Temples of Thailand

Wat Saket, Bangkok
WAT SAKET, BANGKOK

White Temple Chiang Rai - 17-8
WHITE TEMPLE, CHIANG RAI

Chaiyaphum Temple
Temple, Chaiyaphum

Sanctuary of Truth 17-8
Sanctuary of Truth, Temple in Pattaya

Big Buddha Phuket 11-7
BIG BUDDHA TEMPLE on a hill at PHUKET

Wat Phra That Doi Kham - Chiang Mai
WAT PHRA THAT DOI KHAM, CHIANG MAI

Wat Chaiwatthanaram - Ayudtthaya
WAT CHAIWATTHANARAM, AYUDHYA

Wat Arun, Bangkok
WAT ARUN, BANGKOK

There are a total of 40,717 Buddhist temples (Thai: Wat) in Thailand as of 31 December 2004, of which 33,902 are in current use, according to the Office of National Buddhism.[1] Of the 33,902 active temples, 31,890 are of the Maha Nikaya and 1,987 are of the Dhammayuttika Nikaya orders of the Theravada school, while 12 are of the Chinese Nikaya and 13 are of the Anam Nikaya orders of the Mahayana school. Two hundred and seventy-two temples, 217 of the Maha Nikaya order and 55 of the Dhammayut order, hold the status of royal temple. Royal wisungkhamasima (Pali: visuṃ gāmasīmā), official recognition of a temple’s legitimacy, has been granted to 20,281 temples.

Source: Wikipedia

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Thailand is Asia’s ‘most-searched’ Travel Destination

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Thailand was the only Asian country to make it into the top 10 most searched destinations on travel search engine Skyscanner in the first half of this year.

According to Skyscanner, the variety of destinations and activities suitable for various lifestyles and needs has enabled Thailand to remain a year-round hot destination for travellers.

“Our wealth of data indicates Thailand is an evergreen destination, attracting visitors both locally and internationally with our natural and cultural beauty,” said Grace Areerat, marketing manager at Skyscanner Thailand.

Thailand’s position as the only Asian country on the top 10 list is a reflection of efforts to promote it as a destination for locals and foreigners alike to travel to and within the country all year round.

The 10 most searched destinations from January-June by Skyscanner are in order: Spain, the US, Britain, Italy, Russia, Greece, Turkey, France, Germany and Thailand.

Additionally, Skyscanner’s search data showed the top three trending destinations in Thailand were Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui.

With a 45% year-on-year increase in searches, Bangkok’s highlights are world-class shopping complexes, renowned hospitality, an outstanding variety of cuisines and quality dining experiences, nightlife, events and entertainment.

Phuket, with a year-on-year search increase of 44%, is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants, great outdoor adventure activities and deep-sea diving as well as outstanding nightlife.

Witnessing a 39% year-on-year increase in searches, Koh Samui is packed with backpacker shanties on quiet stretches of sand and secluded Buddhist temples.

Source: BangkokPost

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POPULAR #PHUKET BEACHES

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Patong Beach

Phuket has many beautiful beaches and a lot of exciting activities can be found on this island. Phuket is located approximately 862 kilometres south of Bangkok. There are only two seasons in a year the green season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April). Phuket is divided into 3 administrative districts: namely, Mueang District, Thalang District and Kathu District. Phuket is one of the most important tourist destinations in Thailand with a wide variety of magnificent coves and bays, lush green hills, palm-fringed white beaches, secluded bays and forested hillsides, smaller surrounding islands, hospitable people, superb accommodation and seafood, delightful turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture, numerous sporting and leisure opportunities – all of which combine to create delightful and truly memorable holidays. The most famous beaches of Phuket are Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Nai Harn Beach. These beaches are ideal for diving & snorkeling, sailing, golfing and all kinds of sports & entertainment.

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Kamala Beach

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Rawai Beach

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Nai Harn Beach

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Kata Beach
Karon Beach 4
Karon Beach (View point)

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Chalong Beach

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Bang Tao Beach

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#Phuket a top choice for inaugural Thailand yacht show

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Phuket has a number established marinas, such as the Royal Phuket Marine, Boat Lagoon, Ao Por grand Marine and Yacht haven Phuket.

Royal Marine Phuket 1

Phuket has been named as a top choice for the launch of a Thailand yacht show, to be organized by the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS).

The location for the yacht show, planned for the end of this year, has been narrowed down to Phuket and Pattaya, explained Deputy Minister of Transport Akom Termpittayapisit to the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT).

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It will offer exposure for yacht manufacturers similar to what car manufacturers are given during the Motor Expo, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha explained.

Yacht manufacturers can showcase their new, luxurious models at the event, and this will help to promote yacht tourism in Thailand, he added.

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“I think Phuket is ready for this. Located on the Andaman coast, we have suitable marinas for this kind of event,” Ratchadaporn Pattana, deputy director of the MOTS Phuket office, told the Phuket Gazette this morning.

“If Phuket is chosen as the location for the yacht show, this will be very beneficial to the province, as it positions itself to be a key port of call for yachts throughout the region.

“Additionally, we will attract more quality tourists, who will have higher per-capita spending in Phuket.”

Source: Phuket Gazette

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