Top 10 Places to Visit In Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. It’s popular attractions have been documented on various mass media channels, including television and online. While some places have been backdrops in famous Hollywood movies, others are admired by the people visiting this beautiful country. Thailand offers the perfect mix of diverse culture, beautiful scenery and exotic destinations. In this post, we’ve tried to summarize the 10 best places to visit in Thailand.

Where To Go In Thailand

Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaewflickr/Edwin Lee

When you visit Bangkok, you can’t afford to miss the Grand Palace. It’s a spectacular, dazzling landmark right in the middle of the city. The Palace was built in 1782. For more than 150 years, this place has been the home of the King, administratives of the Government and the Royal Court.

The Grand Palace has always continued to amaze visitors with intricate details and beautiful architecture. It depicts the exceptional craftsmanship and creativity of the Thai people. Within the walls of the Palace, you can witness the State Departments and the Thai War Ministry. When visiting the Palace, visitors should dress politely. If you’re not dressed correctly, entry may be refused.

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bayflickr/Carrie Kellenberger

Phang Nga Bay is located close to Phuket. It’s one of the most unique sites in the world. One unique feature of the Bay is the formation of limestone cliffs cutting vertically out of Emerald green water. Koh Pannyi and James Bond Island are two famous spots in this place. If you want to enjoy the scenery, you should take a boat from Phuket to these places. Day time cruising will be your best choice to enjoy limestone islands and quiet beaches.

Similan Islands

Similan Islandsflickr/Josh Evnin

This is a group of islands and rocks about 90 minutes by boat from Phang Nga. If you take a slow boat from Phuket, it will take around 8 hours. In 1982, this area was declared a preserved Marine National Park. Thus, it has been undeveloped and unexplored. Similan has been derived from Sembilan, which means Nine in Malay. It’s a group of nine small islands. In the waters surrounding the islands, you can notice beautiful tropical fish, coral and underwater activity. Due to this, diving activities are quite common in this region.

Floating Markets

Floating Marketsflickr/Walter Lim

Bangkok has always been popular for its colorful floating markets. They are famous for shopping and authentic food. These markets are also popular for their tropical vegetables and fruits, ready to drink juices, local food and more. You will enjoy everything on the boat. You will enjoy even more if you take a guided tour. Some of the most popular floating markets are Damnoen Saduak market, Bang Ku Wiang market, Taling Chan market, Tha Kha market and much more.

Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islandsflickr/Kullez

Phi Phi Islands are considered one of the must visit places in Thailand. It takes just a 45 minute speedboat to reach this place from Phuket. These picture perfect islands provide you with the best tropical getaway. Stunning rock formations, classic beaches and turquoise waters combined with marine life make this place a scenic delight.

You can visit Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don. The latter is the inhabited and larger island. It’s usually a must visit stop for nightlife lovers. Parties in this place start when the Sun sets, and last throughout the night. You can find hundreds of carefree partygoers in this place.

Doi Suthep

Doi Suthepflickr/Doug Knuth

Doi Suthep plays a major role in the life and culture of Chiang Mai. According to most people visiting Thailand, if you haven’t viewed Doi Suthep or tasted Khao Soi, you haven’t been to Chiang Mai. This is a majestic mountain that overlooks the city, and offers commanding views of Chiang Mai and surrounding countryside. Besides the dominating views on the horizon, the place is also home to some beloved Thai symbols, the Bhubing Palace and Wat Prathat Doi Suthep temple.

Railay Beach

Railay Beachflickr/Nicolas Vollmer

Railay is one of the most popular beaches in Thailand. It’s on every tourist’s must visit list. It’s located south of the Ao Nang Beach. It’s easily accesible by boat and covers a huge space around a rocky headland. Railay presents an extraordinary and tranquil world. You will find soaring limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, caves, viewpoints, lagoons and other places of interest in this place. Everything is within walking distance. Without any hassles and roads, this is the best place for people who want a peaceful getaway.

Ayutthaya

Ayutthayaflickr/Selda Eigler

About 400 years ago, Ayutthaya was a prosperous political and trade capital. It wasn’t long before the city was left to ruins. It was under a power struggle with neighboring Burma. However, the place still remained a flourishing centre for trade and a metropolis where culture and art merge together.

The architectural heritage of Ayutthaya exhibits sophisticated styles and techniques of Sukhothai, Lopburi, U-Thong, Dvaravati, Persian and ancient Khmer styles. These days, the palance and temple ruins in Ayutthaya remind the people of Siam’s glory in the past. They also remind the people of the darkest days in Thailand’s history.

Wat Arun

Wat Arunflickr/Karl Baron

Wat Arun is known as Wat Chaeng in Thailand. It’s located near the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It’s believed that after King Taksin fought his way out of Ayutthaya, he arrived at this temple. Later, he had the temple renamed and renovated. The name of the temple means the Temple of the Dawn, since King Taksin reached the place at dawn. During the peak period, this temple was considered the Chief Temple. It had a Buddha image, and Emerald Buddha statue.

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Parkflickr/Will Will

Last but not the least, this is one of the best places to visit. Khao Yai is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site and is among one of the most popular national parks in the world. The place spreads across four different provinces. This place has been blessed with mountainous landscape, pounding waterfalls, fertile valleys and other diverse geographical features. Khao Yai can be visited throughout the year. It’s just a 3 hour drive from Bangkok. When you visit Khao Yai, you can notice more than 67 species of animals and 320 species of birds. The place is also rich in flora and is definitely a delight for every nature lover.