Ask most Thais where to go to see the best places to go to in Thailand, and most will answer with the capital of Bangkok. The city itself is an excellent place to base oneself, and is a good place to start for any short journeys around the country. Bangkok also being the gateway to the smaller but equally exciting cities of Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
Over the years Bangkok has been home to many famous landmarks, including the Grand Palace, the National Museum, the Ayutthaya General Hospital, and of course the countless skyscrapers that line the city’s streets. The best way to truly experience all that Bangkok has to offer is by taking in one or more of the many bars, clubs, eateries that are spread throughout the city. While these destinations are popular with tourists, they are not the best place to go if you were looking for a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the larger metropolises. That being said, however, there are many people who still consider Bangkok the best place to go when it comes to sightseeing. If that is your goal as well, then the following cities are worth a look:
Central Thailand is just east of Bangkok and has long been one of the best places in Thailand to see, visit, and explore. Known by many as the land of temples, with many having their origins in the temples of Bangkok, this area is one of the best to see when in central Thailand. Many of the temples in central Thailand have been converted into tourist destinations, so even those who want to see the original can do so. A great example of this would be the Wat Arun, which was once a Buddhist temple and now has turned into an open air museum that is set to host one of the Thailand’s largest film festivals in June.
If you are looking for a less developed place to travel in Thailand, you might want to consider the outlying areas. These include such locations as Nakhon Phanom, Ko Lipe and Chiang Mai. For travelers interested in seeing some of Thailand’s more remote regions, the mountainous region of Lakhon is well worth exploring. Here you will find some of Thailand’s lush, wild and hilly forests, as well as a diverse landscape of cultures. In Chiang Mai, you can find many hill tribes living in small villages that have become famous for the unique dance styles they perform, such as Lakhon Shaan and Lakhon Kata.
Not quite convinced you need another island destination? Then maybe you should try Koh Ma. The island is located right off the southern tip of Koh Phan Ngan which is Thailand’s main island. It is a beautiful island with beaches, parks, caves, villages, temples and bungalows. The whole island has a laid-back vibe, making it perfect for people who like to relax and explore without any excitement. You can walk to anywhere on the island by foot or boat and get to places like the Bird Sanctuary, Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), the Nature Reserve and Maenam which are all very popular tourist destinations.
If you like to travel high up in the mountains then Chiang Mai may be a popular travel destination for you. Situated in the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a very popular destination for trekkers, mountain bikers, cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts. It is home to many wonderful waterfalls such as the CN dam, which is a popular World Heritage site. The Tha Phae Waterfalls is world-class and are a favorite attraction of tourists.