Top 10 iconic places to see in Thailand

Cover Photo: Top 10 iconic places to see in Thailand
Top 10 iconic places to see in Thailand

Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia. It is known for a rich culture and history, friendly local people, spectacular nature, tropical white sand beaches and cerulean waters, opulent royal palaces, lush mountain jungles, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Thailand has a little bit of everything for everyone. Thailand is popular as a tourist magnet and for the unique spirit of the Thai people. Thailand is widely known as “the Land of Smiles”. After all, it adds warmth to any visit.

Here is the list of the Top 10 iconic places to see in Thailand:

1. Prasat Hin Phimai (Phimai Historical Park)

Cover Photo: Prasat Hin Phimai (Phimai Historical Park)
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Prasat Hin Phimai, part of Phimai Historical Park, is the largest and one of the most important Khmer temples of Thailand. It was built during the 11th and 12th century and constructed of sandstone and laterite.

Prasat Hin Phimai stands as a majestic reminder that the Khmer were in charge long before Thai people arrived in the area. What makes this temple unique is that it is constructed as a Buddhist temple, even though the Khmer who built it were Hindu. Today Prasat Hin Phimai is a well-known tourist attraction, especially among people interested in history and archaeology.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: THB 100 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   THB 20 per head (Thai)
Address: Ananthachinda Rd, Tambon Nai Mueang, Amphoe Phimai, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30110, Thailand

2. White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)

Cover Photo: The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
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The White Temple, officially known as Wat Rong Khun, is a unique temple that stands out in the white colour and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. It is a contemporary, unconventional, privately-owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist, designed the Wat Rong Khun.

Cover Photo: Front view of the Wat Rong Khun
Front view of the Wat Rong Khun
(Image Courtesy: © Helen Suk)

Wat Rong Khun, the famous White Temple is unlike any other Buddhist temple in the world. It is bizarre-looking. The white colour of the temple signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings. Wat Rong Khun is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. It is one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: THB 50 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   Free for Thailand citizens
Address: Pa O Don Chai, Amphoe Muang Chiang Rai Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

3. Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Cover Photo: Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
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The Wat Arun, commonly known as “the Temple of Dawn”, is a Buddhist temple standing majestically on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple derives its name from the Hindu God Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. It is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires.

Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location but also because the design is very different to the other temples in Bangkok. At night, lighting makes Wat Arun appear as it‘s made out of gold. It is one of Bangkok's most iconic structures and among the best-known landmarks of Thailand.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fee: THB 50 per head
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

4. Grand Palace

Cover Photo: Grand Palace
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The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. The Grand Palace is divided into two main zones, which are the royal residence and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred site.

The Grand Palace is one of the most noteworthy and popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Entry Fee: THB 500 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   Free for Thailand citizens
Address: 1 Phra Nakhon Road, Grand Palace, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

5. Ayuthaya Historical Park

Cover Photo: Ayutthaya Historical Park
(Image Courtesy: © Justin Vidamo)

The Ayutthaya Historical Park comprises of the historic temples, palaces and remaining architectures of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom. Entitled a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of Thailand’s most precious historical sites. The park is located on an island surrounded by three significant rivers: Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pasak.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Address: Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand

6. Phi Phi Islands

Cover Photo: Phi Phi Islands
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The Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand. Phi Phi actually consists of two islands: Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Leh. The Ko Phi Phi Don, which is inhabited, is the largest and the most populated island of the group, and the Ko Phi Phi Leh, which is a deserted island, is the smaller island, but many people visit it as well. The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai), are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea.

The Phi Phi Islands is stunningly beautiful. It surely ranks as one of the iconic sites and best attractions of Thailand.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: THB 400 per head (Adults)
                   THB 200 per head (Children)
Address: Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand

7. Khao Sok National Park

Cover Photo: Khao Sok National Park
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Khao Sok National Park is a nature reserve in southern Thailand containing dense virgin jungle, tower-like limestone karst formations and the man-made Cheow Lan Lake. It is a rainforest with a great diversity of plants and wildlife. It is home to rare species such as the giant parasitic Rafflesia flower, hornbill birds, gibbons and tigers. The park is estimated to contain over five percent of the world's species.

Cover Photo: Elephant Safari at Khao Sok National Park
Elephant Safari at Khao Sok National Park
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Khao Sok National Park is one of the few bigger national parks in the country. One can explore the park by elephant-back safari, hiking trail and raft, canoe or kayak via the Sok River. It is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves and popular destinations in Thailand.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: THB 300 per head (Adults, Foreign Tourists)
                   THB 150 per head (Children, Foreign)
                   THB 40 per head (Adults, Thailand)
                   THB 20 per head (Children, Thailand)
Address: Khlong Sok, Phanom District, Surat Thani 84250, Thailand

8. Sukhothai Historical Park

Cover Photo: Sukhothai Historical Park
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The Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Thailand’s most impressive sites. It covers the ruins of Sukhothai, literally "Dawn of Happiness", capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries (now in Northern Thailand).

The Sukhothai Historical Park covers an area of about 70 sq. km and contains more than 190 historical ruins. It includes the remains of 21 historical sites and four large ponds within the old walls, with an additional 70 sites within a 5km radius.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: THB 100 per head
Address: Mueang Kao, Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai 64210, Thailand

9. Phanom Rung

Cover Photo: Phanom Rung
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Phanom Rung officially named Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is one of Thailand's best-preserved Angkor-era temples. Phanom Rung is probably the most impressive and significant of the Khmer temples found in Thailand. It is a Hindu Khmer temple complex set on the rim of an extinct volcano at 402 m (1,319 ft.) elevation, in Buriram Province in the Isan region of Thailand.

Prasat Hin Phanom Rung ('Big Mountain Temple') is the most spectacular Khmer monument in Thailand and a key location in Buriram, Thailand. It has many important archaeological sites located at the top of an extinguished volcano. The dramatic entrance and beautiful design make it a must-visit attraction.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: THB 100 per head
Address: Ta Pek, Chaloem Phra Kiat District, Buri Ram 31110, Thailand

10. Phang Nga Bay

Cover Photo: Phang Nga Bay
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Phang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful bays of Thailand. Also known as Ao Phang Nga National Park, it is characterized by limestone cliffs and rock formations, as well as mangrove forests and small islands. Among the islands are Ko Tapu, known as James Bond Island for its appearance in a Bond film. Ko Phanak Island is known for its caves and lagoons. Phang Nga Bay lies between southern Thailand's mainland and Phuket Island.

Phang Nga Bay has more than 40 islands with beautiful cliffs, caves and the largest remaining mangrove forests in Thailand. It is one of the most amazing places to explore by boat, car and kayak and even on a Chinese Junk. Each time is a new experience.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: THB 300 per head (Adults, Foreign Tourists)
                   THB 100 (Children, Foreign Tourists)
                   THB 60 per head (Adults, Thailand)
                   THB 30 (Children, Thailand)
Address: Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

So these are the top 10 iconic places to see in Thailand, listed by Travelxo.

Have you ever been to Thailand and witnessed these top 10 iconic places? How do you feel while seeing these iconic places? Do share your experience with us in the comment section below. Let’s make this place the best travel destination online for travel lovers (travellers).

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