You probably have heard of or have seen Thailand’s beauty before, and it is obviously one of the main tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. It´s really easy to travel to and in Thailand. There are cheap flights here that are easily accessible and you will find hotels, tours, accommodation and even people who can speak a little bit of English to you. There are many Thailand tourist spots and today we will tell our favorites for you. We have been traveling together in Thailand (Rachel and Ruben @gamintraveler). Rachel has been traveling alone around Thailand once and Ruben did many times in the past on his own.
From markets, Natural Parks to beaches and cities, all Thailand tourist spots we love will be covered in this guide for your next trip!
Best time to visit Thailand
There are three different seasons in Thailand. Between June and November is rainy season. Between November and February is the best season to visit Thailand, it’s not rainy, and it’s not too hot – so yes, fair weather I would say. Between March and May, the weather is very hot in Thailand. North Thailand is colder than the rest of the country. You will have to make sure you are bringing appropriate attire for cold weather.
Thailand Tourist Spots
1. Sunset at Golden Mount, Bangkok
The temple Wak Saket is located on the top of a small mountain. You need to climb the stairs for around 5-10 minutes to reach the top and enjoy the pagoda, the Buddha statues and, of course, the scenery. The views are amazing and we recommend watching the sunset at the Golden Mount. Despite being a touristic place, it’s still totally worth it to visit. And we believe if you love chasing sunsets like us, this is the perfect place for you!
2. Cruise in Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
It’s a very interesting experience to cruise around Bangkok’s canals and observe the locals’ way of life. There were people living around the canals, kids swimming in the water, and even some flamingos and lizards lurking by. It’s so affordable to move around Bangkok cruising and it will save so much time avoiding the traffic.
Read here how to get to Khao San from the airport!
3. Don Wai Floating Market, Bangkok
Floating markets are a thing when visiting Thailand. It’s one of the Thailand tourist spots that you can’t miss. We recommend you visit Don Wai floating market, which is a 30-minute drive away from Bangkok. The ferry trip lasts an hour and you will find houses and temples all around. You can also feed fishes during the tour. This is also another destination with hardly any foreigners and tourists around. Before the boat ride, you can grab some local food from the market.
4. Royal Grand Palace, Bangkok
The visit can last around 1-2 hours around The Royal Grand Palace. It´s huge and really beautiful but it´s little bit crowded, you need to have a lot of patience. The weather is usually really hot during the day and you need to make sure that you are wearing proper clothes to go inside Royal Palace.
Remember to dress properly and as modest as you can when visiting temples. Avoid showing your shoulders, not leggings and tight pants and definitely not showing legs for girls. And for guys, just make sure you are wearing temple appropriate clothes.
5. Wat Arun, Bangkok
Did you know that Wat Arun’s complete name is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan? Ha, it’s too long we know! Good thing they created a nickname for this beautiful Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is actually one of the most photographed temples in Bangkok and a very popular tourist destination. Entrance fee in Wat Arun is 100 baht.
It is best to travel here at sunset time so you can watch the sunset. You can even rent a traditional Thai costume for around 100 baht so you can match the background and feel the local way of life.
6. Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya
The Wat Mahathat was registered as part of Ayutthaya World Heritage Historical Park in 1935 is located in the center of Ayutthaya. It was a place for the relics of Buddha. The temple was burned during The Burmese War but the place has been conserved in a beautiful way for people to visit. The entrance fee is 50 THB ($1.5).
One hour is enough to visit the temple, to go around, and take pictures. The most touristic part is at the entrance where you can see the Buddha’s face in the middle of the roots of the tree. But there are more interesting parts around to take pictures of, and a lot more areas that are quieter than the first stop.
Read here our favorite things to do in Ayutthaya!
7. Erawan Falls, Kanchanaburi
8. Railway Death Railway
Last stop you can do in Kanchanburi was Thamkra Sae where you can visit the railway. The train is coming everyday from Bangkok and the speed is very slow. A perfect place to get amazing views and walking around the railway enjoying the river views. This spot has a really long place in history, including the time when prisoners were carried by train to Myanmar.
Source of Photo: Mathieu Castel | Flickr
As a UNESCO World Heritage City in Thailand, you can find various historical sites and temples here. It was even referred to as the birthplace of Thai art, language, and architecture. Because of its location, it’s less touristic than its counterpart Ayutthaya. However, its historical destinations are as beautiful as those in Ayutthaya. Historical sites in Sukkhotai include Sukhothai Historical Park and Si Satchanalai Historical Park.
