Some of the most famous landmarks in Thailand include the Giant Swing, Wat Phra Kaew, Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Thailand is also home to five world heritage sites that are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Among these national treasures include the Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, Historic City of Ayutthaya and Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns.Continue Reading
Thailand is situated in southeastern Asia, just southeast of Burma. Its coastline forms along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. The country's strategic location allows it to control the only land passage from mainland Asia to Singapore and Malaysia. Encompassing a territory of approximately 198,117 square miles, Thailand holds the distinction of being the sole Southeast Asian nation not subjected under European colonial rule.
Formally known as the Kingdom of Thailand, this majestic country boasts a long and rich history, famed for its magnificent royal palaces, elaborate Buddhist temples, tropical beaches and archaeological sites. Locally known as Sao Ching Cha, the Giant Swing in Bangkok is one of the most visited sacred sites. The structure has come to represent the steadfastness of Thailand's capital city.
The Grand Palace, commissioned by King Rama I, is another popular tourist spot for sightseers in Bangkok. As one of the most revered symbols of Thailand, Buddha figures are also prominently displayed in the various temples built throughout the country. Wat Phra Kaew is called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha while Wat Pho is internationally renowned for housing a massive Buddha statue.Learn more about Southeast Asia
Thailand does not have an independence day, since it did not fight for its independence from another country; however, as of 2014, the country celebrated December 5 as its national day. Thailand celebrates the king's birthday as its national day, so until a new heir ascends to the throne, the country will celebrate the day on King Phumiphon's birthday.Full Answer >
In 1939, Siam had its name changed to Thailand by the Fascist leader Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsonggram out of nationalism and, some believe, racism. The name means "Land of the Free" and reflects the fact that it is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized. It was known as Siam from 1945-1949 and then was renamed to Thailand again in 1949.Full Answer >
The Kingdom of Thailand is bordered by four countries: Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Thailand is bordered by the Gulf of Thailand in the south and in the Andaman Sea in the west.Full Answer >
Some of the world's most popular travel destinations include Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, The National September 11 Memorial In New York City, The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Hong Kong, China is another of the world's top tourist destinations, with over 8.6 million visitors expected for 2015, as well as the Great Wall of China.Full Answer >