Thailand is one of the most alluring destinations in South-east Asia, replete with mountainous forests, white sand beaches, glittering temples and secluded islands that feel like heaven on earth. Best of all, Thai cuisine with its coconut gravies and spicy seafood offers the best culinary experience you can have. And with five-star hotels and boutique resorts vying with each other to indulge travelers with the most lavish spas, Balinese suites, and infinity pools, Thailand has a lot to please the luxury traveler as well. Explore the top 5 places to visit in Thailand in 2018.
Here are the top five places to visit in Thailand:
Thailand’s capital city is more than just a bustling, crowded metropolis. It is home to opulent palaces and temples that are true architectural marvels. The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew Temple, War Pho Temple, and Wat Arun Temple are among the top places to visit in Bangkok. By night, you can cruise along the Chao Phraya River and watch the golden lights bring the city to life. Step off into a world of up-scale clubs, bars and night markets. Shopping is a must-do while in Bangkok as you can get wonderful souvenirs at Chatuchak Weekend Market and large malls.
Situated in southern Thailand, Krabi is a province strewn with gems like the Phi Phi Islands, Mu Ko Lanta National Park, and the lovely capital city Krabi. Wherever you go, you’ll encounter pristine beaches bordered by steep limestone cliffs and lush mangrove forests. Popular beaches include Railay and Ao Nang. While scuba diving and swimming are among the top things to do in Krabi, do make time to visit the lofty Tiger Cave Temple and the rock hills at Khao Kanab Nam.
It’s hard to say where the best beaches in Thailand are to be found, but Phuket makes a strong case. Set against dense rainforests and mountains, the beaches sport wonderfully clear waters and lavish resorts and clubs. If its exciting nightlife you seek, hop over to the resort town of Patong, where partying is a way of life. Kata, Karon, and Rawai are other lovely slices of the shore. At Phuket City, you can shop till you drop in markets and quaint stores. Don’t miss the mighty Big Buddha statue and the Buddhist temple of Wat Chalong either. There are many exclusive stay options which you can explore while basking in the majestic views in Phuket.
- Chiang Mai
For those who’d like something other than beaches, culture, and nature-rich Chiang Mai offers a welcome diversion. The ancient city was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom until the 15th century and in the Old City, you can explore moats and walls of yore. Classic Thai meals, beautiful handcrafts and temples such as Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang keep you busy during your Chiang Mai travels. Those on longer visits can trek through its mountains and explore the remote villages.
Koh Samui is home to some of the best luxury retreats in the country and certainly among the top places to see in Thailand. When you’re not being pampered at a spa, you’re either sun-bathing on the beaches lined by coconut trees and hilly forests or marveling at the lofty Big Buddha statue at the temple of Wat Phra Yai. Try out various water sports and let your hair down at the bars and nightclubs at Lamai and Chaweng beaches or enjoy some solo time at the quieter Maenam Beach.
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