Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world: more than six million tourists visit it every year. Among Israelis, Thailand is also considered one of the ultimate vacation destinations.
What makes Thailand so attractive? Apparently the secret lies in the impossible combinations that it provides to its visitors: pristine and remote beaches where you can break away from the world, along with noisy and modern cities full of malls and nightclubs; Spectacular routes that can be used for trekking, along with pampering resorts where you can do belly-back all day; And culture and spirituality that fill the soul, along with stormy shopping that empties the pockets.
One of the most favorite areas for Israelis Thailand He’s the south.
In southern Thailand, Israel’s favorite sites are mainly in the western region:
- Phuket – Thailand’s largest island and the most popular resort. It boasts spectacular beaches, beautiful diving sites, a night market, dance clubs, many restaurants, family attractions and trekking trails in the woods and mountains. currently, Phuket is considered to be commercial and mass compared to other islands but it is still highly recommended to visit it.
- Copipi – the island famous for the film “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Copy Is a beautiful island with white beaches and rolling cliffs covered with forests. Its main attraction is beautiful diving sites and water sports. It is not very expensive and therefore many of its accommodations are expensive, but you can also find cheap and quality guesthouses. The island also has excellent restaurants and very enjoyable nightclubs.
- Krabi and Railay Beach – Krabi Province in southwest Thailand is considered to be less than a tourist, but it is highly recommended to stay there for at least a few days because it has beautiful sites. The province also has a city named Krabi, surrounded by wonderful nature. The most famous site in Krabi is Riley Beach, a pampering beach suitable for a honeymoon and a family holiday. Riley Beach is an excellent location for rock climbing, and in the eastern part there is a large climbing wall. In Krabi and Braille Beach you can find luxurious luxury hotels along with cheap and cozy guesthouses, as well as pubs, restaurants and even an authentic Thai cooking school.
- Khao Lak – an area of beaches surrounded by mountains and jungles, located three hours north of Phuket. Suitable for those who want to relax in peace and not encounter tourists, and Israelis in particular. Macao Lac you can go diving in the Simillan Islands, which excel in almost transparent turquoise waters. There are a variety of hotels and resorts, as well as restaurants and pubs.
Along with the beauty and tranquility provided by a visit to southern Thailand, it is also recommended to learn about the history and culture of the region; These may provide you with fascinating insights that will deepen your enjoyment of the visit.
History of Southern Thailand
South Thailand lies on the Malay peninsula, which has been inhabited by humans since the prehistoric period. In the third century, new settlers arrived in southern Thailand, thanks to trade and voyages between the Romans, the Arabs, the Indians, and the Chinese. As a result, ants and coastal cities were established, which were heavily influenced by Indian culture and Buddhism. The region was divided into states, or kingdoms, which together gained the name of “peninsula states.” At one point the ruling state was Sriwijaya, and to this day remains of this period can be seen in the city of Chaya, which was probably the capital of one of the kingdom’s regions.
Later, Srivijaya lost its influence, and the ruling kingdom became a nachon Si Tamarat. The more southern regions were under the control of the full Kedma and Fatani sultanate, while the northern areas were controlled by Bangkok. In the 19th century, both Petani and Nakhon Si Tamarat were incorporated into the central state. The area was re-divided into several administrative areas called Monjun (in Thai, “Circles”) which controlled the cities of the state. The small cities of the country merged into the largest, thus creating 14 districts that make up the region. In the early 20th century, four southern provinces that were identified as Malay were transferred to Malaysian control under the Anglo-Siamese Agreement of 1909.
The culture of southern Thailand
The main language spoken in southern Thailand is Malay dialect known as Pak Thai or Dambro. However, most of the residents speak or, at least understand, the main Thai language (the official language of Thailand). South Thailand excels in richness and cultural diversity resulting from both the proximity to the inventory boundary and the fact that the region is a meeting place between Chinese, Muslims and cells. Most of Thailand’s Muslim residents live in southern Thailand. The combination of the various influences can be seen well on the island of Phuket, where you can see side-by-side temples, Chinese temples decorated with dragons, and Muslim temples with green turrets. Another cultural aspect of southern Thailand is the region’s typical cuisine. The interpretation of the South Thai kitchen cells is expressed in foods with strong and sharp taste that combine seafood.
Places to Visit in Southern Thailand To be impressed and learn more about local culture and history are the ancient temples of Patchaburi; The powerful temples of Nakhon Si Thammarat; The huge Buddha statue in the Thai city; As well as the various mosques in the southern cities of the south.