Thailand is one of the most popular countries in Southeast Asia. It is easy to get around, communication is not an odyssey and eating almost always ends up being a delicious experience. If we add to this the infinite number of cheap flights to Bangkok, that in principle it is not necessary to ask for a visa to enter, and that the number of places to visit is infinite and for all tastes, it is not difficult to understand why the so-called country of smiles is one of the favorite destinations in half the world.
Do you need more reasons to visit Thailand? Well, here are 10 things to see and do in Thailand.
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As is the case with almost every major city in the world, you either love it or hate it. If it is the first city in Asia that you visit, it might overwhelm you a little at first, but it doesn’t have to. Don’t be afraid. Give Bangkok a chance because it is extremely interesting. Don’t miss its beautiful temples (like the Wat Arun or Wat Pho), its busy markets (in Chatuchak or Silom), and its nightlife (drop by Kao Shan or Sukhumvit if you’re looking for war, or climb a skyscraper at dusk if you want something more chill out). If you find yourself getting too stressed out, go into a salon, get a massage and try again. It’s one of the most worthwhile activities to do in Thailand.
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Although Pattaya is rightly pursued by a rather sordid reputation, this mythical beach (a long hour’s drive from Bangkok) has improved a lot in recent years and cannot be missing from your list of what to see in Thailand. In fact, just a visit to its Shrine of Truth is well worth the trip. Panoramic viewpoints, a mountain inhabited by a huge golden Buddha (it takes up an entire mountain!), or a trip to the island of Lan are just some of the things you can do in this coastal city, ideal for a break from the big city.
Among the ruins of Ayutthaya still echoes the glorious past of the once capital of the kingdom of Siam for centuries. Its great historical complex, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991, has such famous pieces as the Buddha’s head among the roots of the Wat Phra Mahathat, the great reclining Buddha of the Wat Yai Chaimongkon, or the enormous chedis (stupas) of the Wat Phra Si Sanphet. A not so touristy and a little less monumental alternative to Ayutthaya is Sukothai, which is closely linked to the history of the mythical Siamese city, and another of the cities to be seen in Thailand.
- Chiang Mai
If you are looking for temples to see in Thailand until you get fed up and learn how real Buddhism works, go to Chiang Mai, as Thailand’s second largest city is its most important religious center. But this city is not only about spirituality. If you are interested in nature and want to go trekking in the northern mountains, spend a day among the elephants, or take a massage, cooking or meditation course, you will find a very good offer in Chiang Mai and almost unbeatable prices. Don’t miss its night markets (really good, nice and cheap), or its hundreds of places of all kinds and conditions that you can reach quickly by taking an economic flight from Bangkok.
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Ideal for film and nature lovers. In this area of western Thailand, film buffs will have the opportunity to see a bridge over the Kwai River and remember the famous film by David Lean. At the same time, nature lovers will be able to enjoy the Erawan National Park, a green enclave not too touristy (or at least not too touristy) starring waterfalls and where it is possible to camp. Although it is within the usual circuit of many travelers, Kanchanaburi can be a good place to find peace and quiet if you’re thinking of traveling to Thailand.
- Koh Samui
Do you want to travel to Thailand in search of a party? The largest of the Gulf Islands is also one of the most touristy, perhaps because it has an airport as well as space. Parties and resorts give life to very crowded beaches that Thai and foreigners (especially young English and Germans) enjoy almost equally. It is a good place for those who are looking for people, beach and party. If this is what you want, Chaweng beach will be your particular tropical paradise. If you also feel like riding a jet ski, watching a fire show, throwing a lucky ball or simply relaxing among palm trees and bars, Koh Samui will please you.
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- Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is the noisy island of the Full Moon Party, without a doubt the best known party in Southeast Asia; and, at the same time, an island for yoga, nature and total disconnection. Both those looking to party and those looking to relax will find what they want in this beautiful enclave whose most incredible beaches await to the north. On its western façade the sunsets are scandalously beautiful, don’t forget to save time to watch one between parties and between pad thai and pad thai of the Thong Sala market, where you can eat it in a must-do in Thailand.
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- Koh Tao
Do you want to travel to Thailand for diving? Right now, Turtle Island is one of the most popular islands in the country. Crystal clear waters where the fish can be seen with the naked eye; and the good vibes everywhere are to blame. Koh Tao is the ideal island to start diving and making friends, especially if you want to do it in Spanish. Here the star activity is diving, an easy and safe dive at extremely affordable prices. If you’ve never tried underwater walking with a canister, take advantage! You won’t have a better opportunity. If you get too much respect you can always stay in the snorkel, which is not bad either. You wouldn’t be the first to see a shark or a turtle simply by using the snorkel and the goggles.
- Similan Islands
But if you already know how to dive, are looking for something really unique to do in Thailand and money doesn’t limit you, go straight to any of the nine islands of the Similan archipelago that have been a national park since the early 1980s. The richness of its sea beds is such that they almost always slip into the top ten of the world’s best diving spots. You will find the Similan Islands (the main one is Koh Similan) on the coast of the Andaman Sea, not too far from Phuket. Be careful with the dates because depending on the season and the weather the area can be closed and both visiting and diving can be impossible.
- Koh Phi Phi Leh
The beauty of Koh Phi Phi Leh and its surroundings attracts many tourists. Rare is the one who wishes to travel to Thailand and leaves this enclave of the Andaman without visiting. Unfortunately, so undeniable is its beauty that so many foreigners steal much of its charm. Now, don’t be discouraged by its popularity. If you have the opportunity to visit the area because it is so beautiful, how could you not? Thousands of colourful fish, impressive rock formations and Leonardo Di Caprio’s paradisiacal La Playa beach are waiting for you. However, if you want something nice but quieter than Koh Phi Phi Leh, try Koh Lanta or the Kraby area, both famous for their heavenly beaches but much quieter.
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