Places To Visit in Thailand

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Here are the top 54 tourist places & attractions in Thailand

Here are the best places to visit in Thailand to explore the beaches, culture and historic tourist destinations. Read more to plan your travel to Thailand.

1. Bangkok

4.4 /5

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A city that never sleeps, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is a modern-day melting pot of contrasting cultures and faiths. Here, towering skyscrapers stand in harmony next to temples and monasteries. The luxury malls and shopping centres compete with the street bazaars and floating markets. Cuisines...

Best Time: Late November to Mid Jaunary

2. Phuket

4.7 /5

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The largest Island in all of Thailand, Phuket has everything Thailand has to offer. It is located in southern Thailand, on the Andaman sea coastline. Serviced by the Phuket International Airport, the island sees no dearth of travellers at any time of the year. Golden beaches, numerous offshore islan...

Best Time: November to February end

3. Koh Tao

4.2 /5

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Koh Tao is an island in the Chumphon Archipelago group of islands in the southeastern part of Thailand. It is largely popular for scuba diving and snorkelling as it has some of the best and cheapest diving spots in the world. The island is also known for its pristine white sand beaches, lantern...

Best Time: December to September

4. Phi Phi Islands

5.0 /5

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Phi Phi consists of a group of six islands. Only 40 km away from Phuket, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the two most famous islands of the six. With their pristine waters and vibrant parties, these islands are a wonderful way to spend a few days in Thailand.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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5. Pattaya

4.3 /5

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Popularly known as Thailand's Sex capital and party hub, Pattaya is a coastal city in the Gulf of Thailand that, over the years, has steadily grown out of its infamous tag. It is located 150km southeast of Bangkok, a two-hour drive away. The beaches and islands in Pattaya offer a wide variety o...

Best Time: November to June

6. Chiang Mai

4.1 /5

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Formerly the seat of the Lanna Kingdom and regarded as the northern capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is entirely opposite to what first-timers to Thailand expect it to be. Unlike its southern counterparts, Chiang Mai is known for its laid back vibes, numerous temples and monasteries, crowded local ma...

Best Time: Decemberembe to February

7. Krabi

5.0 /5

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One of the oldest provinces in Thailand, Krabi is home to the traditional yet the modern, the touristy and the local flavour. A coastal destination often visited with Phuket, Krabi is home to beautiful beaches, islands and limestone formations. In addition, Krabi offers some of the beautiful coral d...

Best Time: November to April

8. Ayutthaya

4.4 /5

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Ayutthaya, short for Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, is a small city in Thailand containing archaeological sites like temples, monasteries, palaces, etc. It lies just 80 kilometres north of Bangkok and is an ideal destination for a day trip from Bangkok. Often referred to as Krung Kao or 'ancient capital'...

Best Time: November to February

9. Koh Phangan

4.2 /5

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Koh Phangan is an island that is part of the Chumphon Archipelago, located between the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao. Accessible easily from the mainland at Surat Thani via ferry or boat, the island does not have an airport of its own. Boats and ferries are also available from Koh Samui and Koh T...

Best Time: June to September, December to February

10. Koh Samui

4.5 /5

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The second-largest island of Thailand, Ko Samui, is a gem of an island in the Koh Samui (or Samui) Archipelago, which lies in the Gulf of Thailand. Once a hidden secret of only persevering travelers, Samui Island has transformed into one of Thailand's most visited tourist destinations. Breathtakingl...

Best Time: December to May

11. Chiang Rai

2.9 /5

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Chiang Rai is a mountainous city in northern Thailand, near the borders of Laos and Myanmar. It has many ancient temples and tribal villages along the Mekong river. It has an abundance of historical and cultural attractions and immerses a traveller in its lovely collection of temples, art, music, an...

