Thailand: Buddhist Kingdom at the Heart of Southeast Asia
By Narisa Chakrabongse
I received a free copy of Thailand: Buddhist Kingdom at the Heart of Southeast Asia
Thailand is a stunning collection of images celebrating one of the most exciting countries on Earth.
Thailand is renowned for food, beaches, friendly people, and a relaxed lifestyle. With 40,000 temples throughout the country and 97 percent of the population being Theravada Buddhists, the religion pervades everyday life. From the sophistication of modern Bangkok to the ruins of the ancient Hindu temples at Prasat Hin Phimai and Muang Tham, from the beaches of Koh Samui and Cha-am to the mountains of Chiang Mai to verdant national parks such as Kaeng Krachan, Thailand tours the country’s most interesting destinations, region by region. Each area is very different, from the mountainous north and northeast to the glorious beaches in the east, west and south. Thailand is a biodiversity hotspot, and the national parks are a lesser-known delight. Featuring both street and floating markets, elephant rides and journeys by tuk-tuk, idyllic beaches, ancient cities and historic temples, Thailand shows just how much there is to explore.
Summary from Goodreads.
Southeast Asia is a stunning area, and Thailand is one of the more travelled locales in the area. A big country that has a been influenced by multiple different cultures and religions means that different areas of Thailand can feel very different, even while being next to each other.
We have seperate chapters to focus on the different regions of Thailand. Bangkok, Northern Thailand, Southern Thailand, Western and Central Thailand, Eastern Thailand, Southern Thailand. Each chapter has numerous pictures of locations within the area, as well as a brief description about the picture and the exact location that it is at. You are shown not just landscape and cityscape photos, but local farmers markets and rural towns are also heavily highlighted. Unsurprisingly, a lot of Buddhist temples are situated around Thailand so wherever you go, plenty are to be found.
A great addition to your coffee table book collection.
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