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Banggkok - Top destination for experiencing Thai culture
Thailand is not only a popular beach but also a cultural city. Thailand has a long and magnificent story full of mythical monarchs and queens from the Kingdom of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, both located in atmosphere. The two destroyed towns are great places to re-experience the times of Thai legend.
Magick is part of Thailand's daily routine. Bangkok, the capitol of Thailand, is the number one travel spot for those interested in Thailand's culture. There are also some odd places of interest in Bangkok, where you can see Thailand's culture in its most enchanting state. Eating is of course a big part of every culture, and Bangkok is a great place to feed throughout Asia: in addition to Thailand cuisine, Bangkok has genuine local dishes from Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan.
Ancient Ayutthaya was the capitol of the Thai empire of Siam before the capitol was relocated to Bangkok and the name of the country in Thailand was altered. The only thing that remains are the atmosphere of the remains. One of the most popular in Thailand, this is an infinite resource for Thai films that mix story and swinging saber.
Just twohrs from Bangkok, Ayutthaya can easy be explored on a full days out, although the best way to enjoy the lovely remains is in the afternoons and early mornings, so if you have free nights. Sukhothai, which is regarded by the Thais as their semi-mythical home, is another intriguing ruin town.
The Thais first achieved their autonomy and their culture began to blossom during the war. There are few known facts about Sukhothai, but the lovely remains, encircled by a quiet landscape, are a charming place to explore about 400 kilometres south of Bangkok, about half way to Chiang Mai.
Northern Thailand's landlocked regions and the north-east, known as Isaan, are great places to enjoy the true Thai culture much more than the southern seaside destinations. Indeed, the fishermen's community in southern Thailand is historically ruled by Muslim-Malayan culture. Chiang Mai, the most important town in the northern part of Thailand, is known as the culture capitol of Thailand.
One of the lesser known, but all the more fascinating cultural destinations in the northern part is Nan, whose palaces are home to the country's most magnificent pictures. Isaan, on the other hand, is the least frequented area of Thailand. Here you will find some large Khmer style monasteries, similar to the Angkor remains in Cambodia, and many interesting festivities, especially in early spring.
Hua Hin is the best choice if you want to mix and match the best spots with some of the best places of interest . At the beginning of the twentieth-century the King of Thailand constructed his summers house next to Hua Hin, and the once dozy fishermen's hamlet became a royal seaside resort when Thai noblemen followed with their own teak wood-houses.
Travellers can experience Hua Hin's historic legacy by accommodating in Thailand's first seaside resort, the magnificent Centara Grand Strand Resort, built in 1923. Hua Hin combines a cultural vacation with an almost regal spoiling, because Hua Hin has become Thailand's premier city.
The most dazzling spa locations like The Barai are independent designer destinations. Besides Hua Hin, Phuket is another seaside resort where you can enjoy the culture of the area. Phuket City, the capitol of the Phuket Islands, has the best conserved old city in Thailand. Much of the lovely, centuries-old Chinese-Portuguese office buildings have been transformed into cosy cafes, restuarants and arts-galeries.
When visiting Phuket in October you can enjoy the flamboyant vegetarian festival, when devotees of the ancient China vegetarianism go into profound sedation and puncture their body with sword, needle and all other pungent items.