A heady potpourri of quintessentially Asian scents, structures, colors and culture, Thailand sweeps you off your feet with its calm spirit yet bustling vibe. From gorgeous coastlines (replete with turquoise lagoons and beaches) to iconic Buddhist temples to busy shopping hubs, this is Asia in a nutshell. Enjoy in tuk-tuk ride or tuck into a plateful of scrumptious treats served by street-side food stalls. With an enchanting portrait comprising a verdant, emerald landscape to cultural destinations that bring you up, close and personal with the fascinating heritage of the east, Thailand never ceases to amaze its visitors. Here’s our expert round-up of the top 8 places to visit in Thailand. Click On the Next Button to See Next.
Enveloped by the hills of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is frequented by backpackers and those looking for a budget friendly base for their Thai expeditions. Explore the lush landscapes surrounding the city, witness the intriguing lives of hill tribes and set out to enjoy the region’s outdoor adventures. Chiang is a perfect fusion of ancient Thai cultural with an evolving contemporary identity. From strolling along the city’s old walls to discovering erstwhile temples to enjoying a breathtaking view of the mountains adjacent to the city (from the famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep), there’s plenty to do here.
The Thai islands are famous all over the coast for their jaw-dropping scenery, not to mention a perpetual party vibe. From Ko Chang on Bangkok’s eastern side to Kho Pha Ngan (yes of the famous full moon parties) in Koh Samui to Ko Phi Phi and phuket in the Andaman, there’s a lot to pick from. Ko Phi Phi is known for its pristine and unspoilt beauty (where The Beach was filmed), while Phuket features state of the art infrastructure. Go diving at Ko Tao or enjoy lazy beach bumming on Ko Samui’s luxurious shores.
Thailand’s capital city is also its busiest and most cosmopolitan city, replete with night clubs, adult entertainment districts, erstwhile temples, colorful markets and food carts selling cheap, filling meals. Head to Khao San Road or Pratunam for bargain shopping or admire remnants of Bangkok’s old-worldly charm in preserved canals, floating markets and flower shops. Don’t leave without visiting the Wat Phra Kaew temple housing the Emerald Buddha Statue, while visiting families will enjoy a trip to Safari World.
Thailand’s northernmost town, Chiang Rai is known for being the main business hub of Asia’s Golden Triangle along the border of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. It acts as a wonderful base to explore surrounding regions on day trips. The bustling town has something for just about everyone who is willing to give its unexplored charms to opportunity. Relatively peaceful during the day, come sundown and Chiang Rai is enveloped by flashing neon lights, noisy eateries and buzzing souvenir stalls.
4.Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is known to the country’s most spectacular wildlife reserves. Its varied topography encompasses forests, lakes and unique limestone karsts in the Surat Thai southern Thailand region. You can encounter wildlife species such as barking deer, bears, boars, tapirs, elephants, macaques and more. What’s more? You can go on an action packed adventure across multiple walking trails. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture the beautiful waterfalls or natural pools on camera. Swim in the emerald spring pools or enjoy stunning vistas from raised viewpoints, Khao Sok is a one of its kind nature haven.
Railay is a tiny and isolated peninsula that can be reached only via boat rides owing to the elevated limestone cliffs that cut it off from the mainland. Apart from drawing rock climbers from around the globe, Railay is also celebrated for its beaches and tranquil atmosphere. There are lots of bungalows, resorts and villas sprinkled around the beaches, while high rise buildings haven’t touched the Railay’s pretty landscape yet. If you want a quieter vacation away from the more touristy, commercial spots of Thailand, hop on a boat and head straight here.
Lying on extinct volcanic remains, Phanom Rung is a scared Hindu shrine complex known for its striking architecture. Nestled in close proximity to the Nang Rong village, this erstwhile temple complex daties back to the Khmer legacy between 10 th to 13 th centuries. An ode to lord Shiva (a revered Hindu god), Phanom Rung was built as a replica of Mount Kailash (abode of Lord Shiva). Fascinating to note that only four times in a year, the sun shine covers all 15 doorways within the sanctuary, when natives celebrate the popular Phanom Rung Festivals (around April). Ther festival features several ancient ceremonies and myriad light and sound displays.