10. Chiang Mai Night Market
The perfect place to walk around when the weather isn’t so hot! There are many plans to do in the night market in Chiang Mai. You can walk around, shop, have a massage for your feet with the fishes. For us, the perfect time was always when having dinner, great conversations and going out for a beer. We loved having noodle soup for dinner and adding spices to our food!
Read here our full travel guide to visit Chiang Mai!
11. Sky Bars
Thailand has a lot of rooftop bars especially in Bangkok. And one of the best ways to get away from the ever bustled streets is to look high up and find relaxation while you see how the city actually looks like just beneath your feet at one of the best Bangkok rooftop bars.
12. Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
Source of Photo: Mark Fischer | Flickr
Also called the JJ Market, is the largest market in Thailand. It has over 15,000 stalls that sell almost everything- food, clothes, shoes, bags, everything you can ever think of! It was then familiar with traders and wholesalers but has become one of Thailand landmarks so it’s a must for tourists to visit this place. Just expect a high number of market goers and enjoy shopping, like Rachel does ha!
13. Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
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This majestic white temple in Chiang Rai is one of the tourist destinations in Thailand that you shouldn’t miss! It’s unique because the whole temple is painted white which, according to its designer, embodies sacredness and purity. It has been a famous tourist spot in Thailand since its construction in 1997. It has been a privately owned museum that exhibits Chalermchai Kositpipat’s (its owner/designer) art works.
Entrance fee is 50 Baht only. The temple is open from 6:30AM to 6PM. Just remember to wear your modest attire when entering this temple, just like any other religious temples you would visit in Thailand and in any other places.
14. Beaches in Ao Nang
Limestones Ao Nang Beach is a lovely swimming spot with astounding and colorful limestone which overhangs from the massive landscape of PhraNang Island. It has jungle-covered interior, waterfalls and exotic wildlife caves. We enjoyed our time in Ao Nang with the sunset and island hopping around Ton Sai, Railey Beach and Phra Nang Beach. Read more information about Krabi and Ao Nang!
Tonsay is popular for climbing and it’s close to Ao Nang town but you have to access it by boat. There are many places on a budget to stay and it’s ideal if you want to relax at night. During the morning, you can enjoy swimming, water activities, climbing and you can also go hiking to visit Railey beach and Phra nang Beach.
16. Phra Nang Beach
Phra nang Beach was always last stop in our beach hopping in Ao Nang beach. We could see these beautiful caves and there were many monkeys around. End your day with the incredible Ao Nang sunsets, and you’ll have a perfect day trip. Ao Nang Beach is a very long beach and it’s usually little bit crowded and with boats. Ao Nang sunsets are truly incredible. The atmosphere is great and we really loved just watching the sunsets, taking in all the beauty of everything surrounding you.
17. Railey Beach
The Railey Beach is probably the most popular of all the beaches in Krabi. It was very very crowded when we got there. So many people lying down on the beach for a tan, and also a lot of people swimming in the green warm waters. If you are looking for a solo and quiet day, Railey is probably not the beach for you. For us, we like the warm waters. Something you won’t find everywhere. We spend the longest time there, swimming and staying at the beach. Even with the high number of people, Railey’s beauty is definitely obvious.
18. Hua Hin Beach
Hua Hin Beach has become one of crowd favorites when it comes to a quick beach escapade. You can do a lot of things here from just watching the calm sea, swimming, boating, fishing, flying a kite, and watching the sunset if that’s something that you love doing, like us. There are also some bars around if you would like to drink a few bottles of beer. You can rent a sun bed, loungers or chairs on the beach for a few Baht.
19. Similan Islands
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Similan Islands is one of the wonders of Phuket and one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea. Clear blue waters, white sands, and awesome views are waiting for you here. You can swim, relax, and even dive in Similan Islands as it is one of the 10 most interesting dive areas in the world. You’ll certainly enjoy staying here in this paradise!
20. Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tao
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Ko Nang Yuan, located in Koh Tao does not fail snorkelers’ expectations because of it’s great views underwater. It is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand too because of its beautiful beaches with white sand, clear blue waters, and great underwater views. You can also pay for a snorkeling your that can cost you 2000 – 2500 Baht, which includes boat transfers, snorkeling equipment, entrance fee to the island, and some has lunch. However, if you’re coming here without arranging with a tour, entrance fee costs around 100 Baht. Also take note that some prices of the food in the islands are much more expensive than in other parts of Thailand.
