A dreamy beach-side paradise, Thailand is a country that, while being a major tourist destination, has managed to maintain its cultural integrity. From pristine beaches to thick forests, ancient monasteries to coral reefs, from Buddhist monks to floating markets and finally the fragrant and rich food to treat your taste buds, you will find all here.
In central Thailand, Bangkok, the capital, is known as a modern centre with diverse cultures , religions and experiences. To the north, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai appeal to those who see the peaceful scenery and spend time in the wild. Beach destinations such as Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui, down south, offer some of the best sea-side tropical experiences.
Not only is rice the country's main staple crop, but it is also the primary agricultural export. Thailand has been one of the biggest exporters of rice in the world for decades. Although high-yield rice varieties were introduced in the 1960s, the yields of rice are much lower than in East Asia , mainly due to less productive labour inputs. The Chao Phraya basin and the Khorat Plateau are the principal commercial rice-producing areas of Thailand.
To meet domestic and world market demand, agricultural production has diversified significantly. Cassava, maize (maize), kenaf (jutelike fibre), longans, mangoes, pineapples, durians, cashews, vegetables and flowers are among the crops produced for the market. Cash crops such as rubber, coffee, sugar cane, and many fruits are mainly grown on large farms owned by agribusinesses, which began to grow in the last decades of the 20th century.
Tobacco was once a major cash crop, but as demand fell, it declined considerably. Thailand's northeast has long been known for its water buffalo and cattle. The demand for water buffalo, once used for ploughing and harrowing, decreased markedly as agriculture became increasingly mechanised. Thailand was once one of the major exporters of hardwoods, especially teak and Dipterocarpus alatus, known as yang in Thai.
Thai cultural life revolved around the Siamese royal court and the wat, the Buddhist temple-monastery, prior to the modernising reforms begun in the late 19th century under King Chulalongkorn. In clothing, the transformation of Thai cultural life is especially evident. Members of the Thai court started to embrace Western-style clothing in the late 19th century, and such clothing was obligatory for a few years in the late 1930s and early '40s.
There was a significant revival of traditional clothing styles, especially for women, in the post-World War II era. The queen adopted the tie-dye silk tubular skirt typically worn by Lao women in the northeast, and as they attended events at which national culture was supposed to be on show, she was commonly emulated by middle and upper class women.
However, most people wear clothing of a type that is called "cosmopolitan" (sakon), but which, in reality, derives from Western types, for daily attire in both the cities and the villages. However, contemporary Thai culture, with all its Western influences, is an artistic mix that remains clearly rooted in Thai tradition.
Thai literature, architecture, sculpture, and painting have been profoundly influenced by Buddhism. In Ayutthaya, the capital from the 14th to the 18th centuries, and in Chiang Mai, some of the most exquisite ancient waters are to be found. A wat 's foundation is typically made of wood, while its walls are made of brick and plaster. Glass mosaic, gold leaf, porcelain, stucco, lacquer and inlaid mother-of-pearl are also decorated with the ornamental pieces of the building. In many of the old provincial centres, traces of the original palaces and temples can still be found.
Traditional Thai painting is possibly derived, and is mainly religious, from Indian and Sri Lankan styles. The paintings are commonly drawn on temple walls, executed by anonymous monks or devoted laypeople. Many wat contain mural paintings portraying the Buddha 's life or other tales of Buddhism.
Bangkok: A city that never sleeps, Bangkok, Thailand 's capital, is a melting pot of conflicting cultures and religions in modern times. Here, alongside temples and monasteries, soaring skyscrapers stand in peace. The street bazaars and floating markets compete with the luxury malls and shopping centres. Cuisines are displayed in all their glory on the streets as well as in rooftop restaurants, both Thai and from around the world.
On the other side, cabaret shows, muay thai and dance performances and even cultural walking tours are also included. Sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew show the rich history of the region, while museums such as Art in Paradise and parks such as the Sea Life Ocean World cater to those who are looking for modern-day experiences.