Best Time: Decemberembe to February

12. Hua Hin

4.2 /5

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The original beach resort city of Thailand, Hua Hin, is a renowned destination among both locals and tourists alike. Located a little over three hours away by road to the south of Bangkok, the city is also serviced by Hua Hin airport. Once known as the beach getaway for Thai royals because of their ...

Best Time: November to February

13. Surat Thani

4.1 /5

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Not a go-to destination in itself, Surat Thani provides a base point from which travellers meander to its neighbouring provinces and regions in Thailand. Once the seat of the Srivijaya empire, Surat Thani today is an important trade and transport hub. A typical suburban town in the country, Surat Th...

Best Time: November to January

14. Kanchanaburi

3.8 /5

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Blessed with ancient rainforests, waterfalls and limestone caves, Kanchanaburi is a popular resort town located at the confluence of the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai Rivers in western Thailand. Regarded as Thailand's microcosm, Kanchanaburi and its surrounding region boast stylish resorts, scenic reservo...

Best Time: November to February

15. Khao Yai National Park

4.4 /5

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, Khao Yai National Park is Thailand's oldest and most visited national park established in 1962. It covers more than 2,100 square kilometers. The park boasts a lush green landscape, rugged mountains with thick forests, marvellous waterfalls, exotic species of birds and a...

Best Time: November to April

16. Koh Lipe

4.2 /5

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Koh Lipe is one of the islands of the Tarutao Marine National Park. Initially, this island was predominantly settled by the Chao Ley or the sea gipsies who live in small villages here. Tourism has increased in Koh Lipe since the 1990s and hasn't seen a pause ever since. The vast coral reefs and gorg...

Best Time: November to March

17. Sukhothai

4.1 /5

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Sukhothai is home to approximately 190 ancient sites and temple ruins. It is known to mark the beginning of the Thai civilisation. Most of the monuments and ruins are restored at the Sukhothai Historical Park, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best Time: November to February

18. Trang

4.2 /5

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Trang is a city in Southern Thailand known for its food and culture. It shares the same traditional heritage as the nearby cities of Krabi and Phuket. It is not crowded, but still a very lively city with many natural attractions surrounding it. Most people use Trang just as a transit destination to ...

Best Time: November to March

19. Khao Sok National Park

4.2 /5

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Khao Sok National Park, in the Surat Thani province of Thailand, is the largest pristine forest in the area and is a small part of a rainforest that in yesteryears was bigger and denser than the Amazon rainforest.  Rich and diverse in flora and fauna, the park is one of the best places to witne...

20. Koh Lanta

5.0 /5

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Koh Lanta Island is renowned for being the lesser-known paradise in the Andaman Sea between the Phi Phi Islands and the western coast of Thailand. It is a cluster of 52 islands, and most of them are uninhabited as well as away from the clutches of commercialization. This allows visitors to ...

21. Railay

4.5 /5

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Accessible just by boat, this peninsula of limestone crags is a beautiful destination for a laid-back rest in the middle of your Thailand holiday. An absolute best for rock climbers, Railay is a one-of-a-kind spot for active diving, kayaking and rock climbing; as well as just relax at your resort.

Best Time: November to March

22. Nong Khai

3.8 /5

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Lying on the southern bank of Mekong river, Nong Khai is a lively town just 20 minutes from Vientiane, capital of Laos. The entire city is filled with images of the Naga, the giant serpant of Mekong. There are several waterfalls, riverside villages, forest temples, and many serene landscapes.

Best Time: November to February

23. Koh Kood

3.8 /5

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Koh Kood, commonly spelt as Koh Kut, is one of the few islands in Thailand that is not overrun by tourists and is increasingly becoming popular among people looking for a peaceful getaway to beautiful islands. Housing a population of fewer than 2000 people, this island stands to be the sixth-largest...

Best Time: November to March

24. Khao Laem National Park

3.8 /5

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Situated in Bangkok, it is located to the northwest of Kanchanaburi province, near the Sangkhlaburi district. This national park is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and was made to honour the 60th anniversary of King Bhumipol Adulyadej on December 5, 1987. The epitome of floral and faunal diversi...

