From Bangkok’s ostentatiously bedecked palaces and temples to the dramatic limestone cliffs sheltering sandy coves in Krabi, and empty, palm fringed beaches of Hua Hin to buzzing Pattaya streets delineated by infamous go-go bars and strip clubs –Thailand’s multihued facets astonish one and all.
One of the most sought after holiday destinations among Brits, Thailand is full of natural and man-made wonders. But perhaps this abundance of fascinating places makes it tricky to pick your spot.
Don’t worry, we’ve done the homework for you. Take on our list of seven amazing tourist destinations in Thailand, and plan your holiday to experience the best of what this ‘land of smiles’ has to offer.
Pristine white beaches and dramatic rock formations in Krabi keep the postcard vendors in business. But there is more to this remote archipelago in Southern Thailand than the sea, sun and limestones. Outdoor adventures like trekking, white water rafting, kayaking and snorkelling make Krabi an absolute delight for adrenaline and nature photographers alike. The beachside resorts offer pampering massages and fun activities, adding more to your blissful sojourn in this beautiful territory.
Go for: Tiger Cave Temple, Talay-Wak (Split Ocean), Huay Toh Waterfall, and Boat Trips
The largest island in Thailand has easy connectivity going for it – many airlines fly right into Phuket town from neighboring international hubs including Singapore, Doha, London, and Dubai.
But what makes it a haven for holidaymaker is its capability to cater one and all. Lay out on the beach, paddle in turquoise waters, soak up some culture, or go off the beaten track to explore the region’s untamed beauty – if you want to kick back, Phuket is just the escape for you! Nightlife in this part of Thailand is simply amazing, promising you various moments to cherish lifelong!
Go for: Swimming, surfing, spa treatments, Fascinating nightlife in Patong, boat trips from Chalong Bay
Delve into the artistic and spiritual charms of this ancient town, with the greenery-clad mountains in the backdrop. Chiang Mai’s historic heart, with its crumbing Buddhist temples and lively bazaars, ensures you a peep into rich cultural heritage of Thailand. Hire a local guide to explore the surrounding forests, looking for exotic flora & fauna and interesting tribe villages.
Go for: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and around 300 other temples, Big Buddha at Wat Phra That Doi Kham, Bua Tong Waterfalls, and Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium,
A gateway to the above fascinating places in Thailand, the capital city itself is a gem of its own kind. Historic indeed, Bangkok has an unfathomable maze of ancient temples, palaces and forts. Some must-visit sites include Wat Arun, Grand Palace and Wat Mahatat. But the real essence of the city lies in its swanky shopping malls, lively yet kitschy nightlife markets, and at the overwhelmingly buzzing shores of the Chao Phraya River. No matter what you’re looking for, this City of Angeles seldom leaves one disappointed.
Go for: Glittering temples, Tuk Tuk tours, river cruise, cheap shopping, Thai Massage and Thai cuisine
Koh Phi Phi
This is one such place where you literally meet your inner sense. So tranquil, so green and so pristine, Koh Phi Phi is no wonder a dream for those in search of a rejuvenating escape from the everyday life. After wandering around its surreal beaches, hire a boat and explore the surrounding islands including the infamous Maya Bay. The place is also renowned for its snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities.
Go for: Serene beaches, viewpoints, Maya Bay, historical Phaya Naak Cave, scuba diving
The party capital of Thailand, Pattaya is one of the raunchiest and most vibrant nightlife hubs in the whole Southeast Asia. It is only 150kms from Bangkok, and promises the visitors loads of fun at its sandy beaches, cabaret bars, and 24-hour clubs.
Visiting the surrounding lush green hills, you have a chance to admire the stunning natural scenery and explore the region’s interesting flora & fauna.
Go for: Nightlife at Go-GO bars, strip clubs, beaches, and Sanctuary of Truth Temple
Another big draw for beach lovers, Koh Samui boasts a string of scintillating beaches lined by an assortment of resorts, hotels and entertainment venues. Snorkelling and scuba diving are other popular activities here. The surrounding mountains are where you can enjoy hiking, camping, and various other adventure sports.
Go for: Island hopping, sunbathing, biking and jungle trekking
Khao Yai National Park
The first national park in Thailand will win you over by its untamed natural beauty and exciting wildlife. This park is in central Thailand, nearly 200kms from Bangkok, and is the best place to see Thai elephants in their natural habitats. Other animals you may spot here include sambar deer, macaque and Indian muntjac. The park is also home to the gorgeous Heo Suwat waterfall, trekking to which is a mesmeric experience.
Go For: wildlife, bird-watching, nature photography
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