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Bangkok & Beyond

Thailand have touched 919,000 Indian tourists for the period January to December 2011. This proves that Thailand is the most sought for holiday destination among Indians. The capital city Bangkok has a lot to offer beyond the Spas, night life and retail therapy. In the term of Culture and heritage Thailand has treasured many places around Bangkok and just incase you think of scurrying away into the wilderness, and digging yourself into the historical past of Thailand, then Safari Plus takes the pleasure of touring you to some of these wonderful destinations which are easily accessible from Bangkok city and can be covered as a part of your day tour plans as well.

Nakhon Nayok: The province of Nakhon Nayok is situated on the plains of the foothills of the Khao Yai National Park. This is a well known weekend destination among the Thai locals. Nakhon Nayok indeed provides for a bird's eye view of the cultural History of Thailand. The location comes alive with Buddhist temples. Historian believe, that Nakhon Nayok was founded during the 11th century A.D.

Accommodation - The Royal Hill Resort is a world class property strategically located in the lap of nature. The state of the art infrastructure on the property simply adds to the luxury. The property is packed with a hoard of activities, including wi-fi, tennis courts, mountain bikes, spas, and a lot more. Some other property you can choose around are Muthimaya Resort (Forest Pool Villa Resort) and Greenery Resort.

Golfing is one another reason to visit this region as it host to some of the finest Golf Courses in Thailand. You can enjoy the finest valley-style golf unique to Asia. Kirimaya Resort also caters to one of the finest 18 hole Golf Course Kirimaya Golf Course. The Voyage Panorama Resort and Golf Club  (voted as one of the best Golf in 2011), Toscana Golf Club (spread over 830 acres of rolling hills, lakes, vibrant silky oaks and junipers) and Charnvee Golf Club are to name few.

Then you can head to one of the finest national park of Thailand Khao Yai National Park a UNESCO site, is situated about a 100 kms away from the capital city. The Khao Yai National Park spans over an area of 2168 square kilometres in the Phanom Dong Rak mountain range, and spreads over four provinces - Nakhon Nayok, Pranchinburi, Saraburi, and Nakhon Ratchasima.

The national park comprises of a wide range of plant and animal species. If you are lucky you can even spot a tiger around. There is a road that runs along the central area of the park, offers tourist facilities. This includes a park headquarters, accommodation (Camping and park bungalows) and a museum.

The Khao Yai National park is a serious paradise for trekkers. Other activities like water rafting, and night time spot light tours are indeed very insightful. Biking is the best way of getting round the park. All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) can also be rented for a small sum to get your way around the park. The wealth of natural beauty in the park just cannot be measured. The park sights some wonderful landscapes. The combination of rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush greens are very soothing to the eye. The ideal time to visit the park is from October to February, when the waterfalls are in full swell.

Accommodation - Kirimaya Resort with 52 rooms and seven suits tastefully designed to suit the modern times. Nesteled at the edge of the Khao Yai National park. Resort has four restaurants, Maya spa, and the 18 hole golf course which adds attractions on the property.

Other attractions around are - 

Farm Chokchai: Off the city limits is a high tech dairy Farm. The unit has diversifies into several other businesses with Dairy production, and export being one of the prime businesses. At Farm Chokchai there are intensive programming and training sessions that would make it worth a visit.

Gramonte Vineyards: The Gramonte, typically means 'the big mountain'. The vineyard is located in Asoke Valley, in Khao Yai National Park. The beautiful yellow flowers growing in and around the region, form a perfect location for the vineyard. The Vineyard facilitates in the making of every conceivable variety of wine. The Vin Cotto restaurant in the Vineyard cannot be missed. It is pretty famous for it home style Italian cuisine. Also while in the Gramonte, don't forget to pick up grape jams, and other fruit preparations to take back home. As you head down to the valley do not forget to visit the Tuskan shopping village. The experience can be enchanting with gourmet food shops, cafe's, and galleries painted in bright colours, colourful wood shutters, terracotta tiled roofs, Italian Gelato's are a speciality of this part of town . 

P.B. Valley: One of the finest winery founded in 1997 has adopted the state of the art technique for manufacturing some of the finest wines in Thailand.  A trip around the property on the mini train will give you a complete insight on the nuances of wine making.

Ayutthaya is one of the ancient capital cities of Thailand. Ayuthaya can also be covered from on your way back from the Khao Yai National Park. The city was founded by King U – Thong in 1350 A.D. it was destroyed by the Burmese in a war during the year 1767 A.D. Some of the relics of the city, gives us a nostalgic insight into Thai history.

The ancient capital city of Ayutthaya is located 85 kms away from Bangkok, and can be reached easily by train, bus, cars, and even boat. The fastest and easiest way of reaching Ayutthaya is by train. One can hop onto any train that is bound north or north east from Hualamphong train station, Bangkok.

One must not miss out on visiting the Royal monastery of Wat Mahathat. The Buddha Head in the Wat Mahathat is strategically carved out within the barks of a tree.  The Wat Mahathat was declared a world heritage site in the year 1991. Back in the years when trade and commerce in Thailand flourished, Ayutthaya, had people from various parts of the world residing here, giving it a very cosmopolitan appeal. Every relic in the city of Ayutthaya has a story to tell.

Last but not the least we always ask our readers to discover a different perspectives every time they travel. Hence dig yours out and unveil every aspect of your holiday, to make it a memorable one.



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