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Travel to Thailand - Thailand Cities and Attractions   by Vincent Ruan

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.

Bangkok, 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.

Temple of Dawn and Chao Phraya River, Night View, Bangkok, Thailand
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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.
Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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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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Eco 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.

Woman Doing Yoga at Sunset, Phuket, Thailand, United States of America
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Thailand is the world's 51st-largest country in terms of total area, roughly equal in size to Spain.
Nam Tok Thilawsu Waterfalls, Um Phang, Thailand
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 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.

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 and traditions.

Wherever you go in Thailand, go the eco way!

Monks Meditating in Front of Large Buddha Statue at Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai, Thailand
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