#64 best destination in the world

 

Ban Chiang

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  • Archeological site including several skeletons and bronze grave gifts such as bracelets, rings anklets, wires, spearheads, axes, hooks, blades and bells
  • Dates back to 4420 BC, making it the earliest Bronze Age culture in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Wat Pho

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  • #17 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • First-class royal temple built under King Rama I
  • Built in the 16th century
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Ayutthaya Historical Park

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  • Ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya
  • Founded in 1351 by King Ramathibodi I
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Sukhothai Historical Park

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  • Preserved remains of 3 main cities of the Sukhothai Kingdom, the first of the Thai kingdoms
  • Built during the 13th-14th centuries
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Si Satchanalai Historical Park

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  • City founded in 1250
  • Park contains ancient Buddha figures, palace buildings, and ruined temples
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Phuket Giant Buddha

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  • Giant Buddha built on Phuket island

 

BTS Skytrain

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  • Elevated rapid transit system
  • Opened in 1999

 

Thanon Bangla

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  • A road that comes to life after sunset
  • The road is closed to traffic and becomes a festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer
  • Jammed most nights of the year, it is quite a friendly and lively place to walk around
  • Beer bars occupy most of the street’s length, with several go-go bars and a few pubs, restaurants, discos and shops
  • Street performances are also common most nights

 

Wat Phra Kaew

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  • Regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand
  • According to legend, this Buddha image originated in India where the sage Nagasena prophesied that the Emerald Buddha would bring “prosperity and pre-eminence to each country in which it resides”
  • The Emerald Buddha deified in the Wat Phra Kaew is therefore deeply revered and venerated in Thailand as the protector of the country
  • Historical records date its finding to the 15th century in Chiang Rai where, after it was relocated a number of times, it was finally brought to Thailand in the 18th century
  • It is carved in the meditating posture in the style of the Lanna school of northern Thailand
  • Except for the Thai King and, in his stead, the crown prince, no other persons are allowed to touch the statue
  • The king changes the cloak around the statue three times a year, corresponding to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons, an important ritual performed to bring good fortune to the country during each season

 

Wat Arun

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  • Buddhist temple (wat) that derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun
  • Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks
  • Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century

 

Red Lotus Lake

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  • Lotus flowers bloom in this lake, you can rent a boat to get a complete view

 

Wat Rong Khun

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  • Privately owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple
  • An example of Thai Modern and Lanna Architecture
  • Completed in 1997

 

Wang Saen Suk

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  • Buddhist temple that is meant to describe and depict Naraka (Buddhist hell)

 

Erawan Cascading Waterfalls and Caves

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  • A series of seven waterfalls flowing over limestone terraces, they are arguably among the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand
  • Founded in 1975
  • The park is also home to a series of caves known as Mi, Rua, Wang Bahdan, and Phartat

 

Wat Samphran

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  • Buddhist temple (wat) notable for its 17-story tall pink cylindrical building with a gigantic red-and-green dragon sculpture curling around the entire height
  • The interior of the dragon sculpture contains a spiraling flight of stairs, which has however deteriorated to a poor condition in places
  • It also contains a huge Buddha statue as well as many additional Buddhist statues

 


 

Costs

all flights $2,282

food $6/day x 17 days = $97

hotel $16/day x 16 days = $256

tickets (all attractions) $114

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,749