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10 Reasons To Visit Thailand
By:Orson Johnson

You can travel to Thailand, if you want to experience lovely smiles and gentleness of Thai people and scenic & cultural treasures of Thai land. Thailand certainly is the “land of smiles,” which can make you smile, too. It’s really is enamoring and exotic country, known for its inviting people, culture, scenery, cuisine, and overall lifestyle.

Thailand, also known as Siam, is a jewel of South East Asia. Surely, it is your destination for great food, tropical climate, captivating culture, temples, and great beaches. Thailand apparently gives you numerous reasons to travel & explore it, but your top 10 reasons to visit Thailand are here!

Famous for beautiful temples and shopping malls, Bangkok is one of the major draws of Thailand. The Thai capital & primate city, on the Chao Phraya River, near the Gulf of Thailand, is the world's most popular tourist destinations. Its Old City on Rattanakosin Island has most of the tourist sights. Bangkok’s top attractions include Wat Arun (The Dawn temple), The Grand Palace, featuring Wat Phra Kaew (the Emerald Buddha temple), and Wat Pho, famous for the world's largest reclining Buddha and a massage school.

Some 85 km to the north of Bangkok stands Ayutthaya, a historical city and the old capital city of Thailand, which certainly gives lots of reasons to visit Thailand. The city is world heritage site known for a number of historic, beautiful Buddha temples, museums, and parks. Some attractions are Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopitah, Ancient Palace, Chao Sam Phraya Museum, Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre, Phra Ram Park, and Khun Phaen Residence.

Some 150 km south-east of Bangkok is Pattaya, a popular resort on the North Gulf Coast of Eastern Thailand. Pattaya is very famous for its entertainment points, shopping centers, go-go & beer bars and nightlife, and sports & beach activities, such as golfing, horse riding, bungee jumping, karting, shooting, scuba diving, jet-skiing, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Some tourist attractions are Underwater World Pattaya, Institute of Marine Science Aquarium & Museum, Oasis Seaworld, Elephant Village, Bottle Art Museum, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, and Gems Gallery.

Chiang Mai, the gateway to Northern Thailand, is often dubbed as the “Rose of the North”. Surrounded by mountains and lush green countryside, Chiang Mai is known for museums, temples, and two Elephant sanctuaries. Some attractions of Chiang Mai are Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center, Hilltribe Research Institute Museum, Chiang Mai Numismatic Museum, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (magnificent temple), Wat Phra Singh (Chiang Mai's best-known temple), Elephant Nature Park, and Maesa Elephant Camp.

About 820km north of Bangkok, Chiang Rai is another popular destination in Northern Thailand. The town serves gateway to the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Major attractions of Chiang Rai include Gate of Siam, Wat Santhaat, Wat Phra Kaeo (beautiful Buddhist temple), Wat Thoeng Sao Hin, Princess Mother Hall and Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Royal Villa, Mae Fah Luang Garden, Wat Doi Tung, Doi Tung Zoo, and Phucheefah – a place for great sunset view.

Phuket, the paradise island in Southern Thailand, is a popular beach vacation destination. It is famous for its bars and beaches including Bang Tao, Surin Beach, Laem Singh Beach, Kamala Beach, Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Yai Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Ao Chalong, Rawai Beach. Patong Beach is known for its vibrant nightlife. Wat Chalong is a beautiful Buddhist temple located on the southern end of the island. Phuket is also known for its Vegetarian Festival.

Some 700km south of Bangkok, Ko Samui is a popular destination for beaches, water sports, adventure activities, shopping, and fine food. Some of the Island’s notable beaches are Nathon, Mae Nam, Bophut, Bang Ruk, Choeng Mon, but Chaweng and Lamai are the most popular beaches. Other attractions include Wat Phra Yai, Ancient House, Hin Lat Waterfalls, Snake Farm, Aquarium & Tiger Zoo, Two Crocodile Farms, Tamarind Spa, and Naga Pearl Farm.

Ko Tao, a beautiful island in South in the Gulf of Thailand, is a heaven for scuba divers. Scuba diving certainly is the major attraction on Ko Tao. You can enjoy watching turtles, stingrays, barracudas, lots of small fish, and reef sharks at Ko Tao. The island is popular destination for water sports, beach activities, and island cruises. Shark Bay is a good place for snorkeling.

Off the eastern Gulf coast of Thailand, halfway between the islands of Ko Samui and Ko Tao is the island of Ko Pha Ngan – the land of coconut trees, known for the world famous full moon parties. Haad Rin is site of the famous Full Moon Parties. Thong Nai Pan is a scenic home to the beach resorts of Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai and Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi. Herbal sauna at Wat Pho is also a great tourist attraction.

About 330 kilometers from Bangkok floats the island of Ko Chang, which has grown dramatically popular over the last few years. The island is known for its scenic beauty and nice waterfalls. Some of the tourist attractions of Ko Chang are The Mu Ko Chang National Park, War memorial monument, Klong Plu, Klong Nonsi, Klong Nueng, Khiri Petch, Kongoi (wonderful waterfalls), and The Thanmayom.

Author writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing listings for hotels, appartments, and Holiday villas in Koh Samui and Phuket, Thailand. http://www.holiday-velvet.com/phuket/

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