Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand covers a total area of approximately 513,000 square kilometers (198,000 square miles) and is the 50th largest country in the world and the 12th largest in Asia. Thailand is well-known for its beautiful tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew).
The country’s most remarkable natural feature is surely its beaches, with over 1,500 miles of coastline to choose from. The beaches on the islands around Thailand is even better in the real life. Though there are a fair share of beaches that have been overrun with sun soaking tourists, there are a number incredible stretches of sand that remain quiet, secluded, and stunning. Some of these well-known beaches include Phuket Province, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lipe, and Koh Tao.
One of the biggest attraction of Thailand is the Temple. Being a Buddhist country, temples play a key role in the life of Thai people and the way they live. With over 40,000 Buddhist temples found across the Land of Smiles, visitors are surely bound to find at least one that catches their eye. These structures date back to all of the different dynasties, each one reflecting that era’s architectural and construction style. Each province is bound to have at least one of these majestic wonders, though the most unique and abundant are found in the capital.
If you need a convincing reason to travel to Thailand, it should be the Thai food. Thai food is one of the best cuisine in the world, travelling to Thailand and trying it is for sure a feast for the senses. Wandering around the city and let yourself be courted by the fascinating world of street food. You can them from straight-up street food, served from a food cart, to stalls with tables on the side, local restaurants, or noodle bars at shopping centres. Some of Thailand’s spiciest, tangiest tom yum soups can be eaten from roadside stalls. The hot and sour dish can be whipped up in a second by street vendors using fresh lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal. Other street food treats to try include rice with spicy stir-fried crabmeat and fresh yellow chillies.
Shopping is another big reason why many people travel to Thailand. Although not the main reason why people travel to Thailand, you should know that shopping sprees are usually an enticement for a lot of tourists. If you like markets, bargains or cool and quirky stuff, you’ll find shopping in Thailand very rewarding. Big city markets carry everything from shoes to art, and the malls in Bangkok are some of the fanciest in the world. Small local shops, massive flea markets where you will find pretty much anything you are looking for (Chatuchak or Pratunam in Bangkok), and the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, which is not only a guarantee for great shopping but for a beguiling scene, are just some of the shopping choices available in Thailand.