25. Koh Chang

4.9 /5

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Koh Chang is one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand with pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, great for snorkeling and diving. There are also some breath taking mountains and jungles where hiking is very popular. All in all, Koh Chang is an idyllic destination for a backpacke...

Best Time: November to March

26. Ubon Ratchathani

4.0 /5

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Ubon Ratchathani is a small city in Thailand. It languishes on the banks of the Mun river and stands for the royal lotus city. Rooted in Buddhist culture, Ubon has a number of Buddhist monasteries and temples with evident Lao influence. Despite of being  a small city, it is quite developed...

27. Surin

3.8 /5

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Surin, a city known for its sericulture and elephants, is now aspiring to become a global tourist centre. Visitors often drop in for 1-2 days from November to March since this city does not have too many things to do, and is often left quiet for the rest of the year. However, with the influx of tour...

28. Pai

4.0 /5

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Located between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai, this beautiful little town of Pai is surrounded by mountains everywhere, and is a dream destination for a traveller. The alluring river Pai flows across this town which makes rafting a popular sport here. Besides that, trekking and hiking are other advent...

Best Time: November to February

29. Khao Lak

4.2 /5

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Khao Lak is a string of villages which lie on the west coast of Thailand. Once a quiet and relatively untouched region of the country, these villages are fast becoming a hotspot for adventure sports and beachside vacations for Thai locals and tourists alike. The best way to reach Khao Lak is via roa...

Best Time: November to April

30. Phetchaburi

3.8 /5

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Dating back to the 8th century, this city is known to have the oldest settlements of Thailand. The city is situated on River Phet, and is home to some beautiful temples and the famous Royal Palace. Phetchaburi is more of a working agricultural city and not very popular as a tourist spot, however, th...

Best Time: November to February

31. Sangkhlaburi

3.8 /5

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Sangkhlaburi is a high altitude city at the ends of Thailand, just 25 kilometers from Burma border. It has the beautiful Vajiralongkorn Lake (Khao Laem) where most travellers take a boat ride, rest and enjoy the day. Most part of the city is covered by dense forests and limestone ranges. Sunken temp...

Best Time: November to March

32. Ao Nang

4.3 /5

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A town of multi-views, Ao Nang is one of the rapidly growing tourist centres in Krabi, Thailand. Located in South of Krabi, this destination is known for its long-tail boat tours and limestone islands. Despite the lack of popularity of this town, it still has the potential to be one of the leading t...

33. Chanthaburi

4.2 /5

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Chanthaburi is a laid-back town in eastern Thailand, situated on the banks of the Chanthaburi river. Officially the capital of its namesake province, this town and its surrounding regions are primarily known for its rich history, wonderful countryside culture, relaxed vibe, scenic waterfalls, forest...

Best Time: November to February

34. Koh Samet

4.3 /5

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Located about 168 kms from Bangkok and 74 Kms from Pattaya to the south, Koh Samet is a popular weekend getaway for locals and tourists alike. This slender island, known for its pristine blue waters, colourful coral reefs, marine life and several powdery white beaches, was once a backpackers haven b...

Best Time: November to February

35. Lopburi

3.8 /5

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Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in Thailand, located around 150 kilometres from Bangkok city which takes around 2.5 hours. It is a city which houses historic ruins and artifacts which play a major role in Thailand's culture. It is famous for monkeys, architectural remains of Khmer empire, rock c...

Best Time: November to April

36. Nakhon Ratchasima

3.5 /5

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Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Khorat or Korat, is the capital city of the province of the same name and is one of the most modern cities in the northeast region of Thailand. It is also among the best connected of the 'Big Four of Isaan' - the other three being  Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, ...

37. Mae Sot

3.5 /5

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Languishing in the western most corner of Thailand, sharing a border with Myanmar, Mae Sot in Tak province is the trading hub of Thailand. The city renowned for its indigenous pottery culture, brims with a variety of products that are reminiscent of its majority of population, which is Bur...

