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.
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.