Table of Contents Thailand – In a NutshellThailand is a shopper’s paradiseThailand is a multitude of offerings in a platterThailand CurrencyThailand TourismBangkokThings to do in BangkokGrand Palace & Wat Phra KeawThe Temple of Dawn or Wat ArunUnderwater AquariumChao Phraya River […]
The oriental setting, the flamboyant and vibrant nightlife, the exotic beaches, the mouthwatering delicacies make Thailand a tempting destination all over the world. The water sports activity in places like Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, etc., or the Safari World in Bangkok, the sun-kissed beaches, the scenic beauty is a magnet that pulls all to visit Thailand not only once but several times. Vehicles do not honk in places like Krabi, Pattaya or Phuket which makes these places noise free. The climate is such that you can visit Thailand at any time of the year. Thailand is truly a fascinating destination for families, friends, business meets, honeymooners, etc. Thailand welcomes everybody. The smile on the faces of the Thai will make you feel at home. Last but not least, the Spa treatments in Thailand are impeccable. Get a Spa done without fail.
The shopping scene in Thailand is mind-blowing. It’s hand down one of the most enjoyable activities to indulge in. From luxury outlets to street shopping, you can’t resist anything. This fashion-forward country has the best places to shop in. One such place is the Pratunam area. Street shopping is at its best in here. People also visit the Indra Market which is very near to Pratunam area. Not only will you get everything you wish for but also at a very affordable price. This tantalizing country can lift up your spirits anytime.
The flea markets or the luxury malls, the fine dining or the roadside eateries, the historical temples or the grand performances, you have a lot of places to cover in your Thailand Tour. Food Scene/Flavour Fare-The Thai cuisine is famous all around the globe. The fragrance is so inviting that you will automatically get drawn towards it. The fresh veggies, the succulent seafood, the Pad Thai, roll ice creams, coconut ice-creams, fishes and the meats are farm fresh. The ‘pork-sicles’, hot and spicy shrimp soup, Thai meal, etc., each dish will leave your taste buds tingling. The joints on the roads of a 5-star restaurant, you will have healthy and tasty nourishment from both. Here is your complete guide for your Thailand Tour.
The official currency of Thailand is Thai Baht.
People from all over the world flocks to Thailand. It’s a hot favourite destination among millions. The exotic beach locales attract a lot of tourists all year around. The theme parks, amusement parks, the Safari world, and such places are a major draw for families with kids. The dazzling nightlife is also the main attraction for tourists. Tourism in Thailand is throbbing and increasing every year by leaps and bounds.
Do you know what one night in Bangkok does? Answer- The world becomes your oyster, it makes a hard man humble and the tough guys tumble; Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand can weave magic and you cannot break out of the spell. A trip to Thailand is incomplete without Bangkok or the ‘city of angels’, as it is commonly known. Bangkok is a magnanimous opera which keeps on playing and overwhelms the wide-eyed visitors and leave them craving for more. This intoxicating place is always teeming with people. The urban and international vibe of the city is highly infectious. Let this Thailand Tour guide help you decide on the places to see as there are vast numbers of attractions worth visiting. Bangkok is the nerve center of Thailand.
If you can keep up with the pace of the city, you must visit the below-mentioned places:
Grand Palace is the seat of the Thai King. This building was constructed way back in 1782. This grand ancient structure with its elaborate architecture & design is truly a sight to behold. The Temple of Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Keaw is inside the palace complex. His Majesty, The King of Thailand changes the robes of the Emerald Buddha as per the seasons and this constitutes an important ritual for the Thai.
Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s most spectacular temples. The golden colour of the spires glitters as the sun’s rays bathe it. Also during the evening or at night while cruising on the Chhao Phraya River, its radiant classy structure of the Temple of Dawn has an aura to spellbind the onlookers.
The Underwater Aquarium will exceed your expectations by leaps and bounds. The variety of fishes and marine life that the Aquarium has is simply mind-blowing. Along with it, it also has reptiles and amphibians. You will remain awe-struck by the colourful and the types of fishes in there. From clown fish to sharks to sea horses, there so many types of fishes that you didn’t even know existed. It’s also a very enriching experience. There are many sections in the Underwater Aquarium where the staffs of the place will click your picture and while going out you can buy them.
If you do not go for any other sightseeing, you should and must go on a Chao Phraya River Cruise. It’s lavish, full on entertaining, and excellent. You will get to see Bangkok glittering on both sides of the river, Wat Arun standing with all its grandeur. The pier is extraordinary. It houses many opulent shops and food outlets. Book a good and renowned Thailand Tour Package so that you get a great boat where there will be a sumptuous buffet and drinks. Go up to the deck for an amazing view of the surroundings. The sparkling lights from both the sides of the city and the sweet breeze will caress your cheeks making the atmosphere very romantic.
Safari World consists of Marine Park and Safari Park. There are many shows in the Marine Park. E.g. The Dolphin Show, Elephant Show and Walrus Show, etc. There are many bird shows as well as free birds (on trees) with which you can click pictures. Decide on the shows you would like to attend and then navigate accordingly because it’s a huge place. After enjoying at the Marine Park you will be boarded in a small bus which will take you to the Safari Park which is adjacent to the Marine Park. It is basically an open Zoo where all types of animals roam about freely. It’s a totally different experience to see innumerable types of deers, different types of birds, zebras, camels, giraffes, Royal Bengal Tigers, Grizzly Bears, and Lions, etc. in their own natural habitat.
This is a major attraction which is always crowded with tourists from across the world. The floating market has a very interesting concept. Food, fruits, souvenirs, and lots of items are sold over there. The sellers & buyers have to navigate through the stream for selling & buying the items. There are also lots of shops on each side of the stream selling a wide range of assorted items.
