What comes to your mind when you think of Thailand? Sandy beaches? The night markets? The bustling and lively streets of Bangkok at night? This trip we've tried to make it unusual, to please both those who visit Bangkok and the surrounding area for the first time, and those who have not the first time coming to the metropolis. The scenario begins in the Thai capital, where you'll spend two full days visiting amazing temples, strolling through parks and exploring museum collections. After that, you'll travel to lesser known but equally interesting places, drive through a national park, bathe in natural springs, visit wineries and have a lot of fun in the amusement parks.
Here we are in Bangkok. And, although there are no grand plans for today, we will have time to walk around the city, visit a Buddhist temple and try Asian food in local restaurants.
The road from the airport to the city is quite long, so if you get hungry, you can stop at a restaurant on the way. Vietnamese dishes are served here, cooked at home. The portions are generous, the service is quick and cordial.
Let's start our acquaintance with the architecture of Bangkok by walking near the temple complex, located near the city railway station. The building is not as cult as the temples we will visit tomorrow, but no less interesting. The facade, decorated with unusual bas-reliefs, deserves special attention.
Looks like we're postponing our introduction to local cuisine for tomorrow. Today we will have dinner in a Japanese restaurant that specializes in tonkatsu - deep-fried chops. Judging by the reviews of visitors, there are a lot of Asian delicacies here and besides chops. Have a nice evening!
We recommend that you have breakfast at the hotel and set off as soon as possible for your adventure. Today we will visit three Buddhist temples, each one unique in its own way. The first, for example, houses the world's largest gold statue, the second has highly unusual elements of local architecture, and the third is famous for the amazing ceramic mosaics decorating the facades.
The first point of the segment route is Wat Trimith, also known as the Golden Buddha Temple. The statue of the deity, located inside the temple, is the largest gold statue in the world, its height is about three meters, and was made, according to researchers, it was in the distant thirteenth century. Time to see this miracle with your own eyes!
Wat Ratchanadda is an amazing temple complex built in the nineteenth century to honor the king's granddaughter. Particularly interesting building - Loja Prasat - is the only temple in the city, built with a large amount of metal.
The Temple of the Rising Sun, or Wat Arun, is perhaps the real symbol of Bangkok! This miracle of Eastern architecture is definitely worth seeing for yourself. Before the city was stagnated by skyscrapers, the temple was considered the tallest building in the city. The main highlight of this place is the multicolored ceramic tiles that decorate the pagodas. Thanks to these elements, Wat Arun received its unofficial name, the "Porcelain Temple".
Farm to table - a cafe that specializes in organic products. The cafe is in a very beautiful place and surrounded by a cozy garden. Guests are offered a large selection of salads, meat dishes and side dishes for them. And after the main course be sure to try the local ice cream and aromatic pink tea.
The mission of the Siam Museum is to help visitors understand the mysteries of the mysterious Thai soul. The subjects of permanent exhibitions are quite diverse, from traditional costumes to national cuisine features. The exhibits that are presented here are not only historical artifacts and findings of archaeologists, but also modern art objects, some of which are even interactive, if you travel with children, rest assured that they will also be delighted.
Lumpini is something of a central park in New York City, a green oasis in the city center overlooking the skyscrapers. Not only tourists and locals like to walk here, but also representatives of the fauna that seem quite exotic for visitors to Bangkok - huge varanas and turtles.
We will conclude this day with dinner at one of Bangkok's most unusual bars. Vertigo is located on the 61st floor of a skyscraper, just imagine the view of the night city from there! Entrance to the roof is free, there is no strict dress code, however, beach and sportswear are not welcome.
This day is sure to please both art lovers, including modern ones, and those who prefer to explore local life away from the hustle and bustle of tourist towns. After visiting the museums, we will head towards Khao Yai National Park, on the way visiting a very unusual temple adorned with a million golden Buddhas.
You can't just go to Bangkok and not go to one of the many street restaurants. By the way, this one is more popular not among tourists, but among locals, and they know a lot about good food. As for the menu - delicious, nourishing, inexpensive, just what you need for a morning snack.
The leading and most popular art space in Bangkok. There is an extraordinary architectural structure on the outside and a sea of aesthetics on the inside. Exhibitions and expositions in this center change with frequency of one or two months! The schedule of current events can be found on the official website. There is also an annual personal photo exhibition of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand. It's interesting to look at the works of the royal dynasty. After an aesthetic saturation you can eat at an art cafe and buy cool souvenirs that will not be ashamed to give to loved ones. Entrance is free.
Vachirabenchatat park is one of the most popular places for family holidays among locals. There's really something to do here. Of course, you can just have a picnic on the grass, or you can spend more time cycling or visiting the butterfly garden. There are thematic play areas that kids will love.
On the way to the Museum of Modern Art we will stop by for lunch. Krua Sa Ros Chad is a cozy colonial-style restaurant specializing in traditional Thai cuisine. Signature dishes - green curry, glass noodles with shrimps and squid with Thai vegetables. Menu in English.
Museum of Modern Art, which has the most complete collection of Thai paintings and sculpture. The snow-white building is made as if from a solid piece of granite. Sculpture of huge pearls in front of the entrance from the first steps adjusts to the right way - lightness and beauty with a share of provocation. It is a private museum, so it has more daring exhibits than the state galleries. In total there are about 800 works, which can be seen on five floors.
So, we leave Bangkok and go to Patkhumthani province. The amazing building, resembling an externally flying saucer, is actually a temple. If you come closer, you'll see that his roof is covered with gold Buddha statues. In total, there are about a million statuettes inside and outside the temple. The Dammakaya religious movement itself is a branch of Buddhism that emerged in the twentieth century. His followers are sure that with the help of meditative practices it is possible to achieve full spiritual harmony. The area surrounding the temple is the largest meditation site in the world.
