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
Here’s a look at the best places to visit
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
However, the most famous of these temples, lies outside Chiang Mai on a mountainside
overlooking the city.
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
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
Spend your days swimming and snorkeling among extraordinary marine life or hire a longtail
The surrounding islets like Monkey Beach are worth a visit, home to a plethora of cheeky