Mostly considered a party and shopping destination, Thailand is known to attract a lot of bachelors and backpackers. But the reality is a little different than construed.
Thailand has a rich cultural influence and historical aspects to it making it a perfect destination for families and honeymooners to explore. A large population of travelers flies to Thailand to dig into its cultural heritage, architectural beauty and ancient villages that hold firm to its historical learning!
Be it availing the Pattaya Packages or entailing an itinerary of your own – a trip to Thailand is incomplete without visiting its historical attractions and cities that hold importance even today. The ancient temples, old towns, iconic architectural beauties, and cultural centers take you to an old-time where Thailand shares its best-kept secrets. Here are some historical places to visit in Thailand.
The Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya
A beautiful amalgamation of Thai mythology, fine craftsmanship, and philosophies of life – the Sanctuary of Truth is an iconic temple in the Bang Lamung District of Pattaya. Made entirely out of teak wood, this palatial temple is 150m high and is a one-of-a-kind creation that is unique in the world.
The stories tell that this temple is not complete even today and a portion of it was left unconstructed due to some historical reasons. Also known as the Prasat Sut Ja-Tum this revering sight is a must-visit to understand the art and craftsmanship of the Thailand artists and connect with Thai mythology. Touring around the temple you shall come to know about a lot of Thai tales, gods and earlier life in the country.
Anek Kuson Sala, Pattaya
Built-in the year 1987 for celebrating the 60th birthday of the then king of Thailand, Anek Kuson Sala – Viharn Sien is a temple cum museum. Known to be one of the iconic temples and museum that houses some of the best Chinese art and architecture – this is the only building that has a collection of Chinese art outside China.
Today, the temple is revered as a historical site with its rich collection of Chinese art, potteries, statues, and Shaolin monks. If you are interested in the life of the people in the 1987 Thai Kingdom – this is a good place to visit.
The historic city of Ayutthaya
Once the capital of Thailand, the ruins of Ayutthaya city is a must-visit for every traveler! The old palaces, temples and lost towns of Ayutthaya reverberate the aura that the Thai Kingdom once was. These iconic structures with its romantic ruins and haunted stories make for an exciting trip exploring the town and finding interesting facts about the city.
Just a short ride away from Bangkok, one can also savor the traditional cruise ride across the Chao Phraya River to make way to the Ayutthaya city.
History buffs, archeologists and ancient facts lovers are sure to be surprised by the fine craft, grand monuments and details of the palaces built in the old era. It almost takes an entire day to walk through the old towns, ruined temples and palaces to visit Ayutthaya city completely!
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Hmong culture and the tribal communities were a part of Thailand Kingdom back in the time. Today the developments have made it rare to find members of the tribal communities or anyone who follows the Hmong culture.
But when you visit this iconic temple on the hilltop of Chiang Mai, you instantly get connected to the old era. The intricate carvings of the temple, lush design and richness are jaw-dropping beauty. Additionally, you will find members of Hmong culture and its tribe living in the area just like they used to in the past.
The temple is known for its rituals, cultural practices, and teachings by the Buddhist Monks who find a home here. The local market with its local handicrafts, street food, hand-woven textiles, etc is great for buying souvenirs to take back home!
Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park
Kamphaeng Phet the garrison town was an important town during the Sukhothai Kingdom rule establishing connects with the defense system due to its location. The town was of great significance during the 13th-17th century of Thailand History.
To learn about Thailand’s kingdom rules, kings and their strategies, the town is an important visit. The ancient ruins and palaces have been preserved to make the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A visit to the park takes you to the old palaces, its ruins and stories that hide beneath them to bring you closer to the history of Thailand.
Phra Pathom Chedi
It is said that the Indian rules Asoka sent out Buddhist Monks to introduce Buddhism to greater parts of South-East Asia. It is during the 3rd Century BC that this iconic Buddhist structure was built in Nakhon Pathom. Known to be one of the oldest Buddhist structures in the world, this iconic building is both temples and a museum to learn about the earlier Buddhist era.
The Buddhist monks reside here even today and preach their god following the ancient traditional and cultural beliefs. The historical landmark has a one-of-a-kind design that has often been used as symbolic of Thailand and Buddhism. Historical enthusiasts visit this structure owing to the enshrined relics of Buddha that is worth revering.
Ten centuries ago, Thailand was ruled by the Khmer Kingdom. During the time several temples were built in Northern Thailand that depicts relics of the Kingdom, their rulers and the practices of the old times. These 1000-year-old temples are preserved and are visited by the tourists to touch, feel and learn about their glory.
Muang Tum, Phanom Rung, and Phimai – are three of the most popular temples that are on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carved out of the rock-mountains these iconic temples are just splendid to look at but also has archeological aspects and historical facts to learn about them.
Yearning for a dig into the history of Thailand? Add these stunning historical sites in your Pattaya Packages to enrich your trip with Thailand’s mesmerizing history and age-old practices!
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