best places to visit in thailand

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There are many who whisper that Thailand is the most beautiful land in the world and they may well be right. In the kingdom of Siam, your taste buds will be transported by the sweet flavors of coconut milk and lemongrass. You’ ll be amazed by the temples of Bangkok or the beaches of Koh Lipe and Koh Phi Phi. In the bay of Phang Nga, you will not be sure where to turn. And from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, you will discover the wild and authentic North of Thailand. The land of smiles takes you to meet a welcoming people and a thousand-year-old culture absolutely fascinating, where architecture, crafts and martial arts are mixed. I will take you to discover 10 best places to visit in thailand, with only one promise: to make you live a magnificent trip in Thailand that will remain engraved in your memory.

in 10th position: Kanchanaburi

Constructed on the banks of the river Kwai, Kanchanaburi is a city with an old-fashioned charm that deserves to be visited. Certainly you will come for its famous bridge or to enjoy the authentic Thai atmosphere that reigns in this small provincial town.

Besides visiting the bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi offers great opportunities to travelers. You can spend the night in a floating hotel, swim in the Erewan waterfalls or go hiking in the Sai Yok National Park.

in 9th position: Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is located in the north of Thailand and is an ideal starting point to explore the Golden Triangle. Within this mountainous region populated by many ethnic groups, the borders of 3 countries meet: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.

Along the road to Mae Salong, you will discover incredible landscapes of rice fields. On the way, you can stop in many villages to meet the indigenous mountain people. The region is also ideal for a jungle trek.

number 8: Chiang Mai

Known as the Rose of the North, in Chiang Mai, the city is not as busy as Bangkok. Here, you can still marvel at the sweep of the pedicabs. In the old town, you will fall under the charm of the wooden houses and the thousand-year-old temples. Thailand’s second largest city is a real gem not to be missed on your trip.

It is a perfect destination to take a Thai cooking class and discover the gastronomy of the north.

number 7: Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is a small tropical paradise lost in the South of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. This beautiful island has some of the most beautiful beaches of the country. Although tourism has grown strongly in recent years, the island still retains its charm and is an ideal place to relax in the tropics.

Small in size, Koh Lipe is easily explored on foot. You can enjoy the 3 beaches of the island: Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach and Pattaya. Then go exploring in the surrounding islands, the time of a day trip by boat.

in 6th position: Tarutao National Marine Park

Enjoy being an adventurous explorer in Tarutao National Marine Park! The pristine island of the park is a haven of greenery and tranquility, surrounded by heavenly beaches. Less known than its neighbor Koh Lipe, the island will make you feel alone in the world… Almost, since the monkeys love to invite themselves to the activities of the tourists of the park.

in 5th position: Koh Tao

The island of Koh Tao, located in the Gulf of Thailand, is a paradise for divers. In addiction to its superb sandy beaches, Koh Tao has a very beautiful seabed. Underwater, you can meet clown fish, whale sharks, turtles and corals.

One of the best places in Thailand to get started with diving is Koh Tao. There are many clubs offering introductory courses for all levels. If you don’t feel like visiting the fish, the island has beautiful sandy beaches, ideal for a day of relaxation.

in 4th position: Phang Nga Bay

Known as the Halong Bay of Thailand, Phang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful natural jewels to see in the land of joy. This particularly imposing site is located in the Andaman Sea, some 700 kilometers south of the Thai capital. 

This national park of Phang Nga Bay gathers about forty karst islets spread on the Andaman Sea. The most famous of them, James Bond Island, welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year. It is possible to visit the bay by guided tour, longtail boat or sea kayak.

number 3: Bangkok

In many ways, Bangkok is one of the most exciting capitals in Southeast Asia. A metropolis with many faces, the city of Bangkok never seems to sleep. In the morning, in Banglamphu, the smell of lemon grass and broth fills the atmosphere. In this temple of street food, you will taste the best cuisine of Thailand. Take the subway to discover the world’s largest markets, before exploring the klongs by boat and immersing yourself in the Bangkok of yesteryear.

There are plenty of other things to see in Thailand’s capital. The Chinatown area, for example, is an adventure in itself. If you don’t like the hustle and bustle of Khao San Road, head to the Jim Thompson House, a true haven of peace. Finally, don’t forget to make a detour to the Royal Palace and the National Museum.

number 2: The floating market of Damnoen Saduak

The floating market of Damnoen Saduak is the biggest and most famous of all the floating markets of Thailand, it is gigantic! There are boats all over the canals selling all kinds of food and fruits. By visiting this market, you will get a real glimpse of what was going on all those years ago. For those who like to take pictures, the tight canals and small wooden stilt houses offer countless opportunities.

The market is located about 100 km from Bangkok, but the travel time is well worth it.

number 1: The archipelago of Koh Phi Phi

Phi Phi Don is the largest of the islands and it is where all the infrastructures are located. Although uninhabited, its neighbor Phi Phi Leh is the most famous. 

Besides the most touristic sites, there are numerous small preserved paradise beaches, accessible by boat. It is possible to rent a long tail boat, very typical of the region, which will take you to discover the islands. You can then stop a few dozen meters from the beaches and observe the fabulous seabed during a snorkeling session.

The archipelago of Phi Phi, with its breathtaking limestone cliffs falling into crystal clear water, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

This article was prepared by our Asia travel specialist, Keira A. Morrison. You can enjoy a little trip around the world with our videos on our youtube channel TRAVELINA.

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