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Best places to visit during your vacation to Thailand

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Warm, cultured, historic, food-obsessed, and self-indulgent, Thailand woos tourists across countries with its smile as vibrant as the country’s temples and beaches. The bustling cities packed with tourists, locals, motorbikes and tuk-tuks, Buddhist temples conserved by orange-robed monks, handicrafts sold by the tribes, lush landscapes marked with old farming villages, ancient ruins and breathtaking coastlines dotted with stunning beaches and sapphire lagoons explains why Thailand has been a popular tourist destination over the years. 

Thailand is a destination that appeals to every tourist’s interests irrespective of their age. If you’re looking for a relaxed time away from the usual hustle and bustle, then you should visit the picturesque Thai islands. If beautiful scenery and learning about various ethnicities are of interest to you, then Chiang Rai would be the ideal place for that. For exciting energy, Bangkok would be the right place. There are several other places that you can during your time in Thailand. You’ll be surprised to see what the country has to offer. 

Choosing from some of the many great places to visit especially in a short duration might be tough. So, we’ve decided to handpick some of the best places for you to visit when you’re in Thailand. 

Bangkok 

Bangkok skyline
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The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, is a bustling city with over eight million people. The capital city is a must-visit destination as it offers a myriad of things for you to see and experience. You can find plenty of cultural and historical sights, along with soaring skyscrapers and contemporary architecture, marvellous art galleries, and enthralling museums.  Shopping in Bangkok has been a popular attraction over the years as it offers buzzing markets, the very famous floating markets, and mega malls. The dining scene is equally popular with everything from world-class gourmet restaurants to plentiful street food. Nighttimes are just as fun as the day, with electrifying nightclubs, live music, cocktail bars, glimmering rooftop bars, and interesting shows. Thanks to their easily accessible transportation system, it is convenient to move around the city as well. 

Chiang Mai

Wat Sri Suphan - Chiang Mai Silver Temple
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Hidden amongst the mountains of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai offers the travellers a different side of the country – an exhilarating blend of age-old establishments, lush tropical rainforests, and stunning trekking hills. Culture vultures can have a great time as you have over 500 temples to choose from. The Night Zoo is a fascinating place for children and adults alike. Besides this, you can go hiking in dense forests, rafting along raging rivers or visiting Thailand’s highest point at Doi Inthanon, where you can meet ethnic hill tribes, voyage to numerous captivating waterfalls, and interact with the mighty elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Nightlife is not so popular when compared with Bangkok, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors when it gets dark. There are loads of bars to chill at, and if you’re a shopaholic then you must visit the night-bazaar and purchase from the wide range of traditional Thai wares.

Phuket

Phuket island
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The largest island and the most popular beach destination among tourists is Phuket island.  If you’re visiting the island for the first time you must visit Patong, a beach resort town known for its pleasure-seeking nightlife, beaches and many water sports. For exotic sunsets, visit the Promthep Cape. Besides this, Phuket also offers entertaining shows, exciting Muay Thai fights, international cuisine in a range of restaurants, and bars and clubs of every type. If you’re a culture lover, then you must visit the popular cultural sites, Wat Chalong and the Big Buddha. Explore some of the beautiful old buildings in the Phuket town before you end your trip. 

Ayutthaya

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
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The UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya is one of the ancient cities in Thailand and is a treat for history buffs. The vivid ruins take you back in time to the golden age of Siam. The city is home to several famous historical sites some of which are Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, a photogenic temple with tall stupas and encircled by rows of saffron-clad Buddha idols,  Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, and Wat Si Sanphet.  Besides the historical sites, you can also visit the floating market or just rent a bicycle or a scooter to admire Ayutthaya.

Krabi

Koh Phi Phi island
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One of the most popular provinces in Southern Thailand, Krabi offers an array of extraordinary experiences both on the islands and the mainland. Tourists have been visiting Krabi mainly to explore its stunning islands. Some of the must-visit islands in Krabi are Koh Phi Phi, one of the most picturesque islands in Thailand, Koh Lanta a laid-back island with sandy beaches, chilled-out bars, and the Moken people, and Koh Jum and Koh Rok, two of the lesser-visited gems in Krabi.  When in the mainland, visit the Railay for a thrilling rock climbing experience and the Ao Nang a bustling beach resort. 

Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son
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Mae Hong Son is a hilly and remote region in Northern Thailand that shares a border with Myanmar. Although the town isn’t popular among the tourists, the stunning landscapes and architecture make it worthwhile to visit. The main attraction in the region is Pai, a chilled-out spot with beautiful scenery. The town is home to the scenic Pai canyon, hot springs and waterfalls, and offers great hiking and tubing along the river.

Kanchanaburi

Bridge on the river Kwai
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Kanchanaburi offers a combination of scenic and wartime attractions. One of the major tourist spots that you must visit is the Bridge on the River Kwai and then take a ride on the infamous Death Railway to commemorate the lives of the soldiers and prisoners who died during the railroad’s construction. You can also visit the museum and the wartime cemetery to know the story behind it. Another highlight in this town is the Erawan National Park, home to the multi-layered Erawan Falls and Pra That Cave. Visit the Huay Mae Khamin, a lesser-visited gem in the region. 

Koh Samui

Full moon party at Koh Samui
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A popular island that appeals to families, honeymooners, backpackers and solo adventurers is the beautiful Koh Samui. The island is home to stunning beaches like Chaweng, Lamai, and Mae Nam. It is a buzzing island that has loads of streetside shops, eateries, and bars. But if you’re looking for top-notch hotels, restaurants and spas, you’ve got that too! 

Pattaya

Mini Siam at Pattaya
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There are so many fun things to do in Pattaya making it a worthy place to visit. Although most people do not find Pattaya appealing due to its adult-oriented areas. However, there’s much more to do apart from that. You can find beaches, pretty islands near the coast, and there is a myriad of attractions, some of the major attractions being the Sanctuary of Truth,  Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden Mini Siam, Pattaya Floating Market, and the Tiger Kingdom

If you’re visiting Thailand for the first time, then these are some of the best places that you should visit. Want to plan your own customized itinerary? Head to Pickyourtrail.com and you can start planning for your amazing trip. If you need assistance, you can reach out to the experts at Pickyourtrail and they will help you plan your Thailand itinerary

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