If coming to Southeast Asia and ignoring Thailand, you made a big mistake. As one of the most developed countries in the Southeast Asia, Thailand knows exactly how to make profit, make popularity,… by tourism. The city that never stops being creative like Thailand won’t ever let you down, thanks to its great cultural reservation, its magnificent places and of course its extremely delicious dishes.
Most people choose to come to Bangkok first of all and make that their base for doing the circuit around Southeast Asia. With its lush jungles, famed beaches, world-class diving, amazing food, friendly people and cheap prices, it’s definitely an easy country to travel,where you can meet a lot of friends from other countries there. So you will never have to be alone!
The modern Bangkok
Bangkok – The heart of Thailand, this crazy city is obviously a must-see spot in your tour. Most travelers don’t like it right away but the love for this city will grow on you. Explore temples, palaces, amazing markets, shops, one of the craziest nightlife scenes in the world, and of course, amazing Thai food are the experience that anyone who come here have to try at least once.
The Grand Palace in Wat Pho
Visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Pho – Thailand’s royal palace, built at the end of the 18th century by King Rama I and is the official residence of the current monarch. It’s a striking place filled with numerous temples, including Wat Pra Kaeo, which houses the 15th century Emerald Buddha.
Mysterious beauty of Chang Mai
Finding new experience around Chiang Mai – an old city ringed with temples and surrounded by jungles. It’s a great place for jungle treks into the area; there is a nearby elephant sanctuary, and the Chiang Mai night market is a place for some of the best handicrafts and deals in the country.
The ancient beauty of old capitals
Hopping around the ancient capitals – Between Chiang Mai and Bangkok are Thailand’s three ancient capitals – Sukhothai, Lopburi, and Ayutthaya. Visiting them on your way north is a unique way to head from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You’ll get to learn about ancient Thailand and see rural life at its best.
Tropical islands of Thailand
Relaxing on tropical islands – Thailand has a million and one beautiful tropical islands. Some are overdeveloped, while others only have a single bungalow on them. Some of the best islands here are – Ko Samet, Ko Taruato, Ko Lanta, Ko Chang, Ko Tao, Ko Jum, Ko Lipe, Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, the Similan Islands, and Ko Samui.
Going scuba diving in the Similan Islands – Scuba diving here is a popular activity because of the crystal clear waters and majestic sea life. The cheapest place to learn is on the island of Ko Tao, which caters specifically for dive trips. While you can dive all over the country, the Similan Islands offer the best diving.
Thai food and its own attractiveness
Learning to cook – Thai food is delicious and it’s relatively easy to cook. All over the country, you’ll find places to teach you, though the best are in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Even if you don’t plan to cook back home, at least you get to spend a day making and eating scrumptious food.
Songkran water fight festival
Throwing water during Songkran – Between April 13-15th, the Thai will celebrate Thai New Year festival by holding an enormous, three-day water fight. Songkran, as it’s known, is meant to wash away the old and begin the year anew. It’s an amazing festival and an unforgettable experience! So be prepared to get wet everywhere you go those days (and keep your electronics sealed in plastic bags).
Phuket’s beautiful scenery
Discovering Phuket – This island is the biggest destination for tourism in Thailand. You’ll find great beaches and amazing activities this island, and if you stay away from Patong Beach, you can avoid most of the over-development and crowds. Phuket draws a lot of tourists, and if you really want to enjoy the area, get out of the main spots.
Ko Phi Phi island
Enjoying the beauty of Ko Phi Phi – This is one of the most popular tourist islands in Thailand. From the famous of Maya Bay (made famous in The Beach) to the monkeys on the aptly named Monkey Beach to the diving and nightlife, there are reasons people flock here. Destroyed by the tsunami in 2004, the island has been rebuilt and developed to an even greater extent than before.
Thailand’s floating market
And shopping at the floating markets – Thailand is full of markets. Perhaps the most special of these are the floating markets, which can be found throughout the country. Some of the best are Damnoen Saduak, in Ratchaburi, and the Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market in Bangkok. You’ll find rickety boats piled high with colorful goods and eateries. You’ll get plenty of great photos!