20 Best Places To Visit In Thailand

When people think visiting Thailand, their minds go to the Best Places To Visit in Thailand With so many places that serve to budget travelers, it’s easy to travel cheaply and still be able to enjoy extremely interesting places. Of course, all the while enjoying the pleasure of Thai food which makes your trip more interesting. The energetic city of Bangkok, the northern mountains of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, and a large number of magical Thailand beaches in the southern part of the country. Whether you’re a diver, a foodie, a backpacker, or a luxury traveler, Thailand has all in one trip.

Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never politically controlled by a European country. However, the name of the country is Prathet Thai which means “land of the free” which is in the Thai language, Very fitting. There are approximately 35,000 temples in Thailand. Thailand is fullest a land of temples. Visiting in some temples you require modest clothing, meaning no shorts or sleeveless shirts for some temples.

Here is the list of 20 best places to visit in thailand .

  • Koh Lipe
  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Krabi
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Phang Nga & Koh Hong
  • Phuket
  • Koh Samui
  • Koh Tao
  • Hua Hin
  • Ayutthaya
  • Sukhothai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Umphang

On my Bucketlist

  • Bangkok
  • Similan Islands
  • Koh Lanta
  • Koh Chang
  • Pattaya
  • Pai
  • Kanchanaburi

1.Bangkok

Bangkok Best Places To Visit In Thailand
  • Bangkok is the first place on everyone’s bucket list in Thailand.
  • Trip start with the Grand Palace for a quick peeks at the famed Wat Phra Kaew .i.e.Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
  • After that move to a tour of the city’s most sacred Buddhist temples including
    • Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)
    • Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
    • Wat Saket (Golden Mount Temple)
    • Wat Traimit (Temple of Golden Buddha)
  • After that let’s go for a shop till you drop at CentralWorld, Terminal 21, Siam Paragon, MBK, Platinum Mall, or Chatuchak Weekend Market.
  • To eat yummy local street food go to head to Yaowarat (Bangkok’s Chinatown).
  • Take time from city life at Jim Thompson House, Lumphini Park, or go on a scenic cruise/ferry ride along the Chao Phraya River.
  • Take a rest in the night at Khaosan Road of Bangkok’s best rooftop bars.
  • If you want more enjoy then take a day trip to float markets nearby like Amphawa & Damnoen Saduak.

2.Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai is certainly the best foodie destination in Northern Thailand.
  • Chiang Mai is one of the cheapest places to travel in Southeast Asia.
  • For local eats, visit the Sunday Walking Street near Tha Pae gate.
  • Saturday Night Walking Street on Wua Lai Road.
  • The daily Warorot Market or Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Road.
  • At least once visit the Wat Chedi Luang & Wat Phra Singh.
  • There are more than hundreds of temples in Chiang Mai if you love temple sure you run to visit them.
  • For extremely impressive views overlooking Chiang Mai, journey outside the Old Walled City gates and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
  • For gorgeous views of nature, head to Doi Inthanon National Park, home to the highest mountain in Thailand, and the large and heavy Mae Ya Waterfall.

3.Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta
  • Koh Lanta is Thailand’s most beautiful islands.
  • It’s quite easy to get to both by car and boat.
  • With all of the beaches in Thailand, Koh Lanta has some of the finest beaches in the country.
  • Maybe you able to find a deserted strip where you can swim and soak in private.
  • It is the most visited beaches are located towards the southern tip of Koh Lanta among these
    • Mu Ko Lanta National Park
    • Bamboo Bay
    • Nui Beach are the most tranquil.
  • Maybe you find longer and busier beaches such as Kantiang Bay and Long Beach.
  • From extremely wet in the nature of the National Park to enjoy a cooking class and the list of activities is never end.

4.Pattaya

Pattaya
  • Pattaya is the most popular beach destination and most loved beach in Bangkok.
  • Travel time from the city to Jomtien Beach takes 2 to 3 hours or less.
  • If you’re coming from Suvarnabhumi Airport then it take approx 3 hours.
  • Pattaya’s top sights are
    • Island tours to Ko Lan
    • The massive Sanctuary of Truth wooden temple
    • Spectacular cabaret shows
    • Cool water parks.

5.Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe
  • Koh Lipe is the most attractive beaches located near the Thailand-Malaysia border.
  • It takes more crack than most places featured on this list.
  • It’s going to be worth the trip if you’re taking more times the best islands and underwater views, especially if you’re set on a cross-country trip to/from Malaysia.
  • You can try to check out nearby Tarutao National Parkbefore you leave.
  • The nearest airports to Koh Lipe is Hat Yai and Trang.

