AYUTTHAYA
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 07:55
Last Update: March 2013

For 417 years (with one brief interruption), the city of Ayutthaya took over from Sukhothai as the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, a brilliant period in its history, based on growing rice and trade.
The city’s strategic location and the construction of drainage channels inside made it almost impregnable and the monarchy, together with Theravada Buddhism, contributed to prolonging a period of stability and splendour.
It is a very interesting place to visit, not far from Bangkok.


Bangkok. CITY
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 04:58
Last Update: March 2013

Bangkok is the capital and a huge, exciting cosmopolitan city. Gateway to the country and a good place to spend a few days and nights in order to enjoy its many attractions. History, culture, music, gastronomy, tradition, modernism, Bangkok has everything.
This chapter provides an all-day look at the city as we explain aspects of history and present a preview of what you´ll find when you visit.


Bangkok. ERAWAN SHRINE
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 02:13
Last Update: October 2012

The devotion that many Thais profess for Hindu gods is manifest in small shrines that dot the streets of Bangkok. One of the most famous is the Erawan Shrine, dedicated to Brahma, god of creation.
Its interest lies not only in observing the way city inhabitants express their faith, but also in seeing the mixture of tradition and modernity in the surrounding area.


Bangkok. GOLDEN MOUNTAIN
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 01:28
Last Update: October 2013

Bangkok lies next to the mouth of the river Chao Phraya, on a flat area where there are no natural hills to offer panoramic views of the city. In addition to the buildings that stand out against the city’s horizon, the Golden Mountain offers the perfect opportunity to take in this fascinating landscape.  


Bangkok. JIM THOMPSON HOUSE MUSEUM
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 1:57
Last Update: March 2014

Jim Thompson was an architect born in Delaware (USA) who travelled to Thailand just after the end of World War II. He fell in love with the country and decided to settle in Bangkok where he played a relevant role in the development and modernization of the silk industry.  

On 26 March 1967 he disappeared during a trip to Malaysia leaving behind an important legacy. The classic Thai architecture of the buildings is interesting as is his art collection and the household items he used in his daily life.


Bangkok. SALA RIM NAAM
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 01:58
Last Update: April 2014

On 24 May 1888, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel held a great banquet in honour of Queen Victoria, on the occasion of her jubilee anniversary and shortly after King Chulalongkorn offered a dinner in honour of Prince Nicholas of Russia, in March 1891. 

Two exceptional events in the unique history of this hotel give us an idea of its luxury and glamour. If you would like to treat yourself to a very special dinner where traditional dances are performed, this is a great opportunity. 


Bangkok. THE DAMNOEN ADUAK FLOATING MARKET
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 02:46
Last Update: October 2012

In a country where heavy rain creates endless waterways, over the centuries, goods have been traditionally transported by boat. From manufacturing areas to the cities and then inside the towns, using the canals built by the inhabitants.
The passage of time and modern technology have changed traditional ways but there are still a few floating markets. They have a special charm and enable you to observe part of the traditional Thai way of life.


Bangkok. THE GRAND PALACE
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 04:01
Last Update: July 2015

The Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew, located in the same place, are the symbolic centre of the Kingdom of Thailand and are definitely a must-see.
Construction was initiated in the late eighteenth century by King Rama I, when he decided to move the royal residence from Thonburi to the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River, easier to defend against potential enemy attacks.
This report gives an overview and explanations to enable you to get the most out of your visit.


Bangkok. WAT ARUN
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 02:58
Last Update: October 2012

This famous monastery is one of the classic sights of Bangkok given its beauty and uniqueness, which is why it is often used as the main tourist attraction when promoting the city.
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, opposite Wat Pho, its skyline is unmistakable. From its central prang, Wat Arun affords a panoramic view of the city, another reason to include it in your itinerary, together with the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, as we’ve already mentioned.


Bangkok. WAT PHO
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:35
Last Update: July 2015

This monastery is extremely popular because of the huge reclining Buddha housed in one of its rooms but it´s also worth taking some time to stroll around the grounds.
It has an extensive collection of Buddha figures and numerous stupas, Buddhist funeral monuments also known as chedis.
The Wat Pho is a magnificent example of a royal monastery and a renowned study and teaching centre of traditional Thai massage.


CHIANG MAI. City
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 04:43
Last Update: March 2013

This welcoming city in northern Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
By number of inhabitants, it is the second largest after Bangkok and was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom until its ultimate integration into the Kingdom of Thailand in 1939.
This chapter depicts the city and the natural setting where it is located, as well as telling you a little about its history and the various attractions that make it worth a visit at least two or three days’ long.


