KINGDOM OF THAILAND
From the frantic busy streets of Bangkok to the pretty resorts of Phuket, from lively Pattaya to the fresh mountain air of Chiang Mai or the island tranquillity of Koh Samui, Thailand’s astounding variety has something to offer everybody – shopping, relaxation, adventure, sport, history and romance. Soaring temples dot the landscape, magnificent beaches stretch for miles, dense jungle covers the northern hills, paddy fields shine in the sun and uninhabited islands invite exploration.
Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, the largest Buddha in Thailand-over 90 feet tall
Wat Muang- Ang Tho, Thailand
The Ruins of Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya’s a little island sitting at the confluence of the Chao Praya, Lopburi and Pasak rivers that became the second capital of the Siamese kingdom (the first was Sukhothai, another World Heritage Site) and was founded in 1350, where it became the seat of the Siamese kingdom until 1767, where, after a series of battles with the Burmese, it was sacked and razed. Despite the total destruction of the royal city, people eventually repopulated the area. Some of the ancient structures were restored during the reign on Rama IV (King Mongkut, who reigned from 1851-1868), and in 1991 the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya was inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
When the Burmese attacked and destroyed Ayutthaya they decapitated all of the statues of Buddha.
Today many of the headless Buddha remain as well as a few with the head intact.
Ruins of Ayutthaya
Golden chedi Phra Sri Rattana in Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew is a temple located on the site of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. It is renowned as the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It enshrines Phra Kaeo Morakot, the highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of emerald.
Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak
Wat Intharawihan is a Buddhist temple located in the Nakhon district of Bangkok. It was built at the beginning of the Ayutthaya period and was originally called Wat Rai Phrik. One of its main features is a 32-metre high, 10-meter wide standing Buddha referred to as Luang Pho To or Phrasiariyametri. It took over 60 years to complete and is decorated with glass mosaics and 24-carat gold. The topknot of the Buddha image contains a relic of Lord Buddha brought from Sri Lanka.
MBK CENTER- one of many Bangkok Shopping Malls & the city’s traffic
Thai food offers in the street of Bangkok
The Reclining Buddha, Bangkok
Thai Lady cooking in floating market damnoen saduak she makes very nice lunch. Thus, one of the most popular attractions of Thailand, which attracts every morning at 9 Clock huge amounts of tourists to Damnoen Saduak.
Headless statues of Buddha Ruins of Ayutthaya
Dancers in Siam Niramit Theatre
The Grand Palace Bangkok
Crowded long tail taxi boat on Chao Phraya River Bangkok
Gate in Grand Palace is guarded by giant demons
Padaung girl weaving cloth One of the Ethnic Groups in Chiang Rai, Thailand
Bang Tao Beach – Phuket, Thailand
Wat Mahathat at sunset
Variety of spicy foods in a market.
Wat Rongkhun, Chiang Rai, thailand
Monumental Buddha image, Wat Si Chum
International and Thai restaurants, humble street stalls, nightclubs, discotheques, beer and go-go bars are plentiful. Indulging in hedonistic pleasure is never a problem in Pattaya
Hands of Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, Wat Muang
Ang Tho, Thailand
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
The temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most important temples in Chiang Mai, as well as one of the most revered among all Thais. The temple is a major pilgrimage destinations during the important Buddhist holidays of Makha Buja and Visak. Its importance, as well as its location, owes much to the legend of its founding. The golden Chedi in the center of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most important monuments of the Lan Na Kingdom. The temple’s golden chedi, or pagoda, contains holy Buddha relics, and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world throughout the year.
Naga (snake) staircase leading to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hell Park, Wat Muang, Ang Thong
The ungrateful sinners who repay kindness with evil are thrown into the wok of boiling oil to be fried alive.
The sole of the Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Pho Complex
Street in Bangkok
Worshippers at the Chedi of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Vendor selling fruit on Chaweng Beach Ko Samui, Thailand
Go-go Bars Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road, Bangkok, the backpacker-centre
Evening food stalls along Chaiyapoom Rd. Great local cuisine at excellent prices
Tha Phae Gate, old city wall Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tribeswomen at the market Chiang Rai, Thailand
Hell Park – Ang Thong, Thailand
Sinners who are addicted to alcohol and other intoxicants are force to drink boiling metal liquid by the torturers.
Street in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Worshiper rings bells at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tuk tuks, Khao San Road
Children in traditional Hmong dress in flower garden.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Back view of the largest Buddha, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin
Wat Muang, Ang Thong, Thailand
Khao Lak, Similan Islands
Soi Cowboy, Bangkok