38. Koh Si Chang

4.3 /5

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Ko Si Chang is a district  of Chonburi Province, Thailand. It consists of the island of Ko Si Chang and its adjoining islands. It is in the Gulf of Thailand, 12 kilometres off the shore of Si Racha District. Being a fishing village, the beach has a relaxed atmosphere and a slow-paced lifestyle....

39. Koh Nang Yuan

3.9 /5

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The picturesque island of Koh Nang Yuan is a group of three tiny landforms connected to each other by stretches of blinding white sand. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand towards Northwest of Koh Tao just 15 minutes away. The island is full of greenery and is surrounded by turquoise blue waters. ...

40. Koh Yao Noi

4.0 /5

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The tranquil island of Koh Yao Noi is the sister island of Koh Yao Yai located in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, west of Phuket. It is an ideal getaway for the traveller who seeks solitude under sun and sand. Far from maddening crowds, Koh Yao Noi is your place to relax and rejuvenate without any fuss...

41. Ko Jum

4.0 /5

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One of the Islands in Krabi, Ko Jum has become a relaxing spot for tourists, away from other crowded destinations in Thailand. Located around 25 kilometres south of Krabi, this island is known for its laid-back lifestyle. Just like its neighbouring islands, Koh Phi and Koh Lanta, Koh Jum offers a ra...

42. Hang Dong

3.0 /5

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Hang Dong is a district of Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand. It is mostly famous for its trade in antiques and handicrafts. They sell everything from gigantic Buddhist wood carvings to Burmese Lacquer boxes to Thai Knick-knacks. Don’t worry about carrying your antiques till your home country...

54. Khao Sok National Park

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Khao Sok National Park is located in the Phanom district of Thailand. Falling under the Surat Thani province of Thailand, it is accomplished as the oldest rainforests of the world. This National Park will welcome you with enormous limestone mountains, deep valleys, lakes, caves, and the unique ecosy...

FAQs on Thailand

What is the currency of Thailand?

The currency of Thailand is Baht, which consists of six kinds of coins and notes. The most useful of them are the bills of 20 and 100 as the local vendors tend to ask for change. No other currency is accepted in Thailand.
Credit cards can be used at all the big retail stores and restaurants. However, most local stores don't take them.

What is unique about culture of Thailand?

The Thai culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism and has some Indian roots. There are Hindu, Christian and Muslim minorities too.

A Thai greeting typically consists of closed hands and a slight bow of the head called the 'wai'. One pre-Buddhist tradition that can still be found in Thailand is the spirit house. These houses can be found at the corners of any house or office and are believed to keep the evil spirits at bay. Thai dances and music are ritual based and form a primary source of entertainment for the locals.

The official language of Thailand is Thai. Thai is a tonal language and is a little tricky to comprehend. The public signs found here are bilingual, written in both English and Thai. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas as Thailand sees a great influx of visitors throughout the year.

How is Thailand divided into regions?

Thailand is divided into five geographical and cultural regions:

  1. Northern Thailand - This consists of the areas like Chiang Mai, Golden Triangle and the hill tribes. This region does not have beaches and is more cultural than the southern parts.
  2. Central Thailand - The capital city of Bangkok, the lowlands and historical areas of Thailand are a part of the central region.
  3. Isaan - Also known as the great northeastern region, this area is perfect for the adventure enthusiasts with backcountry Thailand, the magnificent Khmer ruins and mouth-watering delicacies.
  4. Eastern Thailand - This area is comprised of beaches and islands which are within easy reach of Bangkok like Koh Samet and Koh Chang. Pattaya, with its infamous walking street, belongs here.
  5. Southern Thailand - The southern part of Thailand is characterised by lush rainforests, pristine coastlines and numerous islands. The famous beach spots like Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui and Koh Tao fall in this region.
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