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Best Top 10 List…

….. of Places to Visit In Thailand

 

Thailand is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  This country holds some of the most spectacular and wondrous locations imaginable.   From beautiful white sandy beaches to mountain vistas that will take your breath away.  Anyone who desires somewhere exotic and exciting Thailand has it all.

This is my Top 10 List of places to visit in Thailand.

 

Tenth place –  Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is the northernmost city in Thailand and serves as city and commercial hub for the Golden Triangle.  The Golden Triangle is the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Chiang Rai is a busy town with something for everyone. From Chiang Rai one can easily exploring the surrounding region. The city is relatively quiet during the day, when most of the tourists are out on excursions around the area, but at night the city is bustling with activity as souvenir stalls and restaurants are in full swing to take care of the crowds of tourists and their needs.  thailand-641628_1920

One of the most well known of Chiang Rai’s attractions is the Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple. This bizarre-looking temple is found about five km south of Chiang Rai City and was created by  Chiang Rai-born visual artist and painter Chalermchai Kositpipat. His strange and unconventional approach to temple architecture, mixing elements from his own imagination (white, not gold, as a pure colour to embody the sacredness of temples) with orthodox Buddhist teachings about heaven, hell, karma and earthly sins, is certainly a must see for any traveler.

Chiang Rai is relatively small and quaint but offers any traveler, whether backpacker or seasoned tourist, a tranquil and memorable experience.

 

Ninth place –  Pai

Pai was once only a quaint small quiet village in northern Thailand.  Now Pai is now a bustling town that is part of the Mae Hong Son Loop that stretches between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.Pai Thailand Known for its picture perfect valley and laid back atmosphere, Pai is a loved destination for backpackers and tourists wanting to trek in the area. With it’s location in the foothills of the beautiful mountains there are several options for trekking. The hill tribes in the region are a favorite destination for trekkers. Also just outside the city are elephant camps.  The camps offer many exciting and intimate experiences with elephants.  There are also several hot springs and beautiful waterfalls to be explored and enjoyed.. Added to all this is the Pai River which offers tubing, rafting and whitewater excitement.

 

Eighth place –  Ranong

I currently live in Ranong and I have been here for nearly 4 years.  I came here to teach for a term and I’m still here… for me…  of all of Thailand, this is where I am most comfortable.

Ranong is located in the narrowest part of the Isthmus of Thailand in the south.  Known for being one of the wettest in Thailand has had some other interesting characteristics such as:hot-spring-ranong-source

  • sixty-two islands that feature many fine beaches.
  • Unspoiled forests with several refreshing waterfalls, many of which are incorporated in national parks or wildlife sanctuaries.
  • Ranong is best known for the many hot springs located both in the city and surrounding forests and mountain areas.  There are vast unspoiled mangrove forests.

Ranong is one of the smallest provinces in Thailand.  Being small and quaint you can’t help but fall in love with the people and the area.

 

Seventh place –  Phanom Rung

Ancient temple near Ayudaya Thailand
Ancient temple near Ayudaya Thailand

This ancient shrine sits on an extinct volcano in northeastern Thailand.  Phanom Rung is a Hindu shrine complex known for its outstanding ancient architecture. Phanom Rung is located near the village of Nang Rong.  The temple sanctuary was built by the Khmer culture between the 10th and 13th centuries and is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva.  Mainly constructed of sandstone and laterite, Phanom Rung was built to represent Mount Kailash, the sacred home of Shiva.  Facing  east, four times a year the sun shines through all 15 of the sanctuary doorways. During these events the park extends its hours, and locals celebrate the Phanom Rung Festival around the April alignment

 

Sixth place –  Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok is regarded by most to be one of Thailand’s most beautiful wildlife resthailand-1742563_1920erves.  Khao Sok National Park includes jungle forests, limestone karsts, rivers and lakes in the Surat Thani province of southern Thailand.

The reserve features some of the most amazing wildlife in Thailand.  Asian elephants, barking deer, wild boar, bears, Malayan tapirs and a variety of monkeys breeds such as gibbons, pig-tailed macaques and langurs are but a few of the amazing wildlife to be seen. There are many trails in the park that visitors can choose to experience trekking through the jungle to observe wildlife, photograph beautiful waterfalls, swim in pristine pools and enjoy amazing vistas from elevated viewpoints

 

Fifth place –  Railay (Rai Leh)thailand-2065376_1920

Railay Beach is actually a small peninsula that has four beaches.   Railay is one of Tha
iland’s most sought-after beach areas. It is located just south of Ao Nang Beach and is only accessible by boat. Railay offers a tranquil and extraordinary world for anyone seeking something a little off the beaten path. In just one small peninsula you’ll experience beautiful white sandy beaches, lofty and gorgeous limestone cliffs, viewpoints, numerous caves to be explored and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs. All this is within walking distance!

