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  • 1 The Royal Quarter of Bangkok Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Th. Na Phra Lan T - Bangkok

    It was on a meander of the River Chao Phraya that Rama I decided to build his capital in 1782, leaving the site of Thonburi chosen by his predecessor. Here he built the splendid Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace, both of which are striking for their..

  • 2 Wat Phra Kaeo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    T - Bangkok

    The royal chapel (ubosot) serves as a backdrop to one of the most sacred objects in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha (actually made of jade), at whose feet worshippers leave flowers, incense and other offerings. With its polychrome roofs, gilded decor an..

  • 3 Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Th. Thai Wang T - Bangkok

    The oldest temple in Thailand, Wat Pho is also home to the country's most important school of medicine and traditional massage. It owes its renown to its impressive reclining Buddha (46m long and 15m high), which is completely covered with gold. Note..

  • 4 Wat Suthat Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Th. Bamrung Muang T - Bangkok

    Bangkok boasts more than 400 wat, each with its own distinctive characteristics. The 19C Wat Sathut houses the largest wihan (main chapel) in the Thai capital, which is home to an imposing 8m-high gilded bronze Buddha from Sukhothai. The frescoes dep..

  • 5 Vimanmek Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    16 Rajvithi Rd T - Bangkok 10300

    Built without a single nail in the second half of the 19C, Vimanmek Palace is the largest golden-teak building in the world. Stroll through the palace's maze of rooms, visiting the reception rooms, the Throne Room and the king's bedroom. The latter i..

  • 6 Jim Thompson's House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Th. Rama Ier. Soi Kasemsan 2 T - Bangkok

    Surrounded by greenery along San Sap khlong, this unusual teak house once belonged to the American Jim Thompson, an Asian art enthusiast who settled in Thailand after the Second World War. Thompson introduced the world to Thai silk and built up an im..

  • 7 Thonburi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    T - Bangkok

    Unlike Bangkok, whose canals have been gradually filled in and replaced by avenues, Thonburi has retained its network of khlong lined with old houses on stilts. This area can be explored by boat, stopping off to visit the various temples and floating..

  • 8 Erawan National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mu 4, Tha Kradan Sub-district, Amphur Si Sawat T - Chong Sadao 71250

    With its waterfalls and natural pools, the Erawan National Park, located not far from the Burmese border, is a paradise of water. It owes its name to the most famous of its seven waterfalls that seems to adopt the shape of an elephant (erawan). The p..

  • 9 Hat Khlong Phrao Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    T - Ko Chang

    Hat Khlong Phrao, a magnificent 4km-long beach, is divided in two by a channel along which the small village of Khlong Prao, with its charming houses on stilts, is situated. A walk through the forest leads to the Khlong Phu waterfall (20m high), whic..

  • 10 Wat Chai Wathanaram Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    T - Ayutthaya

    Built at Ayutthaya's zenith, in the 17C, in the style of an Angkor temple, Wat Chai Wathanaram is home to a magnificent central prang, which houses relics of Buddha. Situated at the four cardinal points, the chedi are worth a visit to admire their co..

  • 11 Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahatat Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Th. Phuttha Bucha T - Phitsanulok

    The Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahatat is without doubt the most venerated statue in Thailand after the Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, and the most copied in the country. This seated Buddha, made from gilded bronze and with features that hig..

  • 12 Royal City of Sukhothai Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    T - Sukhothai

    This old city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, has been turned into an historical park in which some of its buildings, previously buried under a mass of vegetation, have been restored or rebuilt. At the heart of the park, the royal ci..

  • 13 Wat Mahatat Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    T - Sukhothai

    Founded, according to an inscription, in the early years of the kingdom, around 1240, and extended during the course of subsequent reigns, Wat Mahatat was reserved for the devotions of the royal family. In addition to the ubosot, the complex comprise..

  • 14 The Old City of Si Satchanalai Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pratu Dom Laem T - Si Satchanalai

    Just as impressive as its neighbour Sukhothai, the old city of Si Satchanalai (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990) suddenly appears out of the forest on the right bank of the River Mae Nam Yom. In a more peaceful setting than Sukhothai, it conta..

  • 15 Wat Chang Lom Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    T - Si Satchanalai

    Similar to the one in Sukhothai, this Sri Lankan-style bell-shaped chedi in the middle of the temple rests on a base supported by 36 elephants, which give the temple its name Wat Chang Lom. Despite the inscription which attributes the temple to King ..

  • 16 Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    T - Si Satchanalai

    With a tall spire shaped like a lotus bud, this chedi is typical of Sukhothai art. Within the Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo complex there are no fewer than seven rows of chedi, which, despite the ravages of time, have retained their stucco decor. These monume..

  • 17 Wat Phra Kaeo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    T - Kamphaeng Phet

    Less crowded with tourists than Sukhothai, this site is also not as well restored and its ruins become increasingly damaged every year. Despite this, Wat Phra Kaeo is worth a visit for its impressive group of Buddhas - two large seated Buddhas surrou..

  • 18 Wat Chang Rob Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    T - Kamphaeng Phet

    In Indian mythology, the elephant carries the universe on its back. In Thailand, the animal also symbolises reverence to Buddhism and royalty, and was even the emblem of the country before the national flag was adopted in 1917. This explains the depi..

  • 19 Wat Phra Singh Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Singharat Road T - Chiang Mai

    This is the pearl of Chang Mai - a temple founded in 1345, but mostly rebuilt in the 19C in the Lan Na style, which is characterised by its richly decorated wood carvings. Wat Phra Singh houses a number of treasures: take time to admire the splendid ..

  • 20 Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    T - Lampang Luang

    Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, unquestionably the most beautiful temple in the north of Thailand, is located in an idyllic setting 20 or so kilometres from Lampang. A magnificent example of the Lan Na style, it has two lions guarding the entrance to th..

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