Thailand, called the Land of Smiles, is an amazing treasure of Southeast Asia. Still undeveloped enough to offer tourists adventure off the beaten path, it also offers most comforts.
No matter if you start in the mountain villages in the north, or the amazing beaches in the south, Thailand will not disappoint you if you’re looking for a wonderful travel experience. Thailand’s attractions are diverse, and each will have its own rewards. Here are six must-see attractions during your Thailand tours.
1. Koh Phi Phi
The Phi Phi Islands in Krabi are a popular resort area. One of the best spots on Koh Phi Phi is Monkey Beach. Here you will see lots of monkeys when you take out a kayak or rent a guide to take you out on a small boat. Long Beach is another spot on the island where you will enjoy watching the sunset.
There are options to go on diving and snorkelling trips, and an excursion to Maya Bay, where the movie The Beach was filmed, will satisfy your taste for infamy. All of the guesthouses, markets, and restaurants that were damaged by the 2004 tsunami have been rebuilt, and the resort island is popular among tourists.
2. Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai
A huge part of visiting Thailand is enjoying the delicious food, and this can be found in large quantities at Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Walking Street. Here, vendors sell foods like chicken satay, fried bananas, samosas, crab cakes, pad Thai, and fresh fruit shakes. There are also hundreds of stalls where you can buy hand-dyed textiles, natural soaps, essential oils and incense, paintings, and more. This is a very busy spot, but definitely a must-do if you’re in Chiang Mai.
3. Khao Yai National Park
Anywhere you go in Thailand, you will see statues and paintings of the revered elephant. There are a lot of elephant camps and tour groups all throughout the country, so you will have plenty of opportunity to bathe, feed, and spend time with these majestic animals.
To see them in their natural habitat, visit Khao Yai National Park, where you will view elephants roaming nearby monkeys, exotic birds, and breathtaking waterfalls. You can take a day tour or camp out in the park and watch the sunrise over amazing landscape
4. Historic City of Ayutthaya
You will catch a glimpse back to ancient Thailand at Ayutthaya. Here you will have the chance to wander the romantic yet haunting ruins of the former capital city. Ayutthaya is a short train or bus ride from Bangkok, so you can make it a day trip of spend a few days in the ancient capital.
5. The Grand Palace and Was Phra Kaew
Aside to the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok is the Grand Palace and Was Phra Kaew. It was built adjacent to the river so that the palace could be better defended from invasions. The palace’s construction was started in 1782 and wasn’t finished until the late 1880s. Today it is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city.
Here also you will find the beautiful temple of War Phra Kaew, also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
6. Wat Pho
Wat Pho is not only one of the oldest, but is also the largest temple in the capital. Inside you will be amazed by the giant statue of Buddha; it measures 46 metres long and 15 metres high. There is also a traditional Thai massage school and glittering stupas to check out while here.