Reasons to Visit Thailand That You Must Know
When in Thailand, do as the Thai do – smile! Officially known as the “Kingdom of Thailand,” this tropical paradise catapulted to fame for its sandy white beaches, fiery cuisine and devout spirituality. Tourists visiting Thailand the first time, are often taken aback by the almost perfect blending of the traditional with the modern. This Thailand travel guide brings to you the best of everything that this Southeast Asian country has to offer.
Buddhist chants reverberating in the air meet the din of loudspeakers advertising the latest products and deals in glitzy shopping malls. Adventure too, abounds at every turn here. From surfing to diving with whale sharks, kiteboarding to scaling the sea cliffs – the scope for getting that adrenaline rush is never far away.
Popular Destinations in Thailand
Thailand has some of the most popular attractions that attract a large number of tourists throughout the year. Each of these destinations deliver a mix of adventure, fun and culture. Check out some of the most popular destinations in Thailand below:
The island of Phuket extends to 49km, making it one of the longest islands in Thailand. It also contains some of the biggest and exciting beaches in all of Thailand. One of them is Patong. This beach, lined with cafes, restaurants and bars, is famous for its nightlife, beside a whole host of other activities that it offers.
Laem Phromthep, located at the south-most tip of Phuket, is an amazing place to capture the beautiful sunset. It’s also the location of the 50 feet tall Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse – erected in 1996 to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the king’s 50th accession anniversary.
Get a taste of lovely Thai cuisine at the Pad Thai Shop which serves Thai delicacies like kow pat poo (crab fried rice), pat see ew (fried noodles) and noodle soup.
The island of Koh Samui – the second largest in Thailand, once served as a Thai fishing community. To get a taste of the local ways and culture, make your way to Bophut. The restaurants and pubs by the beach offer magnificent views of the sunset.
Koh Samui is also eminent for its magnificent Buddhist temples, which overawe the visitor with their curious architecture. Some of the eminent temples lie in Wat Phra Yai, Wat Khunaram, and Wat Laem Saw, beside many others.
Bangkok is a magical city to be in. Palaces that radiate grandeur, floating markets and porcelain covered spires – it’s all here. For getting the best shopping experiences, rush to Pratunam or Siam Square – two famous shopping destinations for both locals and visitors alike. Then, for seeking some moments of rest and relaxation, spend some quiet time at the European-style gardens of Dusi. Bangkok is a must visit place during your holiday in Thailand.
Thailand also prides itself on its splendidly built temples which are marvelous pieces of architecture. Some of this brilliance is at display at the Wat Arun temple, Phra Nakhon, and Wat Pho temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Ever heard of mango rice? Head to the Grand Palace, where a delicious serving of “mango sticky rice” awaits you.
Chiang Mai, also known as Thailand’s “Rose of the North,” is a kaleidoscope of cultures and ethnicities, besides gaining a widespread reputation for its legendary hospitality.
Discover the delights of shopping at Night Bazaar, located on east side of the walled city. It’s here that you come across a variety of consumer goods, ranging from designer goods to local Thai goods. Two other bazaars, Kalare Night Bazaar and Asunarm Markets, are also worth checking out.
Peak into the fascinating history of Thailand at the National Museum and come across the beauty of Thai orchids at the Botanic Garden. Revisit history at the ancient temples, also called “Wats,”at the city center.
Complete your visit to Chiang Mai by visiting the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Built in 1383 to enshrine Buddha’s relics, one can choose the path of pilgrimage by walking 290 steps, up to the hilltop.
Things to do
One can roam the whole of Thailand and yet, find something new worth visiting with every visit. These things should find a mention in your Thailand travel guide.
Be overawed by the grandeur of the Grand Palace. Set in the heart of Bangkok, this palace served as the residence of the king, his court, and the entire government of Thailand. Spread over an area of 2350838.04sq. ft., its enormous walls leave the visitors overwhelmed.
Go elephant trekking at Mahawangchang Elephant Camp. Located about a four hour drive from Bangkok, elephants and humans come together to create some wonderful memories. Splash water at the elephants and let your tourist guide capture those memories for a lifetime, through his camera.
Ever wondered where Leonardo DiCaprio classic “The Beach” was shot? Well, right here in Thailand, at Koh Phi Phi. A picturesque island situated in the province of Krabi, visitors can party all night long on its sandy beaches, click pictures of its craggy cliffs and wander out into its azure waters.
Of course, Thailand, with all its incredible beaches, offers endless opportunities for sea based activities and adventures. Get your fair share of thrill by white water rafting at the Mae Taeng River. Try your hand at deep water soloing (a form of free-climbing) in Tonsai and Railay. Test your limits by rappelling down limestone cliffs underneath a waterfall in a Thai jungle, in Chiang Mai.
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Private luxury rentals in Thailand
Large Ko Samui vacation rental with pool – Baan Lotus
This beautiful 4-bedroom luxury villa provides enough space for up to 10 people. Surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens and just seconds away from a white sandy beach, Baan Lotus is a very spacious vacation villa in Koh Samui, Thailand that encapsulates high-end luxury and comfort as well as traditional Thai design.
Phuket Patong Bay Oceanfront 5 Bedroom Villa – Baan Thap Thim
This beautiful 5-bedroom luxury villa provides enough space for up to 10 people. Gracefully clinging to the edge of a private peninsula, Baan Thap Thim offers the ultimate in luxury Phuket Villa rental. Baan Thap Thim features elegant design, rich furnishings, and stunning views over Patong Harbor.
Luxurious villa with on the island of Yao Noi, Thailand
This beautiful 2-bedroom luxury villa provides enough space for up to 4 people. Representing an uncompromised standard of luxury with its private infinity pool, this stunning villa offers endless and unforgettable moments surrounded by alluring scenarios, exquisite facilities and the staff´s kindness who are at your disposal for your requests.
Koh Phangan Koh Phangan Rental with Pool – Dee Dee Retreat
This beautiful 4-bedroom luxury villa provides enough space for up to 8 people. Dee Dee Villa Retreat is located on Koh Phangan, Thailand, situated on sixteen hundred square meters ( 1 rai ) of private beach front land facing Koh Ma and Koh Tao.
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