Thailand is an attractive country which appears to have it all - pristine beaches, busy cosmopolitan cities, exotic cuisine and remote, rural communities. Once a mysterious part of the world, Thailand is now bustling with tourists.
With so many places to visit and activities to indulge in, it's hard to pick just a few. From sinking your toes into the sand on a remote island and scuba diving in crystal clear waters, to experiencing Thai culture and walking alongside elephants, your adventures in Thailand will certainly be memorable. And let's not forget about discovering the various markets and learning to bargain with locals. To help you plan your journey, here are the best attractions Thailand has to offer.
Thailand's capital city is a hub of culture bustling with a healthy mix of tourists and locals, and the ancient architecture of the Buddhist temples stand in stark contrast to the modern, lively markets.
Buddhist Temples - Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Saket, Wat Arun, Wat Traimit and Wat Mahathat are among the most well-known temples, revered for their sophisticated design.
Palaces - Suan Pakkad, Vimanmek Mansion and Ananta Samakhom Hall are a few of the sites that one cannot afford to miss.
Canals - One of Thailand's greatest attractions is an authentic canal tour. Today most of the canals in Bangkok have been converted into streets, however, the old capital Thonburi covers an area that still contains large canals or khlongs.
Shopping - Siam Square and Chatuchak are the places where you may want to drop out some of the cash you've saved up for this special occasion.Whatever your taste and budget, you're sure to find something for yourself and your family.
Nightlife - Patpong, Nana and Soi Cowboy are the red light areas of Thailand that will keep you dancing until the wee hours of the morning.
Phuket, which lies in the south-west coast of Thailand, is one of the most captivating destinations in the world; it's where stunning blue skies and gleaming sands touch the Andaman Sea. The island is an interesting blend of the charming and natural beauty of Thailand combined with the vibrant energy of a popular tourist hub.
Popular Places - All the adventurous tourists prefer to stroll through the old town of Phuket (officially called Phuket City now), which is known for its old European style buildings such as the Phuket Courthouse. Phuket City is made up of many small streets and narrow roads. A few hundred meters north of Soi Taling Chan, you can find many cheap guesthouses, gold shops, a local bus station, art galleries, and the business centre. Streets like Soi Romanee portrays Phuket's interesting history through its vintage buildings and charming back street cafes.
This is the best destination to experience the blue-green waters of the gulf of Siam. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 21 miles northeast of Surat Thani City, Koh Samui is the third largest Thai island.
Temples - Big Buddha Temple, situated in the northeastern corner of Koh Samui, is the first attraction travellers see when arriving to Samui by air. The other popular temples are Wat Lamai, Wat Sila Ngu, The Leam Sor Chedi and Wat Khao Chedi.
Beaches and Waterfalls- Koh Samui boasts some of the top commercial beaches like Choeng Mon, Lamai, Maenam and Bophut. This beautiful destination is known for its many eye-catching waterfalls. For the perfect picnic spot, visit the Highland Waterfall.
Markets - Whether it's at shopping areas like Nathan, Chaweng and Lamai or at roadside stalls, you will find everything you are looking for - from silks and crafts to high-tech gadgets.
Entertainment - Koh Samui offers a wide range of diving, snorkeling and fishing facilities.
Situated in the heart of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the most culturally diverse city and second biggest province of Thailand. With a population of over one million, it's the most fascinating mix of ancient and contemporary Thailand.
Temples - If you plan on taking a trip to Chiang Mai, visiting Wat Prathat Doi Suithep, the most impressive and famous temple of Chiang Mai, is a must-do. At present, there are approximately 300 temples in Chiang Mai. Naturally visiting all the temples might not be possible, but you should take the time to visit at least the most well-known ones - Wat Suan Dorg, Wat Jed Yord and Wat Goo Come, which were constructed during the Lanna Thai Dynasty.
Markets - Chiang Mai is famous for its quality crafts. The night market in Hang Khlan Road of Chiang Mai offers you every local item you want, such as silver antiques, jewellery, Hilltribe crafts, hand-woven fabrics, clothes, woodcarvings and much more.
Located in the west coast of Thailand, Krabi is worth visiting just to get a glimpse of the countless natural attractions and its local culture. This amazing place boasts the most beautiful and extreme landscapes in the world. Moreover the lush, green jungles, limestone cliffs and the serene isles floating over the Andaman Sea are the town's top attraction.
Beaches - Krabi is one of the most sought-after beach locations. Visit Tubkaak, the most romantic and isolated beach, known as the Heaven on Earth. Ao Pha Nang Beach and Railay Beach are some other famous beaches of Krabi.
Entertainment - If you love adventure activities like rock climbing, you should visit Railay Bay. You can also enjoy kayaking at Ban Bor Thor. Than Bok Khorani National Park offers a vast range of attractions, including waterfalls and mangrove forests. The best thing to do is go on an island hopping tour, and you'll be spoiled for choice because Krabi has more than 150 surrounding islands.
Markets - Experience the three types of markets in Krabi: Local markets that deal in snacks, meat, fruits, vegetables and household goods, night markets that are mainly street food courts, and walking street markets, which have everything from clothing to souvenirs.
Chris Leyene is an amateur traveller and a passionate blogger who loves traveling in different parts of the world. He recommends reading travel books related to the country you are traveling in to make your experience so much better.more blog posts