Bang Pa-in Palace Chao Sam Phraya Wat Phra Si Sanphet Wat Na Phra Men
Koh Samui is now the second-most popular place as an island destination in Thailand (the first is Phuket). Ko Samui may not be the country’s most beautiful island, but it is still an oasis of natural beauty with its white sandy beaches, dazzling coral, luscious lagoons, picturesque waterfalls, swaying coconut trees and crystal clear water. The beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are overcrowded in the high season.
Nong Khai - known as the Naga City, the Mekong giant serpent - is a city in north-east Thailand. The city lies on the southern bank of the Mekong River, only 20 km from Vientiane, the capital of Laos. It has many beautiful features which attract a considerable number of Thai and foreign visitors every year, including Sala Keaw Khu the almost surreal sculpture park; the enormously revered Luang Por Phra Sai Buddha Image which has a remarkable history; the truly extraordinary Phu Phra Bat Historical Park (though in Udon Province it is easily reached from Nong Khai); and the Thai-Lao Indochina Market called Tha Sadet Market which occupies many streets in the centre of town.
The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, opened in Apr 1994, was the first bridge across the lower Mekong, and only the second on the full course of the Mekong. So you can travel to Vientiane easily. Nong Khai is an exemplar of Isaan culture, which dominates northeast Thailand and which has an identity distinct from the culture of the centre, north, and south of Thailand. Famed for its warmth, kindness and friendliness, the culture has evolved from its Thai and Lao roots.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park. It is one of Ayutthaya's best known temples and a major tourist attraction. The temple has a central 35 meter high prang in Khom style with four smaller prangs. The whole construction stands on a rectangular platform. About halfway up there are hidden entrances, to which steep stairs lead.
The central platform is surrounded by eight chedi-shaped chapels, which are connected by a rectangular cross-shaped passage (Phra Rabieng). The passage had numerous side entries and was originally roofed and open inwards, but today only the foundations of the pillars and the outside wall still stand. Along the wall, there were 120 sitting Buddha statues, probably painted in black and gold. The lighting at night makes the temple even more exotic and beautiful.