1.Bangkok: Grand Palace in Bangkok
A visit to Thailand would not be complete without a trip to one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks, if not the most famous- the Grand Palace in Bangkok! Immerse yourself in Thai history as you wander the vast palace grounds and take in the intricate decoration of the building, which was once home to the Thai royal family.
Now, we all know there’s no shortage of Buddhas to see in Thailand, however the Emerald Buddha, located in the palace’s outer court, is most definitely a sight not to be missed. Sculpted from pure green jade, the famed Emerald Buddha is surrounded by a crowd of gold monuments and statues.
You’ll be in awe at the scene which fills the temple’s interior, and what’s more, the Emerald Buddha gets a seasonal change of attire! Yes, that’s right- according the the change of the seasons, the towering Buddha gets a ceremonial change of costume, carried out by the King of Thailand himself; which costume will you see?! Squeeze a trip in to see the Grand Palace by joining Camp Thailand’s Extended Bangkok Tour which gives you that extra bit of time to see the capital!
2.Pattaya: Nice Beach, Fine Dining, Night Life
Tourists have been coming to the beach resort of Pattaya on Thailand’s eastern seaboard since as long back as the 1970s. Once a small fishing village, Pattaya has grown to be one of the premier tourist resorts of anywhere in South East Asia. From its early beginnings as a place for rest and recuperation for American servicemen during the Vietnam War, to today’s high rise five star hotels, restaurants serving cuisine from all four corners of the globe, and some of the best entertainment to be found anywhere, there is literally something for everyone in this exciting, lively and vibrant city.
Being close to the sea, the adjoining beaches of Pattaya City, from Naklua Bay to Wong Phrachan (Crescent Moon) and Wong Amat beaches in the north down to Jomtien and Na Jomtien beaches in the south, cover a total length of about 20 km.
For the past centuries, Pattaya was a small fishing village almost cut off from the outside world. But after its beauty was discovered by the first group of American servicemen from Nakhon Ratchasima in 1961, the sleepy Pattaya gradually became a famous beach resort. Fishermen’s huts along the beach were replaced by a full range of accommodations from super deluxe hotels to bungalows and mini-pocket guesthouses. And the quiet powdery golden beaches are frequented by swimmers and sunbathers from various parts of the world.
3.Hua Hin: Funny Water Park, Elephant Riding, Nice Beach
Hua Hin is Thailand’s oldest beach town resort. Situated on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand and only 200 kilometers from the capital, Bangkok, it offers the ultimate getaway destination for the city’s elite. Hua Hin became popular with the Royal Family following the construction of the southern railway in the 1920’s, travel became more accessible and a demand for luxury resorts and hotels grew. The first of these was the Railway Hotel which is now the Sofitel Central, still one of Hua Hin’s most popular hotels.
Today Hua Hin is undergoing rapid expansion as Bangkokians and Westerners look this way for a second home, be it a quaint house nestled in the hills or an upmarket condominum with ocean views. Over the past few years, the town has seen countless housing developments spring up, new golf courses constructed, a brand new shopping complex and movie theatre and a boom in local businesses. The charm of Hua Hin is that it still retains its fishing village serenity which is now side by side with the bustling center of a modern luxury beach resort.