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Head of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand. Source: Central Intelligence Agency

"Knowing others is wisdom,
knowing yourself is Enlightenment."

- Lao-Tzu

Thailand
Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Far East — visitors are particularly drawn to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Pattaya and Phuket.

Buddhist Temples
Filled with unique cultural, historical and natural attractions, Thailand is home to thousands of sacred Buddhist temples. Explore Bangkok's magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Thailand’s most sacred sight. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Bangkok's largest and oldest temple. See Phuket's Big Buddha & Wat Chalong, and the spectacular 600-yr-old Buddhist Temple (Wat Phra That Doi Suthep) in Chiang Mai, the holiest shrine in northern Thailand.

Island Beaches
Spectacular beaches can be found in Koh Samui and Phuket. The islands of Ko Phi Phi (located along the southern end of Thailand's coast in the Andaman Sea) offer some of the most idyllic tropical locations on earth. Phi Phi's main attraction is the beautiful Maya Bay — "The Beach" starring Leonardo di Caprio was filmed here in 1999.



James Bond Island
Take a FUN Day Tour to Phang Nga Bay from Phuket or Krabi to and see "James Bond Island" (known locally as Ko Tapu or Nail Island) — made famous by the 1974 Hollywood Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun."

Floating Markets
Explore some of Thailand's amazing Floating Markets. One of the most renowned is Bangkok's Damnoen Saduak Floating Market — visitors flock here from around the world. Local vendors in their Thai-style wooden boats, laden with colorful fruits, vegetables, flowers and more glide along the narrow canals, selling to tourists along the way — get your cameras and iPhones ready for great pictures and videos!



Chatuchak Weekend Market
— "Must-See Outdoor Market

Bargain-shop to your heart's content at Bangkok's Chatuchak Market — the fun "must-see" attraction is one of the world's largest outdoor markets. Thousands of market stalls offer everything you can think of — Thai arts & crafts, jewelry, paintings, antiques, clothing (including fake designer clothes), silk fashions, animals, plants, flowers, furniture, household accessories, electronics, spices, exotic foods (including deep-fried insects, gifts, and souvenirs — you can literally shop til you drop! Free admission. Open weekends 9am-6pm.

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Statuary at Wat Phra Kaew (Temple fo the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok, Thailand. Source: Central Intelligence Agency

Yaksha demon guards the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) at Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand. Source: Central Intelligence Agency

Boats along Bangkok Canal, Bangkok, Thailand. Source: Central Intelligence Agency

Antiquities on sale at a marketplace in Bangkok, Thailand. Source: Central Intelligence Agency


Thailand Regions
Five regions of Thailand include:


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Thailand

When to Visit Thailand

Thailand Tours
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- Bangkok
- Chiang Mai
- Koh Samui
- Krabi
- Pattaya
- Phuket

 

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