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Where to travel in Thailand, what to see, what to visit?

by Pierre To
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What to see in Thailand

If you're not sure where to travel in Thailand, here's a guide to give you a quick overview and help you make your choice.

Thailand is arguably the most interesting, convenient and safe destination to visit, offering a wide variety of activities, landscapes and experiences.

To have an overview of the country, prepare your trip (health, visa, budget, accommodation, food...), discover the culture see our article :

Travel to Thailand, the complete guide to prepare your trip

With its white sandy beaches, tropical islands, mountains, rice fields, abundant wildlife, archaeological sites and temples, Thailand is a real gem for international tourism.

But when you don't know the country, the first question you ask yourself is:

What to see, where to goThese are the questions I will try to answer here.

What to see in Thailand

Thailand has an area of 513,120 km², stretching 805 km from east to west and 1,770 km from north to south.

The country has a very varied terrain and offers visitors a multitude of different landscapes: seas, plains, rice fields, mountains, jungles...

The country can be divided into 5 main regions:

Map of the 5 regions of Thailand

The regions of Thailand

What to see in North West Thailand

Travel to Thailand in the North West This is the mountainous region with Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in the country, at 2,565 metres.

For lovers of trekking, hill tribes, handicrafts and historical monuments.

See : Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai, Chiang Saen, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai.

Travel to the North East of Thailand, Isan

Travel in Thailand in the north-east, Isan

Isan, the rice field region

Isan consists of the Khorat Plateau, a region with little relief, which lies between 100 and 200 m above sea level and is bordered to the east by the Mekong River.

This is the least visited region of Thailand, but it is worth a visit, it is an authentic region, with a very welcoming population, but which is not yet very adapted for tourism.

What to see in Central Thailand

The Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River

This region is composed of a vast plain crossed by the Chao Phraya, the country's largest river, which flows into the Gulf of Thailand.

For jungle and nature lovers (Kanchanaburi, Khao Yai, Erawan, Lam Klong Ngu), big city (Bangkok), historical monuments (Ayutthaya), and beaches (Hua Hin).

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Travel to Eastern Thailand

Pattaya

The seaside resort of Pattaya

This is the region of exotic fruitsFor lovers of lush forests, beaches and islands.

In the province of Chonburi, lies one of the most famous seaside resorts in Thailand: Pattaya

Journey to the South of Thailand

Railay Beach (Rai Leh)

Railay Beach in Krabi

It consists of the narrow Kra Isthmus which lies between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand and joins the Malay Peninsula.

For lovers of white sandy beaches, diving and paradise islands.

See : Koh LantaKoh Pha Ngan, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Phatthalung.

Where to go in Thailand?

This will of course depend on your taste:

the islands (koh = island)

Koh Phangan Island in the Gulf of Thailand: the complete guide

Koh Phangan Island in the Gulf of Thailand

Inevitably, the sea is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Thailand.

With hundreds of islands both in the Gulf of Siam and off the coast of the Andaman Sea, Thailand offers a wide choice for those who love a piece of land surrounded by water.

In the Gulf of Thailand :

Koh Samuithe country's second largest island, offers a wide choice of activities and beaches, while its neighbour Koh Phanganwill also attract fans of full moon party.

Koh Chang, which lies off the coast of Trat, near Cambodia, is a jungle-covered island that caters to nature lovers and is not yet overdeveloped.

In the Andaman Sea

Phuket is the country's largest island, its dream beaches and nightlife attracting both celebrities and budget travellers every year.

Bang Tao Beach Phuket

Bang Tao Beach in Phuket

See :
Phuket, the guide to discover the "Pearl of Andaman
and
The ten most beautiful beaches in Phuket in 2017

Koh Lanta, well known to the French, is a good choice for lovers of white sand beaches and scuba diving.

See : Visit Koh Lanta Island: the complete guide

What to see in Thailand: the ancient temples

Temples of Ayutthaya

Temples of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, easily accessible from Bangkok, is obviously the most popular destination for history and ruin enthusiasts.

It is a wonderful mix of ancient ruins integrated into the modern city.

See : Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam

Sukhothai is the 2nd choice for ancient temple lovers, a less touristy place divided between the new town and the old one, transformed into a historical park.

Sukhothai Temple

Sukhothai Temple

And Sukhothai is next to Phitsanulok, a city visited by both foreign and Thai tourists because it is home to a statue considered the most beautiful representation of Buddha The Chinnarat Buddha.

Phitsanulok, the city of Chinnarat Buddha

Statue of Chinnarat Buddha

See :
Sukhothai city and its historical site
and
Phitsanulok, complete city guide

When in Bangkok, you can also visit Ancien City, a park that brings together in one place, reproductions of the most beautiful ancient monuments of Thailand.

Ancient City in Bangkok

Ancient City Park

See :
Ancient City, the most beautiful Thai architecture gathered in a park near Bangkok

Trekking and hill tribe culture

Akha woman, Tha TonAll the top destinations in the north such as Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai offer many opportunities for hiking and trekking in the mountainous regions with visits to hill tribe villages, waterfalls and hot springs...

You will be able to discover mountain peoples such as the Akhas, the Padaung or the Lisu.

Padaung woman with a child

Padaung woman with a child

To experience a zen-like lifestyle and discover the modern hippie atmosphere against the backdrop of a beautiful valley, take a trip to the small town of Pai.

See : The town of Pai in Mae Hong Son province

Nature, national parks, fauna, flora

Asian elephant of Khao Yai

Khao Yai Asian Elephant

With nearly 150 national parks, including marine parks, and 120 forest parks, Thailand has everything to satisfy those who want to get closer to nature.

Thailand's first national park and the third largest in terms of size, Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima is a jungle of wild elephants, Sambar deer, Indian muntjac and many other animals.

See : Visit Khao Yai National Park in Thailand, complete guide

Erawan National Park and Lam Klong Ngu National Park are recommended visits if you are passing through Kanchanaburi.

Erawan waterfall

Erawan waterfall

Visit also our category Nature to discover a bit of wildlife and Thai flora.

How to get around Thailand?

It is very easy and economical to travel by land, water and air.

Transport in ThailandSee : Transport in Thailand, getting around in the land of smiles

You can book your plane, bus and boat tickets with our partner 12go.asia :

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See also :

Travel to Thailand, the complete guide to prepare your trip

Source: 12GB ; Photos: View of the Baiyoke Tower: Kimmam ; View of Krabi city from the tiger cave: kallerna;  Akha woman in Tha Ton : Taguelmoust ; Asian elephant : Eigenes Werk

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