Thailand is a country of Buddhist monasteries and temples, magnificent pagodas and palaces of Bangkok, marvelous beaches of Phuket, Patong, Pattaya, Samui, excellent conditions for diving, night life with various entertainments and shows, ancient martial arts, the world-famous thai massage, unique floating markets, colorful Buddhist festivals, incredibly delicious dishes of Thai cuisine, hundreds of exotic uninhabited islands of the Andaman Sea. You can buy tickets for the train and travel along the whole country.
Bangkok, the “City of wild plum”, was founded by King Rama 1 in the XVIII century. The city is famous for its amazingly beautiful cultural and architectural monuments. Everything here is woven together – Buddhist temples, pointed roofs of palaces, thousands of ships at channels that split the city, thousands of cars, the stench of street braziers and exhausts, small and cozy parks in English style.
In Thai language Bangkok means Krung Tep, that is a “City of Angels”, but the official name of the capital is much longer and it is quite impossible to pronounce it.
The historic centre of Bangkok is located on Rattanakosin Island – Its main attraction is the Great Royal Palace, which has been the residence of Thai monarchs since 1783. The palace consists of a magnificent park and buildings in Thai traditional style, the palace area is 218, 4 thousand square meters, the length of the walls – more than 2 kilometers. The Royal Palace complex consists of old buildings, which form the regions of Mahamontien and Duzit-Mahaprasat – Mausoleum and Library, the palace of Chakri with Throne room, the personal residence of the King – Chakrabardibiman, Dusit and Boromabiman palaces with famous frescoes, Mahishra-Prasad palace, Amarinda Reception Hall, Paisan Hall – Phra Paisan Tinang Takshin, where the coronation of Thai kings is held. Here is also located the favorite residence of King Rama V and the largest building of the world, which was entirely built in 1900 of pumpkin tree – Vimanmek, where the museum is situated. Not far from the Royal Palace you can see huge ceremonial Lak Muang swings – two giant pillars of pumpkin with carved bar. To the north of the residence of the King the Temple of Emerald Buddha is situated – Wat Phra Keo, 1782. In the temple one of the greatest relics of Buddhism is stored- the statue of Buddha, seated on a golden altar, which is entirely turned from a large piece of jadeite. The first mention of the statue refers to 1464. To see the residence of Thai kings in other regions of Thailand, you can just go there, after specifying the train schedule.
Thirty kilometers from Bangkok, on the south-east, in Samutprakarne, is the world’s largest crocodile farm, where there are more than 40,000 marine and freshwater crocodiles. The farm has its own Dinosaur Museum and a private zoo.
In thirty-three kilometers from Bangkok the famous park Muang Boran – “Ancient City” is located. In the park the entire territory of the Kingdom of Thailand with the most famous monuments of history, culture and architecture has been reproduced.
In eighty-six kilometers north of Bangkok, you can see the ancient capital of Siam and Ayutthaya – modern historical park, famous for the ruins of ancient temples Chao Mongkol, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Phra Meru, Wat Chai Vattanaram, Wat Phra Chao Phanan Choeung and the ruins of the Royal Palace Bang Pa Ying, which was the summer residence of the first kings of the famous Chakri dynasty. This city is included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Any transport routes will help you get there easily.
To the west of Bangkok near the city Pathom is the world’s largest statue of Buddha – Phra Pathom Chedi – famous, glittering in the sun, 127 meters in height.
130 kilometers from Bangkok, near the town of Kanchanaburi, the notorious “Road of Death” and the bridge over the River Kwai are located; they were built during the World War II by prisoners. Not far from this place there is an elephant reserve “Samphran”, zoo and a popular cultural centre “Rose Garden” – one of the best ethnographic centers of the country.