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Make time to visit some of Thailand's fascinating places

If you are planning to visit or spend your holiday in Thailand, these places may be good choices for you to consider.

Golden Mount and Pho temples in Bangkok, Vat Rong Khun White temple in Chiang Rai province, Vat Phra That Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai province, and Hong and Koh Klang islands in Krabi province, which are without doubt among Thailand's most beautiful natural and cultural tourist sites.

Along with these stunning sights, Thailand is also popular for its varied cuisine, from street food to high end, such as phad thai (fried noodles with vegetables and meat), kaengsom (soup mixed with herbs, vegetables and meat) as well as fresh seafood.

Vat Rong Khun White temple in Chiang Rai province. --Photo Supawas Inthip

The price of food and guesthouses varies depending on your choice, but Thailand has many levels of accommodation to suit everyone.

I wasn't particularly interested in travelling to Thailand until I was invited to join the Asean Travel Journo Camp in Thailand from August 17 to 25.

Then I visited these popular and interesting places in the central region and northern and southern provinces, and found Thailand to be truly beautiful and wonderful.

Bangkok is very popular because of its amazing temples such as the Golden Mount temple, the highlight of which is a huge golden stupa.

Reaching the Golden Mount involves walking up steps for about 10 minutes. It's so high that when people arrive at the top they can see a very large golden stupa and have a bird's eye view of Bangkok.

Bangkok also has Pho temple, which is striking because inside is a very large of statue of a sleeping Buddha. Behind the statue is a place where people can give coins as alms, which interests visitors, especially foreigners.

Chiang Rai province is home to the beautiful Vat Rong Khun White temple where visitors can learn about Buddhism with the temple designed to represent heaven, while the outside represents the pits of hell.

Outside the temple is a pond where people who wish to pray must throw a coin into the water after they have finished. Locals believe that if they throw a coin into the pond their prayers will come true.

This province also has a big mountain that resembles a bear, in Pha Mee village, which is home to people of the Akha ethnic group.

The Akha people showed us their coffee farms, the handicrafts they produce, and how to make a local dessert.

They also had a huge swing to play on which was exciting and terrifying at the same time. But if you're brave enough to fly up on it you can see Pha Mee's beautiful countryside because the swing goes so high.

If you visit Chiang Rai province you can also make a four hour drive to Chiang Mai province which has some important temples such as Vat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Here visitors can pray and take part in a candlelight procession around the big golden stupa. This place is popular because it's believed to be holy and most people who visit Chiang Mai will spend some time here.

Meanwhile, the southern provinces have a stunning coastline and plenty of beaches and islands, such as Hong island in Krabi province.

The water here is very clear and some people like to dive to see the fish, while others sunbathe on the clean white beach.

Krabi province is also home to Koh Klang village, a charming and peaceful part of the island whose inhabitants are very friendly.

Most people in the village are fisherfolk and farmers, and the village is full of warmth and happiness.

Koh Klang village also has home-stays for visitors, allowing guests to experience the local lifestyle.

Mr Don Lejano from the Philippines, who was also on this trip, said he was very happy to visit Thailand and see some of the most beautiful places in the country. He was also pleased that he got to learn more about the local culture and way of life.

Meanwhile, Mr Daniel Lim from Brunei said Thai food was great - if a little spicy. The most impressive things for him were the Akha swing and Hong island.

Thailand really is amazing; if you have a long holiday you should visit several of its provinces because each of them is uniquely interesting and beautiful.

By Siladda Suliyong
(Latest Update September 11, 2017)


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