Having reacted efficiently and effectively to the coronavirus pandemic, Thailand has managed to control the spread of the disease and the country is starting to open up again with masked domestic tourists being invited to enjoy their country, and international tourists patiently awaiting a return to their favourite Southeast Asia country.
In the interim as we stay safe and at home, there is no reason we shouldn’t be planning our next trip to Thailand – or at least dreaming about it as we enjoy some of the sights and sounds to keep our desire to return fuelled.
This in mind and aiming to promote tourism during the Covid-19 outbreak, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a series of 3D virtual tours. These are a few of our favourites.
Take in the view of Bangkok.
The rooftop observation deck on the Mananakhon Building is one of a few places in Bangkok from where you can enjoy unobtrusive views across the capital. The tourist attraction may currently be closed to the public given the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the 360-degree views by means of a virtual tour. Once online you’ll have access to The Peak 314-meter outdoor observation area and Indoor Observation Deck, as well the iconic Glass Tray that offers a bird’s eye view of the Sathorn area down below. It will instantly transport you to the city.
Ayutthaya, The Historic City of Thailand
Watch and share the 360-degree virtual reality tour of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thailand. Ayutthaya is about 80 kilometers north of Bangkok and was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam and a prosperous international trading port from 1350 until destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park, an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries, and statues. The park is on an island between three rivers. West of the historic park is the site of the Royal Palace and Royal Chapel, the political and spiritual heart of the lost kingdom.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
Take the 360-degree virtual tour of the Grand Palace that’s located in the old city of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. One of the must-see sites of Thailand, the Grand Palace complex has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam and later Thailand since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), resided at the Chitralada Royal Villa and his successor King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) at the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, both in the Dusit Palace, the Grand Palace is also used for official events.
For a culture fix, the Ban Nang Talung Shadow Play Handicrafts
Nang Talung is a traditional shadow puppet theatre in Nakhon Si Thammarat village and where this ancient art is said to have first appeared. Here Uncle Suchart, the acclaimed shadow play artist and highly skilled craftsman, passes on the culture of making and performing Talung shadow play. He simultaneously preserves Thai’s culture and identity by using and promoting Thai musical instruments. Ban Nang Talung manufactures and distributes Nang Talungang Nang Yai handicrafts. Many Thai and foreign tourists come to visit and to watch a Talung performance. The 2-storey building displays intricate Nang Talung characters including angels, demons, lords, male actors, ghosts and female joker.
Thailand Screensavers and Zoom Backdrops
In addition, download one of these iconic Thailand images that we’ve selected for you to use as your phone or desktop screensaver, or even Zoom backdrop, so that you never have to let go of the dream to return to explore and savour all that Thailand has to offer as soon as allowed.