Ko Phi Phi
Known for the beauty of its beaches and bays, the Ko Phi Phi archipelago lies off the southwest coast of Thailand. Particularly popular with divers and water sports enthusiasts, this paradise offers diverse coral reefs and rocky coasts. Boats depart several times a day from Phuket and Krabi to the archipelago that forms the 390m² Nopparat Thara marine national park. The islands are characterized by sandstone cliffs that have been fantastically shaped by the forces of nature. They stretch out of the sea and exert a magical attraction on every visitor.
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Ko Samui, Thailand’s third largest island and located off the southeast coast, is easily accessible by plane from Bangkok. Ko Samui is best known for its huge palm forest, the preservation of which is very important. Fantastic beaches and turquoise waters attract large numbers of tourists to the island, which also has a lively nightlife. For nature lovers, Ko Samui is a paradise, as pristine rainforest and cool waterfalls make up the interior of the island. The northern tip is quiet and exclusive: A beautiful golf course invites you to tee off under palm trees while the sun sets on Taling Ngam Bay between two offshore islands.
Wat Chalong Temple in Phuket
One of the largest, most colorful and most famous temples in southern Thailand is Wat Chalong on Phuket Island. Many locals come daily to pray and worship two well-known monks. Visitors can also attend the ceremonies and experience their unique atmosphere. Behind the temple is a beautifully landscaped pond with fish, which according to tradition are the incarnations of angels and should bring luck and wealth to visitors to the temple complex.
Khaosan Rd Bangkok
The 400-meter-long street in Bangkok’s Banglamphu district translates to Pulp Rice Street, revealing what was originally sold on Khaosan Road. Since the mid-1980s, the street has become more and more popular with backpackers. Today there are many hotels, bars and pubs in the traffic-free area. There is a hustle and bustle from countless traders with their stands or the many visitors who stroll through the street, especially in the evenings, and take in the lively hustle and bustle.
Royal cities of Sukhothai
In the north of Thailand, near the city of Sukhothai, lies the extensive complex of the Sukhothai Historical Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the royal capital of the kingdom of the same name, Sukhothai today encompasses a vast area of ruins, temples and excavations protected by miles of canals and earthworks. Sights of the royal sites include the remains of the royal palace, temples and pavilions. Religious festivals are celebrated here every year in March. The many statues and the museum reflect the dignity and grandeur of bygone times.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha
The temple complex Wat Pho in the center of the historic old town of Bangkok is especially famous for the huge reclining Buddha. It is one of the most impressive complexes with over 30 temples. The interior is decorated with mosaics and sculptures in typical Thai architecture. The central and gilded Buddha statue of the Wat Pho temple has a length of 46 meters and the soles of the feet and eyes are covered with mother-of-pearl.
The capital of Thailand is strongly western-oriented and yet has remained attached to Asian traditions in its essence. Bangkok is the political, cultural and economic center. The city is dotted with temples. The most famous are the Marble Temple and the Wat Arun Temple, also known as the Temple of Dawn. With its tall tower, it is very easy to see from a distance. Other highlights of Bangkok are the Yerevan Shrine, where offerings of flowers are made, the National Museum, the snake farm, Lumphini Park or the zoo. Shopping centers and markets are represented as well as modern means of transport such as the Skytrain. If you want to explore the city up close, take a boat through the numerous tributaries of the Chao Phraya River or take an auto rickshaw, the rattling tuk tuk.
Phang Nga Bay
The bizarre limestone cliffs off the coast in the south-west offer an impressive and spectacular sight and protrude like fingers out of the water. Phang Nga Bay was made world famous by a James Bond film and is home to the well-known James Bond Rock. It is next to Khao Lak Beach, one of the most visited attractions in the south of the country. The entire area is part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park and features tunnels and cave systems framed by mangrove forests on the coast. Other highlights in this area are the Sinilan Islands, which offer exceptionally beautiful diving grounds, or the Surin Islands Marine National Park with particularly beautiful coral formations.