Thailand is a hot tourists destination and is visited by the tourists from every corner of the world. Perfect destination for a tight budget travelers who wanted a tropical getaways . This country offers perfect blend of everything starting from beautiful beaches, mountains, delicious cuisines, and night life.
About Food: Tourists love Thai food. It is refreshing and also basically expresses Thai culture. What can be more refreshing to enjoy Thai dish in its original native setting with fresh local ingredients. One can find all four flavors in Thai cuisine they are sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Few popular dishes that you should try are Pad Thai, Tom Yam Goong, Kuay Tiew, and off course Spring roll.
Where to go in Thailand? Thailand is basically divided in five main regions namely East, Central, North, Northeast, and South. Each regions offers different topography like natural attractions, wildlife, cultural, historical, great plains of central Thailand, and last but not the least its spectacular beaches.
To make your effort lot lesser, we have made are our list of 5 best places to visit in Thailand:
No. 1 in our list is Phuket which is one of the most visited places in Thailand. It is an island located on the country’s southern coastline. The white sandy beaches and crystal clean blue water of the ocean attracts hundreds and thousands of visitors every year to this island. It is famous for the water adventure sports like scuba diving and snorkeling. Surrounded by beach huts, cafes, restaurants it is just perfect what any tourists could have desire of on their vacation to this island paradise.
It offers a great night life too with restaurants serving fresh Thai seafood delicacies, western food and what not. There are fire dance shows on the beach which is one of the most famous among tourists, night clubs are open. There is something for every age group in Phuket.
Old Phuket town: It is one of the popular spots where you can spend hours. Here you will find funky shops. Also, the architecture of the old Phuket houses are amazing.
Phang Nga Bay, Phang Nga: Phang Nga Bay is very unique. The landmark of this bay is sheer limestone cliffs that towers around the crystal clear emerald colored water of the ocean. The James Bond island and Koh Panyee are the two most popular spots in this bay. There are several tours available to getting around this bay.
Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples, Chalong: Wat Chalong is one of the most famous temple and is visited by hundred and thousands of visitors every year. The temple is very beautifully decorated with endless tiny pieces of glass which creates millions of redlections. Your Phuket visit can not be completed without visiting this captivating temple.
Soi Bangla: For extreme night life lovers, Soi Bangla in Patong beach is the place where young adults are definetly going to enjoy. It is here the city has one of the most liveliest party. People enjoys here with music beers and girls.
Travel Agencies Links: www.phuketpackagetour.com, www.phuketalltours.com
2. Koh Samui
It is yet another famous island in Thailand among tourists. It offers beautiful white sandy beaches, coral reefs, crystal clean blue water amazing for diving experience. Sun bath lovers loves this place and night life is equally interesting. Koh Samui island is also famous for its Full Moon Party held every month. This island is covered with tropical forest filled with abundant wildlife and it is also a great place to watch exotic birds.
Include Koh Samaui in your list of places to visit in Thailand and enjoy its pristine beauty. It is also considered to be one of the world’s best places for diving experience.
Big Buddha: Famous among the tourists and locals is the Big Buddha Shrine which is located on the northern coast of Koh Samui. It is the island’s well known landmark. The golden colored Buddha statue is 12 meter high and it can be seen from far away.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai: The Hin Ta and Hin Yai are the rock formation, the Hin Ta(Grand pa) and Hin Yai (Grand Ma) looks like male and female genitalia. The views across the rocks are spectacular. It is a picture perfect place. There is also a small white sandy beach near by.
Namuang Waterfall, Nathon: There are several waterfalls in Koh Samui but one of the most picturesque is the two Na Muang waterfalls.
Travel Agencies Links: www.tourskohsamui.com, www.kohsamui.in.th
3. Hua Hin
Hua Hin is located three hours from Bangkok by car. It is a seaside resort which is also now become a home of the King of Thailand. It is a very family friendly small town with lots of cafes, restaurants, and shops. It is not a place for late night parties and all. You will enjoy great food here. It is famous for very delicious fresh seafood served in many restaurants along the ocean side. It is equally famous among locals as it is for tourists so book ahead.
Hua Hin Floating Market: It is a great place to see the architecture from the ancient colonial theme. The Hua Hin floating market is located on 40-rai plot offers lots of areas for food and shopping. There is another floating market opened nearby called Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floating market located on a 100-rai plot.
The hours of operations of the Hua Hin Floating Market is 9.30 a.m to 7.30 p.m from Monday to Thursday and 9.30 a.m to 8 p.m from Friday to Sunday. They also offers a stage shows at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. You can also do a boat tour which costs around 200 Baht for four people.
Hua Hin Railway Station: This unique architecture railway station building was built during reign of King Rama VI. It is very near from town center. It is very photogenic so must visited spot for the photography enthusiast.
Maruekhathaiyawan Palace Cha-Am: This palace was built in the early 1920s at the time King Rama VI. The architecture is very beautiful and was designed by an Italian.
Sam Roi Yot National Park and Tham Phraya Nakhon Pranburi: This national marine park is also one of the favorites among tourists. It is ahreat place to watch for the wildlife which includes Asian goat-antelope, barking deer, macaques, etc.
Travel Agencies Links: www.etickettravelhuahin.com, www.huahinadventuretour.com
4. Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is little far from the city of Bangkok and can be reached by an hour of flying from Bangkok. It is one of the most beautiful cities of Thailand surrounded chain of mountains. It offers great restaurants, delicious food, narrow street stalls which serves mouth watering food, shopping places, and art galleries. Top Attractions: Doi Inthanon National Park: Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand measures 2565 metres above sea level. Scenery is spectacular. Bird watching is one of the most popular activity here.
Doi Suthep temple: It is the first Lanna pagoda which was constructed on a mountain Phra That. The Pagoda contains the remains of the Lord Buddha. It is one of the Chian Mai’s architectural heritage. There is steps called Naga staircase to go up to the temple consisting of 185 steps. These staircase is one of the most photographed backdrop of the city of Chiang Mai.
Mae Rim Valley : To the North-east of the city center there lies a beautiful Mae Rim Valley. The picturesque view of the green rice fields with a backdrop of spectacular forested hills.
Travel Agencies Links: www.wanderingstartour.com, www.sabaitour.com
Bangkok is in fact number one tourist destination of Thailand. There is rarely anybody who misses Bangkok on their visit to this paradise. Tiny streets, great food stalls, pristine beaches, shopping malls and crazy night life of Bangkok attracts visitors from all parats of the world.
Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw Old City: It offers great architecture of a 150 years old Palace of the Thai King and the Royal court. Inside the palace complex there are several remarkable building, one of which are Wat Phra Kaew. The Wat Phra Kaew consits of a small, greatly honored Emerald Buddha from early 14th century.
Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak: Get the authentic feel of the Thailand by visiting this pioneer Floating Market of Bangkok. Amazing wooden row boats, fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables shops.
Wat Arun,Riverside: Also known as the Temple of Dawn located on the riverside is worth visiting. You will see amazing silhouette of Wat Arun’s gigantic spires which was built in the 19th century in a Khmer style. The Wat Arun symbolizes the birth of the Rattanakosin Period.
Chao Phraya River & Waterways, Riverside: Worth visiting this place situated on the riverside. It is one of the most scenic places to visit in Bangkok. It is set on the backdrop of the shimmering temples and the luxury hotels.
Travel Agencies Links: www.exotissimo.com, www.greenwoodtravel.nl, www.canarytravelthailand.com