Thailand destinations are many and varied, presenting the perfect respite to luxury seekers, party animals, adrenaline junkies, and backpackers.
Thailand is famous for its massaman curry, highly esteemed elephants, beaches, grand palaces, temples, Buddhist monks and friendly people.
Even though it was the stage on which the ghastly 2004 Tsunami happened, Thailand destinations continue to thrive. Its capital Bangkok features in our bucket list and is the world’s most visited city according to the Global Destinations Cities Index, welcoming 16 million international tourists per annum.
Thailand destinations include 1,430 islands, water parks, tropical jungles, temples, palaces, markets and party spots which provide plenty of fun activities for both children and adults.
While Southern Thailand is known for its beaches, Northern Thailand is marked by mountainous jungle terrain. Pai Mae Hong Province in the north is popular for backpackers and hippies who visit the temples, waterfalls, Khao Yai National Park and the Pai Canyon.
Since elephants are placed on a pedestal in Thailand, statues and paintings of them are seen everywhere you go. In some tour camps, it is possible to spend a day or two with these revered creatures, trekking through the jungle, bathing them and helping out with their feedings.
8 things that Thailand is famous for
- Tuk tuk rides: These are the most popular means of transport; they evade traffic and take you through the small by-lanes in Thailand where cabs fear to tread.
- Tiger Temple: Tigers raised by Buddhist monks roam freely in this temple and guests can walk and take photos with these big cats.
- Elephant shows: Elephants in Pattaya, Bangkok, Ayutthaya perform all kinds of stunts from bike riding to dancing and playing instruments.
- Hospitality: Thai people are among the friendliest in the world. They go out of their way to help each other and foreigners as well.
- Floating markets: These makeshift shops are set up in small waterways and sell everything from groceries to flowers and local dishes.
- Beaches: Thailand is characterized by many clean, white sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, kayaking, snorkeling and other water-based activities.
- Spa treatments: A Thai massage is extremely invigorating and is a must try indulgence for every traveler.
- Nightlife: Rooftop discos, ritzy bars, go go bars and other party hotspots ensure that revelers are spoilt for choice from dusk to dawn.
Best Thailand destinations
- Railay beach: This slice of paradise is characterized by clear blue waters and white sand beach and is accessed by boat. Rock climbing enthusiasts scale Railay’s karst peaks while adventurers go elephant trekking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and snorkeling.
- Sukhothai Old City: Stroll through the 21 haunting temples and palaces of ancient Thailand left in ruins after the Sukhothai period. This is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is popular with history buffs and photographers.
- Pattaya: This is a seaside town known for its effervescent nightlife and enchanting beaches. Tourists snorkel at Coral Island and party at Walking Street.
- Bangkok: Characterized by hushed ancient temples and spectacular monuments, floating markets and other tourist sites make for a great ‘eat, pray, love expedition in this city.
- Monkey beach: Go out to meet monkeys at this beach on a boat or hired kayak.
Things to do in Thailand
- Party at Koh Samui
- Watch a Cabaret Show or a Muay Thai boxing match in Phuket
- Watch elephant polo at Hua Hin beach
- Watch the sunset at Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn
- Eat pad Thai, chicken satay, crab cakes and samosas at the Chian Mai’s Sunday Night Walking Street
- Attend a full moon party smeared in glow in the dark paint at Koh Phangan
- Visit the Great Buddha of Thailand at the Wat Muang Monastery
Thailand attractions for adults
- Grand Palace: Intricately painted white and gold temples teach guests Thai’s religion and history. Walk through the maze of royal halls, temples, and relics and set your gaze on the piece of bone from the enlightened Buddha himself at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
- Khao San Road: Backpackers congregate here from all ends of the earth. This kilometer stretch has hosted award-winning Leonardo Di Caprio as the entire cast of the movie ‘Beach’. This movie describes Khao San Road as the backpacking center of the universe; travelers flock here to enjoy the Thai massage parlors, bars, hotels, clubs, and restaurants.
- Wat Pho: The golden, awe-inspiring Reclining Buddha is 43 meters long is housed in the Wat Pho Temple, which also functions as the headquarters of the teaching of Thai traditional medicine.
- Slingshot to Heaven: This 27m high swing competes with Bangkok’s skyscrapers. In the past, it was used in annual swing ceremonies where a person would be swung off to catch a sack of coins fastened to the pole.
- Doi Inthanon: This is part of the Thanon Thong Chai mountain range and is the highest point in Thailand at 2,565m above sea level. Those who scale this mountain range are rewarded with spectacular landscape views.
- Erawan Waterfalls: Found within the Erawan National Park, this curtain of water is seven layered and is said to resemble an elephant-shaped mythical creature bearing three heads.
Destinations for a perfect honeymoon in Thailand
- Pattaya: Explore the malls, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and coral reefs by day and party spots by night. Stay put at Amari Ocean Pattaya or Royal Cliff Hotel.
- Phi Phi Islands: Visit neighboring islands with your beloved and make a splash with the various water sports at Maya Bay.
- Bangkok: Treat your bae to high levels of luxury, fine dining and evening cruises. Spend your holiday visiting temples, palaces, and other breathtaking tourist attractions
- Kraabi: 130 secluded islands characterized by caves, coral reefs, and sun-drenched beaches will sweep your beau off their feet. Have a candlelit dinner as the sun sets as you journey into each other.
Places to visit in Thailand with family
- Explore caves formed by sandstones at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
- Go on a boat tour through the waterways of Bangkok
- Watch 600 monkeys feed on two tonnes of grilled sausage, ice cream, fresh fruit and other delicacies as appreciation at the annual Monkey Buffet
- Visit Sea Life Bangkok for a chance to see sea creatures in one of the largest aquariums in Asia
- Snorkel and scuba dive at Koh Tao
- Bungee jump and zip line over the ocean in Pattaya
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|Languages spoken||Thai, English|
|Currency used||Thai Baht|