Chiang Mai. WAT CHEDI LUANG
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:24
Last Update: March 2013

The Chedi Luang monastery is interesting for several reasons. In addition to the features of any complex of this type, it is inhabited by a community of young monks quite willing to chat to visitors. Furthermore, the beautiful Lanna architecture of some of its buildings is truly worthy of admiration.
It is located in the city centre, near Wat Phra Singh. You are also shown an initiation ceremony held in the main hall of the monastery.


Chiang Mai. WAT CHIANG MAN
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 02:30
Last Update: October 2013

This monastery is one of the oldest in the city and is located in the old part of town, which is surrounded by a moat.
Its style is true to traditional northern architecture and it houses several items of enormous historical and religious value - a stone with the oldest inscription referring to the founding of the city and two statues of Buddha which are said to have supernatural forces.


Chiang Mai. WAT DOI SUTHEP
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:54
Last Update: March 2013

This monastery is situated on the slopes of a mountain near the city of Chiang Mai. The relics housed in its stupa render it a highly significant shrine for Buddhist devotees, so a multitude of pilgrims from all over the country come here to express their faith, walking around the stupa and in front of the Buddha statues.
This video illustrates the monastery at the same time as it explains the symbolic value of the funeral monuments or stupas, also known as chedis.


Chiang Mai. WAT PHRA SING
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:32
Last Update: March 2013

This royal monastery is one of the most famous in the city of Chiang Mai and has a large Buddhist community that keeps it bustling. Located in the city centre, in the moat that marks the old part of town, it is a regular stopover for travellers to the area.
We take the opportunity to show you the most important architectural features of any Buddhist monastery, namely the stupa or chedi, the vihan or ´Assembly Hall´ and the ubosot or ´Ordination Hall’.


FIVE MINUTES OF THAI HISTORY
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 05:17
Last Update:

With the possible exception of the beach resorts, a visit to the rest of Thailand will have significant links with its history and traditions.
The purpose of this film is to offer a series of historical references that are familiar to Western travellers, so that it is easier for you to situate in time the origin of the places you visit and the events explained to you.


Kanchanaburi. THE DEATH RAILWAY
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 03:25
Last Update: October 2012

In this town, you can relive one of the most dramatic episodes in World War II to occur away from the main war fronts. The construction of a railway line by the Japanese that was to cross Thailand to Myanmar, built using local labour and prisoners of war, was the cause of enormous human tragedy.
One stretch of the railway has been restored and apart from recalling the event, it also gives you a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of splendid natural landscape.


PHITSANULOK
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 02:32
Last Update: October 2012

This city of about 90,000 inhabitants is located 370 km north of Bangkok, in the central plains of Thailand, near the historic capital of Sukhothai.
It is an interesting tourist destination for lovers of nature and outdoor activities and its monuments include the Wat Mahathat that houses one of the most revered Buddha statues in the entire country.


Sacred History I. THE PROFANE AND THE SACRED
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:45
Last Update:

´Profane´ and ´sacred´ are two concepts with a continuous presence in the history and life of the Thai people. They define the essence of many architectural and ornamental objects and are projected into Thai behaviour and social manners.
We all know what they mean but it is easy to overlook their enormous significance.
Watching this documentary will help you to understand a little better many of the things you see and you are told on your trip to Thailand.


Sacred History II. MYTHOLOGICAL BEINGS
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 03:00
Last Update:

This film explores the concepts of profane and sacred on the basis of the large number of gods, heroes and mythological creatures to be found in Thailand in the form of pictorial representations and sculptures.
You will notice them in all prominent historical places and religious places. Their value is symbolic and often have a fierce, sometimes terrifying, appearance, which is related to the sacred history of the Thai people.


Sacred History III. HOW THE SACRED OPERATES
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 04:07
Last Update:

This is the last chapter dedicated to the subject of sacred and profane.
Washing your hands in a sacred place or at a sacred time has a meaning that goes beyond the simple cleaning of a part of the body, in the same way as taking your shoes off to enter a Buddhist temple. Both traditions refer to the spiritual dimension that has accompanied man from time immemorial and which are explained in this documentary.


SUKHOTHAI
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 06:18
Last Update: October 2013

Sukhothai was the capital of the very early Kingdom of Siam in the thirteenth century AD. Its rise in the region was due not so much to its military strength as to the ability of its leaders to build alliances at a time when the great empires had ceased to wield their command.
The cultural legacy of this period is extraordinarily rich and here in Sukhothai, that footprint is even more profound.
If you decide to go there, this video will help you prepare for the visit.


Short videos about the most interesting places:
Follow us on:
Information:
Tips
Classics of Thailand
Places of interest
Authentic Thailand
Things to do
Religion
Hotels & Resorts
Asian Luxury
About us
Contact us
Site map
contact@thailandvisualguide.com