Wat Benchamabophit 🛕
Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple) was designed by Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong. It typifies the impressive and orderly traditional Thai architecture. It is thus accepted as having the best architectural plan. The temple was built from marbles imported from Italy, and that is the reason why the temple is commonly known among foreign tourists as the Marble Temple. Significant Architectures within the Temple Phra Phuttha Chinnarat is a bronze replica of the original statue of the Sukhothai Period (1238-1438) which is still enshrined in Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat in Phitsanulok Province. The chapel is entirely decorated with marbles. The chapel is in the shape of five-layered square. The roof is in yellow and is curved. 52 Buddha statues in different postures placed on the balcony at the back of the chapel.
Wat Rong Suea Ten 🛕
The Blue Temple is known in Thai as “Wat Rong Suea Ten”, or “Temple of the Dancing Tiger”. Another ancient temple once stood here, and tigers are said to have roamed freely over the grounds when it was abandoned nearly a century ago. The Blue Temple as it exists today is brand new by comparison. The stairs to the main entrance are guarded by naga serpents, whose tails ripple with detailed scales and twist and whirl around in entrancing elegance. The temple windows are protected by an angelic figure, posing proudly on a pedestal with feathered wings spread wide, a staff grasped behind its back. Inside, the Blue Temple is a kaleidoscope of colour and patterns, with elaborate and unbelievably intricate paintings completely covering every surface.
Wat Rong Khun 🛕
We were blown away with the breathtaking architecture and design of the White Temple that was created by the Thai artist Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. Born in Chiang Rai, the same city where the temple was built, Chalermchai Kositpipat has dedicated his life to the restoration and improvement of White Temple, known locally as Wat Rong Khun. In addition to the pure white color choice, much of the structural choices, mythical creatures, and positions of the White Temple’s guardians and deities depict a religious or symbolic meaning. The common theme of this Buddhist temple is of escaping greed and desire and moving towards enlightenment through Buddha’s teachings.
Big Buddha 🙏🏻
The Phuket Big Buddha is a 45-metre-tall white marble statue visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. This impressive landmark is probably at the top of everyone’s ‘Must-Do in Phuket‘, and it is indeed a jaw-dropping site. The panoramic views from up there are breathtaking. Phuket Big Buddha started in 2002 as the foundation stone was laid by General Phijit Kulawanich, Privy Councilor, on May 22, 2002. The official name is ‘Phraphutthamingmongkhol-akenagakhiri Buddha’, which translates as “Happiness on top of Nakerd Mountain”.
Khao Sok National Park 🛥️
Khao Sok National Park is a nature reserve in southern Thailand containing dense virgin jungle, tower-like limestone karst formations and the man-made Cheow Lan Lake. It’s home to rare species such as the giant parasitic Rafflesia flower, hornbill birds, gibbons and tigers. The park can be explored by elephant-back safari, hiking trail, and raft, canoe or kayak via the Sok river.
Tiger Kingdom 🐯
The draw of getting to see a live tiger up close and person is easily understood. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of these gorgeous big cats in the wild. While we may love our house cats, there is something about how exotic and different their much larger, wild counterparts are that entices us to want to see them for ourselves. Tiger Kingdom Phuket is a once in a lifetime experience where we get to meet, play, and have our photo taken with tigers! Watch the tigers as we kick back with some food and drink from top-quality restaurant. We sure had a very memorable experience!
Elephant Trekking 🐘
Elephant Sanctuaries in Phuket have rapidly become very popular as the attitude towards animal-based attractions changes. The emphasis at these camps is on ethical, animal-friendly interaction with these majestic creatures, many of whom have been rescued or retired from the local logging and elephant trekking industries. The welfare of the residents is often the first priority of such places. We learn far more about the gentle giants than we would from a short ride on their back, and both us and the elephants are far more likely to have a fun time together.
Maya Bay 🏖️
Maya Bay is a stunning bay situated on the Ko Phi Phi Le island, a part of Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park in Thailand. The tropical paradise has about 17,000 villagers living on it, with most of their income coming from tourism. The destination was made famous by Hollywood film The Beach (2000), which was adapted from the Penguin Books bestseller of the same name and starred a Leonardo. Ever since the film launched, the island saw millions of visitors every year, who hoped to see with their own eyes the stunning scenery portrayed on the big screen.
Nui Beach 🏖️
Located to the south of Loh Lana Bay on the west coast of Koh Phi Phi Don, Nui Beach is a gorgeous tiny cove with a stretch of powder-soft white sand. There is some excellent snorkeling on both sides of the Nui Bay, and when the tide is low, you can also explore the secret cave! Nui Beach also promises excellent rock climbing. From November to May, Phi Phi island boasts crystal clear waters that sparkle in a turquoise-blue shade. Nui Beach snorkeling is an absolute delight during this period and ideal near the cliffs on both sides. Two large rocks are poking out in the sea right in front of the beach, known as the Camel Rocks. Snorkeling around Camel Rocks is exquisite.
Khum Phaya Resort & Spa 🏨
Chiang Mai was the centre of the Lanna kingdom, and with interiors fitted out in natural fabrics & teak, roofs made from 80-year-old teak beams, and intricate carvings, the design of this tranquil resort reflects the kingdom’s heritage. Khum Phaya Resort & Spa is a 4-stars hotel with 85 exquisitely designed rooms & villas provide us the option of direct pool access or private plunge pool, and all come complete with Jacuzzi. Outside our private world, we sink into the lagoon-shaped pool surrounded by century-old trees and meandering canals, enjoy authentic cuisine and being pampered at Spa Cenvaree.
The Dhara Dhevi 🏨
It’s one of Chiang Mai’s longest-established luxury 5-star hotel and one of its most beautiful, with ancient palace-like structures, a wonderful spa and 69 teak villas set among 60 acres of fragrant, flower-filled gardens on the outskirts of the city. With its gilded spires, ornately-carved pagodas and glittering mosaic walls, the Dhara Dhevi looks like it’s been torn straight from the pages of a fairytale. Across the expansive grounds, stone paths lead through gardens hung with cotton puffs, purple orchids and pink cannonball flowers, wooden bridges veer across moats and rice paddies, lotus ponds twinkling in the sunset. Interiors are adorned in rich jewel-like colours, with hand-crafted furniture and traditional South East Asian art scattered around.