Thailand Best places to visit on Holiday

Ten Best Places To Visit In Thailand 

Thailand will have you experience everything from the artsy and trendy to the ancient and powerful. It's the perfect getaway for anyone looking to experience the comfort of a country marked by beautiful coastal waters, ancient ruins, pristine villages, ferocious jungles, and mountainous topography. As you plan your visit to Thailand, here are some of the top ten places to see and experience. 

1.     Bangkok

 Bangkok is a fast-paced urban city serving as the capital of Thailand. High-rise architecture and lofty mountains decorate its skyline with tropical trees that bloom all year round. This city is home to many of Thailand's widely acclaimed palaces and Buddhist temples, as well as bustling nightclubs and buzzing markets. 

While walking through the enchanting streets of Bangkok, you will be surprised to discover the water bodies in this city and so much more. From the numerous canals forming an efficient drainage system in this city to the mystic Chao Prayah river, where boat tours are provided, it's easy to see why Bangkok is on everyone's bucket lists.  

Tourists can take advantage of the low-cost items on Khao San Road, which becomes even more appealing at night. This city caters to the family through several attractions such as water parks, zoos, and amusement parks. The sacred Wat Phra Kaew, a magnificent temple housing the Emerald Buddha, is one of the fascinating places to visit in this capital city.  

2.    Chang Mai 

Chang Mai is a rustic, budding city with hills filled with thick green grass. This city is packed with several adventures that will have you trekking in steep mountains, such as in the Doi Inthanon National Park, or shopping at crowded handicraft markets. Tourists come in close proximity to different wildlife, such as the elephant park that allows you to feed and bathe elephants. End your day at one of the many spa parlous and botanical gardens available in Chang Mai. The Karen tribe and the Meo Hill tribe, located just outside Chang Mai, present ample opportunity for tourists to learn about the rich culture of Thailand.

 3. Ayutthaya 

This former capital city of Thailand was founded in 1830 and is situated in the Chao Phraya valley at the heart of Thailand. It is an island city flanked by three rivers that connect it to the Gulf of Siam. Ayutthaya stood tall as one of the greatest cities in history, and now this city is covered by vestiges of its once powerful standing. Ancient ruins can be observed at the Ayutthaya Historical Park, together with a gigantic statue of Buddha in the Wat Phra Mahathat temple.

4. Koh Samui 

Koh Samui is a sunny and serene island with a reputation that extends beyond the borders of Thailand and Asia in general. It has an international airport that welcomes people from all four corners of the world, eager to explore the beauty of its many beaches. Koh Samui is filled with numerous attractions such as restaurants, bars, Buddhist temples, and a 20-metre waterfall, all of which make room for ample social interaction. Tourists visiting this island should check out the hand-made batik clothing available for sale and several coconut carvings on display on the island. The Wat Phra Yai temple on this island houses a 12-metre-high Big Buddha worth observing. 

5.    Phuket 

Phuket boasts some of the most exotic beaches in Thailand. This island sits off the West Coast in the belly of the Andaman Sea. Go to the Nain Harm beach to enjoy the beauty of still waters under the shade of palm trees, and go to the Surin beach if you want to explore high-end resorts and luxurious restaurants. This island promises loads of healthy, fun experiences such as beach massages, spas, seashell and aquarium museums, scuba diving, jungle adventures, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, etc. 

6.     Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is much-loved by the Thais because of its sentimental value linked closely to WW11. In this city lies an iron bridge that formed part of the Death Railway that connected Thailand to Burma and was built from the sweat and toil of Asian labourers. This was during the period of the Japanese occupation of Thailand, and it led to the deaths of about 16,000 Asians during its construction. Although this bridge was bombed several times during the war, it was quickly rebuilt through the exploitation of the workers. This bridge still stands today, and it was represented in the award-winning film called "Bridge Over The River Kwai."

Today, there are several museums and cemeteries located in Kanchanaburi that continue to tell the story of this landmark city. Beautiful waterfalls, parks, and caves form part of the attraction of this city. 

7.    Sukhothai 

Several ruins, temples, and palaces adorn this city, making it a top tourist destination in Thailand. Situated in the northern part of Thailand, this city houses a UNESCO site known as the Sukhothai National Park, which was the 13th-century Sukhothai kingdom. Wat Mahathat is another impressive edifice, featuring two nine-metre Buddhas with nine stupas and a tall pavilion. Don't forget to look at the Noen Prasat and Wat Si Sawai, which are impressive ruins.

8.     Chang Rai 

Chang Rai is a border city situated between Myanmar and Laos. It is a hilly town famous for the Lam Nam Kok National Park, which leads to a beautiful cascading waterfall known as the Khun Kon waterfall. This city houses a cave known as the Lion Hill Cave that allows for picnicking and hiking. The Wat Phra Kaew temple still stands in Chang Rai today, and tourists can look and explore to their hearts' content. 

9.     Ko Phi Phi

Ko  Phi Phi island consists of several populated and secluded beaches. This is the answer to every tourist's dream of sunbathing, trail hiking, and fine dining. Tourists should also visit Maya Bay and Koh Phi Phi Leh for their stunning views and experiences. 

10.   Hua Hin

 Hua Hin is the ideal place to visit with your family. This secluded beach offers a serene atmosphere with other attractions such as the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace, a Victorian-styled structure that once housed King Vajiravudh. Couples and children should charge to Black Mountain Water Park or visit The Venezia, a shopping centre and much more. About an hour from Hua Hin is the Kaeng Drachan National Park and Pranburi Mangrove Forest, which offer a host of activities such as waterfalls, wildlife, and boardwalks. 

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