Thailand

Bangkok

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Thailand

Bangkok was founded as Thailand's capital in 1783 by King Rama Ihe first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty. By far is the largest city of Thailand with an estimated of about 10 million, more than 10% of the country’s population, however the city receives continuously a great number of immigrants. Bangkok covers an area of more than 1500 square kilometers spread across a flat alluvial plain divided by the Chao Phraya River. 

Over the last decades, Bangkok has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city, combining successfully its ancient traditions and the modern progress. Today, Bangkok is one of Orient's most cosmopolitan cities, the city has become the country’s spiritual, diplomatic, industrial, commercial and educational centre, it is the usual residence of the Royal Family, it is the seat of Government and administration, it is the main port of the country. 

Bangkok is also the principal gateway and prime tourist attraction, the city has attractions to stimulate both domestic and international travelers; it is one of the Asia’s jewels. 

Its proper name is Krung Thep, which can be translated as “City of Angels”, it is the first two of more than fifty syllables that properly define the place; the full name of Bangkok is listed by Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest place name. To the Thais, Bangkok is the spiritual and symbolic heart of its nation. 

Thailand was never colonized and thus kept its unique culture and heritage intact, Bangkok preserve its cultural heritage especially in the old areas around the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Dawn and other historic shrines. The influence of the past continues to color daily life, for example, monks keep their traditions since centuries ago. Its proper name is Krung Thep, which can be translated as “City of Angels”, it is the first two of more than fifty syllables that properly define the place; the full name of Bangkok is listed by Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest place name. To the Thais, Bangkok is the spiritual and symbolic heart of its nation. 

Thailand was never colonized and thus kept its unique culture and heritage intact, Bangkok preserve its cultural heritage especially in the old areas around the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Dawn and other historic shrines. The influence of the past continues to color daily life, for example, monks keep their traditions since centuries ago. Bangkok was founded as Thailand's capital in 1782 by King Rama I, the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty. By far is the largest city of Thailand with an estimated of about 10 million, more than 10% of the country’s population, however the city receives continuously a great number of immigrants. Bangkok covers an area of more than 1500 square kilometers spread across a flat alluvial plain divided by the Chao Phraya River. Over the last decades, Bangkok has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city, combining successfully its ancient traditions and the modern progress. Today, Bangkok is one of Orient's most cosmopolitan cities, the city has become the country’s spiritual, diplomatic, industrial, commercial and educational centre, it is the usual residence of the Royal Family, it is the seat of Government and administration,it is the main port of the country. Bangkok is also the principal gateway and prime tourist attraction, the city has attractions to stimulate both domestic and international travelers; it is one of the Asia’s jewels.

Chiang Mai

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Thailand

Today, Chiang Mai is the political, economic, geographical, cultural and tourism capital of Northern Thailand (Lanna), due to its excellent infrastructure with international direct flight connections to inside the country and other countries in the region including China, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia and Taiwan. Flying to Chiang Mai is easy and cheap, flight time is about one hour; the city is also easily accessible by train and by bus. 

Chiang Mai offers great adventure opportunities with jungle tours, mountain bike riding, river rafting, elephant riding, mountain trekking. It is also a good starting point to explore nearby locations like Doi Saket, Chiang Dao, Pai, Soppong, Mae Salong, Mae Hong Song, Chiang Saen and Mae Chaem. 

The city is also developing a reputation as a centre for health and spa resorts. Hospitals provide medical treatments and guarantee complete safety of tourists and locals. 

Chiang Mai is the second-biggest province of Thailand after Bangkok; the province is bordered by Lamphun and Tak on the south, Chiang Rai, Lampang and Lamphun on the east and Mae Hong Son on the west. In the north Chiang Mai borders Shan State of Myanmar. Chiang Mai is situated at about 310 meters above sea level, on the Mae Ping River basin, Ping is the most important river in Chiang Mai and it flows along for 540 km. from North to South. Chiang Mai is 696 kilometers north from Bangkok and covers an area of 20,000 square meters, 

Almost 70% of the area of Chiang Mai is surrounded by high mountains ranges, covered with forests and lush countryside. Mountains generally are located in the north; these form the sources of several tributaries and streams which provide the water necessary to Chiang Mai’s agriculture. There are many National Parks which are still fertile and verdant with plentiful wildlife and exotic flora. Doi Inthanon National Park hosts the Thailand’s highest mountain Doi Inthanon, which stands 2,565 meters above sea level. Ob Luang National Park is easily accessible from the capital. Chiang Mai is home of different minority groups including the Lua, Mon, Karen, Lahu, Yao, Lisu, Akha, Hmong and Muser people. Many of these tribes maintain their traditional lifestyles. Many foreign visitors prefer to visit to study the way of life of this villages. 

