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5 Best Places to Visit in Thailand

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

Thailand is a hot tourist destination and is visited by tourists from every corner of the world. The perfect destination for tight-budget travelers who wanted tropical getaways. This country offers the perfect blend of everything starting from beautiful beaches, mountains, delicious cuisines, and nightlife.

About Food: Tourists love Thai food. It is refreshing and also basically expresses Thai culture. What can be more refreshing to enjoy a 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. A few popular dishes that you should try are Pad Thai, Tom Yam Goong, Kuay Tiew, and of course Spring roll.

Where to go in Thailand? Thailand is basically divided into five main regions namely East, Central, North, Northeast, and South. Each region offers different topography like natural attractions, wildlife, culture, history, great plains of central Thailand, and last but not least its spectacular beaches.

To make your effort a lot lesser, we have made our list of 5 best places to visit in Thailand:

1. Phuket:

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 clear blue water of the ocean attract 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, and restaurants it is just perfect for what any tourist could desire on their vacation to this island paradise.

It offers great nightlife too with restaurants serving fresh Thai seafood delicacies and western food. 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.

Top attractions:

  • 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 is amazing.

  • Phang Nga Bay, Phang Nga: Phang Nga Bay is very unique. The landmark of this bay is sheer limestone cliffs that tower around the crystal clear emerald-colored water of the ocean. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are the two most popular spots in this bay. There are several tours available to get around this bay.

  • Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples, Chalong: Wat Chalong is one of the most famous temples and is visited by hundreds and thousands of visitors every year. The temple is very beautifully decorated with endless tiny pieces of glass which creates millions of reflections. Your Phuket visit can not be completed without visiting this captivating temple.

  • Soi Bangla: For extreme nightlife lovers, Soi Bangla in Patong Beach is the place where young adults are definitely going to enjoy it. It is here the city has one of the liveliest parties. People enjoy here with music beers and girls.

2. Koh Samui

It is yet another famous island in Thailand among tourists. It offers beautiful white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and crystal clear blue water amazing for the diving experience. Sunbath lovers enjoy this place and the nightlife 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.

Top Attractions:

  • Big Buddha: Famous among 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 meters high and it can be seen from far away.

  • Hin Ta and Hin Yai: The Hin Ta and Hin Yai are 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 nearby.

  • Namuang Waterfall, Nathon: There are several waterfalls in Koh Samui but one of the most picturesque is the two Na Muang waterfalls.

3. Hua Hin

Hua Hin is located three hours from Bangkok by car. It is a seaside resort which is also now become the 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.

Top Attractions:

  • 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 a 40-rai plot and 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 operation 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 offer 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 architectural railway station building was built during the reign of King Rama VI. It is very near to the town center. It is very photogenic so must a visited spot for the photography enthusiast.

  • Maruekhathaiyawan Palace Cha-Am: This palace was built in the early 1920s at the time of 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 a great place to watch for the wildlife which includes Asian goat-antelope, barking deer, macaques, etc.

4. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a little far from the city of Bangkok and can be reached by an hour of flight 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 serve mouth-watering food, shopping places, and art galleries. Top Attractions: Doi Inthanon National Park: Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand measuring 2565 meters above sea level. The scenery is spectacular. Bird-watching is one of the most popular activities here.

Top Attractions:

  • Doi Suthep temple: It is the first Lanna pagoda that was constructed on the mountain Phra That. The Pagoda contains the remains of the Lord Buddha. It is one of Chian Mai’s architectural heritage. There are steps called the Naga staircase to go up to the temple consisting of 185 steps. This staircase is one of the most photographed backdrops of the city of Chiang Mai.

  • Mae Rim Valley: To the northeast 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.

5. Bangkok

Bangkok is in fact number one tourist destination in Thailand. There is rarely anybody who misses Bangkok on their visit to this paradise. Tiny streets, great food stalls, pristine beaches, shopping malls, and the crazy nightlife of Bangkok attract visitors from all parts of the world.

Top Attractions:

  • Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw Old City: It offers great architecture of a 150-year-old Palace of the Thai King and the Royal court. Inside the palace complex, there are several remarkable buildings, one of which is Wat Phra Kaew. The Wat Phra Kaew consists of a small, greatly honored Emerald Buddha from the early 14th century.

  • Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak: Get the authentic feel of Thailand by visiting this pioneer Floating Market of Bangkok. Amazing wooden row boats, fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetable shops.

  • Wat Arun, Riverside: Also known as the Temple of Dawn located on the riverside is worth visiting. You will see the amazing silhouette of Wat Arun’s gigantic spires which were 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 against the backdrop of shimmering temples and luxury hotels.

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