Thailand

Travel Guide
Nai Harn Beach showing swimming, a sandy beach and tropical scenes
Known as the Land of Smiles, this Southeast Asian hot spot is famous for its exotic beaches, dramatic limestone karsts, deliciously spicy food and friendly locals.

Discover sights and smells that stimulate the senses around every corner in Thailand. Visit shining temples, marvel at ornate Buddha statues, shop at lively street markets and whizz through the streets in a tuk-tuk. While you are at it, make friends with the locals the Thai people are considered to be some of the most welcoming in the world.

Island-hop around the Thai peninsula and find beaches with gorgeous white sand, turquoise water and a dramatic backdrop of limestone karsts. In Bangkok, the charismatic capital of the country, marvel at the golden-peaked Grand Palace temple complex. Although no longer a royal residence, the palace is still used for ceremonial purposes and its stunning architecture makes it a must-see.

Equally as impressive and grand is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), also in Bangkok. View the famous Emerald Buddha, which is, contrary to its name, actually made from jade.

Hike, camp and spot wildlife at the Kbao Yai National Park, just 3 hours from Bangkok. A lush park filled with waterfalls, rainforest and mountains, Khao Yai offers a slice of nature and serenity in central Thailand.

On the coast of the city of Pattaya is another of Thailand’s other standout attractions: the Sanctuary of Truth, a remarkable temple constructed completely out of wood. At night, the wooden carvings are illuminated by spotlights.

Head to the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai in the north of the country, for a complete change of pace. Bathe and feed the elephants, all of whom have been rescued from captivity and rehabilitated.

Immerse yourself in the fun of Songkran, Thailand’s 3-day water festival held during April. Or head to Chiang Mai during February to witness the beautiful spectacle that is the Chiang Mai Flower Festival.

Fly into Bangkok’s main international airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, and take the scenic train to Chiang Mai or Surat Thani. Buses between towns are inexpensive and frequent. Alternatively, rent a motorcycle to explore the countryside for yourself.

Whether you crave the excitement of a city break or a relaxing beach escape, Thailand can deliver.

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Popular cities in Thailand

Sukhumvit featuring landscape views, central business district and night scenes
Bangkok
Known for Shopping, Castle and Temples
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

  • Khaosan Road
  • Erawan Shrine
  • Lumphini Park
Koh Lan featuring boating and general coastal views
Pattaya
Known for Beach view, Dining and Shopping
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

  • Walking Street
  • Pattaya Beach
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
Chiang Mai showing performance art and fashion as well as a small group of people
Chiang Mai
Known for Shopping, Historical and Tours

Reasons to visit

  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Warorot Market
Lamai Beach which includes a sandy beach
Koh Samui
Known for Beach view, Dining and Relaxing
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
West Railay Beach showing a sandy beach and a gorge or canyon as well as a large group of people
Krabi
Known for Beach view, Relaxing and Boating

Reasons to visit

  • Ao Nang Beach
  • West Railay Beach
  • East Railay Beach
Hua Hin showing skyline, general coastal views and a coastal town
Hua Hin
Known for Beach view, Relaxing and Swimming
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

Popular places to visit

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