21. Full Moon Party
At that time we were in Koh Phangan, there was no Full Moon Party, but I bet all of you have heard about them. Full moon parties here involve crazy parties in the beach, alcohol, drugs, music and hundreds of people around. If you like a party island, Koh Phangan is your place. All the people was talking about this in the island.
22. Koh Chang
Koh Chang is also known as the Elephant Island. It is Thailand’s third largest island after Phuket and Samui. It is home to pristine natural wonders like waterfalls, rivers and dozens of unblemished beaches, each providing to a variety range of travelers from independent backpackers, honeymooners to friends family. It’s quiet compared to the other islands Koh Chang, Koh Tao and Koh Samui.
It’s one of the closest islands to visit near Bangkok. Read here our Koh Chang travel guide!
23. Koh Pangan
Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world and Koh Phangan is one of them, which is the country’s fifth biggest island and is also known with their world’s famous Full Moon Party that happens once a month, and it takes place in the main tourist beach, Haad Rin. The best way to explore the beaches is renting a motorbike and going around. First thing in the morning or before sunset will be the best time for taking your pictures.
24. Phi Phi Islands
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This is one of the most famous places in Thailand that has been in a few movies! Phi Phi Islands in Phuket Thailand will surely not disappoint you. If you love clear, blue waters, white sands, and great rock formations, then you have to visit this paradise. It has a similarity to Palawan in the Philippines when it comes to the views and vibes of the island.
There are a few tours that operate in Phi Phi Islands which cost around 2000 Baht or higher, depending on the inclusions. Most of these tours include a speed boat ride, food, admission fees, and snorkeling equipment rent.
25. Ko Lipe
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Another beach paradise in Thailand that is loved by many. It boasts white sand beaches as well and aquamarine waters. Aside from that, it is a great diving spot for tourists in Thailand because of the amazing corals that you can find in Ko Lipe. There are actually 3 Ko Lipe beaches that you can choose from- Pattaya, Sunrise, and Sunset. There are a lot of restaurants and bards in Ko Lipe so nightlife here is vibrant. Aside from the tour prices you have to pay if you decide to beach hop the three main beaches, you have to pay for the National Park Fee which is 200 Baht.
26. Phuket Province
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Phuket, although the second smallest province in Thailand, boasts a beauty that everyone would fall in love with! It is slightly smaller than Singapore but you’ll definitely want to visit each one of its beaches. There are 36 beaches in Phuket but the most visited ones are the popular Patong Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, and Kamala Beach. However, you can also visit the other 32 beaches if you would prefer. Since Phuket is a famous tourist destination in Thailand, expect that it will have a lot of tourists especially during summer.
27. Koh Kood
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If you love beaches, jungles, and waterfalls, Koh Kood / Koh Kut should be in your Thailand itinerary! Koh Kood is slightly less urbanized than Koh Chang, that makes it more fun if you love being isolated. There’s only a few bars, restaurants, convenience stores, and even modes of transportation in Koh Kood so we suggest that you ready your islands vibes to enjoy this island. We recommend you rent a motorcycle or scooter bike so you can tour the island the best on your own!
28. Train Journeys
More than usual, you’ll get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok on the way to Chiang Mai. One of the best experience we had is to ride the ordinary train from the Bangkok Train Station. The journey is around 2 hours to get to Ayutthaya. We even chose to ride third class! It was Rachel’s first time to ride a third class ordinary train.
Train trips in Thailand are so beautiful. If you have the opportunity to do in day time, you will have awesome views. If you have night trains will be great way to interact with locals too!
29. Sai Yok National Park, Kanchanaburi
30. Doi Inthanon National Park
Did you know that the highest point in Thailand is located in Chiang Mai? We have to say that we stay hiking around and we could get nice views in the mountains. One more interesting thing it’s cold there. As you can see in the picture below, it wasn’t exactly 6º degrees at that time. But in the morning, it is really cold like in the photo. It was 11º degrees which is very cold for Thai weather.
31. Trekking Tribes North Thailand
We spent the whole day hiking around the jungle in North Thailand. The hike was easy and very fun. We stopped for swimming in the waterfalls, crossed bamboo bridges, and saw some strawberry plantations in the mountain and we had great views of rice fields as well. It was so interesting to visit the Tribes and have coffee with them.
32. Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park
One of our favorite hidden place was Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park in Kanchanaburi. We really love Khmer temples. The ruins are from the 13th-14th century and they are well conserved. The name Mueang Sing of the ruins came the reign of King Rama. The place is super quiet and we didn’t see any tourist during our visit. It’s small and you can make the visit in less than an hour taking your time to walk around and for your pictures.
