Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep (วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ)

The most famous and important temple in Chiang Mai is Doi Suthep (วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ). The temple was built in 1383 to enshrine Buddha’s relics. You can take a cable car to the higher platform but a lot of  devout Buddhists choose to climb the 290 steps up to the hilltop. After praying the Phra That for good luck, do not forget to go to the terrace to soak up panoramic views of Chiang Mai town and surrounding countryside.

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Poinsettia Garden Phurua

Poinsettia Garden in Phu Rua

During the cool season every year, thousands of people flock to Phu Rua National Park in Loei province to enjoy the climate and scenery. At the entrance to the park is Poinsettia Garden which is popular with Thais who like to take selfies to post on social media. The poinsettia plant is popularly called Christmas Tree by local people due to the fact that the green leaves turn red during the cool season.

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Chungkai War Cemetery

Chungkai War Cemetery in Kanchanaburi

Chungkai War Cemetery in Kanchanaburi is the final resting place of more than 1,400 Commonwealth & over 300 Dutch soldiers who lost their lives while working as forced labour on the Thailand-Burma railway. Chungkai War Cemetery was originally the burial ground of a prisoner of war camp, built by the hands of the prisoners themselves in late 1942, and located to where the the railway line ran.

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Tiger Cave Temple

Tiger Cave Temple in Kanchanaburi

One of the most striking temples in Kanchanaburi in a picturesque location is Wat Tham Suea (วัดถำเสือ). The English name, Tiger Cave Temple, is sometimes used for this temple in guidebooks. At the top of the hill there is an 18 meter high Seated Buddha covered in a golden mosaic. A nearby tower gives some stunning views of the farmland and lakes nearby.

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CentralWorld in Bangkok

CentralWorld Bangkok

Central World is a large shopping complex in Bangkok. It is situated in the popular shopping district called Ratchaprasong. On busy days, they can attract as many as 150,000 customers. They have 550,000 square meters of shopping space which surpasses the nearby Siam Paragon. The mall includes Isetan, Zen Mega Store, SF World Cinema and Groove. There is a skywalk to the mall from nearby BTS Chidlom though BTS Siam is slightly nearer.

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Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

The Grand Hyatt Erawan is a five star hotel situated in the heart of Bangkok’s main shopping district. The front entrance is on Ratchadamri Road but it sits on the corner of Ratchaprasong intersection. It is right next door to the popular Erawan Shrine and around the corner from BTS Chidlom. In this first photo, you can see the swimming pool on the fifth floor. Shopping malls such as CentralWorld, Gaysorn, Central Chidlom and Amarin Plaza are only a few minutes walk away.

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Phra Mongkhon Ming Mueang

Phra Mongkhon Ming Mueang

This well-known Buddha image is housed in Dan Phra Bat Temple. The Buddhist sanctuary stands amidst a lush forest, with the statue depicted in subduing Mara and decorated with golden mosaics. The 20-meter-tall image was created in the northern Indian style in 1965, and is considered the most sacred image in the entire province.

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Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai

Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai

Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai (วัดสระกำแพงใหญ่) is a Khmer sanctuary compromising of three prangs on the same pedestal, oriented to the East. The middle main prang is made of sandstone while the two smaller ones are made of bricks. There are also two vihans made of bricks in front of two brick prangs. These structures are surrounded by a laterite and sandstone gallery about 54 meters wide and 62 meters long. The building was originally a shrine for the God Shiva but was later converted into a Buddhist temple.

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Elephant Ride Alms Giving

Elephant Ride Alms Giving

To mark Asahna Bucha Day in Thailand, Thai Buddhists make merit by offering alms to monks at their local temple. In Surin they do things a bit differently. This province is the home to Thai elephants and so the monks collects arms on elephant back during this ceremony. The event takes place every year on the full moon in July.

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Ubon Candle Festival Parade

Candle Festival Parade in Ubon Ratchathani

To mark the start of the three month long Buddhist Lent, Thai Buddhists take part in parades where they carry large candles to their local temple. The people of Ubon Ratchathani go one step further by carving large wax candles and figurines that take several months to complete. They then parade these through the town on the day after the full moon in July. In Thai, this day is known as Khao Phansa. The parade takes place on the roads around Thung Si Muang in the city center.

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