Thailand is most famous for its temples and their remarkable architecture, and it’s rare that you’ll hear of tourists visiting the country for framed arts. But if you’re an art connoisseur or a serious lover of art with a discriminating taste, you won’t leave the National Gallery of Thailand disappointed.
Simple Enjoyment in Thailand
There are plenty of travelers that consider Thailand as a must-see destination. It is renowned not only for its stunning beaches but also for the sophisticated local cuisine and of course, the culture that is devoted to the practice of Buddhism.
Every single year, Thailand receives millions of tourists from different parts of the world because of its status as one of Asia’s primary destinations. Regardless of the frequency of foreign travelers, Thailand has been able to preserve its local culture. Although it remains open to modern day influences, the locals saw to it that they are able to keep their cultural heritage intact and this is what continues to contribute to the vast degree of tourism in the area.
The cities offer sights of high-rises and numerous commercial trading establishments while other areas house locals that continue thriving in simple Thai methods. Farming villages, fishing communities, and canal produce traders continue to thrive. Aside from the rural environment, travelers can also embark on a journey to visit the different temples, primarily Buddhist in nature, which are scattered around Thailand. Thailand is also a popular destination because of the remnants from the Vietnam War. Despite all of the modernizations that have taken place through the years, people can still relive memories of past battles.
Thailand is not all about temple trips and monument visits. There is also more to it than amazing shopping and dining experiences. There are plenty of other things that make Thailand a great city. It is also home to a number of natural wonders that provide locals and travelers with opportunities to explore and embark on various adventures. Rock climbing, trekking, hiking, repelling, and other adrenalin powered activities can be found here. These though are not for the faint of heart but ideal for brave souls.
The Jim Thompson’s House, home of James H.W. Thompson, is located in King Rama I Road. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok showcasing its owner’s art collection. It’s also a perfect example of a traditional Thai house.
About the Jim Thompson’s House.
The Jim Thompson’s house was the most celebrated social center in the early days and continues to be one of the best-preserved houses in the country today. It became the talk of the town in 1967, the year Jim Thompson died. [Read more…]
History states that in the year 1288, King Mengrai relocated the capital of the Lan Na Kingdom to the old city of Wiang Kum Kam. From the former capital Chiang Rai, the capital was moved to the old city on the banks of the Ping River. Although proven to be a good strategic location with many advantages in terms of the city’s defense and trade, the area was low-lying and was extremely prone to flooding, forcing the king to look for a better location for his capital.
In 1926, King Mengrai chose a new site for his capital on the opposite site of the Ping River, the city now known as Chiang Mai. The city [Read more…]
Imagine having a hearty lunch underneath a romantic pavilion in Indonesia and then walking your way at a leisurely pace to Bhutan by the afternoon, taking in the sights and sounds and society all around as you go. A lovely image? It’s one made possible by the Royal Flora Grounds, where entrance will get you the feeling of being transported into a botanical wonderland.
The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, which means Golden Flower Tree in Thai, was originally a celebration of King Bhumipol’s 60th ascension to the throne. The celebration took place from November 1, 2006 up until January 31, 2007. The 3-month long festival drew [Read more…]
Wat Phra Singh has always been an important Buddhist monastery located on the west side of the city of Chiang Mai. Since its founding during the 14th Century, it has always been a major monastery and an important temple that houses 700 friendly monks who often approach visitors to practice proper English. It now houses two medieval Buddha statues that continue to lure in pilgrims and tourists for a serene environment and a place for meditation.
The temple was as originally built by King Pha Yu in 1345 to hold the ashes of his departed father, King Kham Fu. It was also known to [Read more…]
Said to be the holiest shrine in the Northern Thailand region, the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep was founded back in 1936 in the most miraculous circumstances. Nowadays, it is seen standing grandly atop the Doi Suthep Mountain in the western outskirts of the city of Chiang Mai. Its origins are no less majestic, as the tale would have it.
According to the legend, a magical relic multiplied itself just before it was enshrined at the Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai. A suitable place was then needed to shelter the new relic. Being unable to decide on a specific site, the King placed the relic on the back of a white [Read more…]