The cool breezes that come at the end of the year not only herald the arrival of the festive season in Thailand, but are also a call from Mother Nature to entice travellers to set out on their journey to enjoy nature’s beauty throughout the country. Technology is making it easier to travel and to share impressions of the attractions being visited through social media, making every journey more meaningful.
THAI has selected Thailand’s top five photogenic wonders. Witness nature’s beautiful vistas, the culture’s vibrant colours, and the people’s warm smiles, all helping you create your own story and make it even more memorable.
The Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, stands majestically alongside the Chao Phraya River, bathed in the soft glow of sunrise. Though a familiar sight for visitors to the capital city, it seems never to lose its charm. Bangkok actually offers plenty of spots for enjoying and capturing the beautiful tropical sunrises and sunsets over the River of Kings. Suan Santichaiprakarn, a public park on the riverbank by Phra Sumen Fort, offers a magnificent view of the Rama VIII Bridge. Luxury hotels on Charoenkrung Road, and, surprisingly, humble guesthouses in nearby Talad Noi, also boast panoramic views from their rooftop bars and restaurants. Further downstream, the river slips lazily past Bang Ka Chao, a vast area of green space in Phra Padaeng district. The top floors of Sathon Road’s hotels offer spectacular views that will redefine your impression of southern Bangkok.
Images of forested mountains shrouded in mist spring readily to mind when speaking of Chiang Mai, but equally spectacular – and sure to receive plenty of ‘likes’ - are the sculptured landscapes of lush rice terraces. The sight of the crop ripening and turning gold in November for example will take your breath away. The most famous rice growing valleys are situated in Mae Cham district, Ban Pa Bon Piang, and Mae Klang Luang Doi Inthanon. The tea plantations that cover the rolling hills provide another opportunity for the perfect sunrise picture. Many plantations provide accommodation for visitors to enjoy a moment being close to nature.
Mae Hong Son
Known locally as Tung Dok Bua Tong, the Mexican sunflower fields have long been an iconic image of Mae Hong Son, the most northwestern province of Thailand. Each year, between November and December, the wild Mexican sunflowers are in full bloom, painting the hills of Doi Mae U-Kho in Khun Yuam district bright yellow. These are the country’s largest Mexican sunflower fields and the most popular spot for capturing their spectular beauty. The long, winding road from Chiang Mai to Khun Yuam district, with 1,864 curves, is also impressive. The road leads you from Chiang Mai to Hot, Mae Sariang and Khun Yuam district and offers numerous attractions well worth visiting, such as Ob Luang National Park, Suan Son Bo Kaeo, and some local plantations.
The months of November and December that mark the end of the monsoon and the start of the holiday season in the Andaman Sea. The calm, crystal clear water is ready to embrace visitors from all over the world. Krabi is a province famous for its beautiful beaches. Great holiday snaps include the world-famous Phi Phi Islands in Noppharat Thara National Park, Poda Island and its pristine waters, Railay Beach, a popular destination for climbers, and Talay Waek, a natural wonder where a long sand bar links three islands at low tide. All are perfect destinations that will make you wish you could stay longer.
Lush mangrove forests, striking limestone karst formations, and life on Koh Panyee all combine to make Phang Nga Bay an unrivalled destination for photographing nature’s wonders. Phang Nga Bay National Park consists of 42 islands scattered along the rough coast, making picturesque vistas. Some of the most famous attractions in the area include Koh Tapu, Khao Phing Gan, prehistoric paintings at Khao Phra At Thao, Khao Nak, Khao Raya and Khao Khien, and Hong Island, which requires a canoe to get inside to visit the secret lagoons. Be sure to stop by to observe the simple life of the fishermen on Kho Panyee, and pick up some souvernirs.
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