Formerly referred to as Siam and officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand, this is a country located in the Northeast Asia, right at the centre of Indochina Peninsula. It is the world’s 51st largest country in terms of size,and it offers a vast array of cultural and natural wonders!
Thailand is bordered to the south by Malaysia, to the north by Burma, to the east by Cambodia and to the west by the Andaman Sea. With a population of close to 64 million people, it is the 20th most populous country in the world. Besides being extremely populous, Thailand also boasts of a tropical climate, amazing food and culture combined with great beaches, which makes it a major attraction for several travelers. Below are a few of the amazing sites in Thailand.
Koh Tao is famously referred to as the turtle island, and this is a tiny island that is situated close to the eastern show of the Gulf of Thailand. It is estimated that approximately 7,000 divers come to Koh Tao to get certified every year, and this makes the island one of the most visited places in the entire world for diving lessons. The diving experience provides the divers with an amazing view of different marine species such as the turtles and the coral, and the spectacular coral reefs simply can’t be missed.
The Grand Palace was the official residence of the King, and previous monarchs, up until the demise of King Mahidol in 1946. The palace is famously known for its variety of architectural designs that transcends contemporary imagination. The designs range from the Ayutthayan temple styles to the Thai blend and lastly the western designs. The palace is also the home of the emerald Buddha, popularly known as the WatPhraKaew, which is arguably the oldest and the most famous Buddha statue in the world.
KoChang Island is considered Thailand’s second largest island and is situated close to the Cambodian border. However, it is the biggest island in the Ko Chang Marine park. The island is among Thailand’s most beautiful and is characterized with several waterfalls, coral reefs, sandy beaches and rainforests. In addition to that, it is home to plenty of wildlife species including, but not limited to, snakes, birds and a few elephants. Recently, the island has become a major travelers’ destination in Thailand and is considered more serene than other islands in Thailand.
PhangNga Bay is located about 95km from PhuketIsland and is considered one of the top tourists’ attractions in Thailand. It is characterized by scenic landscapes, limestone islands and some amazing caves for total adventure. Ko Ping Kan is probably the most famous island among the group of islands having featured in many of the James Bond movies. Furthermore, its scenic nature attracts several travelers from around the world who come to experience the cool climate and the unrivaled view. Accessing the PhangNga Bay is easier through the sea kayak since this is the only way that travelers can get inside the sea caves and the grottoes.