An exotic destination, Thailand has established itself as a firm favourite for millions of tourists. Blessed with stunning white sandy beaches, scenic coves, and rainforests, Thailand is truly an amazing destination. It has a mix of modernity and deep-rooted cultural traditions that have added a striking contrast to this beautiful South Asian country. Thailand offers plenty of highlights for tourists, including delicious street food, picturesque floating markets, grand Buddhist temples and palaces and plenty of natural parks.
HolidayMe has curated a list of the top attractions in Thailand that will surely provide an insight into the very best that Thailand has to offer.
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Railay Beach, Krabi
Railay Beach is one of the most exotic beaches in the world. This stunning beach of powdery white sand and emerald blue waters of the Indian Ocean is secluded from the mainland by high rocky cliffs. Accessible only by boats, Railay Beach is a tourists’ paradise as it offers plenty of exciting activities like rock climbing, trekking, white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling, sea diving and plenty more. Railay Beach is one of the most photographed in the world and regularly features on the covers of several travel magazines and tourism brochures.
Koh Phi Phi, Krabi
Koh Phi Phi emerged into prominence following the success of Hollywood movie ‘The Beach’ starring Oscar-winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio. Unfortunately, Koh Phi Phi suffered massive devastation from the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2006. However, this beautiful island has bounced back strongly and is ranked amongst the most popular partying destinations in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is renowned for its moonlight parties, crystal clear blue waters, white sand beaches and spectacular rocky cliffs.
Koh Larn, Pattaya
Koh Larn lies at a distance of 7.5 kilometers from the coast of Pattaya. This beautiful island is a tropical paradise for tourists. Filled with green vegetation and surrounded by deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Koh Larn offers plenty of water sports like jet ski ride, snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, etc. One can also visit the Khao Noon, Wind Wheel View Point and spectacular lookouts of Guan Yin Statue and Temple. All three viewpoints offer spectacular panoramic views of Coral Island and the surrounding areas.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
The Grand Palace is a sprawling complex of royal buildings located in the centre of Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. The construction of this impressive palatial complex started way back in 1782 and has continued to serve the royal families of Thailand till 1925. Today, The Grand Palace is still used for official events and is renowned for Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha), one of the major Thai temples in the country and a highly popular tourist attraction.
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Wat Pho & Wat Arun, Bangkok
Bangkok is renowned for its spectacular temples highlighting Thailand’s rich culture, traditions, architecture, and aesthetics. Some of the temples are of exquisite beauty and attract thousands of visitors every day. Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha) existed even before the city of Bangkok. Established in 1788, Wat Pho is renowned for its image of Buddha in a reclining pose. Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is another beautiful landmark of Bangkok. Located on the banks of River Chao Phraya, Wat Arun looks even more spectacular when it is fully illuminated.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok
One of the most photographed locations in Thailand is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This special floating market lies at a distance of 2-hours’ drive (109 kilometres) from Bangkok. The market shows the rich aspect of Thailand’s culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Friendly locals sell vegetables, fruits, gifts and souvenirs and daily knickknacks on traditional boats while interacting with tourists. A very colourful and bustling place, Damnoen Saduk is the best place to see the floating markets of Thailand.
Death Railway, Kanchanaburi
The Thailand-Myanmar Railway, also known as ‘Death Railway’, is a Second World War relic. This railway line achieved notoriety due to a large number of deaths of prisoners of wars and locals while forcibly working on the track under the Japanese occupation of Myanmar. The rail line was immortalised by the iconic Hollywood movie – The Bridge on the River Kwai, based on the book written by Pierre Boulle. Today, a small section of the railway line is still operational, allowing a train ride on this historic line.
Phang Nga Bay, Phuket
Phang Nga Bay is located north of Phuket and takes around 45 minutes to reach by car. The Phang Nga Bay National Park is a scenic area comprising of hundreds of limestone cliffs rising out of the emerald waters of the Indian Ocean. Visit the famous James Bond Island, featured in the movie ‘The Man with The Golden Gun’. Admire the small fishing communities built on wooden stilts, taste delicious fresh seafood and enjoy a cruise on the bay to witness the sheer beauty of Phang Nga Bay.
Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya Province
Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. However, most of its heritages are now in ruins. However, Ayutthaya, the former capital city, still offers an insight into Thailand’s rich history and is famous for the banyan tree with an image of Buddha’s face. Ayutthaya was once a city filled with gold statues, splendid temples, and palaces until the Burmese forces sacked and burned the city. Today, Ayutthaya stands as a reminder of Thailand’s bygone eras.
Koh Samui, Surat Thani Province
The Koh Samui island is renowned for its beautiful landscapes comprising of sandy beaches, coral reefs, coconut groves and highly acclaimed resorts. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui attracts millions of tourists annually with a hotel occupancy rate of 73 percent. Wonderful festivals and parties, proper tourism infrastructure and unspoiled tropical jungles make Koh Samui a tropical paradise for tourists.