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Thailand is the only country
in the S.E. Asian area which has never been colonised, so it lacks the
colonial architecture and influence of nearby countries such as Cambodia
and Vietnam. However, due to its location, it often acted as a buffer between
competing European powers and its political and economic influence on the
region remains huge.
|The capital, Bangkok,
known in Thai as Krung Thep (an abbreviation of the full ceremonial name
which is 21 words and 168 letters long) is a huge bustling city with some
of the worst traffic jams in the world. For many people it is a city to
get out of as soon as possible and head for the beaches, but Bangkok does
reward those who give it more time.
as capital, is home to the revered Thai royal family and many of the royal
palaces are open to the public. Wat Phra Kaew, home of the Emerald Buddha
and part of the Grand Palace, the king's official residence is the most
important temple in Thailand. Next door is Wat Pho, which houses the Temple
of the Reclining Buddha. The reclining Buddha is 46 metres (151 ft) long
and is covered in gold leaf. A favourite way to reach the temples is to
avoid Bangkok's traffic and take one of the 'river' buses which run regularly
along the Chao Phraya River.
A popular destination is
Jim Thompson Museum the former home of the American who helped revive the
Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 60s.
The 'house' is actually
six buildings which he bought in various parts of Thailand and had rebuilt
in Bangkok to house his collection of Asian art. Thompson disappeared in
mysterious circumstances in Malaysia in 1967.
|The capital of the northern
part of Thailand is Chiang Mai,
the country's second most visited city. The city has hundreds of temples,
chief of which is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, built on a hill overlooking
the city. According to legend, the site was chosen by a white elephant
which was carrying a holy relic placed on its back by the king. The elephant
climbed the hill, trumpeted three times and lay down to die. This was taken
as a sign and the temple built.
Kanchanaburi Province is
a mecca for history buffs. This is the location of the famous movie, Bridge
over the River Kwai and guests may wish to visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial
established at the site of a cutting on the Death Railway where PoWs were
forced to work.
In the far south of Thailand
are the hugely popular beach and nightlife islands of Phuket and Ko
Samui. Phuket has over a dozen
beaches to choose from and it is becoming more and more difficult to find
a quiet spot.
The nightlife here is internationally
famous. Ko Samui,
with its white sands and turquoise sea is no less popular. Here however,
there are some quieter beaches on the north side of the island. Quieter
islands can be found all over Thailand's long coastline.
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Travel in Thailand by Peter Davidson
Eco tourism has become popular
all over the world with Thailand being one of the more popular choices.
Eco travel in Thailand has been growing stronger and stronger over the
past few years with many eco tours and eco lodges accommodation being offered
all over Thailand from the sunny beaches in the south to the mountains
in the north.
|Eco Travel is about respecting
the environment, the local people and the local communities whilst enjoying
your holiday. It means a way of travel with the aim to minimize the impact
that tourism has on an area through cooperation and management and to encourage
travelers to have a positive impact on their new surroundings.
The Kingdom of Thailand lies
in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Laos and
Myanmar, 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 Myanmar.
Its maritime boundaries include
Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast and Indonesia and India
in the Andaman Sea to the southwest.
The capital and largest city
of Thailand is Bangkok. It is also the country's center of political, commercial,
industrial and cultural activities. Bangkok is a very big and busy city
but has several worthwhile sights to be seen.
Thailand is the world's
51st-largest country in terms of total area, roughly equal in size to Spain.
| 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
Thailand is one of the most
devoutly Buddhist countries in the world. The national religion is Theravada
Buddhism which is practiced by more than 95% of all Thais. You will see
lots of temples all over Thailand which makes this country so amazing.
Thailand has been a very
popular tourist destination for many years and it is a good example of
how the country is creating alternatives to the mass tourism for which
it has become so well known. Eco tours, trips and accommodations are becoming
very popular in different areas of Thailand.
Thailand is very popular
with tourists looking for adventure because of the abundance of natural
resources that Thailand has to offer its visitors. Activities such as mountain
biking, whitewater rafting, trekking, scuba diving, bird watching and rock
climbing have become very popular in tourist areas. All these activities
are available all over Thailand.
|The south of Thailand is
where the beaches are. This area has many eco adventure activities available
such as scuba diving, rock climbing and trekking. Northern Thailand
offers an infinite variety of hill tribe tours and natural beauty. The
people in the North of Thailand are said to be the most friendly in Thailand!
If you are concerned with
the conservation of natural landscapes, you should consider the impact
your activities will have on them. Ecotourism is about conserving the environment
and improving the well-being of local people. Eco tourism is generally
understood to be responsible and sustainable travel to natural areas.
An ecotourism traveler should
mean minimize the negative environmental impacts and, where possible, makes
positive contributions to the conservation of biodiversity, wilderness,
natural and human heritage. It also means to respect the local culture
Wherever you go in Thailand,
go the eco way!
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