The Must See Places Of Thailand

Thailand is the land of smiles and hospitality. It is a country where you will see too many contrasts on a day to day life. In one part of the city, you will see monks receiving alms at dawn for a living and in another part, you will see a legalized prostitution and party hubs. This is a destination, which is popular among backpackers as well as five-star travelers. Thailand has everything to cater to all kind of travelers and make them feel home. It feels simple and yet exotic all at the same time. This is the reason, it is very popular among travelers from all over the world.

Awesome Thailand Must see placesThailand is a big country and it’s not easy to decide which places to visit. There are so many beautiful places in Thailand and it is very hard to choose a few places. There are beautiful monuments, architects, markets, beaches and national parks. Here are some of the places a traveler must visit when traveling to Thailand for the first time.

Bangkok
The capital of Thailand is a modern city with a rich tradition. This is the first city where you land when you come from any part of the world. Bangkok’s two international airports cater to the global tourists from all over the world. In Bangkok, there is so much to see and do. Some of the important monuments to visit in Bangkok are Royal Palace, WatArun, and Golden Buddha. For a shopper, the Chatuchak Weekend Market and Pratunam Markets are the best places to buy things at bargain prices. The MBK center and Terminal 21 provide a different shopping experience. Khaosan road and Silom have good nightlife. For adult entertainment, Patpong is the most popular place among foreign tourist.

Chiang Mai buddhismChiang Mai
It is the cultural gem of Thailand, located 700 km north of Bangkok on the banks of the Ping River. Chiang Mai is calm and quiet. It is the land of mountains, valleys, and tribes. You have more chance of listening to late night jazz than heavy bass sounds here. There are Buddhist temples practically on every corner and a moat going through the old city add to the beauty of these temples. A visit to the nearby hill tribes in their village is a unique experience. The ethical elephant sanctuary is another must visit place in Chiang Mai to be with the gentle giants. The food here is one of the best in Thailand. There is no wonder that Chiang Mai is the capital of Thai culture.

Chiang Rai
Often confused with Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai has a very different feel and is smaller in comparison. It has one of the most famous Thailand landmarks. i.e. the White Temple (Wat Rung Khun). It is one of the most spectacular monument/tenple to see in Thailand. The other must-see temples here are WatPhraKaew and the blue temple, which is in all blue & gold colors. Chiang Rai is also a gateway for treks to nearby hills. The cycling trips to the surrounding countryside are an interesting activity to enjoy the natural surroundings.

KanchanaburiKanchanaburi
A trip to Thailand is incomplete without visiting Kanchanaburi. It is located at the edge of the mountain range and remains cooler than the surrounding towns. This is the place where the infamous Burma railway was built in 1942 when Japnese controlled the area. The Asian prisoners were forced to build the railway under inhuman conditions and half of the laborers died during the project. This project is known as “Death Railway” and it’s the site where “The Bridge over the River Kwai” was filmed. The area is now opened for visitors and they can cross over the bridge, visit abandoned trains and half-built railway tracks. There are a Memorial and the small museum showcasing the history of the infamous Thai-Burma Railway.

Phuket
Phuket is Thailand’s most famous and economical beach town. There are some of the best beaches in Thailand at PhangNga Bay. The “James Bond Island,” is one of the most famous places where “The Man With the Golden Gun” was filmed. Phuket is a notorious place for some reasons and its famous for the cabaret shows are popular among tourists. The bars and vibrant nightlife with music & full moon parties are other popular activities here.

Pattaya
It has gained the reputation as a “seedy” beach town over the years. The bar area is considered the most notorious place in the town. The places away from the bar area have many interesting things to see and do. The Bottle Art Museum, the Pattaya Floating Market, and Mini Siam are some of the interesting places to visit in this town. The beaches in Pattaya are not as good as those in the south of Thailand.

KrabiKrabi
Krabi is one of the best beach towns in Thailand with some of the most impressive beaches and seaside cliffs. Many surrounding beaches like The Phi Phi islands are very popular among snorkelers, scuba divers, boaters, and kayakers. The water is clear in Karabi and large coral areas exist here and have great water visibility. All these make it a great destination for all types of water activities.

KohSamui
KohSamui is popular for scuba diving and the Full Moon Party. This once in a month event is so popular that it attracts up to 30,000 people every month. These all-night parties are held on the beach. This is a must visit for people with any of these two things.

KhaoSok National Park
It is not a very popular place but one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. The park is divided into two parts, both sides are full of wildlife and natural surroundings. This place where you can spend some time in the lap of nature and enjoy the natural surroundings without disturbance. The two sides to the park are divided into a village, where you can go trekking or kayaking in the lake and in second parts they have very basic floating bungalows for an overnight stay.
Pai
Pai
It is a small town in the north of Thailand near Chiang Mai. This is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand, here you will find a perfect mix of locals, expats, digital nomads, and travelers. The main street becomes a street market every night selling food, local souvenir, and other items. There are rivers, mountains and rice fields all around the town, which are the perfect place for cycling trips. This laidback town is a perfect place to relax and stay for a longer duration. The road from Chiang Mai to Pai has 700 hairpin turns and gives a thrill while traveling.

KohNgai
The beach on KohNgai Island is one of the best and shown in brochures of Thailand tourism. This is a small island with no locals and has only resorts for tourists. There are no roads on the island and only footpaths used for walking. You have to walk on foot to go from one part of the Island to another or you can use longtail boats. The island has a clean white sand beach with clear water and there are beautiful corals in its surrounding waters. If you don’t want to do anything and just want to enjoy the sun and sand, then this is the place to be.

These are some of the must-visit places when you visit Thailand for the first time.

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