Welcome to Thailand
It’s little wonder that Thailand holiday packages have skyrocketed in popularity over recent years. It probably has something to do with the beautiful sunshine and the way it warms some of the world’s most idyllic beaches and islands. Perhaps it’s the cultural vibrancy and dazzling architecture of Bangkok, or it could be thanks to the colourful, lively festivals that take place throughout the year.
Whatever the reason, see the Land of Smiles for yourself with an unforgettable holiday to Thailand. Whether you want to sit back and relax on an all-inclusive Thailand holiday or explore the country on your honeymoon, here are just some of the things you can’t afford to miss.
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Places to visit in Thailand
As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience. Invariably, every Thailand holiday includes a visit to the kingdom’s capital city, Bangkok, or Krung Thep, “the city of angels” as it’s known to the locals. Many first-time visitors to the city are overwhelmed by its sheer size; others by the vast number of attractions scattered about the city, the result of more than two centuries of rapid development following the city’s founding in 1782. Today Bangkok is a cosmopolitan, 21st century city of more than ten million inhabitants.
2. Chiang Mai
Thailand’s “Rose of the North” contains both cultural and natural diversity, a multitude of attractions, and welcoming hospitality. Chiang Mai literally means “new city” and has retained the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996. King Meng Rai the Great, a very religious leader who founded many of the city’s temples, created the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom around the same time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom. Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, but also the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand.
When travelers to Thailand talk about sea, sun and sand, Phuket is often the first place that comes to mind. Catapulted to international attention by the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” back in 1974, the entire area today boasts many hotels and resorts, which offer all sorts of tourism facilities for travelers.
Once considered the most spectacular city on Earth, the ruins of the capital of the Kingdom Ayutthaya are now a major tourist attraction easily accessible from Bangkok by car, train, or boat as either a daytrip or overnight excursion. A regional power for 417 years, the ancient city its apex in the 16th century, when the Kingdom’s territory extended into and beyond present-day Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Ayutthaya had diplomatic relations with Louis XIV of France and was courted by Dutch, Portuguese, English, Chinese and Japanese merchants.
Kanchanaburi has become a major tourist destination, with a focus on the outdoors due to its magnificent landscape and charming beauty. Only two hours from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is accessible by road or rail, and is popular for fishing, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, bird-watching, star-gazing, golfing and elephant and jungle trekking. The area boasts several well-known waterfalls, caves that were once inhabited by Neolithic man, national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin forests, and several large reservoirs.
a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, is an almost otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos, where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi’s myriad of bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological evidence indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25,000 – 35,000 years ago.
Ratchaburi’s premier attraction is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, a destination visited by a large percentage of tourists who visit Bangkok. Vendors in the market sell their wares by paddling boats along Ratchaburi’s canals. Every morning, hundreds of boats crowd the market, paddled by women in straw hats. For a few hundred baht visitors can hire their own boats and explore the canals while shopping for everything from vegetables and fruits to freshly-cooked noodles and souvenirs.
8. Chon Buri
Chonburi, Bangkok’s nearest seaside town, is located on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 50 miles from the capital. The area boasts abundant natural resources, making it a popular coastal province among Bangkokians who seek a weekend. Particularly popular is the seaside resort of Pattaya, though Chonburi’s smaller, quieter seaside towns are also quite popular with foreigners and Thais alike.
Founded in the 13th century, Sukhothai, which literally means “Dawn of Happiness”, was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom and enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly restored, and Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is popular with travelers, particularly on those occasional nights the park when the park remains open and the graceful Buddhas are illuminated by lights.
10. Phang nga
Phang Nga province renowned for its beautiful land, spectacular bay, amazing islands and good diving. Most famous is Phang Nga Bay National Park, a geological wonder filled with islets, sunken caverns, and startling rock formations rising vertically out of the sea. The bay is extremely sheltered and therefore ideal for expeditions on sea kayaks to explore the many fascinating caverns and islands throughout the bay.
