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10 Best Places to Visit in Thailand - Travel Video

Thailand is a collage of animated scenes that comprise bustling modern cities crowded with

tuk-tuks, Buddhist temples tended by orange-robed monks, hill tribes selling handicrafts, lush

landscapes dotted with traditional farming villages and stunning coastlines peppered

with gorgeous beaches and blue lagoons.

Such a captivating portrait explains why Thailand is Southeast Asia’s most popular travel

destination.

Here’s a look at the best places to visit

in Thailand.

Number 10.

Ko Chang.

Located near the border with Cambodia, Ko Chang is the third largest island in Thailand

and the biggest in the Ko Chang Marine Park archipelago.

It is a mountainous island known for several waterfalls, thriving coral reefs, rainforests

and long white sandy beaches.

In less than ten years, Ko Chang has become a major tourist destination in Thailand although

still far quieter than islands like Phuket or Ko Samui.

White Sand Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island.

Located on the island’s northwestern corner, it’s the longest beach on Ko Chang.

Number 9.

Chiang Rai

The northernmost city in Thailand, Chiang Rai serves as the main commercial hub of the

Golden Triangle, which contains the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

A busy town offering something for everyone, Chiang Rai is often used as a base for exploring

the surrounding region.

The town itself is quiet during the day, when most of its package tourists are out on day

trips, but at night the neon lights flash on and souvenir stalls and restaurants spring

into action.

Number 8.

Ko Tao.

Ko Tao is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, and it is accessible by a high-speed ferry

from the mainland city of Chumphon.

For travelers who enjoy diving, the island of Ko Tao is the perfect vacation destination.

Around 7000 new divers get certified on Ko Tao each year making it one of the most popular

destinations in the world to learn to dive.

Diving allows you to see bull sharks, underwater evolutionary sculptures at Ocean Utopia and

plenty of turtles, among many other marine species.

Other popular activities include cycling and sailing around the beautiful island.

Number 7.

Railay

Railay is a small peninsula that is only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting

off mainland access.

These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also a popular

attraction in Thailand due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere.

Accommodation on Railay ranges from inexpensive bungalows popular with backpackers and climbers,

to renowned jet-set resorts.

Number 6.

Khao Sok National Park

Considered by many to be one of Thailand’s most beautiful wildlife reserves, the Khao

Sok National Park covers jungle forests, limestone karsts, rivers and lakes in the Surat Thani

province of southern Thailand.

The reserve is home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Thailand such as Asian elephants,

tapirs and gibbons.

There are several trails in the park from which visitors can choose to enjoy trekking

through the jungle to spot wildlife, photograph beautiful waterfalls, swim in natural pools

and admire stunning vistas.

Number 5.

Ayutthaya

Founded in 1350, the city of Ayutthaya sits on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting

it to the Gulf of Thailand.

Once declared the most magnificent city on earth, the ancient Siam capital was an impressive

site, with three palaces, more than 400 temples and a population that reached nearly 1,000,000.

In 1767, the Burmese attacked and conquered Ayutthaya however and the capital was moved

to Bangkok.

The ruins are now a major attraction for those visiting Thailand.

It is just 50 miles north of Bangkok, and is easily reached by train or boat.

Number 4.

Kanchanaburi

Located in western Thailand, Kanchanaburi is best known for the Bridge over the River

Kwai that is linked with the historic Death Railway to Burma in which thousands of Asian

laborers and POWS died during World War II.

Several museums and war cemeteries all present information about the city and its bridge

during the 1940s Japan occupation.

Outside of Kanchanaburi are several national parks, including Erawan National Park, which

offers beautiful scenery, waterfalls and caves.

Number 3.

Chiang Mai

Surrounded by the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a flourishing city often used

as a base among both backpackers and tourists wishing to explore the lush landscapes, hill

tribes and outdoor adventures of the region.

Nevertheless, Chiang Mai itself is a large and culturally important city where historical

and modern Thai architecture and traditions coexist.

A walk around the historic center bestows views of old city walls and dozens of Buddhist

temples.

However, the most famous of these temples, lies outside Chiang Mai on a mountainside

overlooking the city.

Number 2.

Bangkok

Thailand’s capital city and by far the largest city in the country, Bangkok, is a buzzing

cosmopolis of high rise buildings, ancient temples and glittering nightclubs.

While the city is sometimes described as a concrete jungle jam-packed with noisy traffic

and air pollution, Bangkok is not without its natural beauty that is seen in its remaining

canals, green spaces and flowering tropical plants.

The famous tourist street, Khao San Road, is a good place to begin with its cheap shopping,

dining and nightlife.

Also not to be missed is the sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the grounds of the

Grand Palace.

Number 1.

Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is possibly one of Thailand’s most famous archipelagos.

It is most notable for a stunning natural bay that was filmed in the movie The Beach,

starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

But while many come here and have this renowned bay at the top of their to-do list, there

are many more reasons to tempt you to Phi Phi beyond Maya Bay.

The six islands of Phi Phi are jaw-droppingly beautiful, with pearl-white sand beaches and

emerald waters.

Spend your days swimming and snorkeling among extraordinary marine life or hire a longtail

boat.

The surrounding islets like Monkey Beach are worth a visit, home to a plethora of cheeky

tree-swinging monkeys.