6.Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
  • Patara Elephant Farm:
    • There should be wary of elephant shows and camps as many of these facilities are inhumane.
    • Patara Elephant Farm is safe.
    • It is a humane way to interact with Thai elephants in the jungle.
  • Muay Thai Fight:
    • It is the national sport of Thailand you need to see a Muay Thai fight.
    • The two most popular arenas in Chiang Mai are
      • Thapae Boxing Stadium
      • Kawila Boxing Stadium.
    • You can take tickets through your hotel or directly through your arena.
    • If you want to watch a tuk-tuk to the event, the driver may try to scam you by telling you the fight is sold out.
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple:
    • It is also called as Doi Suthep.
    • It is an ornate temple that overlooks the city of Chiang Mai.
    • This temple was built 100 years ago and is one of the most famous temples in all of Thailand.

7. Krabi

Krabi
  • Krabi is home to the country’s most eye-catching seascapes with perfect beaches.
  • It is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.
  • It is the main tourist beach.
  • It has all the requirements or desires base to maximize your tour of Krabi.
  • You can enjoy many activities like
    • Hop on a boat and go for rock climbing in Railay (Rai Reh)
    • Island hopping to
      • Ko Poda
      • Koh Kai (Chicken Island)
      • Phi Phi Islands
      • Hong Island in Phang Nga Bay.
  • Krabi is also most popular for its ferry connections to Phuket & Koh Lanta.
  • During the season, you can also go farther to Koh Lipe & the Trang Islands.

8.Chaweng Beach In Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach In Koh Samui
  • Koh Samui has a reputation for pristine white beaches and thousands of palm trees.
  • It is one of the busiest and biggest towns that have sprung up next to the island’s best beaches.
  • It is lined with coconut trees.
  • It has boasting warm beachy temperatures all year round.
  • Chaweng Beach is a dreamy place to visit and a must-see when you visit Thailand.
  • Chaweng Beach offers the best of both worlds chilling and watching the sunset.
  • You can also enjoying the nightlife until the sun rises again.
  • Finding a spot on the beach or a seat at a nearby bar for drinks and dinner.
  • Watching the sun goes down is pretty flipping fantastic.

9.Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islands
  • A boat trip is required to take you to Phi Phi Islands from Krabi or Phuket.
  • The most popular attraction is Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi Leh.
  • This ideally place is famous for the setting of The Beach
    • The iconic backpacking movie starred by Leonardo DiCaprio is based on novel written by Alex Garland.
  • It is the main tourist island, don’t fail to hit the trek to Phi Phi Viewpoint, Monkey Beach & Long Beach.

10.Phang Nga & Koh Hong

Phang Nga & Koh Hong
  • Phang Nga is one of the greatest island hopping tours that you can book from Krabi or Phuket.
  • It is also known for mass limestone formations that jut out from the emerald green waters.
  • The most famous spot is James Bond Island (Ko Tapu).
  • It is also in the movie in the1974 The Man with the Golden Gun.
  • If you’re coming from Krabi, make sure your itinerary includes Ko Hong.
  • Ko Hong has a stunning lagoon with crystal clear waters.

11.Floating Market

Floating Market
  • This market gives a feel of completely local experience.
  • There are the most popular floating markets on the high seas near Bangkok.
  • Wooden boats are placed one on another high with brightly colored tropical fruit.
  • You can find fresh vegetables and ready-to-drink coconut juice.
  • Some of the floating markets are more touristy than others.
  • All of them will leave you with great memories and amazing pictures in your mind.
  • However, these are always on the list of things to do in Bangkok Thailand.
  • The most famous floating markets are located south-west of Bangkok.
  • You can easily reachable with a day trip.
  • The usual top choices are
    • Damnoen Saduak
    • The Tha Kha
    • The Amphawa floating market.

12.Phuket

Phuket
  • Phuket’s beaches may not be as impressive as the other places featured.
  • One compelling reason goes to the superb resort experience.
  • Phuket is a heaven for travelers who want to enjoy a 4 or 5-star hotel splurge at amazing value for money.
  • Phuket is so popular because of the easy accessibility thanks to well-connected Phuket Airport.
  • You can also visit Patong the main tourist spot for a beautiful sunset view.
    • This beach has
      • Delicious seafood dinner
      • Outlet mall shopping.
    • Nearby Hat Karon, offers a more quiet vibe, Meanwhile, go to Phuket Town for a more local experience.
  • From Phuket, you can easily set off to other island destinations in the Andaman Coast like
    • Phi Phi
    • Krabi
    • Phang Nga Bay (Koh Hong/Koh Yao)
    • Raya Island & many more.

