Thailand and Phuket are a fabulous destination if you are looking for adventure and ancient history exploration. This is a favorite stop for history buffs and photography enthusiasts, as there are many lovely photo ops in this ancient capital of Thailand. Ruins of this old city still stand proud despite enduring centuries of battle and exposure to the elements. Sukhothai’s Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and much has been invested to restore and preserve one of Thailand’s most significant historical sites. Attractions here include many wats, which speak to the country’s long history of Buddhist devotion. Each structure tells its own story of the old society, with relics and influences from other ancient civilizations appearing in the design of each.
Prasat Hin Phimai boasts some of the most impressive Khmer ruins in Thailand. Similar in style (if much smaller) than those at Angkor, the temples were built during the 11th and 12th century, during which time the area was part of the Khmer empire. Though built as a Mahayana Buddhist temple, the carvings also feature many Hindu deities as explained in the visitor center.
Sitting on an extinct volcano in northeastern Thailand, Phanom Rung is a Hindu temple regarded for its outstanding architecture. Located near the village of Nang Rong, this temple sanctuary was built by the Khmer culture between the 10th and 13th centuries. Constructed of sandstone and laterite, Phanom Rung was built to represent Mount Kailash, the sacred home of Shiva.
Phuket Attractions ? Whilst most may head to the sunny streets of Patong, for a more authentic experience of Phuket, it’s worth heading to the Old Town. You’ll find street after street of old, colourful colonial-style mansions and townhouses hosting cute, cozy stores and eateries — perfect for Instagram and a welcome change of pace compared to some of Phuket’s more lively districts. Need a place to stay in Phuket, Patong Beach ? Read more about Hostel Patong Beach.
All it takes is a quick look at Surin Beach to see why it’s so popular with the wealthy and famous of Thailand. Crystal clear water, and soft, white sand both feature here as do numerous high-end resorts, restaurants, and bars in the area. Picturesque and peaceful, it’s one of the most pleasant beaches on the island and is the perfect alternative to the crowded, noisy and dirty beach of Patong. Patong is home to one of the best cabarets in the country — the Simon Cabaret Show. Each performance sees wonderfully talented “ladyboys” donning glitzy outfits before singing, dancing, and acting their hearts out to the crowd in a wonderfully over the top manner.