….. 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.
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. 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:
- 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
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 reserves. 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)
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!
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.
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
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 resident 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 tribes 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.
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
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