Top Ten Thai Attractions

 Top Ten Thai Attractions

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       Thailand is a country located at the center of Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma. The country is a kingdom, with most recorded reigns in the world; a constitutional monarchy with King Rama IX, the 9th king of the House of Chakri, who has reigned since 1946, making him the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. The king is officially titled Head of State, the Head of the Armed Forces, an Upholder of the Buddhist religion, and the Defender of all Faiths. Thailand is the world’s 50th largest country in terms of total area (slightly smaller than Yemen and slightly larger than Spain), with a surface area of approximately 513,000 square km (198,000 sq mi), and the 21st most-populous country, with approximately 64 million people. The largest city is Bangkok, the capital, which is also the country’s center of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities. About 75% of the population is ethnically Thai, 14% is of Chinese origin, and 3% is ethnically Malay; the rest belong to minority groups including Mons, Khmers and various hill tribes. The country’s official language is Thai. The primary religion is Buddhism, which is practiced by around 95% of all Thais. Thailand experienced rapid economic growth between 1985 and 1995 and is a newly industrialized country with tourism, due to well-known tourist destinations such as Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Ko Samui, and exports contributing significantly to the economy.

  1. Historic City of Ayutthaya
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    The Ayutthaya historical park covers the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, which was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767. In 1969 the Fine Arts Department began with renovations of the ruins, which became more serious after it was declared a historical park in 1976. According to “Tourism Asia,” 33 monarchs including King Rama IV governed from Ayutthaya.
    Links: Top Ten Statues of Buddha, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayutthaya_historical_park,
  2. Koh Samui, Thailand
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    Ko Samui island of Surat Thani Province, or often, simply Samui as it is referred to by locals, is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand, close to the mainland Surat Thani town and in Surat Thani Province. It is Thailand’s 3rd largest island after Ko Chang and Phuket, with an area of 228.7 square km and a population of over 50,000 (2008) attracting 1.5 million tourists per year. It is rich with natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees.
    Links: Islands, Top Ten Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koh_Samui,
  3. Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns
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    The Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns is a Unesco World Heritage site which consists of Sukhothai historical park, Kamphaeng Phet historical park and Si Satchanalai historical park. These historical parks preserve the remains of the three main cities of the Sukhothai Kingdom which had flourished during the 13th and 14th century CE. The Sukhothai Kingdom is viewed as having been the first of the Thai kingdoms.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_Town_of_Sukhothai_and_Associated_Historic_Towns,
  4. Ko Lanta

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    Links: Top Ten Secluded Escapes, Top Ten Islands,
  5. The Great Monastery (Mahávihára), Anurádhapura, Sri Lanka

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    Links: Monasteries,
  6. Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries
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    The Wildlife Sanctuary Thung Yai Naresuan is a protected area in Thailand in the northern part of Kanchanaburi province and the southern part of Tak province. It was created as a Wildlife Sanctuary on April 24, 1974 and was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1991 together with the adjoining Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.
    Links: Top Ten Primates, Top Ten Big Cats, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thungyai_Naresuan_Wildlife_Sanctuary,
  7. Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

    Ban Chiang is an archeological site located in Nong Han district, Udon Thani Province.
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  8. Dong Phayayen – Khao Yai Forest Complex
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    Links: Top Ten Big Cats, Top 100 Plants, Top Ten Forests,
  9. Links: Top Ten Friendliest Countries, Top Ten Thai Hotels, Top Ten Thai Restaurantshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand,

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