On the way we will visit another Buddhist temple, this time already traditional. Observe the local traditions far away from the metropolis and take a stroll around the surrounding area. There is a market near the temple, so if you want to buy local fruit or household items as souvenirs, you should stay here longer.
There are many cafes and restaurants along the street, so you won't be hungry! The Best offers a kind of mix of local cuisine and American fast food, the menu certainly did not do without fish and seafood, the choice of drinks is also good.
Today's journey takes us through Khao Yai, a true natural treasure of Thailand. We will first visit Ganesha Park, followed by a drive through an area with little or no human presence.
In Hinduism, Ganesha is the god of wisdom and well-being, as well as the patron of the arts. In Ganesha Park in Nakhon Nioc Province, you will see two huge statues of a deity set up close to each other. The spectacle is, of course, very impressive. No less impressive is the "Black Ganesha" - a perfectly preserved statue, which is more than eight hundred years old.
Phuttha Utthayan Makha Bucha Anusorn is an open-air temple, the main feature of which is 1250 gilded statues of the praying Buddha located next to each other. The place is better known among pilgrims than tourists, you are unlikely to meet large sightseeing groups, but be sure to see praying or meditating locals.
Now let's head deep into the park to enjoy the beauty of nature. Despite the fact that Wang Takrai is called a waterfall, it is rather a mountain river with rapids. However, this place looks very impressive and worth visiting. On a hot day, you can follow the example of the locals and take a swim.
Next, we will drive through Kao Yai National Park, making stops in its most picturesque places. Before you continue, you should eat well with Chor Chamuang Restaurant - a place with good value for money, the menu is not too varied, but it is deliciously prepared.
Khao Yai is a huge nature park on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The park spreads over two thousand square kilometers. As you drive by, you'll notice how dense thickets alternate with meadows or mountain ranges. And to get a better view of the surrounding area, you should definitely go up to one of the observation platforms located on an elevated site.
The house on the giant log stilts is actually an observation tower. Climbing up the stairs to the site, you can see the endless green panorama of the surrounding area and watch the fauna hidden in the high grass.
Would you agree that today, learning the traditions of Buddhism and enjoying the wilderness, you could hardly imagine that you would dine in a restaurant of European cuisine with a very large rifle? The Prime 19 is a place where juicy steaks are served, for which you can choose your own meat.
Today's goal is rest and fun. We will start with a bath in a spring with turquoise water, then watch the unusual animals, splash in the water park and spend a relaxed evening tasting wine.
Good morning! We'll take the bathing accessories and go to the Ban Ta Chung Spring. The water in the spring is quite warm, the bottom is flat, you can swim with children. A distinctive feature of the reservoir - crystal clear turquoise water, so do not forget the camera or smartphone, you will get beautiful pictures.
A field with sunflowers is probably the thing you least expect to see when driving around the Thai provinces. Perhaps that's why this place is so attractive to travelers who stop here to take bright, juicy pictures.
Bonanza Exotic Zoo even has dinosaurs, though they are just sculptures that children love to take pictures with. And among the inhabitants and without ancient reptiles, there are many very interesting creatures, which are only worth the albino kangaroos, or bright exotic birds. The area of the zoo is not very large, you can its entirety in less than two hours, there are children's play areas and quite interesting art objects.
Would you like to have lunch in Britain and continue exploring mysterious Thailand in an hour? Today it is possible, because the next point of the route is the restaurant The Castle, the owners of which carefully recreated the English atmosphere. There's even a phone booth. The menu, of course, did not go without Thai dishes, but it only makes it better. And after a hearty meal, there's a very tasty crème brûlée.
Ready to have some fun? Then go to a water park, ride on rides and winding waterslides! Please note, the amusement park is closed on Wednesdays.
PB Valley Khao Yai Winery is a great place for an evening out. Here you can see how different types of grapes are grown, learn about the secrets of winemaking, taste drinks and enjoy a delicious dinner.
Today, on our way to the lively metropolis, we will visit an amazing mountain temple and admiring ruins of a medieval city.
This temple is located on a mountain, be ready for a hike with spectacular views. Climbing up the stairs, you will see not only bizarre sculptures in the form of elephants, dragons and mythical creatures, but also curious monkeys who unceremoniously ask for food from passing tourists, and try to steal anything they like. So, don't forget to zip your bags and pockets and keep your valuables away.
Ayutthaya was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya, which flourished from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries AD. And today, walking between the ruins of ancient temples and palace buildings, we can see the traces of former majesty. The Mahathat temple complex was the largest religious building in the country, with a monastery and residence of the head of the community. Looking around the temple territory, one cannot help but notice a mysterious relic, about which legends go - the head of the Buddha, wrapped with the roots of a tree. According to the most popular version, the statue of the deity was destroyed during the Burmese invasion and lay underground for a long time, and after the mighty roots of the tree pulled it out.
It's lunchtime. Burinda is a place with an accepted value for money ratio. The menu includes both familiar European dishes and a large selection of traditional Thai food. Lovely serving, large portions and very polite and quick staff. No frills, but it's delicious.
Returning to Bangkok. After a long journey it is always nice to take a walk in the fresh air. And for such a walk a cozy park with smooth alleys, arches and fountains, located on the river bank, is ideal.
And the final point of today's route is Floral Cafe. The cafe is literally drowning in flowers. Do not miss the opportunity to treat yourself to a unique tea with lavender rose! And get a lemon, chocolate or mango cake for him.
Our journey comes to an end, we return the car and fly home