The Grand Palace
Every visitor to Bangkok should see the magniﬁcent buildings within the Grand Palace compound to get a feeling of the grandeur architectural style. Since the founding of Bangkok as the Nations capital by King Rama I, The Grand Palace has been the major architectural symbol of The Thai Royal Family. In the present time, The Royal Family resides at Chitralada Palace while The Grand Palace is used for ceremonial purposes. Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat, built in 1877 by King Rama V as his Royal Residence, is the most highly recognized architectural landmark of the Nation. The central Throne Hall, which was formerly used for the reception of foreign envoys, is ﬂanked by reception areas decorated with galleries of portraiture. The central room on the second ﬂoor is used as a shrine for the reliquary ashes of Kings Rama IV, Rama V, Rama VI, Rama VII and Rama VIII. Borom Phiman Mansion was also constructed during the reign of King Rama V. When his son, King Rama VI ascended to the throne, he had it improved for use as his residence.
Thailand is one of the best places in Asia for shopping and visitors will be spotlit for choice with the huge, glitzy shopping malls, department stores, small shops and bustling street markets. The weekend market at Chatuchuk in Bangkok is a regular cornucopia with hundreds of stalls stocking items ranging from genuine antiques to ﬁghting ﬁsh. Tailor-made clothes are also good value and can be made in a matter of days, yet the standard is very high.
There are countless ﬂoating markets throughout Thailand, many within a couple of hours’ of the capital. The colorfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. There is lot of chatter and activity – bargaining is common – that’s all part of the fun. The most famous of the ﬂoating markets is Damnoen Saduak, about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok.
Eating Thai food is a top attraction for visitors of Thailand, as Thai food is world renowned. Learn about how Thai food is about balance between different ﬂavors. While Thai food has a reputation for being spicy, Thai food is actually based on a balance between different ﬂavors including spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. This goes beyond simply combining the ﬂavors within an individual dish to incorporate the contrast in ﬂavors between two or three different dishes, which is one reason Thai’s share meals and eat family style. One distinctive aspect of Thai food is the use of fresh herbs and spices as well as the inclusion of fermented ﬁsh sauce in nearly every dishes. As so many visitors love to eat Thai food, it’s unsurprising that many would want to learn Thai cooking too. Thai cooking classes range from one day fun courses to extensive chef training programs, both of which can be equally fun and informative. CNN has now named THAI MASSAMAN CURRY as the world’s most delicious food and TOM YUM GOONG coming in at 8 (World’s 50 most delicious foods 2011).
With ample green space and a reputation for ﬁrst class service, Thailand was a natural choice for developers and designers to build some premier golf clubs and courses. Novices beneﬁt from reasonable prices, while experienced golfers enjoy the spectacular weather and challenging courses. A mere thirty minutes from Bangkok, Chonburi is home to more than 30 courses, and Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin feature world class courses just a few hours further from Bangkok. Thailand contains courses designed by Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player and featuring settings including the mountain surrounded greens of Chiang Mai and the beach views of Phuket.
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