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Tourist Attractions in Thailand 

By Saranya Suksawat

In this issue of Thaiways we would like to introduce to you some tourist attractions of Thailand that all belong to the superlative class and that are mostly selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to be among the Unseen Thailand destinations. They may be conveniently divided into two categories, viz. Natural Tourist Attractions and Man-made Tourist Attractions.

Natural Tourist Attractions

The largest island of Thailand Phuket, with a land area of 543 sq.km. It is surrounded by the Andaman Sea and is known as the Pearl of the Andaman. With its beautiful scenery, white powdery beaches, clean blueish-green seawater, luxuriant vegetation and a full-range of accommodations and facilities. Phuket has become a world-renowned holiday resort.

The oldest seaside resort of Thailand Hua Hin. Located about 195 km. to the south of Bangkok, Hua Hin was developed as a seaside resort in the early 20th century. King Rama VII built his Klai Kangwon Palace there in 1927, which was still a favourite summer palace frequently visited by the Late King Bhumibol.


The largest archipelago of Thailand Ang Thong National Marine Park. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, this island group consists of 42 islands of different sizes and shapes. The most prominent scenic spot is an inland sea looking like an emerald lake. The main island is Wua Talap where the headquarters and basic facilities are located. Tourists can get to the island group by boat from Samui Island in about one hour.

The highest mount in Thailand Doi Inthanon. It is 2,565 metres above sea level, situated in the west of Chiang Mai Province. It is one of the most popular tourist spot of Thailand in winter when the temperature can drop to below zero Celsius and the mountain is often covered in thick fog. A unique feature here is the 1000-year-old red roses Rhododendron arboretum that are in full bloom during Jaunary and February.

The largest hot spring in Thailand Pong Dueat Pa Pae Hot Spring in Mae Taeng County, Chiang Mai Province, is a kind of natural spring called geyser in geology, which sends hot water high up into the air from time to time.

There are three large hot water pools here, the largest of which spurts hot water to a height of about 2 metres every 30 seconds. The water has a temperature of about 99 deg. C. There are bath rooms where tourists may bathe in the spring water delivered through pipes.

The largest water-bird park in Thailand (and Asia) Khu Khut Waterfowl Park is in Sathing Phra County, Songkhla Province, with an area of 365 sq.km. It is part of Songkhla Lake. A survey by the Forestry Department found that there are no less than 200 species of aquatic birds living in the park area mostly during the period from December to April. Boat tours around the lake are available.

The largest fresh water lake in Thailand Bueng Boraphet has an area of about 212 sq.km. straddling three counties of Nakhon Sawan Province Tha Tako, Chum Saeng and the provincial town. It is an important tourist destination of the province, being a world-class birdwatching place where a total of about 180 species stay to find food and make nests. This number includes both migrants and residents, so the number of birds found here is the largest in winter.

The most beautiful waterfall in Thailand, which is also among the six highest ranking in the world - Thi Losu Waterfall in Umphang County, Tak Province. With a height of about 300 metres, it is located in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounded by luxuriant virgin forests.

The best mountain bike route in Thailand is inside Thung Salaeng Luang National Park in Wang Thong County, Phitsanulok Province. This national park consists of savanna grass fields alternating with mountain pine forests. The mountain bike route starts at Nong Mae Na Unit and ends at Thung Nang Phaya Meadow with a length of 14 km.

The oldest archaeological site in Thailand Ban Chiang in Nong Han County Udon Thani Province. Here human skeletons and earthenware of 4,000 to 7,500 years ago were excavated in large quantities and the site was later placed on the Worlds Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO. Ban Chiang National Museum is the first archaeological museum of Thailand showing the stages of excavation of ancient cultural relics buried in different layers of ground.

Man-made Tourist Attractions

The tallest Buddhist Pagoda Phra Pathom Chedi in the heart of the provincial town of Nakhon Pathom, 56 km. west of Bangkok is 120.45 m. high and is the tallest Buddhist monument of the world. The original stupa was built many centuries ago and was rebuilt to its present height in 1853 by King Rama IV, who had been in the Buddhist monkhood for 27 years before ascending the throne.

The biggest gold Buddha image One of the best known images in Thailand is Phra Sukhothai Traimit or the Gold Buddha of Wat Traimit, Bangkok. Cast in 5.5 tons of solid gold in the Sukhothai style, this statue measures 3.10 m. across the laps and 3.91 m. high from base to top, and is the largest gold Buddhist statue in the world. It is estimated to be 700-800 years old but had been mistaken for an ordinary stucco image until May 1955.

The most precious Buddha image Phra Kaeo Morakot or the Emerald Buddha is a must-see for all foreign visitors to Bangkok at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is generally believed that it was made in the 15th century in northern Thailand. It is held by the Thai people as a priceless national treasure much more valuable than the solid gold statue mentioned above. It was carved in the Indian style from a single block of fine jade. In the usual cross-legged sitting posture it is 48.3 cm. wide across the laps and 66 cm. high from base to top.

The worlds largest golden teakwood mansion Built in Bangkok in 1901 by King Rama V as a royal residence, Vimanmek Mansion is the largest golden teakwood building in the world. In 1982 on the auspicious occasion of the Royal Bicentennial Celebrations of Bangkok, Her Majesty the Queen asked for His Late Majestys permission to renovate the Mansion to be used as a museum to honour King Rama V by displaying his photographs, art and artefacts to commemorate royal visits to Europe as well as to exhibit Thai handicrafts to serve as a showcase of the national heritage for future generations.

The longest reclining Buddha image Among the many Buddha statues in a reclining position in Thailand, the longest is in Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang in Samut Prakan province, about 29 kilometres from Bangkok. It is 53 m. long, 7 m. longer than the one in Wat Pho, Bangkok, though much less celebrated.

The most beautiful and largest Buddha image in Thailand in the position of conquering Mara the principal Buddha at Wat Na Phramen in Ayutthaya. It is the Buddha image decorated in regal attire cast in bronze coated with plaster and lacquer and then covered with gold leaf. In the sitting posture it is 4.40 metres wide from knee to knee and about 6 metres high. Wat Na Phramen is an important temple in Ayutthaya. It is the only temple in the former capital that has not been destroyed by the Burmese but has preserved its Ayutthaya-style architecture in perfect condition.

The longest clay dam Pa Sak Chonlasit Dam at Ban Nong Bua, Phattanaikom County, Lop Buri Province. It is the longest clay dam in Thailand which was built under the royally initiated Pa Sak River Basin Development Project to prevent floods and store water in the rainy season. The dam has a length of 4,860 metres and the reservoir a capacity of 785 million cubic metres. It began to be used as a reservoir in June 1998.

The largest and most beautiful catholic church in Thailand is Mae Phra Patisonthi Niramon Church (or Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception) in the provincial town of Chanthaburi. It was built in 1906. The church proper has a length of 60 metres and a width of 20 metres. It is in Gothic style modeling the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris with curved windows decorated with fretwork, stained glass and images of Christian saints.

 

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