Travel destinations and scenic spots

Experience what Thailand has to offer

Thailand is diverse, adventurous and uninhibited. And beyond the cities, you will find breathtaking beauty that both surprises and inspires. As you travel its various scenic spots you’ll realize that this country is truly beautiful. Get to know the top tourist destinations and experience Thailand now. Hit the ground running in Bangkok. Frenetic, big and bold. Congested by day, pounding after dark.

But there is peace. A cultural mecca awash with architectural monuments. The Grand Palace exudes sheer opulence. Chitlada Palace is beautiful by night. Temples are abundant. The temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred and most ornate. The temple of the Reclining Buddha is Bangkok’s largest temple. The Temple of the Golden Buddha has the world’s largest solid-gold Buddha.

And Bangkok is for shoppers. Feast on designer goods but don’t leave without traditional Thai ware such as clothing, silk and pottery.

Nakhon Pathom, west of Bangkok is Thailand’s oldest city. Here you will find the Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist monument. Ayutthaya, Thailand’s capital until 1767, is a historical masterpiece. Ayutthaya once boasted three palaces and 400 temples - now they are in ruins, but still splendid. Headless Buddhas peer from all sides in Ayutthaya.

Kanchanaburi takes you back to World War II and the immortalized bridge over River Kwai. It also houses the Erawan National Park, the site of the seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall. Further upcountry, where Thailand meets Laos and Myanmar, is Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second-biggest city. Chiang Mai is calmer, cleaner and cooler than Bangkok. There are some 300 temples in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Rai further north sits some 570 meters above sea level and offers mountains, tropical rain forests and a cool climate. A boat trip on the river Kok and the Mekong is one of the most scenic trips you will experience.

Looking for white sandy coast, turquoise water, coconut palms? Choose a beach.

Ko Samui is the beach holiday you have dreamed about. A lush green island. Divers come for the coral reefs. To chill, find a hammock in a coconut palm grove. Or take a bicycle ride inland for the forest Buddhist monasteries.

For beach and a taste of Thailand’s riotous nightclub scene, visit Pattaya. It’s a playground. But it also offers lots of water activities for the energetic. Phuket, Thailand’s biggest island, is one of the most beautiful in Asia. Dramatic cliffs, long white sandy beaches and green jungle. A haven for watersports. During November to February, giant sea turtles lay eggs on Mai Khao Beach.

There are many other beautiful islands. Ko Chang is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket. It is charming and still largely undiscovered by tourists. Ko Lanta boasts pristine beaches and a dramatic cliff backdrop.

If you plan to visit Ko Pha-Ngan, be quick. This island is gaining in popularity as it has excellent beaches. Krabi is known for the exquisite shells that decorate its beaches. The coast is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The interior is jungle with waterfalls and caves.

If you are looking for a quiet, upmarket holiday, Hua Hin and the neighboring town of Cha-Am are for you.

And whenever you go in Thailand, keep an eye open for shopping bargains. You’re certain to find a keepsake you’ll treasure for years.