Thailand is such a beautiful country, it is really hard to narrow down exactly where to go. To start narrowing it down here are the top 10 destinations in Thailand you should add to your list.
Many will say to skip Bangkok. Don't do it - you have to see this crazy, exhausting, and often times smelly city. You are most likely going to be flying into this city, so you mine as well give it a chance. Full guides to Bangkok here.
Chiang Mai is the largest city in the north and home to lush jungles and luxury resorts that cost next to nothing. The capital of the former Lanna Kingdom has its own charm and is particularly popular for outdoor activities such as trekking, rafting or elephant camps. This is where I spent the best day of my life, at an elephant sanctuary, bathing and feeding natures gentle giant.
If you want to Island hop and spend time relaxing (as opposed to partying) then I would pick Krabi as your first stop. Boats leave the coast for the many islands that surround Krabi. Most take less than 10 minutes to drop you off at paradise. Or do what we did and rent a boat for the day for about $40 total.
Located on the coast and very close to Krabi come here if you are into rock climbing. You can climb over the water and then cliff jump down. An unforgettable experience in Thailand. Here is a full list of all the islands you can't miss while in Thailand.
While I will probably never return to Kho Phi Phi, I see its appeal. If you want to party and rage on Thailand's beaches this is the place to be. Although I don't like it many do and that makes it one of the most visited, and expensive islands in Thailand. Here is a full list of all the islands you can't miss while in Thailand.
Ahhh, the bay made famous by Leo in the movie The Beach. Maya bay is seriously spectacular and worth a visit even if it is incredibly crowded now-a-days. Here is a full list of all the islands you can't miss while in Thailand.
Situated in the North of Thailand, about 100 kilometers from Thailand’s biggest northern city, Chiang Mai, Pai is my first stop once I go back to Thailand. I have heard it is a magival village that has cheap accommodations, tons of spas, waterfalls galore, and many yoga and meditation schools.
One of the best places in the world to learn to dive, and also one of the cheapest. Kho Tao is often overlooked for the more popular Kho Samui. I would suggest spending a couple of days on this magical island instead.
Considered the worlds most impressive city, Ayutthaya is only 50 kilometers from Bangkok. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, it was once the capital of the Thai empire. The city housed more than 400 temples and other architectural masterpieces, all that remains are ruins.
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One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. I always use Lonely Planet's pocket guides since they fit in my ...... pocket.
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