33. Elephant Sanctuary
Elephants are very popular in Thailand. Little by little, we can see organizations that are exerting efforts to provide a supporting home for these elephants although some parts of Thailand tourism still promote these elephant rides, without nice practices on taking care of these animals. We are happy to find one good shelter where you can spend some time with them, playing and bathing them. We learned many interesting things about them, their weight, how much do they eat. We also had the opportunity to feed them. The elephant ate a couple of big watermelons in less than a minute. We guess that it was just an appetizer for him.
34. Khao Sok National Park
Source of Photo: Bram Van de Sande I Flickr
Khao Sok National Park is in southern Thailand and it boasts being covered in what is believed to be the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Its huge limestone rock formations, caves, lakes, and deep valleys will surely amaze you. It’s also rich with wild animals and plants, making it a perfect all-in-one tourist destination in Thailand.
There are tours that include accommodation, meals, activities based on itinerary, entrance fees and tour guides. Some activities that may be in your itinerary are elephant encounters, jungle trekking, boat tours, swimming, traditional Thai performances, kayaking, and more. A tour can cost around 13,000 to 25,000 Baht depending on the number of days in the tour.
35. Ang Thong National Marine Park
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Ang Thong National Marine Park has 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s also one of the top tourist destinations in Thailand mainly because of its white-sand beaches, hidden coves, lakes, jungles, and high mountains. It is protected because many exotic wildlife are living in this area.
Since it is a national park. only government-allowed boats can tour the park, which are included in the tour packages you can book with them. Aside from the tour rates, there’s also a fee of 200 baht for foreign adults that you have to pay as a national park entrance fee.
36. Phang Nga Bay
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Also known as Ao Phang Nga National Park. It is famous for its limestone formations and emerald green water, which is similar to the Underground River in Palawan, Philippines. The top two most famous spots in Phang Nga are James Bond Island and Koh Panyee.
James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay is famous because of a famous James Bond movie. It’s famous for sailing and kayaking. Koh Panyee, on the other hand, is a Muslim fishing village nearby James Bond Island (and other islands in Phang Nga) that is a usual stop for a seafood lunch for tourists. Both destinations are included in tour packages that you can book in your Phang Nga trip.
37. Khao Yai National Park
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Khao Yai is one of the most famous destinations in Thailand for bikers but there also guided tours that you can avail. Khao Yao National Park is a popular spot for families and animal enthusiasts because it is an easy place to spot and watch interesting animals such as elephant, macaque, barking deer, sambar deer, gibbon, porcupine, civet. If you’re lucky enough, you can also sight some bear, gaur, otters, dhole, jackal.
Aside from the wildlife you could see in Khao Yai, there are also some camp sites, waterfalls, watchtowers, mountains, and bat caves that you can go to if it is included in your guided tour. Tour rates start at around 1,600 Baht, depending on the number of days you’ll spend in the park and what activities are included.
38. Phimai Historical Park
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It is the largest of all Khmer temples in Thailand that resembles Angkor Wat in Cambodia. This boasts old, historical structures that were built as Buddhist temples even though the Khmer who made it were Hindu. Phimai Historical Park is located in Nakhon Ratchasima province in Thailand. It is open daily from 8AM to 6PM and entrance fee costs 100 Baht.
39. Kaeng Krachan National Park
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And the last but not the least among our tourist destinations in Thailand, Kaeng Krachan. It is a 2914 km² national park and considered the largest national park in Thailand. It is located in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan Provinces.
Kaeng Krachan are known for its camp sites, caves, viewpoints, bird watching and butterfly watching spots, waterfalls, and of course, its wildlife. Some of the animals you may spot in Kaeng Krachan are bears, leopards, deers, elephants, wild dogs, crab-eating mongoose, porcupines, squirrels, snakes, and many other species of animals. If is a perfect tourist spot in Thailand if you love adventures and animal-watching. Guided tours in Kaeng Krachan can cost from 1,000 to 16,000 Baht.
40. Khao San Road
Of course we can’t skip Khao San Road as one of ours Thailand tourist spots since almost all the tourists visiting Thailand go for a beer, dinner or staying around the area. Have you ever been in Khao San Road? Prices are affordable, it never sleeps and there is party anytime of the day!
Which one of these Thailand tourist spots you want to explore next? Let’s talk about it in the comments section! 🙂
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