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Thailand

Travel Guide
Nai Harn Beach showing swimming, a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Find ancient ruins, modern cities, forested mountains and unspoiled beaches in the heart of Southeast Asia. Discover a country that thrills nature and culture lovers alike. 

Thailand’s stunning tropical scenery includes limestone cliffs perfect for climbing, palm tree-fringed islands where you can snorkel in clear water, soaring mountains home to interesting villages and lush jungles to explore on a trek. The country also offers an exciting mix of temples, palaces and wildlife adventures.

Bangkok is often the first stop on a visit to Thailand as the main international airport is here. Stay for a few days to experience the exhilarating blend of tradition and modernity. Go to the old quarter for the 18th-century Grand Palace, home to the statue of the Emerald Buddha. Nearby is Wat Pho, known for the 150-feet (46-meter) long statue of the Reclining Buddha. Sample delicious street cuisine at Wang Lang Market and browse the stalls of Chatuchak weekend market. Visit Siam for its megamalls, smart boutiques and restaurants. At night, Silom's pubs, clubs and bars attract the party crowds.

If you have time to sightsee some of Thailand’s other cities, go to the temple ruins of Ayutthaya and the elegant palaces and gardens of Nonthaburi.

Many come to Thailand for its beaches and warm, crystal clear waters. Swim, snorkel and rock climb at Railay Beach. Sunbathe on the horseshoe bays of Ko Phi Phi and enjoy a traditional Thai massage on Pattaya Beach.

Charter a boat to investigate some of the hundreds of islands off Thailand’s coast. Dive among the coral reefs off Surin and Similan. Explore the mangrove forests and caves of Ko Lanta and hike through forest trails to see the waterfalls on Ko Chang. Sink your toes in the sand on the beaches of Ko Samui and Ko Phangan.

Allow for extra time to experience more of Thailand’s natural beauty and fascinating wildlife. Look for exotic bird species in Doi Inthanon National Park that surrounds Thailand's highest peak. Trek through the jungles of Chiang Mai and volunteer to help out at the Elephant Nature Park. This is a wildlife sanctuary for elephants, buffaloes, dogs and many other animals.

Nature, culture and beach pursuits make Thailand a popular vacation spot.

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Popular cities in Thailand

Sukhumvit featuring landscape views, central business district and night scenes
Bangkok
Known for Dining, Shopping and Castles
With magnificent temples, imposing Buddhas and the remnants of a fascinating system of "khlongs" (canals), this “City of Angels” is a balance between chaos and calm.

Reasons to visit

  • Erawan Shrine
  • Khaosan Road
  • Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
Koh Lan featuring boating and general coastal views
Pattaya
Known for Dining, Shopping and Poolside Bars
A kaleidoscope of neon and racy nightlife, Thailand’s second most-visited city has softened its image, drawing more couples and families to its beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Pattaya Beach
  • Walking Street
  • Dongtan Beach
Phuket - Phang Nga
Phuket
Known for Dining, Shopping and Poolside Bars
Cast away your worries and indulge on the pure shores of Thailand’s largest island.

Reasons to visit

  • Patong Beach
  • Karon Beach
  • Kamala Beach
Chiang Mai showing performance art and fashion as well as a small group of people
Chiang Mai
Known for Dining, Shopping and Tours

Reasons to visit

  • Katam Corner
  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Lamai Beach which includes a sandy beach
Koh Samui
Known for Dining, Shopping and Swimming
Koh Samui is just like the island paradise from the movies with its pristine white beaches, sapphire blue waters and legendary nightlife. This small island off the east coast of Thailand draws different types of visitors, from young travellers who come here to party every night, those looking for its relaxed culture, and others simply for the pristine beauty of the beaches and the sea. Each side of the island has something different to offer. The south and west coasts are more relaxed and casual, perfect for those looking to chill on the beach with a good book or looking to experience the local culture. The north and east coast are popular for the famous beach parties, bars and night clubs.

Reasons to visit

  • Chaweng Beach
  • Lamai Beach
  • Bo Phut Beach
Hua Hin showing skyline, general coastal views and a coastal town
Hua Hin
Known for Shopping, Swimming and Romantic
Cosmopolitan city meets fashionable beachside retreat at Thailand‘s oldest and most traditional resort, long associated with the Thai royal family.

Reasons to visit

  • Hua Hin Beach
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Popular places to visit in Thailand

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