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Must-see Destinations

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Bangkok

The capital of  Thailand is Bangkok, and this sprawling metropolis is a blend of centuries of culture, ancient palaces and many modern skyscrapers which make it a fascinating mixture of architectural designs. Among the buildings in the city, you will also find floating markets, where boats are stocked to the brim with fresh fruits, coconut juice, and Thai food. The three most well-known markets are  Damnoen Saduak, Amphawa, and Klong Lat Mayom with Damnoen Saduak being the most famous floating market in the country. Another way to get away from the hustle in downtown Bangkok is by visiting the Bang Krachao Gardens. Here you find trails, lush tropical trees, lakes, and unique houses. The capital is said to be the most developed city in all of Southeast Asia which should not be missed on a trip to Thailand.

Thailand Islands

South of  Bangkok, along with the coast, is the many beautiful and world-famous beaches and exotic island resorts that are the envy of other countries. There are many places to relax and recuperate after a visit to the capital. Snorkeling, diving and swimming in the azure waters or sunbaking and relaxing on the pristine beaches is a great way to spend some time. Places like Phuket, Pattaya Bay, Ko Samui, and Phi Phi Islands are just a few of these wondrous places where, when the sun goes down, the party begins.  

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is loved by Thai’s like a cultural and religious center but in more recent years has become a  dynamic, modern city, successfully mixing the old walled town with a huge industrious handicraft scene. In Chiang Mai, you will find 120 magnificent temples that are spread around the city, where monks are to be seen, and you can even get a little chat with them. It is also in Chiang Mai you will find the Karen women who decorate their necks with rings to get a long looking neck. The city is also known for the release of 3.000 paper lanterns into the sky as a tradition for the Lanna people in Northern Thailand and take place during the full moon of the 2nd month of the ancient Kanna calendar.  

Chiang Rai

As part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ tour, Chiang Rai is often passed on the route. Here you will find the white temple. Wat Rong Khun is not a typical temple, as the interior is dotted with paintings of popular culture. If you look closely, you are going to find Michael Jackson, Superman, and even the Despicable Me minions! Another must-see when visiting Chiang Rai is the Blue Temple (Rong Suea Ten) and the Black Temple (Baan Dam). Beside outstanding and different temples you should also head to Doi Mae Salong. Here hilltop settings and tea plantations are found, which is quite unlike anywhere else in Thailand. Explore the surroundings by yourself and enjoy the beautiful landscape.  

Ayutthaya

On the UNESCO World Heritage list, you will find Ayutthaya, which is Thailand’s hidden archaeological gem. It is brimming with Buddhist temples, ancient statues, and monasteries. It has been noted to date back to 1350 and was the biggest city of its time counting 1 million residents. If you get tired of visiting ruins, you should head to Bang Pa-in Palace which is also known as the Summer Palace, where the royal residence is the best-preserved compounds in Thailand.

Mae Sariang

A charming and quiet town in the  Mae Hong Son province, surrounded by mountains and forest. The city is unknown, and you will meet a few tourists in the town which is surrounded by rice fields and is very productive in the farming community.  Here you can experience local lifestyles and see the people selling everything from fruits to insects. While visiting you should visit the famous temples of the city such as Chom Thong Temple, which got a stunning view of the town, river valley and countryside.  

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