Thailand is an Asian country that’s located east of India and northeast of Indonesia. It is an extremely popular travel destination, which is why I could not pass up the opportunity to explore their unique culture. Of course, like many historical nations, there are elements of the country that reflect on its unique history, but Thailand is also home to a modernized party scene for those of you that like to get down. These are a few of my favorite stops along the way.
Obviously, Bangkok had to be on my list, as it is the capital of Thailand and also one of the most internationally recognized cities in the world. Now, I am not the most religious individual, but I have to admit that the most memorable attractions I visited were the sacred temples in Bangkok. First, I visited the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which featured glimmering gold statues and authentic Thai architecture. Next, I went to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and I marveled at the gigantic stained-glass windows, as well as the towering gold pillars.
After visiting Bangkok, I wanted to learn more about Thailand’s rich history, so I traveled 50 miles north to the city of Ayutthaya. This majestic city served as the capital of Thailand from 1350, when it was founded by King U Thong, to 1767, when it was destroyed by the Burmese Army. Once declared the most magnificent city on Earth, Ayutthaya reached a population of an astounding one million people during its heyday. Nevertheless, the ruins and temples that remain are well worth the visit.
After soaking in all of the historical facts, it was time to enjoy myself a little bit. I decided to visit a few of the famous islands located in Thailand. The first island I visited was Ko Phi Phi, a beach that some might know from the 2000 film “The Beach.” I spent some time relaxing and some time partying, but when I left for the next beach, my plan was entirely different. I can be a bit of an adrenaline junkie at times during my adventures, so I couldn’t pass on the chance to visit Thailand’s diving mecca, Ko Tao.