The most iconic destinations in Thailand for your reference
When a place can be considered as an “icon”, it surely has a beautiful appearance at first, and a good story behind, which is strong enough to represent its home country. And Thailand, the diversified land, a country with the ability to satisfy any travelers, owns a number of iconic landmarks which can showcase the best of it. Here are some.
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
Bangkok admirers must be so familiar with the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha), two well-known architectures which can be found within the same complex. These two landmarks are considered as a must in any Bangkok trip. The intricate details and grand architecture appeal to photography lovers and those interested in history and culture are sure to enjoy the various displays. The celebrated Emerald Buddha is one of the nation’s most revered religious statues.
Also known as the Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s most unique temples which is located on the Thonburi side of the river. Colorful pagodas and spires that tower over the water are what build up the reputation of this riverside temple. You can climb up the ornate structures for great views over the surroundings and appreciate the fine details up close. Mythical garuda figures surround many of the pagodas.
Wat Prathat Doi Suthep
Wat Pratat Doi Suthep is really an iconic place with a glittering golden pagoda surrounded by beautiful pavilions and buildings. This pagoda is one of the main tourist attractions in Chiang Mai which houses a relic of the Lord Buddha. After climbing more than 300 steps, you will reach the hill-top temple, with colorful naga statues slithering down the staircase and great views across the nearby area. The outer terrace boasts small shrines, trees, flowers, and statues, while the inner terrace is where you’ll find the main tiered pagoda as well as Buddha statues in various poses.
Wat Rong Khun
All you can say about Wat Rong Khun is “impressive”. The young age seems to not affect the rank rising of Wat Rong Khun as one of Thailand’s must-sees. The sole unique white painting makes it become a “snow-white” staying in Chiang Rai’s jungle. There is controversial artwork within the main temple building, reached by traversing a walkway with ghostly limbs reaching up from underneath. However, its gleaming white designs and fairytale-like appearance still make Wat Rong Khun become an icon in Thailand’s travel map.
Bridge Over the River Kwai
Visitors come to the bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province mostly to experience the dark history hidden here. This black metal bridge is considered as a symbol of the damage suffered by Thailand during wartime. Part of the proposed Thai-Burma Railway Line, also known as the Death Railway, it was part of Japan’s ambitious schemes to connect the neighboring countries by railroad. Built using mainly forced labor, many people lost their lives building the railway and the bridge.
Many people, especially movie fans may find State Tower to be very familiar, and yes, it truly is. Impressing public awareness in 2011 with many scenes in the blockbuster The Hangover II, this landmark quickly becomes a highlight in many Thailand tours. Parts of the film were shot in the Sky Bar at the top of the tower, part of the high-class Lebua hotel. The bar’s golden dome and circular bar area on a large open terrace are now among the city’s most recognizable sites. Having a drink at the world’s highest open-air sky bar is also often on many visitors’ wish lists.
Ko Ta Pu
Ko Pa Tu is a strange name, but its picture is not. Located in the sublime and scenic Phang Nga Bay, the spire-like karst rises up from shimmering waters with other greenery-clad limestone rocks in the background. Located just off the coast of the small island of Khao Phing Kan, together they are commonly referred to as James Bond Island since it was featured in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Thailand is known widely to the world by multiple world-class movies, and The Beach has done a very good role in pushing Maya Bay’s reputation. Maya Bay is part of the uninhabited Koh Phi Phi Leh, the smaller of Krabi’s Phi Phi islands. Soft white sands cover the beach, long-tail boats bob on the waters, and limestone karsts rising from the waters to almost enclose the bay. The wildlife-rich patch of the jungle behind the bay adds further to the appeal.
Haew Suwat Waterfall
Haew Suwat Waterfall is another of Thailand’s natural features that featured in The Beach. Found within Khao Yai National Park, itself one of Thailand’s most-visited national parks, the large waterfall tumbles down a 20-meter-high cliff to reach a pool at the bottom. It is surrounded by thick jungle and there’s lots of flora and fauna to spot.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
No one wants to miss Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in their Thailand trip, as it is one of the most famous markets in Thailand. Located in Ratchaburi province which is very near to Bangkok, it draws scores of tourists eager to experience a different way of shopping and see how trade was traditionally conducted in the Land of Smiles. If you go early in the morning, you’ll see boats rowing to the market area from nearby waterways, laden with fruit and vegetables, cooking equipment, clothes, souvenirs, and more.
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