The Southeast Asian nation of Thailand truly has it all. The northern region is known for its food, temples, and rice paddies. The southern region is full of sun-drenched islands, full moon parties, and a variety of amazing watersports. Choosing what part of the country to visit can be tough, which is why we’ve done the travel research for you. Check out these top destinations, and prepare to be amazed at everything Thailand has to offer.
If you’ve decided to begin your adventure in the south, then the city of Phuket is the natural jumping off point. The old city is full of colonial architecture, and little cafes that make fresh fruit smoothies. There are also plenty of beaches to catch a few rays on. This is also the city you need to catch the ferry from if you want to see some of the other islands.
Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands were relatively unknown, until a little film called The Beach was filmed in Maya Bay. The 2000 film directed by Danny Boyle featured a very young Leonardo DiCaprio who finds himself in an island paradise. When travelers saw the film, they began to flock to the Phi Phi Islands. You can experience the whitesand beaches, and amazing snorkeling for yourself if you make the trek here.
If you want an island that has everything from designer shops to beachside shacks then Koh Samui is a must. This has been a popular travel destination for decades, as it has accommodation that fits every budget. On top of that, if you want to experience a Full Moon Party then you can catch a speedboat over to Koh Phangan for the best ones.
The islands in the south are easy to get lost in, but if you want to experience a cosmopolitan city then a few days in the capital are a must. Bangkok has delicious street food on every corner, and some of the most magnificent Wats or temples in the entire country. Catch one of the many riverboats, and head over to Wat Pho to see the famous reclining Buddha.
Bangkok is great for a few days, but eventually the hustle and bustle will make you long for a quieter part of the country. This is the perfect time to head to the North, and the ancient city of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is seen as the cultural capital of the country. Every corner has a temple, and it’s estimated that there are over 300 temples in the city alone.
This little city is worth a day trip from Chiang Mai as it is the home to the famous White Temple or Wat Rong Khun. It’s an architectural marvel and the only of its kind in the country. You can wander along the fairytale bridges, and stare down at all of the hands reaching for the sky.
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