Thailand is a collage of animated scenes that comprise bustling modern cities crowded with luck tucks Buddhist temples attended by orange robed monks hill tribes selling handicrafts lush landscapes dotted with traditional farming villages and stunning coastlines peppered with gorgeous beaches in 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.
10. Chiang Rai –
Then Northernmost city in Thailand Chiang Rai serves as the main commerce 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 packaged tourists are out on day trips but at night the neon lights flash on and souvenir stalls and restaurants spring into action.
09. Pie –
Once just a quiet village in northern Thailand pie is now a booming town that is part of the main Hong Song Loop noted for its picturesque valley and relaxed atmosphere. Pie is a favorite destination among backpackers wishing to explore the region with pies location in the foothills of the mountains there are several options for trekking and visiting hill tribes also just outside the city are elephant camps and beautiful waterfalls additionally the Pie River offers tubing and whitewater adventures .
08. Phanom Rung-
Sitting on an extinct volcano in northeastern Thailand . Phanom rung is a Hindu temple regarded for its outstanding architecture the temple sanctuary was built by the Khmer between the 10th and 13th century has a dedication to the Hindu god Shiva constructed on sandstone and laterite Phenom rung was built to represent mount Kalish the sacred home of Shiva the complex faces east, and four times a year the sun shines through all 15 sanctuary doorways. During these events the park extends its hours, and locals celebrate with ancient ceremonies and modern sound and light shows.
07. 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 each with some beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. Accommodation on railway ranges from inexpensive bungalows popular with backpackers and climbers, do renowned Jet Set resorts.
06. 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 Than province of southern Thailand the reserve is home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Thailand such as Asian elephants, papers 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.
05. Ayuttaya –
Founded in 1350 the city of Ayuttaya 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 state with three palaces, more than 400 temples and a population that reached nearly 1 million.
In 1767 the Burmese attacked and conquered Ayuttaya however and the capital was moved to Bangkok the ruins are now a major attraction for those visiting Thailand. It is just 50miles north of Bangkok and it’s easily reached by train or boat.
04. Kanchanaburi –
Kanchanaburi located in western Thailand Kanchanaburi is best known for the bridge over the river Kauai 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 occupations.
Outside of Kanchanaburi are several national parks ,including era wan national park, which offers beautiful scenery waterfalls and caves.
03. Chiang Mai –
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.
02. Bangkok Thailand –
Capital city and by far the largest city in the country. Bangkok is a buzzing Cosmo polis 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 it’s 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.
Emerald Buddha :
01. Thai Islands –
Thai Islands the islands off the coast of Thailand are famous throughout the world for their beautiful beaches, others for their gorgeous scenery and some even claim their fame for the party atmosphere. There are three main sets of islands in Thailand.
To the east of Bangkok there are KoSomet and koh chang in the gulf of Thailand lies the Samui archipelago, while the end are Nancy is home to Phuket and Ko phi phi . Phuket is the country’s largest and most developed island. Connected to the mainland by two bridges.
Ko Phi Phi is famous for the movie “The Beach” while Ko Tao is Thailand’s diving Mecca. But there are many, many more beautiful islands to choose from.