By Nadie Esteban - Mobile Sub-editor
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Asia News Network
As evident of our constant inclusion in the finals of the Miss Universe contestant and the presence of numerous local pageants in the country, the Philippines is considered a powerhouse in the beauty pageant industry.
As the 67th Miss Universe is held in the beautiful land of smiles – Thailand, there’s no stopping us from traveling like the true beauty queens that we are. Feel like a Miss Universe contestant as we present to you the places the Miss Universe contestants visited in Thailand that you should definitely add to your itinerary.
1. Wuttisak Snail Farm, Bangkok
Let’s kick things off in the capital, Bangkok, and with something out of the ordinary. The Wuttisak Snail Farm in Thailand breeds snails and extracts their slime for use in different cosmetic products we know today.
2. Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya
Situated upon the edge of a waterfront, the Sanctuary of Truth is an architectural feat as it is a 344-feet intricately designed temple made entirely of wood. Built only in 1982, one can easily mistake it as a heritage structure. The awe-factor it induces upon its visitors definitely makes it worth the visit.
3. Nongnooch Botanical Garden, Pattaya
From breathtaking gardens to the beautiful wildlife – Nongnooch Botanical Garden is the place to be in Pattaya. You are treated to a beautiful view of the botanical garden, there is also a skywalk in the property that can connect you to different sections. You can choose to visit the small Buddha temple with a beautiful view or you can go ahead and check out the beautiful elephant shows.
4. Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtles Conservation Center, Sattahip
A little south from Pattaya is Sattahip, a district in Thailand that is home to the Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtles Conservation Center where not only can you treat yourself to a beautiful beach view but also educate yourself on the conservation of sea turtles and how important it is to have initiative in prioritizing the environment over convenience.
5. Krabi Islands
If it’s the smell of the beach and the sun’s kiss you’re looking for but absolutely hate crowded beaches, then the islands of Krabi is your kind of destination! As it is less developed and less crowded than the beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui, the island of Krabi allows you to indeed be closer to nature.
6. Wat Arun, Bangkok
(The story was published on December 17.)
What’s a trip to Thailand without visiting its temples? Capping off your trip, we go back to the capital and visit one of the country’s most stunning temples. With a name that translates to “Temple of the Dawn,” Wat Arun’s name is derived from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the heat of the sun. The temple will make you feel at peace as it is situated riverside and will give you a beautiful view especially at night. The temple also boasts its beautiful contrasts between white and the bold colors of its sprites.