Pick any beach of Thailand, and you will feel it’s the best beach on earth. No doubt, Thailand has world’s famous beaches, attracting millions of tourist every year. This tiny island has so many famous beaches, one can ever imagine. Beaches from sun-kissed, white sandy, golden sandy, beaches with mangroves, beaches with caves, quite surreal beaches to beaches full of tourist, party beaches, water adventure beaches, beaches with diving and the endless beaches. It’s upon you what kind of tourist you are.
Here is a list of few beaches where you can have fun.
- Patong Beach, Phuket: Perfect place to night parties and jet skiing, a beach full of tourists. It is easy to get hotels in walking distance.
- Railay Beach, Krabi: Peaceful beach as it is accessible by boat only. Only for those who want to admire the nature’s beauty and get adventurous with snorkeling, swimming and rock climbing.
- Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Ley: Can be visited only at day time. It has scenic beauty attracting many tourists around and covered with limestone cliffs.
- Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin: This beach is situated at the Gulf of Siam, where the land gently slopes in the water making not a right choice for real swimmers. It’s a fun place for family and friends and can be accessible from Bangkok.
- Kata Beach, Phuket: Located at the Southern Phuket, this beach is quite and for the ones coming to relax. The area around is also very calm and peaceful.
- Lamai Beach, Samui: This is the second biggest beach in Thailand after Phuket. Keep the bottles up at the beach and lay back on the white sands. The beach is surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants making it so popular.
- Sairee Beach, Koh Tao: Also known as Turtle Island, having long stretch of sands. Popular beach for snorkelers and scuba divers. To reach, either fly or take a ferry to Koh Tao Island.
- Haad Rin, Koh Pha Ngan: Known for Full Moon parties. Being located on peninsular, one can enjoy sunset on both the sides. The parties does not end on beaches, it too gets on streets. Parties are although done every night and attracts most of the international tourist especially backpackers.
- White Sand Beach, Koh Chang: Has long stretch of white sugar sands which is one of the popular beaches of Thailand. You will find many 5 stars resorts, bungalows, bars and restaurants. It is located on a quite developed area of Koh Chang.
One of the perfect things to do in Pattaya. If you miss this show, your trip is not over yet. Alcazar Show is also called as Alcazar Cabaret Show where the stage is steal with acting, performances, dancing, costumes, lights, sounds and never a eye blinking moment. This show is visited by the locals as well as the international tourist and one of the most famous things of Thailand.
The Nightlife of Thailand is a hell of terrific. For every type of tourist, there are options of Nightlife. For backpackers, for families, for all the Singles, for bunch of friends….Right from clubs, pubs, and bars to Red Light District, you will find everything of your type. For families, there are even beach parties, where you all can enjoy. The Red Light District is very popular in Thailand and which is known for it. You can find them in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and many more. Cheers to the Nightlife of Thailand.
Thailand has plenty of temples. Mainly you will find Buddha Temples to visit. Check out the different beautiful Buddha structures in Thailand. Some standing, sleeping, sitting in all poses and sizes. The temples in Thailand have some uniqueness in them. All you will take behind is peace and lots of memories. Some of them are :
- WAT PHO in Bangkok
- WAT PHRATHAT DOI SUTHEP in Chiang Mai
- WAT SUTHAT in Bangkok
- WAT PHRA THAT LAMPANG LUANG in Lampang
- WAT ARUN in Bangkok
- PHANOM RUNG HISTORICAL PARK in Buri Ram
- AYUTTHAYA HISTORICAL PARK in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
- THE SANCTUARY OF TRUTH in Pattaya
- WAT PHRA KAEW in Bangkok
- WAT RONG KHUN in Chiang Rai
Take a boat ride around the Pink Lakes of Thailand in Udon Thani. This is also one of the Famous Things of Thailand. There would be many such lakes where you will find pink lilies but here at Red Lotus Lake, the lilies burst out in huge numbers making the sight breathtaking. The lilies cover most part of the lake giving a mind blowing feeling. Do visit the lake if you are true nature lover.