Thailand is as famous for its historical treasures as it is for its beaches and nightlife. Numerous temples and monuments built across the country impress the visitors with their unique architectural beauty and grand historical significance. If you love exploring age-old treasures, here are some must-visit sites for you in Thailand.
Grand Palace, Bangkok
rand Palace is one of the most magnificent and probably the most revered historical structure in Thailand. It boasts a cluster of royal halls, temples, gardens, and ancient relics, which leave visitors in awe with their spectacular architecture and intricate designs. Wat Phra Kaew is a popular tourist attraction inside the palace. Visit the temple to admire the revered Emerald Buddha statue. The Outer Court, near the entrance, is also worth visiting.
Sukhothai Old City
Sukhothai Old City is renowned for its age-old temples and monuments, most of which are now in ruins. The city has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-visit place for history enthusiasts planning holidays in Thailand. Apart from admiring the historical treasures, tourists in Sukhothai can learn about the region’s interesting culture at the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum.
Located in the Bangkok Yai District, overlooking the historical Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is a beautiful temple in Bangkok. Apart from its religious significance, the temple is also famous from an architectural perspective. It has five mammoth spires, which are extravagantly adorned with colourful seashells and porcelain. The central spire is around 85 metres high.
Ayutthaya Historical Park
Once home to the monarchs of Thailand, Ayutthaya Historical Park is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park consists of many beautiful temples, palaces and buildings that depict the rich cultural heritage of Ayutthaya region. Make sure you visit the Wat Mahathat – famous for the sculpture of a Buddha head entwined amidst tree roots. Other major attractions inside the park include Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Ram, Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Royal Elephant Kraal, and Wat Lokayasutha. Guided tours are arranged by many local travel agencies.