Category: Tourist Attractions

Erawan Shrine Anniversary

Erawan Shrine

The Erawan Shrine was originally erected in 1956 during the construction of the Erawan Hotel because the property’s spirit house wasn’t able to appease spirits disrupted by the building work. Spiritual advisers suggested building a shrine dedicated to the four-headed image of Lord Brahma, and since its investiture, Phra Phrom has become renowned for bringing good fortune. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, together with the Than Tao Mahaprom Erawan Hotel Foundation, make offerings to the Erawan Shrine every year on the 9th November.

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The Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

One of Thailand’s most famous landmarks, the Grand Palace is a must-see for every visitor. Its foundations were laid down in 1782 by King Rama I, the first member of the Chakri dynasty. Later rulers added their own contributions to the complex. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, known to Thai people as Wat Phra Kaew, is situated within the Grand Palace compound. The palace and temple is very crowded during the day with group tours, but if you visit towards the end of the day it is easier to take photos with less people in them.

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Royal Thai Air Force Museum

Royal Thai Air Force Museum

One of the lesser known museums in Bangkok is the Royal Thai Air Force Museum. It can be found on Phahon Yothin Road which is on the eastern side of  Don Mueang Airport. It is a great place to come for anyone with an interest in aviation. The museum was set up in 1952 with the purpose of collecting and restoring equipment and aircraft in use during the early period of Thai aviation history up to the present time. The  museum is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on national holidays. Entrance is free.

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Phi Sua Samut Fortress Island

Phi Sua Samut Fort ป้อมผีเสื้อสมุทร

Samut Prakan was built as a frontier town to protect the approach to Bangkok upriver. Fortresses were built on both sides of the river as well as on an island opposite the city hall. Phi Sua Samut Fortress (เกาะป้อมผีเสื้อสมุทร) was initially built between 1819 and 1822. Defences were later strengthened by King Rama V when he bought three British made 6 inch guns in 1892. The only time they were fired in anger was against the French less than a year later. The island is now being turned into a tourist attraction. A bridge has been built at the Northern end and a concrete walkway along the Western side of the island. Although it seems to be finished already, it hasn’t been officially opened due to allegations of corruption and shoddy workmanship. However, local people have already started to visit.

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Maeklong Railway “Folding Umbrella” Market

Folding Umbrella Market

It used to be billed as “Unseen Thailand”, but I think these days if you haven’t been there yourself, you have definitely seen photos of this market on the railway tracks in Samut Songkhram. Eight times every day, the market vendors have to move back their goods and close their umbrellas in order to let the Maekong-Ban Laem train pass. This has been going on for quite a few years now, but it is still unique for the tourists who flock here to see this unusual market for themselves. Trains arrive at Maeklong Station at 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m., and depart the station at 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. To get here from Bangkok, catch the train to Mahachai from Wong Wian Yai Station. Then, in Samut Sakhon, cross the river by boat and get back on the train at Ban Laem Station. If you miss the last train back, there are plenty of buses and minivans that go to Bangkok.

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“Forest in the City” in Bangkok

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These days it is hard to find a green patch of land in cities like Bangkok. Which is why it is good to see corporations like PTT, a Thai state-owned oil and gas company, with a “Green Roadmap”. Their first “forest in the city” plot is in an urban area of Prawet district in Eastern Bangkok. The objectives of this 4.74 acre plot are to increase green spaces for city dwellers and to promote afforestation as the green symbol for Bangkokians. People can go and observe the forest from a skywalk and from the top of a 23 meter high observation tower. This way they don’t disturb the 250 native plant species in the forest below. “The Metro – Forest Project” (โครงการป่าในกรุง ปตท.) is open ever day, except Mondays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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Jim Thompson Farm Tour

Jim Thompson Farm Tour

Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima was opened to the public for the first time in 2001 and has since evolved into one of the most popular agrotourism and ecotourism attractions of the Northeastern region. It is open to visitors just once a year during the peak of the cool season. This is usually between early December and mid January.

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Poinsettia Garden in Phu Rua

Poinsettia Garden Phurua

Phu Rua district in Loei province is one of the best places in Thailand to see cold climate plants. One of the most famous are the striking poinsettia plants. These are sometimes called Christmas trees due to their bright red leaves and green stems. Christmas and the cool season are the best times to see this plant in its full glory. The best place to see them is at Poinsettia Garden which is located near the entrance to Phu Rua National Park. The best time of year to see the Christmas plants is from late November to late January.

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Lottery Numbers at Wat Ban Chiang Pheng

Wat Ban Chiang Pheng

Wat Ban Chiang Pheng (วัดบ้านเชียงเพ็ง) in Yasothon is very popular with people looking for lottery numbers. A 200 year old boat was found nearby and brought to the temple. But people don’t come to visit out of historical interest. They come to rub the wood to find lottery numbers. It only needs one person to win big and then everyone wants to try their luck. The temple is very crowded in the days leading up to the lottery draw on the 1st and 16th of every month.

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Flora Park at Play La Ploen

Play La Ploen

The Play La Ploen boutique resort and adventure camp in Buriram was set up as a kind of outdoor classroom to enrich the knowledge of students. Indeed, the name of the resort comes from the English phrase “play and learn”. There are a number of different zones that you can visit, but today I toured the colourful Flora Park. Their aim of this section is to educate tourists and local communities about exotic plants and flowers. The floral displays are shown in six different greenhouses.

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