Thailand and Phuket are a fabulous location if you are searching for adventure and ancient history feeling. Ayutthaya presents a glimpse into the glory of ancient Thailand, where visitors can wander the haunting but romantic ruins of the former capital. After the Sukhothai period, the city was the most important in Thailand, and the old palaces and temples stand as a testament to this. There are also several foreign settlements, where you can gain a greater understanding of the influence other countries had in Thailand at the time. Ayutthaya is located only a short bus trip or train ride from Bangkok, making it convenient for a day trip if you’re pressed for time. If you’re on a more leisurely schedule, plan on spending a few days in the ancient capital and rent a push-bike to tour both the old city and the new.
Prasat Hin Phimai boasts some of the most impressive Khmer ruins in Thailand. Similar in style (if much smaller) than those at Angkor, the temples were built during the 11th and 12th century, during which time the area was part of the Khmer empire. Though built as a Mahayana Buddhist temple, the carvings also feature many Hindu deities as explained in the visitor center.
Made up of nine primary islands and two far-flung ones, the Similan Islands archipelago is one of the most popular diving destinations in the country. Situated off the coast of the Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand, the waters surrounding the islands boast gorgeous coral reefs and underwater rock formations that take on many unique shapes. Experienced divers particularly enjoy hot spots like East of Eden and Elephant Head Rock.
Phuket Attractions ? Aqua Spa: What is it? Somewhere to finally let your hair down and relax. You’ll find the most exquisite luxe Thai massage and Ayurvedic therapies in a beautiful, tranquil setting. Why go? Sure, you can get brilliant massages for a few hundred baht on most streets in Phuket, but if you’re looking for a divinely relaxing, more holistic experience in a gorgeous setting, head for this stunning spa just five minutes drive from Patong. With a vista of rolling hills, these rejuvenating beauty treatments, aromatherapy and much more are the perfect addition to your everyday life escape. Plus, you’ll still find standard Thai massage on offer (for the traditionalists) and there’s carefully considered wellness dining menu, too. Namaste, indeed. Need a place to stay in Phuket, Patong Beach ? More details at Backpackers Hostel Patong Beach.
Set in the scenic Old Town of Phuket, the walking street market is the place to be to sample traditional, southern Thai cuisine. Aside from the delicious food, those lucky enough to visit can shop for authentic Thai handicrafts and gifts under the scenic Chinese lanterns and between the pretty, colourful buildings. A Chinese shrine that houses statues of Chinese gods, its architecture is different to the typical Thai temples and makes for an impressive sight. Not only is it one of the most beautiful shrines in Phuket, it’s also an important cultural site too, as it plays a pivotal role in the yearly Vegetarian Festival, in which devoted followers pierce themselves with various things.