When most people think of Thailand, pictures of exotic landscapes and fast-paced city streets come to mind. While those scenes are fairly accurate, the true magic of Thailand is in the details – the places that will always be far better experienced first-hand than viewed on a television screen. The colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the utopian Krabi Province beaches are just a few of those places. On your journey through the golden Buddha statue-studded land formerly known as Siam, make it a point to enjoy some of the country’s best:
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A leader in international business, the capital city of Thailand is considered one of the world’s top tourist destinations due to its lively street life, top-notch cuisine and historically significant cultural landmarks. The Grand Palace (pictured) in the heart of Bangkok has served as the official home of the Kings of Thailand (prev. Siam) since the late 1700s.
topten22photo | Shutterstock Traditional Floating Markets |
Wooden boats filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, prepared foods and handmade goods are the staples of floating markets found in Thailand. One of the country’s most well-known is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi (pictured).
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Set between the cities of Krabi and Ao Nang is the blissful Railay Beach. This Krabi Province location is internationally recognized for its paradise-like surroundings, including towering limestone cliffs that attract rock climbers from near and far.
Shutterstock Great Buddha of Thailand |
Contentedly sitting in Ang Thong Province’s Wat Muang Monastery is the country’s largest statue, also known as The Big Buddha. The cement statue rises 300 feet in the air and took 18 years to complete construction.
Shutterstock Thai Cuisine |
A foodie mecca, Thailand brings together a variety of South Asia flavors for an eclectic mix of taste bud-tingling dishes. You’ll find different specialties depending on what part of the country you’re in, like the Burmese-influenced Kaeng hang le (stewed pork curry) in Northern Thailand.
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