Thailand is perhaps the most famous tourist destination in Southeast Asia, which for a good reason: its incredible array of natural attractions. There is just about everything here: beautiful crystal clear beaches, wide tropical forest, rich culture, cheap island beachfront villas and some of the finest luxury hotels in the word. However, Thailand is much more than just an island with amazing natural attractions; it is also a diverse country with interesting history and fascinating culture.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand is definitely the amazingly beautiful Ko Pha Ngan, or Golden Mountain. It is a distinctive, scenic mountain located in the north of Thailand, around Ko Pha Ngan National Park. The Pha Ngan is very beautiful – and also very remote – with a unique scenic mountain-view, winding sandy path and spectacular views of the area beyond. While there are a number of touristy activities to be done there, perhaps the most photographed area in Thailand is the ‘Big Tree’ on the far side of the Pha Ngan, where a steady stream of tourists gets a chance to photograph the astonishingly beautiful Ko Pha Ngan Mountain, enjoying the serenity and silence of the area whilst trying to catch a glimpse of the resident wildlife.
If you are looking for the best of what Thailand has to offer, perhaps you should head to Phuket, the largest island in Thailand. Known as ‘The Pearl of the Andaman Sea’, Phuket has long been a popular holiday resort with British expats. There are plenty of excellent sandy beaches here – and the nearby Phang Nga Island makes for some fantastic snorkeling expeditions. Phuket also offers some fantastic seaside restaurants, some of which have been converted into tourist attractions. For nature-lovers, there are several fantastic sea-life parks and coral reef reserves, many of which are off the beaten track and a little further away from the main tourist attractions in Phuket.
Chiang Mai, or more popularly known as the Rose of the hill is another great choice if you are seeking a more relaxed holiday. Situated in the northern parts of Thailand, Chiang Mai is often forgotten about by visitors who opt to visit Bangkok or other famous tourist destinations, but don’t let this be an unfortunate fact. The historic park, Chiang Mai, offers something for everyone: hiking, trekking, scuba diving, horse riding, shopping, night-life, cafés, and a whole host of cultural events and attractions. Chiang Mai is a relatively quiet tourist attraction, so it doesn’t take long to find a suitable room in one of the many guesthouses or hotels around town.
Last of all but certainly not least on our list of top Thailand tourist attractions is the most famous attraction in Bangkok: the floating markets, also known as Patong floating markets, have been a mainstay in Bangkok ever since their inception, and are well worth a trip out of your way to make the trip even more special. Patong is a complete market village, with all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes you could hope for, sitting in the middle of the river itself. If you’re looking for some good old fashion Thai food, then you’re in for a real treat, with plenty of fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients available in both street foods and on the eating dinner tables.
So, whether you’re a solo traveler or part of a couple travelling around Thailand with their significant other, or you’re looking to explore some of the more remote tourist attractions in the country, then you’re sure to have a great holiday to plan with Krabi, Phuket or Chiang Mai. Whether you decide to hit the beach, hike across a dried-up river, or float down a lazy river, Thailand is sure to have something for every holidaymaker to enjoy. The best thing about choosing from one of these destinations is that whatever you’re looking for, you should be able to find it in Krabi, Phuket or Chiang Mai.