Pattaya is not only she-males and cabaret shows. It’s much more than that. Pattaya has beaches, temples, water adventure sports, and a host of other beautiful sightseeing places. This is also a destination for nature lovers. There are a number of places where children will enjoy to the fullest. We suggest your Thailand Package Tour should be designed according to the reason you are visiting Pattaya and members of your family.
Naklua beach, Wong Amat beach, Jomtien beach, Koh Larn, are some of the picturesque beaches in Pattaya. Every beach has a unique flavour. Jomtien beach is the perfect place to unwind with your friends and family. You can go swimming, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, etc. The pristine beach of Wong Amat with its azure waters is perfect for family picnics and spectacular views. The beautiful green mountains encircle Koh Larn. This romantic place is an apt getaway for couples and honeymooners. Here you can take a glass bottom ride, do snorkeling, underwater sea walking, etc. Naklua is a popular hangout beach which has delicious eateries and you can play beach volleyball here.
Alcazar Show and Tiffany’s show are the performances by drag queens and lady-boys. The Alcazar show has been winning the heart of the audiences since 1981. These shows are dazzling and spectacular accompanied by colourful lights, gorgeous costumes, theatrical touch, and amazing sets. After the show, you can take pictures with the performers which are chargeable.
From swanky malls to street shopping, Pattaya has lots of places to shop from. Walking Street is for the creatures of the night.
Pattaya has some outstanding nature parks; The Noong Noonch village, Sriracha Tiger Zoo, Underwater World Pattaya, etc. Noong Nooch was originally planned to be a fruit orchard but Mrs. Nongnooch Tansacha thought of turning it into a beautiful garden. This expansive verdant garden was inaugurated in 1980 and has since become one of the top most beautiful gardens in the world. Tipped as the largest tiger zoo in all of Asia, Sriracha Tiger Zoo boasts of over 300 tigers and approximately 1,00,000 species of ‘cricky’ crocs. There are a vast number of animals living in peace and harmony with one other. Here you can feed a cute tiger cub, take a picture with it; go on an elephant ride, etc. The Underwater World Marine Park is a huge clear tunnel of more than 105 meters. The Touch Pool Zone, Magic Tank etc. are places to have loads of fun.
Your Thailand Tour Package should have Art in Paradise and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Art in Paradise is an art gallery like no other. You will be blown by the 3D illusionary paintings. This is a unique place based on optical illusions. This interactive gallery lets you take mind-boggling photos. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is a family place which has over 300 odd and peculiar collections. The items can make you feel strange or even shock you. Here you will get Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, etc. No wonder this place is called Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium.
This is a magnificent island in Thailand. Sandy beaches, blue sky with white clouds, the serene ocean, palm trees, etc. adorn the beautiful islands of Phuket. The idyllic islands offer one of the best landscapes in entire Thailand. The sunsets are a spectacle to watch. Thailand’s largest and widest Island not only offers scenic beauty but its also gastronomical heaven and the perfect place for the nocturnal beings. Phuket has a great number of shopping and sightseeing options also.
There are a lot of interesting and exciting things to do in Phuket.
Phi Phi Island consists of Phi Phi Ley and Phi Phi Don. The turquoise waters and the surrounding forests give Phi Phi island a stunning look. Take a plunge in these turquoise waters, do snorkeling and be amazed by the rich marine life.
The filming of the movie- Man with a golden gun was shot here and thereafter the island was called James Bond Island. This island is a tourist hot spot. The crystal clear waters, the caves at Tham Lot and the mountains all around make this island very picturesque. The mushroom-shaped limestone rock is a major attraction here.
Enter the magical kingdom of fantasy, entertainment and fun. FantaSea is a theme park in a huge area of about 60 acres. It’s truly a world in its own. There are stalls selling lots of items, street performers showcasing their talents, games parlour and tasty foods to eat. The main show depicts the culture of Thai through dances, aerial acts, a tad bit of fantasy mixed with traditions, etc. Animals also perform in this extravagant show. It also has Asia’s largest buffets providing seats to 4000 hungry diners. This carnival will make your evening wonderful.
Here you will get the chance to give the elephants a mud spa and clean it off in the pool. You can also feed the elephants. You can have a lovely time before you head to the restaurant for a grand Thai buffet. This place is located in the north-west part of Phuket in a lush jungle away from serene beaches and hills.
The island of Krabi lies in Southern Thailand. This attractive beach destination is famous all over the world. Be it for its scenic beaches, bluish green waters, limestone caves and cliffs, mountains, etc. Krabi beckons travelers from near and far. Krabi has a wide range of activities to choose from. Rock climbing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, etc. are some of the leisure and water adventure sports that you can enjoy.
Discover and the picturesque Four Islands and be bewitched by its charisma. The four island trip consists of Phra Nang Cave, Poda, Koh Kai or Chicken Island, and Tup Island. In one word- one island is better than the other. Marvelous views coupled with azure or emerald green waters are a constant factor in all these islands.
The emerald pool with pristine waters is a beautiful location in Krabi. You are free to take a dip in there. Embark on a walk in the rain forests and visit the tiger cave temple. This temple has a great history attached to it. The temple is surrounded by cliffs and caves. This unique temple is a famous tourist destination.
Bamboo Island, Maya Bay, Monkey Island and few other islands are suitable for snorkeling and scuba diving. Monkey Island is very beautiful and cute. As the name suggests, there are lots of monkeys in the monkey island. You cannot get down in this island but the boat makes a halt here and you click pictures and enjoy the chattering and jumping of the monkeys. The baby monkeys are the best to watch.
The time zone of Thailand is UTC/GMT +7 hours. It is 1 hour 30 minutes ahead of Kolkata.