When it comes to touring Thailand you have many options. The best Thailand Tours take you on an immersive journey of the country; however, there are certain sites you just can’t miss. Here are four sites in Thailand you need to make time to see!
1. Bangkok’s Grand Palace
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If you want to get a sense of classic architecture and Buddhist customs, the Bangkok Grand Palace is a must see attraction. Construction of the Grand Palace started all the way back in 1782. Instead of being one big building, the Grand Palace is made up of numerous pavilions, buildings, and halls. These structures overlook beautiful gardens and courtyards.
Over the past 200 years, there have been many renovations to the Grand Palace. Only parts of the Palace are open to the public as a museum since it still functions as a working palace with royal offices. As with most Buddhist places of worship, the dress code is heavily enforced at the Grand Palace. No shorts, skirts or tight pants. Women will need to cover their shoulders and men need to wear shirts with sleeves.
Admission to the Grand Palace is 400 THB per person. You should reserve around three hours to explore the massive complex. There are many buildings, statues and beautiful terraces for you to explore at the Bangkok Grand Palace.
2. Sukhothai Historical Park
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Sukhothai was one of the first ancient capitals of the Siam Kingdom dating all the way back to 1238. The Sukhothai Historical Park is a beautiful place to explore by car, bike or a walking tour. The park includes many beautiful structures, temples, Buddha statues and striking chedis. You’ll need to set a full day aside to explore the Sukhothai park.
3. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
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The regular markets in Thailand are exciting and lively, but the Damnoen Saduak Floating market takes it to another level. This market is exactly what it sounds like: a market floating on the water.
Located about an hour and a half from Bangkok, you can get food, souvenirs and fresh produce from the Floating Market. Your tour guide will take you around on a boat which costs around $55-$70 USD for a 1-hour tour.
If you want to experience the floating marketing fully, plan to arrive early. By midday the market fills up with tourists and boat traffic can get a little hectic. You can arrive as early as 6 in the morning and eat your breakfast at the market. As far as food goes, you can get spring rolls, coconut pancakes, fresh fruit and various noodle dishes. Remember to bring your camera and bring cash for the floating vendors!
4. Wat Rong Khun
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Commonly known as the “White Temple” by foreigners, Wat Long Khun is one of the most beautiful sites Thailand has to offer. The White Temple was opened in 1997 after its creator Chalermchai Kositpipat spent over 40 million THB to fund and design the project.
The White Temple is designed in traditional Buddhist temple style with the personal influences of Chalermchai Kositpipat who continues to refine the temple today. The white color is meant to represent Buddha’s pure nature, and the temple uses other symbolism in the architecture to create a thought provoking experience. Admission to the temple is 30 THB per person. There are many coffee shops, souvenir stores and restaurants around the temple.
These four sites are just the tip of the surface of what’s available to see in Thailand. Most of these places will take a full day to explore so don’t rush your way through them. Thailand is home to many examples of masterful architecture and beautiful Buddhist temples. You won’t regret checking out the four sites in this blog post!