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Best Thailand Attractions - Top Highlights in Tourist Mecca Thailand

As Asia's favourite holiday destination Thailand is a vacation hub littered with engaging attractions. From iconic temples to cultural institutions the country's must-see hotspots are as follows.

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Wat Pho

Tipped to be one of Bangkok's most popular temples, Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangkalaram as it is officially known in the local tongues is a must-visit highlight in Thailand. Constructed as far back as the 16th century the venue is perhaps best known as the home of the iconic Reclining Buddha sculpture which stretch across a whopping 46m. As a royal temple complex that was constructed during the King Rama the First's era the venue's larger than life golden Buddha statue and its mother of pearl adornments are some of the most captivating sights one comes across in Thailand. The venue is also home to a Thai massage pavilion where visitors can learn and experience the stress relieving attributes of this ancient form of massage.

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Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn Anthropology Centre

Occupying pride of place along Baromradchonnee Road in Bangkok's Talingchan area the Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn Anthropology Centre is a one of a kind cultural institution in the country. Constructed as early as 1989 to mark the 36th anniversary of its namesake, monarch Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn the venue's construction was an initiative of the Silapakorn University. A hot bed of learning and information for sociology enthusiasts the venue's main objective is to serve as a premier information and education hub for sciences such as anthropology, archaeology, literature, art history and language. Reserved for the use of interested visitors, students as well as specialists in the above fields the Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn Anthropology Centre's main attractions is the permanent exhibition at the venue which encompasses a Thai pottery space, Ethnography gallery as well as a biography room of Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn.

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National Science Centre for Education

Regarded as one of the country's edutainment attractions the National Science Centre for Education or NSCE as it's more commonly known also holds the distinct honour of being the capital's premier and only institution dedicated to science education. Lined with intriguing exhibits that delve in to various sciences including communication technology the science of sports and the natural environment the locale is also home to the Planetarium which is dubbed Tong Fah Cham Long in the local language. A popular stopover for families with children a day at the National Science Centre for Education not only offers visitors in in-depth look at scientific aspects of our surroundings and various disciplines but also offers the rare chance to visit a state-of-the-art aquarium as well.

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Wat Mahathator

Located close to Silpakorn University, Wat Mahathator is located within the Grand Palace sub-district along Phra That Road. As one of the ten royal temples in the Thai capital the ancient edifice dates back to the Ayutthaya era when it was dubbed Wat Salak. Renovated by none other than Somdet Phra Bawornrajchao Maha Sura Singhanat during 1783 the venue was also famously used to revise the holy Thipitaka text in 1788 by King Rama I.

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Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall

Situated inside the Thailand Cultural Centre the Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall or Thai Nithat Exhibition Hall allows visitors a rare glimpse in to the evolution of Thai culture. Divided in to 4 regions the locale documents the Thai story through the ages by employing state-of-the art technology and exhibits including historic photographs, computer based presentations and interactive showcases.

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Elephant Camp in Chiang Rai

Offering visitors close encounters and memorable treks across Chiang Rai's tropical forest terrains the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is a must-visit highlight for all first time visitors to Thailand. As a one of a kind hotel Chiang Rai ranks among its most popular resorts the venue which also encompasses an impressive elephant camp is a Thai point of interest in its own right.