The world famous tropical destination of Thailand is packed with things to see and do. From breathtaking natural scenery and monuments to unique activities and excursions, it’s impossible to cover everything in one trip! Here’s a few of the best of both to help you make the most out of your visit here.
SEE: THE GRAND PALACE AND WAT PRAKEAW
If you’re only in Bangkok for a short time, the Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw are definitely a must see. The city’s most famous landmark was built in 1782 and was home to the Thai Royal Family as well as the Royal Court and the administrative seat of government for over 150 years. Nowadays the palace serves mainly as a tourist attraction but is still used for official royal ceremonies and within its walls one may find Wat Prakeaw, the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. Wat Prakeaw is home to the Emerald Buddha, considered the most holy icon to Thai Buddhists.
Only an hour’s drive from Banbgkok, the old capital of Ayutthaya was once a thriving and prosperous city where the majority of the country’s trading took place. Ayutthaya attracted traders and emissaries from all over the world and maintained close diplomatic ties with countries such as Portugal, China, Japan and France. Art and culture flourished in Ayutthaya, evident today by the many ornate and beautifully designed buildings that make up this popular tourist attraction. In just over 400 years, Ayutthaya went from becoming Thailand’s thriving capital to a plundered and ransacked city in ruins, its inhabitants forced to flee by the invading Burmse army in 1767.