13.Thai Massage In Chiang Mai

Thai Massage In Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai is New City
  • It is the largest city in northern Thailand
  • It is a perfect destination for a Thai massage that will make your body feeling like new.
  • It is the most popular backpacker destinations in the world.
  • It is the perfect locale to enjoy an authentic Thai massage.
  • All the best Thai Massage Schools are located in Chiang Mai.
  • Thai massage will refresh the energy lines of your body, you’ll feel refreshed, recharged, and ready to continue your Thai adventure.

14.Hua Hin

Hua Hin
  • If you want to visit a beach near Bangkok, you can either plan for Hua Hin or Pattaya.
  • Hua Hin offers a more relaxed seaside vibe.
  • There is wider variety of things to do.
  • Land travel takes time only one additional hour.
  • The main attractions here include the
    • Expansive Hua Hin Beach
    • Scenic overlooks
    • Theme parks like Santorini Park, Vana Nava Waterpark & The Venezia.
  • You can also visit the Phraya Nakhon Cave at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park,
  • You can eat affordable Thai seafood at the night markets.
  • It also provides you to explore heritage sites & enjoy wine-tasting at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard.

15.Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya
  • Ayutthaya is filled with massive ancient temples ruins.
  • It’s easy to reached on a day trip from Bangkok.
  • The Historic City of Ayutthaya, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • It served as the second capital of Thailand.
  • Its location between China, India, and the Malay Archipelago made Ayutthaya the trading capital of Asia.
  • It once motoring the title as the largest city in the World.
  • In this place where you can find the iconic sight of the head of Buddha covered by roots, in Wat Mahathat (temple).

16.Sukhothai

Sukhothai
  • Visit Sukhothai contains some famous oldest temples ruins in Thailand.
  • The ancient city was the first capital of the Kingdom of Siam.
  • Sukhothai Historical Park/Sukhothai Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • It is home to the limited extend restored 13th to 14th-century palaces and temples.
  • Don’t miss to visit near Kamphaeng Phet and Si Satchanalai.
  • Sukhothai is one hour and 15 minutes north from Bangkok by plane.
  • Most travelers arrive by land from either Chiang Mai that is 4 hours away by bus, or Bangkok.
  • It is approximately 7 hours away by bus or train.

17.Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai
  • Chiang Rai is found farther north of Chiang Mai.
  • It is home to artistic architectural masterpieces that are worth the detour.
  • You can see some amazing things like
    • The bizarre White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
    • The Black Houses (Baan Dam).
  • Chiang Rai is also an exceptional break in the journey if you plan to cross the North Thailand-Laos border, on your way to Luang Prabang.

18.Umphang

Umphang
  • If you love to see massive waterfalls? Umphang is home to Thi Lo Su/Thi Lor Su.
  • The country’s grandest cascade.
  • It makes a remarkable journey in itself as it requires a scenic river cruise & trekking through pristine rainforest.
  • Mae Sot is approximately one hour from the north of Bangkok by plane.
  • From Mae Sot you continue the journey by land to Umphang.
  • Time takes to travels is around 4 to 5 hours by jeep or private car.

19.Koh Chang

Koh Chang
  • Koh Chang is also known as Elephant Island,
  • It features jungle-clad peaks and fine sandy beaches.
  • This island in Trat, Thailand’s easternmost Roman history, maintains its remote and rugged spirit despite the growing tourist arrivals.
  • Koh Chang is a fine destination for you.
  • You can also enjoy the coastal route between Cambodia & Thailand.

20.Pai

Pai
  • It is located in a picturesque valley north of Chiang Mai.
  • Pai is popular for a highland destination for backpackers and travelers seeking.
  • It provides a relaxed atmosphere close to nature.
  • There are many beautiful treks and waterfalls in this area.
  • Don’t miss the Pai Canyon, a small width of red ridges with steep-sided valleys often described as a smaller likeness of the Grand Canyon.

Thailand is one of my favorite countries and I watched many dramas (like love by chance,sotus, make it right…and many more ) or documentaries on the beauty of Thailand. Muay Thai is a famous sport and Thailand is the best place for Muay Thai boxing to enjoy.

Whether you are traveling to Thailand alone or with some of your friends, we truly hope you will enjoy Thailand everything as much as we did there’s no place quite like it.

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