Be it exotic food, jaw-dropping natural beauty, buzzing nightlife, top-notch beaches, or endless adventure opportunities – Thailand’s diverse attractions have every traveller covered. Whether you’re a party animal, a tranquility seeker, an adventure junkie or someone who loves spending time with your family, Thailand’s charm will keep you coming back for more. Here are ten ultimate places that deserve to feature in your Thailand holiday itinerary.
With its fascinating ancient temples, opulent palaces, state-of-the-art buildings, ritzy nightclubs, tantalizing food, and of course, the limitless shopping avenues; Bangkok is the ultimate stop-over for a hedonistic getaway! Shop till you drop at Siam or Pratunam Square, hitch a scenic canal ride, shop for fruits and vegetables at the floating market, marvel at the statue of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Temple, or simply laze around at the numerous gardens dotting the city – the options in Thailand’s capital city are literally endless.
If you are a nature lover looking to escape the concrete jungle of the city, look no further than Chiang Mai for a soul-refreshing experience. Nestled amidst the hills of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai offers tourists a perfect combination of stunning scenery, lush landscapes and historical architecture. Go jungle-trekking, bathe an elephant, soak up some local culture at the National Museum, or enjoy off-roading on a buggy or a motorcycle tour – this is Chiang Mai for you, Thailand’s gorgeous mountain retreat.
Peek into the ancient glory of Thailand by meandering through the haunting yet fascinating ruins of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Dating back to 1351, the ruins of Ayutthaya are home to an array of monasteries, temples, memorials and Buddha statues, all standing in different stages of destruction. You’ll also see a rustic yet charming 39-foot long reclining Buddha statue on the site. These spectacular ruins are one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions – history buffs, take note.
Providing a much-needed respite from the heat of central Thailand, Kanchanaburii is a city coveted for its cooler climate, stunning landscapes and enticing natural beauty. The city is home to a multitude of national parks, untouched-forests, serene rivers and magnificent waterfalls, giving adrenaline junkies ample rafting, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking opportunities. Bonus – the city is renowned for its bridge over the River Kwai, which was a part of the legendary WWII film starring Alec Guiness.
A labyrinth of archipelagos teeming with stunning cliffs, limestone formations, national parks, dense-forested hills, mesmerising caves and a myriad of picturesque bays and coves, Krabi is a sensational tourist destination of Thailand. With its crystal-clear waters, large coral areas and terrific beaches, Krabi is a haven for scuba divers, kayakers, boaters and snorkelers.
Railay Beach, located in Krabi province, is hands-down one of Thailand’s most sought-after beaches. Transporting travellers to a tropical dreamland, Railay will bowl you over with its soft white sands, towering limestone cliffs, mysterious caves, and a surreal lagoon tucked away amid the cliffs!
Situated in the Mae Hong Son province, Pai is where travellers head to savour a spot-on combination of natural beauty, exotic Thai cooking and the quintessential Thai hospitality. Known to be a raging hit with backpackers and hippies, Pai boasts of an impressive concoction of temples, quaint back-streets, unconventional accommodation options, vibrant art, local and western culinary delights, scenic waterfalls, and a throbbing live music and party scene.
Khao Yai National Park
Take a 3-hour drive from Bangkok to arrive at the Khao Yai Nationak Park, a breath-taking wildlife reserve blessed with lush forests, shimmering lakes and rivers, pounding waterfalls, fertile valleys and a magnificent mountainous landscape. Offering a close communion with nature and wildlife, say hello to the majestic wildlife here including Asian elephants, wild boar, barking deer, Malaysian Tapirs, gibbons, macaques, langurs and more.
Crescent bays and beaches, borderline-insane nightlife, exotic food, and incredible shopping opportunities are a few elements that best describe Phuket. Be it deep-sea diving, swanky spa sessions, high-end dining, wild partying, or pumping adrenaline with beach activities – it is literally impossible to tap into Phuket’s endless to-do list.
Phang Nga Bay
A paradise for kayaking and sea-canoeing enthusiasts, the Phang Nga Bay is a sheer geological wonder speckled with sunken caverns, startling islets, pristine islands and dramatic limestone karsts jutting out vertically from the emerald-green waters. Kon Panyee and the James Bond Island are two of the most coveted spots of Phang Nga Bay.