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All our Hindu rituals start with worshipping Lord Ganesha first. Not only on Ganesh Chathurthi, but all Hindus across the world do worship this omnipresent god first. It is our belief that by worshipping Ganesha first on all auspicious events, all obstacles in our lives are removed and that we get success in all worldly affairs. Our faith in him not only gives spiritual enlightenment but also material benefits.
We all must have seen big Ganesh idols during the eleven days Ganesh Utsav in India. Ganesha devotees show their devotion and love for him by worshipping tallest idols but these idols that get immersed in water after these Utsav days are over. Most prominent idols among those are Mumbai’s Lalbaugcha Raja and Hyderabad’s Khairathabad Ganesha. But do you know where World’s tallest Ganesh idol is? No, it is not in India. Yes, you read it right! World’s tallest Ganesha idol is not in India, it is in Khlong Khuean, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand. He is the tallest Bronze Ganesha (39 meters high) in the world.Thai Princess Soamsawali Phravararajatinuddamat installed this idol. In Thailand, Lord Ganesha is called as Phra Phikanet” (Shri Vignesha). Just like Hindus in India, Thai Buddhists worship him as the deity of success and obstacle remover, and also worship him on all auspicious events and inception of new business.
Very frequently Ganesha and other Hindu deities are respected by Thai Buddhists as a result of the overlapping Buddhist/Hindu creation. Well if you want to have a look at this beautiful Ganesha idol, you have to visit Thailand and experience the beautiful culture of Thailand, and explore into its history, arts, and food.
THAILAND – A BEAUTIFUL TRAVEL DESTINATION
Thailand has a diversified culture, rich history, beautiful natural environment, and very friendly people which make Thailand a popular tourism place. Irrespective of seasons, Thailand is a year-round destination making it a desirable travel destination. There are many beautiful places for which one wants to visit Thailand repeatedly, the people here are famous for their smiles, politeness, manners, and their carefreeness, that is why many call Thailand as “The Land of Smiles.” The one motto that Thai people follow is ‘never mind,’ which many people from the West envy about. This is maybe because of the Buddhist culture that they follow, also they do not take any stress and frustration to their mind.
From beautiful crowded beaches to floating markets, isolated islands to the beautiful Safari world zoo, Sanctuary of Truth to Dream World Amusement Park, there are so many impressive destinations in Thailand that makes the visitor come back regularly.
Thailand’s capital Bangkok is an incredible modern city that suffuse with Siamese History. The city is evident with glistening temples and glittering palaces while contemporaneity can be witnessed in the colourful nightlife and world class infrastructure. The beauty of Floating Market on the klongs (canals) that once earned Bangkok the name “Venice of the East” are also an attraction. These waterways are full of sellers on their long tail boats, tourists on joy rides, and regular shoppers. Thailand offers a lot beyond Bangkok and some of the most popular places to visit in Thailand are:
- There are a few most beautiful beaches in Thailand like Koh Chang’s White Sand Beach, Donald Duck bay in The Similan Islands that remains a favorite for scuba divers and snorkelers, Phuket’s most popular Kata Beach with luxurious hotels at one end and traditional long-tail boats at the other. Thong Nai Pan Noi & Yai Beaches, Railay Beach, Kata Beach, Koh Nang Yuan, Pattaya Beach, and Sai Kaew Beach are also some of the most amazing beaches in Thailand.
- Thai trip is really incomplete without visiting the most beautiful temples that are tourists’attractions and definitely deserve your time. Some famous temples are Wat Arun, Wat Rong Khun, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Sanctuary of Truth, Wat Benchamabophit, Wat Traimit, and Wat Phra Singh. The temples here are unique with modern design and architectural beauty. Thailand’s rich culture obviously sprawls in these temples. Siam Niramit is one of the largest stage productions in the world that colorfully depicts the history of Thailand through song and dance. Siamese history talks about three Kings from the dynasty named Rama I, Rama II and Rama III. The Siamese folklore also incorporates many themes and scenes from the Ramayana.
- With the weather of Thailand being warm all year round, theme parks are always a great place to visit. Places like Kanchanaburi of the far north also make you experience the places of hill tribes, the rural culture of Thailand can be experienced here in these quiet villages surrounded with limestone hills.
- Theme festivals that take place throughout the year are also very attractive that tourists should experience. Nakhon Sawan Chinese New Year, Mae Hong Son Winter Feast, and the Sweet Tamarind Fair are all worth witnessing. The most popular of them however are the Chiang Mai Flower Festival and the Loi Krathong. Chiang Mai blooms into colourful flowers during February every year. They fill the city with beauty and fragrance that is unforgettable; and the enchanting Loi Krathong festival in November that is equally fantastic and celebrated across Thailand.
There are many more places in Thailand that we have not mentioned here, but isn’t that all enough to visit Thailand? Plan a trip and wander into Thailand, live a golden experience that will stay for a lifetime.