When people around me talk about tour-packages to Thailand, few of the very initial things that are mentioned are bright beaches, shopping and brilliantly lit nightlife. Although Thailand is a nation which is quite rich in all these mentioned factors, there is another aspect to it that is tranquil, serene and soothing to the mind and soul.
Buddhism and spirituality are so entangled in the culture and traditions of Thailand that it completely sheds all the boundaries of religion the moment you visit a temple. People of all religions, castes and creeds flock to the Buddhist places in Thailand for a slice of Buddhist spirituality. The shrines and temples dedicated to Lord Buddha are not just peaceful in their ambiance, but they are also stunningly beautiful. One of the quintessential examples of such a Buddhist spot is the renowned and popular 18 inch tall Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. Haven’t you seen it on TV? The golden Buddha surrounded by a number of reflective surfaces offer a feast to the eye.
Tourists opine that Bangkok packages are incomplete without a trip to these spiritual abodes of Buddha. The three most famous of all places of Buddhist tourism are Wat Benjabophit, Wat Pho and Wat Trimitr. There are places of immense spiritual importance in Thailand that are profound enough to dazzle the toughest atheist. These places are more than just shrines to Lord Buddha. They are masterpieces of style of architecture and the dazzling beauty that lure millions of people as devotees from all over the world. You can also find some excellent temples if you tour Pattaya also. The known Bangkok packages also offer trips to other known temples such as the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha (Hindu).
A very fascinating aspect of Thailand is its people. They are always smiling, no matter how harsh the day has been for them. They offer a very warm welcome to tourists from all over the globe.
If you are willing to experience something different in its entirety and not what just another package offers in Thailand, then take the off beaten track and visit the countryside. The lush green Thai country defines a different life. It is the Scotland of Asia when in full bloom. A place you would keep in your hearts forever and ever.