How do you know you are in Thailand? More importantly, how will your friends and family know you are in Thailand if the background of your Skype chat is some hostel room that could easily be your mate’s bedroom? Your frequent Instagram foodie pics don’t say much, but this list of Thailand’s top landmarks will definitely let everyone know where you are.
THE GIANT GUARDIANS OF SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand
As you enter the main terminal building of the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, it will be hard to miss the giant Yakshas with their painted grim faces and magical weapons, ready to defend the airport from evil spirits – Or perhaps they are guarding Thailand against the evil spirits that may have flown in? Whatever is the reason for their presence, these guardians are a representative of Thai culture and you will find more of them as you tour their temples.
THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI
From films to books, the bridge over River Kwai represents a bleak portion in Thailand’s history. Prisoners of war died building this bridge which would connect Bangkok and Rangoon to supply the Japanese forces of Burma without having to go through the sea where they were vulnerable. A well-known attraction in Kanchanaburi travel guides, you can take a train from Bangkok to pass this historic railway.
THE WHITE TEMPLE
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple of northern Thailand, stands out because of its white color as well as the allure of the glass embellishments that sparkle under the sun. Both with its symbolism. White represents the purity of the Buddha while the sparkling glass symbolizes the brilliance of Buddha’s wisdom. Whether you are a Buddhist practitioner or not, you would find yourself awed by the sculptures that surround this complex. It would definitely be a noticeable and well-liked post on your Instagram or Facebook page.
THE TEMPLE OF DAWN
Wat Arun, also known as The Temple of Dawn, is one of the stunning temples of Bangkok with its colourfully decorated spires which are well-lit during the night. Just opposite the famous temple of the reclining Buddha, you can take a riverboat from Sapphan Taksin boat pier for 3THB to take a closer look at this marvel.
THE GRAND PALACE
Every single Thailand travel advertisement would have a picture of the Grand Palace in it. With its golden chedis and multi-colored tiered roofs trimmed with gold, it would be impossible to deny that you are in Thailand. Here, you will also find a cousin of the airport Yakshas and other Thai mythological creatures that serve as guardians of the temple. Not far away is the temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phrae Kaew, which adds to the site’s exoticness.
SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK
The Sukhothai Historical Park, which houses the ruins of the former capital Sukhothai, the Dawn of Happiness, is filled with brick chedis and beautifully sculpted Buddha statues. The most famous would be the Buddha statue of Wat Si Chum with its graceful golden fingers.
JAMES BOND ISLAND
James Bond Island, locally known as Koh Tapu (nail island), is probably one of the most famous landmarks of Thailand after making a cameo in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. With its freakishly tiny base, you wonder if this massive limestone cliff would one day topple over. We’ll never know.
ANYMORE FAMOUS THAI LANDMARKS?
Here is our list of famous landmarks in Thailand. Are there any other landmarks that should have made it to the list? Share it with us by commenting below.
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