|The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, was built by King Rama I, in 1782.
The beautiful temple became one of the earliest tourist spots opened to the people from all over the world when tourism was first promoted about 50 years ago.
Apart from its important status as the place where the Emerald Buddha is enshrined, the magnificent architectural style, the splendid decorations of the temple, and the mural paintings along the winding corridor, depicting the Thai version of the Indian epic the Ramayana, which consist of 178 sections and is considered the longest mural of the world, are also the temple's main attractions to the visitors.
|Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya
The longest-lasting former capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, which had functioned as the seat of the royal courts for 417 years, was placed on the list of World Cultural Heritage Sites by the UNESCO as early as 1991. Ruins of grand architectural structures are to day scattered over a large area, mostly in the forms of religious buildings, such as temples, chedis and statues of Buddha, reflecting a long, continuing period of prosperity of Buddhism in this country.
Within the historical park, there are a total of 211 archaeological sites, including the famous Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Maha That, Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Lokkayasutharam.
Pattaya Beach, Chon Buri
Although Pattaya is the cream
Jus 2 hours' drive from Bangkok is Pattaya, the renowned recreation centre on the east coast. Its fine sand, blue sky and limpid sea are among many other good things that prove irresistible to both foreign and domestic tourists.
of Chon Buri, other places of interest are plentiful in this province, Bang Saen, the nearest-to-Bangkok beach resort for families; Ko Sichang, a paradise Island.
Pattaya Hill is a vantage point to get the best panoramic view of the curved bay of Pattaya either in the day or at night. On the top of the hill are situated a statue
of HRN Prince of Jumborn,
the father of the Royal Thai Navy and the RTN Broadcasting station as well.
|The Floating Market, Ratchaburi
The largest and most popular one is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province. But in Bangkok, Taling Chan Floating Market, is recommended to you.
Other nearby interesting markets are: Don Wai Market in Nakhon Pathom and Bang Namphueng Floating Market in Samut Prakan.