Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason. With thousands of miles of shoreline, warm weather year-round, beautiful architecture, delicious food, and friendly people, it’s no wonder that Thailand has become so popular among tourists looking to get away from the norm. However, Thailand isn’t just about beaches; if you’re up for an adventure in nature, it also has stunning mountain landscapes, rivers and lakes ideal for rafting and fishing, even hot springs and caves to explore.
There’s something about Southeast Asia that just beckons to travelers. Maybe it’s the fantastic food, the vibrant culture, or the serene landscapes. Whatever the reason, this part of the world is incredibly popular with tourists. With its stunning beaches, majestic mountains, and scenic temples, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this country every year.
From stunning national parks to vibrant night markets, every corner of Thailand is filled with beauty. But there are so many places to visit in Thailand that it can be hard to know where to start. Here are just a few of my favorite places:
Every city has its own unique history and culture that’s best explored through street food and traditional markets. One place that should definitely be on your list when visiting Thailand is Pattaya Beach—and no, not because of its adult entertainment industry! It’s actually one of my favorite beach destinations around Asia because it has miles upon miles of beautiful coastline, clear blue waters, and plenty of activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and fishing.
It is known for its scenic beauty, serene temples, and majestic palaces. Bangkok is a fantastic place to visit, with something for everyone. From the bustling city life to the serene temples, there is something for everyone in Bangkok. If you want to get away from it all, head to the jungles and explore the national parks or go on an elephant safari. If you’re looking for some action, head to one of Bangkok’s famous night markets!
Bangkok’s unique culture is a product of its history. Ancient kingdoms and empires left their mark on Bangkok, resulting in a blend of Indian, Chinese, Burmese and Thai influences. The ancient city was transformed into a capital after King Rama I moved his government there from Thonburi in 1782. He also established Rattanakosin as Siam’s permanent capital. Soon afterwards it became Thailand’s main port and hub for trade, both foreign and domestic. Bangkok served as Siam’s capital until World War II, when Japanese troops occupied it for several years during the war. It wasn’t until 1946 that Thailand regained control of its capital city and reconstructed it to its former glory.
Nowadays, Bangkok is one of Asia’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. It has an international airport, and many international hotel chains such as Sheraton, Novotel and Raffles have locations in Bangkok. Millions of tourists visit Bangkok every year to experience its culture, attractions and friendly locals. Whether you’re planning a holiday or travelling for business, there are plenty of options for you to explore in Bangkok. You’ll find great dining opportunities too – from authentic Thai street food at Saphan Khao Talat to Michelin-starred restaurants like Bo.lan and Chote Chitr at Dusit Thani. Don’t forget about some fun nightlife!
Chiang Mai, Thailand
This city is located in the northern part of the country and is considered to be the cultural capital. The city is home to many temples, including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, as well as a number of museums and art galleries. I enjoyed exploring the Old City, which is surrounded by a moat and has a number of gates that lead into different neighborhoods.
Koh Phangan, Thailand: This island is home to some incredible beaches that have earned it the nickname Haad Rin which translates to bay of fun. Koh Phangan is also home to one of my favorite party spots in all of Southeast Asia, a beach called Haad Rin Nok. Every full moon people from all over Asia come here for what they call full moon madness, which basically means they spend an entire week partying on one beach. It’s insane!
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
The islands are well known for their clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and lush jungle landscapes. Visitors can enjoy activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking.
Phuket, Thailand: The island of Phuket is a major tourist destination in Southern Thailand. There are several beaches and water activities to enjoy on Phuket, including scuba diving. Both Phi Phi Islands and Phuket are easily accessible by plane from Bangkok, as they’re both part of Surat Thani Province, but they’re connected to each other by boat and ferry services as well.
Railay, Thailand: Railay is a beautiful peninsula in Krabi Province, located on its own tiny bay next to Ao Nang. The white sand beaches are among some of the best and most picturesque in all of Thailand. In fact, Railay Beach was ranked as one of Asia’s top ten beaches by CNN Travel! When planning your visit to Railay Beach, note that there are no roads connecting it to any other part of Krabi Province.
Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao is a small island off the coast of Thailand, and it’s not just gorgeous; it’s also crystalline and even has white sand beaches. I’ve gone snorkeling and diving and even seen a sea turtle! Everyone here is friendly and welcoming and I’ve made some new friends. I am looking forward to showing you what else this country has to offer you!
If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation or holiday, Koh Tao is an amazing place to visit. The best thing about Koh Tao is that you get to dive with whale sharks and manta rays! I will never forget this incredible experience. I hope everyone gets a chance to visit someday! If you do decide to take a trip here, be sure to check out all of these great things.
It’s a beautiful city with French colonial architecture, Buddhist temples, and many markets. I loved exploring the city and found it to be very friendly and safe. The food was also incredible – I had some of the best Lao food here!
When you’re there, make sure to visit Wat Sisaket and eat dinner at Foyer Wine Bar & Restaurant. If you want to learn more about its history and how to get around, download our comprehensive travel guide!
Hanoi, Vietnam – Third Paragraph: Hanoi is an incredible city. The Old Quarter is jam-packed with street food stalls, shops and local activity. While I wouldn’t recommend spending your entire time in Hanoi in touristy areas like Hoan Kiem Lake or The Temple of Literature, it’s definitely worth a visit for a short amount of time to experience some Vietnamese culture!