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Most markets are large and crowded. But do walk around. You will be surprised how much you can buy there. I also have a special page about markets in Bangkok. Visit it after finishing this page. You will find a link in the menu at the top of every page.
This is just one example. You really should visit several markets to undergo the atmosphere!
The Thais divide their county in five regions: the Central region, in which Bangkok lies, but also the historic places Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, the Northern region, where Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son are the most popular destination, the Northeastern region, where Korat (also called Nakhon Rachasima), Buri Ram, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani are popular destinations, the Eastern Region with Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trad provinces and the Southern region, where the islands like Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Chang and (in the deep South) places like Hat Yai and Songkla are situated.
You see what I mean? The traffic is much better than in Bangkok. Furthermore the City center is surrounded by a ring of canals, as can be seen on the right hand picture, which makes Chiang Mai special. (Don't forget to look down before landing! You will see this ring of canals clearly).
And you have a splendid market there: the Night Bazaar.
This is a general view over the Night Bazaar.
And as far as Temples are concerned, Chiang Mai and the direct surroundings have at least 100 of them. Some Temples in Chiang Mai are among the finest in the Country.
This Buddha Image - in Wat Bupparam - is made out of teak wood and is one of my favorites in Thailand. Its beauty is stunning. It used to have a beautiful black color, but it has been painted white a few years ago (for reasons far beyond my comprehension).
And as you can see on the left hand side picture, Kamala Beach on Phuket Island - is not crowded at all, but waiting for you to come there. But even if you go to the very touristic Patong you can expect a relatively quiet beach. The village of Patong, however is not so quiet.
You can also go to the "deep South", up to the border with Malaysia, but the towns are rather "boring" there, although there are some beautiful sights around there too. The picture above shows you the center of Hat Yai. As you see this is quite something different from Bangkok or Chiang Mai!
Here is one sample of what you can expect of Sukhothai. The whole old City of Sukhothai is under protection of UNESCO, as a part of the World Heritage.
I also want to draw your attention to Phitsanuloke, not far from Sukhothai, so you can combine your visits. In Phitsanuloke, in the Temple -shortly- named "Wat Yai" you find the Buddha Image pictured above, which is considered to have the most beautiful model of all Thai Buddha Images. If you have been in Bangkok already, you may think you have seen this same image in the "Marble Temple" there already, but that is only partly true. The one in the Marble Temple in Bangkok is a copy of the one in Phitsanuloke, and it differs in several respects. The real thing is only in Phitsanuloke! (The picture can be misleading about the size of this Buddha image. It is more than 2 meters high).
A fine example of Khmer culture can be found in Phimai, the most popular day trip from Korat (Nakhon Rachasima).
The past two pages have tried to give a very first impression of Thailand. The menu at the top of every page gives you the possibility to get to know more about specific places and subjects.
Click here for Part 3, with some practical tips for first time visitors