherings and bonding opportunities. It is the very reason why a person should take a vacation, not only for himself/herself but also to his/her loved ones as well. And taking a travel vacation together with them is the best way to regain those lost bonding time and rebuild relationships.
However, if you think what’s the best place you can travel to, we highly recommend a beautiful country called Thailand. While there are lots of countries to choose from, Thailand is one of the cheapest countries to travel in. Thailand offers a lot of spicy yet delicious dishes all over the country. But that’s not all, Thailand has lots of tourist spots across the country. We have listed 8 spots that we highly recommend you visit, especially for new tourists.
Rai Leh Beach
This beach is known for being one of the best beaches that Thailand has to offer. It offers beautiful white sand beaches that are hard to find in other countries. When you are here, you’ll feel like you are in another world in the form of a paradise. Moreover, Railay Beach also offers rock-climbing spots if you are adventurous enough. You can also do some elephant trekking, whitewater rafting, snorkeling, and kayaking.
If you are visiting Bangkok, you might want to visit the floating markets for an unforgettable shopping experience. Using a beautifully decorated long-tail boat, make a sail in canals that are filled with a lot of market stalls that sell almost everything from souvenirs, exclusive handmade products, fresh and affordable seafood, to locally harvested tropical fruit.
You can also use the boat for a ride to the city’s hidden temples, such as the Wat Bang Koong temple. It is the famous temple in Thailand that looks like a tree has swallowed it! Moreover, if you are an antique and history lover, visit also Damnoen Saduak. Established in 1866, it is the oldest floating market in Bangkok.
The Grand Palace
Another fantastic tourist site in Bangkok is the grand palace. It offers astonishing historic significance, craftsmanship, temples, and ancient relics that are found in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The palace was built in 1792 and is the home of the Thai King.
However, one should take note that when visiting this sacred place, all visitors must follow a strict dress code. The Grand Palace can still host essential ceremonial occasions like coronations despite its age.
Khao Yai National Park
Riding an elephant is one of the main reasons why Thailand is a popular tourist destination. In Khao Yai National Park, you can spend a day or more with these gentle giants, bathing them, trekking through the forest, and you may even help its trainer to feed them in the morning.
Moreover, Khao Yai National Park also homes to exotic birds, monkeys, and other tropical creatures that only live in Thailand. It is also possible to camp out here, if you are adventurous enough, and have the opportunity to see the beautiful sunrise over the Park’s lush landscape.
Sukhothai Old City
If you are a photography enthusiast, then this tourist spot is the perfect place for you. Sukhothai Old City is considered as the most ancient capital of Thailand. Even after centuries of battle and exposure to the harsh weather elements, the ruins of this old city still stand proud. Sukhothai Old City has now been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Each wall tells its own story of the ancient civilization. And the government of Thailand has been investing a lot of money to restore and preserve this historical site.
Khao Sok National Park
It is the largest virgin forest found in Thailand. It is a perfect place where you can let go of your stress and feel the relaxing natural beauty of the forest. It is said that at least 5 percent of the world’s animal species are found in this ancient rainforest.
You’ll also have the opportunity to appreciate the prehistoric limestone cliffs and ancient caves that slowly formed over millions of years. The rainforest is surrounded by lots of beautiful sceneries in which you can see by canoeing or kayaking.
This Hindu temple sits on an extinct volcano in northeastern Thailand, and it is famously known for its outstanding ancient architecture. The Khmer built this old sanctuary between the 10th and 13th centuries and considered it as the home of the God Shiva. Upon arriving on the site, you see the ancient walkway lined with massive stone pillars.
The walkway will then lead you to the stairway of ‘Naga’ bridges that were guarded by serpent heads. During April, a rare phenomenon occurs in this historical site in which the sunrise aligns with the fifteen doorways of the temple’s upper sanctuary.
The archipelago is one of the best Similan islands diving destinations in the country of Thailand. Located on the west coast of the province of Phang Nga, it offers a lot of wonders beneath the clear waters that surround it. “Similan” is derived from the Malay Sembilan language, which means “nine.”
The islands are home to dusky langurs, crab-eating monkeys, squirrels, lizards, bats, and a good variety of exotic birds. The most interesting view, however, is found under the waves. You’ll be able to see at least 200 unique species of hard coral that you can only find in this site, lots of unique marine creatures and coral gardens. If you are into an underwater adventure, then Similan islands diving is the perfect place for you.
Every person needs to pause and take a travel vacation to lessen the stress caused by overwork. Consider Thailand and visit these beautiful places mentioned above for a memorable Thai vacation.