Thailand is comfortably one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. Tourism has boomed here in the last few decades as people flock here from around the world. It’s a popular backpacking location, largely thanks to the wide range of things to do and places to see. Today, we’ll go around four areas of Thailand you simply must visit during your trip.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and brings a wealth of things to see or do. It’s got loads of little districts for you to wander around, including the Rattanokosin royal district with loads of outstanding traditional temples to marvel at. For a unique look at this marvelous city, head to the hip district of Thong Lor. You’ll easily find a Thong Lor hotel with cool views around the area, letting you enjoy the Bangkok skyline while being a stone’s throw away from awesome street food vendors. It’s always worth taking a trip down the Chao Phraya River too, which takes you along loads of winding canals getting you to the heart of Bangkok.
You’ll find Phuket Island about an hour away from Bangkok and it is the biggest island in Thailand. The whole area is so gorgeous and Phuket City has a lovely little old town with colorful buildings and a very authentically Thai feel to it. There are loads of things you must do in Phuket, but visiting the elephant sanctuary is the most important. It’s a unique experience that lets you get up close and personal with local elephants.
Up in the mountains of Thailand, you’ll find the ancient city of Chiang Mai. It is a beautiful area with hundreds of Buddhist temples for you to see and experience. This feels like a truly spiritual place and the locals have a very religious culture. It’s important to be respectful while you’re here, particularly if you do visit or go inside any temples. Thanks to its mountainous location, Chiang Mai is also home to some beautiful lakes and stunning waterfalls.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, but Ko Samui is close behind in second place. This wonderful little place is known for one main thing: beaches. You’ll find countless sandy beaches in Ko Samui with crystal clear waters and gorgeous palm trees. It’s genuinely a slice of paradise and I challenge anyone to go there and not feel incredibly relaxed. Being in Thailand, there are still plenty of beautiful temples to explore and a rich culture to take in. The food here is brilliant as well – especially from local restaurants or at any of the luxurious five-star island resorts.
In truth, we could extend this list beyond four areas and cover the entirety of Thailand. It is such a majestic place and there are so many places you need to go and see. Those of you planning a Thai trip should make sure at least one of these locations is on your bucket list. If you have enough time, be sure to tick all four of them off.