Kanchanaburi

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Thailand

Kanchanaburi is located some 130 kilometers west of Bangkok; travel time is approximately 2 hours by bus. This is the Thailand's third largest province with an area of 19,486 square kilometers. The provincial area is mostly formed by forested mountains that keep the temperature much cooler than other provinces of Central Thailand. The province has the north-west border next to Myanmar (Burma). Kanchanaburi city, the capital of Kanchanaburi Province, itself is a popular resort town, it is located around at the confluence of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai Rivers (which have their source in the Ta Now Sri Range), these river converge to form the Mae Klong river. 

Kanchanaburi was originally established by King Rama I as a first defense line against the Burmese, who might use the old invasion route through the three Pagodas Pass on the Thai-Myanmar border. The present provincial capital is a relatively new town built by King Rama III in 1833. The old town was 18km away. Kanchanaburi itself captivates scenic beauty in a landscape characterized by easily accessible and spectacular waterfalls, wild jungles, river cruises, Mountain Rivers, tranquil riverside, reservoir settings, national parks, varied wildlife and Neolithic burial grounds, the combination of these elements makes Kanchanaburi an excellent tourist destination for nature lovers. The town itself is a place to relax watching the water slide or inside a raft house. Many visitors like to rest along the river with a cold drink and a good book. Many of them come here just for a couple days but stay for weeks. Visitors discover why Kanchanaburi is one of the most beautiful provinces in the Kingdom of Thailand. 

In 1942, the famous Bridge over the River Kwai was built by Japanese Army, employing Prisoners Of War (POW) and forced-labor Asian coolies as a link in the infamous Death Railway joining Thailand with Burma. Over 80,000 laborers and 13,000 POWs and thousands of Japanese soldiers lost their lives during the construction of this bridge. Once a year, between November and December the River Kwai Bridge Festival is set up in the area next to the bridge with a spectacular Sound & Light show. This event reminds to the history of the Death Railway and the bombing of the bridge. The way to Kanchanaburi also leads the historic city Nakhon Pathom, capital of the Nakhon Pathom Province which hosts the tallest Buddhist monument of the world. In Kanchanaburi, together with Tak, is located the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, a large jungle area listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Erawan Waterfalls with its seven levels set inside the Erawan National Park are worth a visit and rank among the most impressive waterfalls in Asia. Other interesting attractions are the show of the “floating nun” at Wat Tham Mongkon, the Tiger Temple, the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum (opened in March 2003), the JEATH War Museum about the bridge and the Death Railway, the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery where one can find the graves of more than 8 000 POWs who died here, a national museum, a historical park. Kanchanaburi city also serves as the base for those nature lovers who want to explore the province’s many attractions; here visitors can find adequate transportation means, many tourist options and roads in excellent condition. There are many outdoor sport opportunities in Kanchanaburi, since rafting in the wild river, fishing in remote jungle backwater and streams to golf courses. There is the thrilling 200 km drive through newly opened jungle areas to the Thai-Myanmar border to visit ethnic Mon and Karen settlement Kanchanaburi provides the focal point for memorable holidays for nature lovers who delight in natural surroundings and pleasures without sacrificing basic comforts. The main road, Thanon Saeng Chuto, connects the River Kwai Riverm the train station and the bus station. Kanchanaburi has a great selection of bars, restaurants and guesthouses to choose from, most of them can be found around the Thanon Mae Nam Kwae. But if you want to get in touch with the nature, you can stay overnight over a jungle resorts or a float bungalow on rafts moored off the River Kwai bank. A night spent on a float hotel is an unforgettable experience. Many of its attractions are connected with the Second World War and more specially the years 1942 to 1945. Kanchanaburi is principally known as the site of the notorious World War II Death Railway to Burma (Myanmar) and the Bridge over the River Kwai, made immortal by the French novelist Pierre Boulle's book and as the location of the David Lean's film of the same name, after the film, tourists started to travel to Kanchanaburi to see the location of the bridge. Today, the bridge is still used occasionally by local train traffic.

Pattaya

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Thailand

Pattaya is 165 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, located on the east coast of Thai Gulf, placed in the province of Chon Buri is the center of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area. Pattaya (pronounced “Patti-yah” and means “south-west monsoon wind”) is a popular resort known as the capital of fun in Thailand, a hedonist paradise, with a nightlife that is legendary. The city is just about two hours by road from Bangkok, because of its easy accessibility; its convenient location from the capital, make Pattaya one of the most popular weekend gateways.

As one of the most successful beach resorts in the world, Pattaya attracts hundreds of thousand of pleasure-seeking tourists. Its relaxing tropical Ambience (good beaches, offshore islands) is synonymous of a memorable holiday.

