5 PLACES YOU NEED TO VISIT IN THAILAND
Oh Thailand! An exotic landscape brimming with beauty and a bounty of culture at every turn. The Land of Smiles provides the perfect getaway and promises a trip to remember no matter if you’re travelling solo, jetting off on a romantic honeymoon or simply escaping to enjoy a long-haul holiday. Abundant with paradise palm-lined beaches, tropical turquoise waters, lush forests, vibrant cities, culinary delights and more, from northern Chiang Mai all the way down to the southern island of Phuket, here are the 5 places you need to visit in Thailand.
Located in the north of the country, Chiang Mai is the old capital and therefore an area rich in history – somewhere you can truly experience the traditional Thailand. With over 300 temples, a number of elephant sanctuaries and more, the city is a popular choice for holidaymakers hoping to experience Thai culture at its very best.
A marvellous medley of majestic structures, authentic night markets and mouth-watering cuisine, Chiang Mai really is a must-see. After exploring the streets of the city, you’ll find mountainous Mae Tang nearby. This district offers an opportunity to try rafting along the river and an unmissable experience to spend time up close and personal with elephants at The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.
With so much to see and do, Chiang Mai will effortlessly showcase the endless magic of the region if this is your first time travelling to Thailand.
Holidays to Koh Samui are often noted as pure paradise – and we’re inclined to agree! Picture sugary sands, crystal-clear waters and a truly tropical backdrop; quite simply, this idyllic island is the destination of dreams.
Rich in marine life, Koh Samui’s shimmering waters boast some of the very best diving and snorkelling experiences on earth, so dive down deep and prepare to explore what lies beneath. For a historical highlight, visit Bophut’s quaint fisherman village and be sure to take a trip to Angthong National Marine Park and Namuang Waterfall, where you’ll be greeted by unrivalled scenery and left feeling spellbound by the pure beauty this part of the world holds.
When you’re not spending time on the beach or in the water, you’ll be spoilt for choice with what to do next. From adventurous activities like zip wiring to strolling around shopping, or dancing the night away at a famous full moon party, Koh Samui is a holiday haven like no other.
You could say Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s hidden gems – after all, it’s not always the first place that springs to mind when you start planning a Thai getaway. However, as the summer residence of the Thai royals, the seaside resort boasts a wealth of history and has lots to offer tourists.
Sitting on the Gulf of Siam – home to a regal royal palace (Klai Klangwon), a traditional 1920’s train station and seriously good seafood too – charming Hua Hin certainly won’t disappoint. Hua Hin is also an ideal choice for a little relaxation. With some of the most luxurious and peaceful beachfront hotels across Thailand, where better to indulge and treat yourself? No trip to Thailand is complete without visiting a night market and Hua Hin’s offering is full to the brim of fantastic flavours and a dynamic display of local artwork and crafts, so be sure to make a night of it at least once.
Don’t underestimate this coastal resort that’s peppered with trendy bars and restaurants, shopping malls and an array of activities for holidaymakers to get involved in, like horse riding on the beach and parasailing.
The small town of Krabi is breathtakingly beautiful. With a splendid leisurely landscape of whitewashed castaway beaches and verdant must-see National Parks, Krabi serves as a great starting point to discover Thailand.
Chances are, when researching for your trip, the scenic limestone structures of Krabi have cropped up once or twice - and it’s no wonder: they really are a sight to be seen! Whether you spend your days beach bound, embracing the tranquil surroundings, trekking through tropical forests, or maybe getting active with white-water rafting and rock climbing, it’s easy to fill your holiday with the region’s popular pastimes.
Beyond the shore, you’ll discover a melting pot of culture, so don’t miss Buddhist Temple Wat Tham Seua - a popular religious structure regularly visited by monks to meditate and home to some pretty impressive panoramic views - that is if you’re brave enough to climb the 1,237 steps to the top!
Phuket’s 40-kilometre pristine coastline is always warm and welcoming. With an all-year round tropical climate and convenient location connected to the mainland, Phuket makes a great base if you’re planning to island-hop.
Kayak excursions always prove popular and are a wonderful way to explore the captivating caves and luscious lagoons, so get set to throw on your swimwear and glide across the kaleidoscopic waters. Perhaps you’ll sail to the fishing village of Koh Panyee and spot the famous James Bond island cliff-like karsts, or maybe you’ll make a stop at a secluded beach? If partying is your thing, then head to Patong and embrace the energetic nightlife, or, if a chance to chill out is on the agenda, switch off at serene Bang Tao Beach.
Showcasing some of the world’s top diving spots, coral reefs and spectacular sunsets – not to mention the fantastic foodie scene – Phuket really does have something everyone will enjoy.
THAILAND TRAVEL TIPS
- GETTING AROUND - Transport all over Thailand is inexpensive and pretty easy to access with taxis, buses and the native tuk-tuk all popular choices to move from a to b
- PASSPORTS & VISAS - When you book your trip, check that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months and if you plan on staying for over 30 days, you’ll also need a visa
- VACCINATIONS - Head over to Fit For Travel to get the most up-to-date information on vaccinations needed for your holiday and plan these in advance