 

4. Ayuthaya

Founded in or around 1350, the city of Ayuthaya is situated in the confluence of three rivers in the Chao Phraya River valley in Thailand. It sits on an island surrounded by three rivers that connect it to the Gulf of Siam.thailand-1950794_1920

King U Thong made it the capital of the Ayuthaya Kingdom, better known as Siam.

Once declared the most magnificent and largest city in the world, Ayuthaya was a grand and wondrous place, with three palaces, more than 400 temples and a population that reached nearly 1,000,000. In 1767, the Burmese attacked and destroyed Ayuthaya burning the city to the ground leaving only the stone temples to show it’s existence. The capital was consequently moved to Bangkok. The ruins of Ayuthaya are now a must see attraction for anyone visiting Thailand. It is only 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok, and is easily reached by train, boat, bus or van.

 

Fourth –  Kanchanaburi

Bridge over the river Kwai
Bridge over the river Kwai

Located in western Thailand at the edge of the mountains, the beautiful small city of Kanchanaburi is worth a visit.  Kanchanaburi is most known for the bridge over the River Kwai that was memorialized in the movie by the same name.  Known for its connection with the infamous and historic Death Railway to Burma where thousands of prisoners of war and Asian laborers died during Japanese occupation in World War II.  Also a must see nearby are Erawan and Srinakarind National Parks where dazzling waterfalls and caves can be explored  Also, you might want to visit the elephant camps in the area. Kanchanaburi is admired for its beautiful scenery and accessibility to national parks and waterfalls

 

Third –  Hua Hin

One of the oldest resort cities in Thailand Hua Hin is a favorite holiday spot for resikhao_lak_beach_le_meridien_554497dent residents of Bangkok. This beach town is a lovely and relaxing escape from the city.  Known for thefull moon parties, if they are not your style, you can soak up all the sun without the late night excitement at Hua Hin.  Relaxed and friendly, Hua Hin is about 125 miles from Bangkok and is a must scenic stop on anyone’s Thailand itinerary.
With three miles of white sandy beaches and clear, turquoise waters this destination is vibrant with night markets, nearby Buddhist temples, elephant rides, waterfalls, scuba diving, and golf.

 

Second –  Chiang Mai

Surrounded by the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a flourishing city used most often as a base among both backpackers and tourists wishing to explore the lush landscapes, hill trtribal-1140889_1920ibes and outdoor adventures of Northern Thailand.

Chiang Mai is a large and culturally important city where historical and modern Thai architecture coexist. The historic center is separated from the rest of the city by a square mote that is one kilometer on each side. Some of the old city walls and dozens of Buddhist temples still remain and are accessible. The most famous of these temples, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, lies outside the city of Chiang Mai on a mountainside overlooking the city.

 

First – Phuket and the islands of Thailand.

The islands in the waters of Thailand are known throughout the world for their beautiful beaches, and gorgeous scenery and some even for the party atmosphere. Thailand has three main groups of islands in Thailand.

Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island

East of Bangkok are Ko Samet and Ko Chang, in the Gulf of Thailand are Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, and in the Andaman Phuket and Ko Phi Phi.  Phuket is Thailand’s largest and most developed island and is connected to the mainland by two bridges. Ko Phi Phi is famous for the movie “The Beach”, and Ko Tao is Thailand’s diving mecca.   There is actually one more group of islands that are not so famous but are every bit as beautiful and exotic.  These are the 62 islands in the Ronong

 

Please leave a comment and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me……. 

4 thoughts on “Best Top 10 List…

  1. Wow I never realised there were so many great places to visit in Thailand. I have always wanted to go and nearly came a few years ago.
    Two questions, how long should you plan to stay in Thailand?
    What tone of the year is the best to visit?
    Thank you

    1. Thanks Mark.. I appreciate your comment… Yes.. Thailand is amazingly beautiful in many ways… I came to visit for only a month and ended up staying for nearly 5 years…
      We are about to begin the rainy season.. Usually late May through October in most places.. Where I live the rainy season lasts a but longer.. lol… the best time to visit is during what they call “High Season”… this is between November and April… The very best would be January and February as it isn’t as hot then .. It’s still hot.. don’t get me wrong… but not as hot… lol… March and April and early May are the hottest times… so much that going outdoors is just plain miserable… but.. the evenings usually cool down a bit.. and Early mornings are the best…
      If you are serious about visiting.. be prepared to fall in love..
      Thanks again for your comment.

  2. Thailand looks like it has so much history, which I love in a holiday destination. I like to find out all that I can where I am staying and visiting. It looks like Thailand as so much to offer and has some beautiful places as well. That White Temple sure looks weird. I had to do a double take to make sure it was real.

    1. Thanks Owain for your comments.. Yes Thailand is truly an amazing place. You would not be sorry for choosing to come here for a holiday. I uses ti live about 5 minutes away from the White Temple in Chiang Rai. I was able to watch some of it being built… the builder is really a talented and somewhat eccentric artist. But the temple is beautiful.. and a great experience to add to your bucket list..
      Thanks again for your comments

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