 

Formerly a fishing town, Pattaya was used as a Rest and Recreation center by the American forces during the Vietnam War, since that the city was grown into a sun, sea and sex destination. In recent years environmental improvements have been made and the city is working very hard to clean up its bad reputation. There are many tourist attractions at Pattaya, by example: Phra Tamnak Hill, which provide a panoramic view of Pattaya View; the Coral Island (Koh Lan); the Wat Yansangwararam; the Bottle Art Museum, with over 300 miniatures in bottles; the tropical garden and cultural shows at Nong Nooch Village; the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum; the Million Year Stone Park which has ancient flora and animal species; the SriRacha Tiger Zoo; and the Mini Siam, a replica in miniature of renowned temples and palaces. here are many sporting opportunities in Pattaya, visitors can practice water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, game fishing, scuba-diving, jet-skiing, water skiing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or just take a sunbath. Pattaya has more than 30 islands from Si Racha in the north to Sattahip in the south, most island have fascinating dive sites with exceptional coral species and tropical fish. Sporting opportunities on land include golf courses, bungee jumping, badminton, shooting, horseback riding and carting.

 

After dark, Pattaya offers a lively nightlife with a spectacular variety of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, karaoke, discotheques, night clubs, cabarets, go-go bars and etc. The majority of these diversion places are concentrated in Central and South Pattaya. Pattaya is also a shopping paradise; there are malls, bazaar-style markets and fashionable boutiques where you can buy garments, silk, clothes, handicrafts, gemstones, jewelry, paintings, sportswear, souvenirs, and etc. These shops are located mostly around the main street of South Pattaya and in the vicinity of major hotels. Beware of buying fake goods. Pattaya offer incredible alternatives of accommodation, from luxury hotels with private beaches to simple guesthouses. Pattaya is able to offer an excellent range of eating choices; visitors can find various International cuisines and fresh seafood in several specialty restaurants. One can choose between Thai, French, Italian, Swiss, German, Hungarian, Russian, American, Mexican, Korean, Scandinavian, English, Indian, Moslem, Japanese, Chinese Cuisines and more.

Phuket

on Monday, 12 September 2011. Posted in Thailand

Phuket,is one of Asia's most renowned island holiday locations. The mix of stunning beaches, warm tropical weather, plus a rich cultural experience are the main reasons why Phuket is so popular. The warm hospitality of the Thai people makes Phuket a holiday experience you'll treasure for a lifetime. Phuket attracts tourists from all over the world, who come to relax on the beach, experience the rich Thai culture and of course sample the fresh local cuisine. The Island is famous for its many beautiful beaches, its nightlife and its abundance of fresh local seafood.

Phuket Accommodation includes a wide range of hotel and accommodation options ranging from five star luxury resorts and private villas right down to budget options for backpackers. Phuket is perfect for families, couples and groups of friends.

 

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Phuket Activities

Phuket offers the traveller the opportunity to experience a completely different culture. Popular Phuket activities include surfing, swimming, shopping, tours of the stunning natural attractions of the region, cultural shows and nightlife.

Phuket weather is governed by is location in the monsoon region of Asia. The temperature is relatively stable all year round however the humidity can be quite high in the monsoon months of September and October. The months of November to March are generally considered to be the best time to travel with less humidity and less chance of heavy rainfall to disrupt your plans.

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and is quite mountainous with 70 percent of the island being covered by mountains and mountain ranges. The majority of the population are Buddhist with many of the monument attractions of the location representing the region's rich cultural history.

Thailand

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011. Posted in Thailand

Thailand,offers an almost infinite number of unforgettable travel experiences and tourist attractions; you can enjoy a relaxing holiday in beach resorts such as Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui or Ko Phi Phi; visit the ancient cities of Sukhothai and Ayuttahaya; receive an authentic Thai Massage or trekking to hill tribes in Northern Thailand, especially in Chiang Mai or in Chiang Rai. Thailand has something for everyone, whether you are an intrepid adventurer or you are seeking a luxurious vacation,last minute accommodation, Thailand has abundance of natural resources: white sandy beaches, coral reefs, clear-blue waters, islands, tropical jungles, high mountains, green fields. Outdoor sport opportunities abound: sailing, paddling, diving, and snorkeling over coral reefs; trekking to villages; riding the rivers or practice the classic martial art of Muai Thai. There is much for you to discover in Thailand. First thoughts of a holiday to Thailand have to be clear seas and pristine beaches, but the country has so much more to offer! From the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to the party islands of Koh Phangan and Phuket, Thailand is a country which plays just as hard as it rests! Cheap flights can easily be found to this spectacular country,hotel bookings,

* Note: Room prices change constantly. You should check the latest availability as in many cases the room price can be even lower than the listed price on the LastBeds website.