Places to visit in Bangkok
Grand Palace: The Grand Palace, a royal residence for many centuries, is the perfect place to launch your Bangkok historical tour. It houses Wat Phra Kaew, one of the holiest Buddhist temples, founded in 1782. The Grand Palace, highlighting the rich past of Bangkok, is among the main tourist attractions in Bangkok , Thailand.
The Palace, a former official residence of the Thai monarchy, is structured in a rectangular space. The Grand Palace is a collection of various houses, rooms, pavilion sets, gardens, lawns, and courtyards, frequently mistaken for a single structure. The Palace is also used for many official ceremonies and state functions while being the official ceremonial residence of the king of Thailand, amplifying its allure.
Visitors will also find the beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddhist Thai temple, in addition to marvelling at the eclectic and unique architectural design of this magnificent complex. Along with a public museum showcasing the nation's historical buildings, this attraction showcases the evolution of Thailand's rich culture and heritage dating back to the 18th century.
Wat Arun: An ancient structure, Wat Arun is a place of worship with a rich history, dating back to the wars between the former Siam and Burma. The place, also known as the Dawn Temple, was founded by the remaining survivors and General Taksin. Later, to commemorate the establishment of a new Ayutthaya, the former capital of the kingdom, the temple was renamed as Aruna after the Indian God of Dawn.
The temple is a huge structure with the 82 m-high rahng(Khmer-style tower) being a key highlight. This structure was designed by Rama II and later completed by Rama III during the first half of the 19th century. The intricate design of ornate floral mosaics made of broken, multihued Chinese porcelain becomes prominent as one reaches up close. King Rama II is said to have built the main idol constructed by Buddha, while the striking murals adorning the temple date back to the reign of Rama V.
The depiction of Prince Siddhartha encountering examples of birth, old age, disease and death outside his palace walls is an eye-catching feature of Wat Arun. Finally, these stages led him to forsake worldly life. The ashes of Rama II are presiding at the Buddha idol 's base. The steep flight of stairs, however, is the scariest feature of this divine temple. It is a different story when one hits the top. A beautiful sight that makes for an unforgettable memory is the view of the Chao Phraya River with the sun setting just above.
Thailand tour package from chennai - 5 days / 4 Nights, After arriving at the Bangkok International Airport in the early morning, you will be taken to your hotel in Pattaya.
On the way Proceeding to Visit Sriracha Tiger Zoo.
On Arrival Breakfast @ Sriracha Tiger Zoo.
Hotel Check In @ Golden Beach Hotel Pattaya.
Enjoy lunch at Indian restaurant.
Alcazar Show : Later, dress up for the Alcazar Cabaret Show, which is renowned for energetic acts, lavish costumes, and more, for an exciting evening.
Enjoy dinner at Indian Restaurant.
Overnight Stay @ Hotel Pattaya.
Post breakfast, depart for an adventurous trip to Coral Island.
The tour of Coral Island is popular for its peaceful surroundings. You will participate in adventure sports such as parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boat rides, and (at your own expense) undersea walks here.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at an Indian restaurant after enjoying water sports on Coral Island.
Before returning to your hotel in the evening, discover the rest of the island by yourself.
Enjoy dinner at Indian Restaurant
Overnight Stay @ Hotel, Pattaya.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel as you will be transferred to Bangkok today.
Proceed to Safari World with Marine Park with Lunch on SIC.
Check-In @ Hotel -Bangkok.
Enjoy travel in Chao Phraya River Cruise on SIC.
Enjoy dinner at Chao Phraya River Cruise
Overnight stay @ Hotel - Bangkok.
Enjoy the morning with an awesome breakfast on the last day of your tour package. Check out the hotel afterwards Half day Bkk City Tour(Marvel temple+Golden Buddha Temple+ Tour Guide)-PVT and then continue to Bangkok airport to catch your flight in the evening.
Shopping at famous malls of Bangkok
Drop at Airport with Sweet Memories of Thailand.
End of Tour.
What 's Included
3* / 4* / 5* Hotel Accommodation
(As per required)
English Speaking Guide *
(As per required)
Luxury & Comfort Vehicle Transfer for all sightseeing
Return Airport Transfer