There are many great places to visit in Thailand and i now want to share my top 10. If you ever plan to visit Thailand then i would highly recommend spending time in these locations.
#1 - The Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are an island group off the western coast of Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland. The islands are part of Krabi province. Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest island of the group, and is the most populated island of the group.
The islands are best known for their stunning beaches, with Maya bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh being the most popular. With clear blue water and white powdery sand, these beaches are visited frequently by tourists. Mainly due to the tranquil surroundings and untouched scenery that surrounds them. But that being said, Maya bay is currently closed to tourists as a result of environmental damage that has been caused. At this point in time there is no scheduled date for it to re-open. Once it does this is the place you should visit.
Phuket is the largest of all the Thai islands and is a rain forested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea. Phuket has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. It is easy to see why so many luxury hotels reside here due to the ample sun seeking spots available.
When the sun goes down, Phuket comes alive. As the unofficial party capital of Thailand, Phuket has some of the most unique nightlife. Most of the nightlife is located in Patong, but you can find bars and clubs all around the island. With most of the clubs and bars located around Soi Bangla, this is the place to go for an amazing night. If you are around during the full moon, then definitely go and experience the full moon party. Be sure to bring your brightest neon clothes though to experience it to its fullest.
Bangkok is one of the world’s leading places for tourists to visit. As the Capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is often the first stop for many visitors in Thailand. Due to its location in the Central Part of the country, Bangkok is an ideal place to start for people looking to venture out and about around Thailand.
Bangkok also hosts some the best tourist attractions that include the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, The temple of the reclining Buddha and many more. The city itself is more like East meeting West due to its highly modernised facilities and infrastructure. With thousands of shopping malls and places to eat, not to mention the many bars too. It’s easy to see why so many people visit Bangkok.
Pattaya is located on the Gulf of Thailand and is approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) south east of the city of Bangkok. Its is best known for its extreme nightlife. With approximately 3000 bars, clubs and go-go's. You will never be more than a stone throw away from a party.
In recent years Pattaya is striving to become a family-oriented seaside destination. This change includes the zoos which include the Elephant Village and Sri Racha Tiger Zoo to the many Buddhist temples that surround the area. There are also some quite spectacular attractions such as The Sanctuary of Truth which is the world’s largest carved wooden structure and is a must see if you are visiting Pattaya.
Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of eating options from its many restaurants to its humble street food vendors. There is always something good to try, no matter what your tastes may be.
#5 Koh Samui
Koh Samui is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket. Due to the increase in tourism in Koh Samui, there has been a growth in the number of building resorts, bungalows, and luxury private villas on the island. Given its warm climate and stunning beaches, there is no wonder why so many people chose to visit Koh Samui every year.
Koh Samui is more family orientated than many other islands in Thailand. As a result the atmosphere is a lot more relaxed. But there is still so much to see and do in Koh Samui. The marine park is one of must see attractions on the island and there are so many different ways in which to do it. You can view it by boat, kayak or a guided tour to name a few.
#6 Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is based in the mountainous region of Northern Thailand meaning that tourists who are travelling around Thailand will inevitably end up here due to is fantastic scenery and views.
Chiang Mai also has access to some of the best high speed internet in the world and attracts thousands of expatriates every year. Most of whom are looking for a change of lifestyle and others are looking to work remotely. The digital nomads as they are known, often reside in Chiang Mai due to this. It is a way to live in Thailand with freedom to earn money at the same time.
There are lots of activities to do in Chiang Mai that include White water rafting, hiking, zip-lining, trekking, and rock climbing are just a few activities to choose from. It’s no wonder that so many people visit this amazing region.
#7 Hua Hin
Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand, in the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. This rapidly developing location is often used by Thai people for weekend getaways, but is becoming increasingly popular with tourists and expats alike. With a more laid back atmosphere than Pattaya, Hua Hin is ideal for families and travellers who want to take life easy while enjoying a pleasant and relaxing time. Its scenery is inspiring, dining experiences will delight your taste buds, and the hospitality of locals will charm you.
Hua Hin and its surrounding beach destinations all have plenty of charms of their own, but certain areas do cater more towards different types of visitor. Whether you’re looking for the livelier nightlife and restaurant scene in the town centre, want to go remote in Pranburi, or find middle ground in Cha-Am then Hua Hin is the place to visit.
#8 Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai is a city in northern Thailand, in the mountainous province of the same name. They city is near the borders of Laos and Myanmar and is the most northern major city in Thailand. Chiang Rai remains quite low key on the nightlife front, with a more laid back atmosphere than its sister town Chiang Mai. It has stayed very traditional to its origins.
This can be seen in the number of religious monuments located within the city. The most notable of these is Wat Phra Kaew. This was the original site of where the Emerald Buddha was located.There are so many historical sites to see and experience in Chaing Rai.
Over the last few year, Chiang Rai has began to develop as a tourist destination. With the opening of its own night bazaar and walking street, Chiang Rai is gradually becoming more popular with visitors from around the world.
Chiang Rai was also thrust into the limelight during the summer of 2018 when 12 school boys and their football coach had to be rescued from a flooded cave complex. Sadly one Thai diver lost his life during the rescue.
#9 Isaan Province
The Isaan province is a rather unique place to visit. The region contains the major cities of Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima to name a few. Predominantly known for farming as its main source of income, life in the Isaan province can be extremely slow. If you are looking for nightlife then this is not the region to visit. But if you want to experience the real Thailand and its culture then you should absolutely visit the Isaan province.
From experience, the people of the Isaan province are amongst the most accommodating and friendly in all of Thailand. This is one of the reasons that many expats choose to retire to the region. Add in the cost of living and it is possible the cheapest region to live in too.
If you are looking to try something new then the main drink in Isaan is a wonderful spirit which combines orange juice with chilli peppers and rum. The drink is called Kaw Nam Lac. If you are feeling less adventurous then you can find most traditional Thai beers and spirits available just about everywhere.
Railay is a large peninsula between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang in Thailand. It is only possible to visit the area by boat due to unique geology of the region. The huge limestone cliffs cut off access to the mainland. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also popular due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere.
The relaxed feel to Railay is the main attraction for many visitors as it is not as in your face as some destinations. That being said, watching the sunset on the beach with a nice cold cocktail or too can be an amazing experience. But that is only one of many things to do here. With rock climbing, scuba diving and kayaking being amongst the most popular activities to try on Railay. Many people looking for an active holiday will often come here.