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Meaningful travel experiences happen when tourists are able to explore a country like a local. With so many tourist hot spots luring in travelers, it can be difficult to decipher which attractions are off the beaten path. Be a traveler instead of a tourist by visiting one of these nine places in Thailand every local is proud of.
The monarchy is highly revered by all Thais. Royal palaces are found in cities across the country, and one of the most breathtaking of them all is the Bang Pa-In Palace. Its superior location along the Chao Phraya River makes it one of the most memorable, with the exterior reflecting off the adjacent water. Construction of the European-style structure began in 1872 and ended in 1889 and is split into two zones, one of which is reserved for the royal family. Located in the city of Ayutthaya, this is one city and palace visitors should try to include on their itineraries.
While there are plenty of temples across the country Thais are proud of, many of these religious structures are constantly flooded with tourists. The temples remain important structures of course, but they seemingly become less exceptional when there is hardly has any leg room to explore. This is not the case at Wat Pha Sorn Kaew in Petchabun. Otherwise known as the Temple on a High Glass Cliff, the temple opened in 2004 and has been luring in visitors slowly but surely. Tourist infrastructure has yet to be completed, making it a difficult endeavor for visitors to actually get to. Because of this, the temple grounds, made up of millions of colorful mosaic tiles, remains a bit off the beaten path.