Top News Thai attractions come to 3D life By TTG Asia / Posted on 1 February, 2021 16:32 The Tourism Authority of Thailand has launched a series of virtual reality tours to four destinations across Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Surat Thani. The tours, which are immersive 360-degree adventures that allow visitors to explore the attractions in 3D, are accessible via individual links on the Tourism Thailand Virtual Tours main page. Visitors can now virtually tour the Thewarat Sapharom Hall in Bangkok from the comfort of home After clicking on the link, visitors are led directly to the attraction. Icons on the bottom left allow for viewing floorplans and for navigation, while other functions let visitors view in VR or share with friends on social media. Once inside an attraction, visitors can move around using the cursor, while some of the attractions have information about its historical background or details of items on display in both English and Thai. In Bangkok, the Mekhala Ruchi Pavilion lets visitors virtually explore the two-storey teak wood building, which was the residence of King Rama VI while Phayathai Palace was under construction. Meanwhile, the virtual tour of Thewarat Sapharom Hall showcases the elegant interior of the palace’s throne hall, and the Phiman Chakri Hall stands out for its iconic turret. In Chiang Mai, visitors can dive deep into a virtual visit of Phra Chao Tan Chai Ma Tam Na Bun Chapel or the Big Reclining Buddha at Wat Chedi Luang. There is also a tour of Phra Maha That Chedi for the 12 astrological signs and Phra Chao Pun Ton. The final two attractions in Chiang Mai include the statue of Khruba Chao Teung Na Ta Si Lo and Ma Tam Na Bun Chapel. In the southern region, there are virtual tours of Chedi Khao Hua Chuk in Surat Thani and Chinpracha House in Phuket. The virtual reality tours give visitors a bird’s-eye view of these famous attractions, allowing them to move around simply by clicking on points of interest. They are designed to inspire wanderlust and encourage armchair travellers to visit the landmarks in future.