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Places Of Thailand

austriaBangkok

Bangkok is everything you’d expect from the capital of Thailand: it’s noisy, crowded, colorful, exciting, infuriating, and smile inducing. There are ancient sites to be visited and modern shopping malls that have a kitschy yet high-end ambience. Bangkok can be overwhelming as its lifeforce smacks you in the face, but it’s a fascinating city that represents Southeast Asia’s tension between the developed and developing worlds. Bangkok also serves as a gateway to many other parts of Thailand. From here, you can hop a short flight to Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and other popular destinations. You can also board a train or hop on a bus for little money, and visit national treasures such as Ayutthaya, Lopburi, and many other gems of the country

austriaPattaya

Thailand’s famous beach resort town of Pattaya has developed a colorful reputation over the years. Located less than 200 km from Bangkok, it’s a convenient place to enjoy sun, sand and sea. The beach town has drawn tourists and ex-pats from all over the world ever since US soldiers “discovered” the once-sleepy getaway destination during the Vietnam War. Since then, Pattaya’s profile has steadily increased and it is now one of the most popular beach destinations in Southeast Asia. After a spate of development in the 1970s, the city became known as a haven for Night Life, though in recent years the government has made efforts to turn Pattaya into a family-friendly destination. Still, Pattaya remains more of an adult’s destination. If you are traveling with the family or are seeking a more subdued location, check out Jomtien Beach. The area is still touristy, but quieter than the bustling center of town

austriaKoh Samui

This resort island is the biggest draw in Surat Thani Province, rivaled only by neighboring Koh Phangan. Popular among foreign visitors for its beautiful beaches and lush resorts, Samui offers Thai hospitality in a tropical setting that makes for a fun and relaxing vacation. Many visitors favor Samui for the opportunities to do yoga and meditation retreats as well. The island is easy to reach from Bangkok, as several flights fly directly here every day (there is also an airport in Surat Thani, from which visitors can reach other parts of the province). Picturesque fishing villages dot the island, as well as coconut and durian plantations, and waterfalls hidden in the dense jungle. Motorbike or bicycle is the preferred way of getting around, and a great way to see the island. Koh Samui offers every kind of water sport: diving, snorkeling, windsurfing. Before taking a course, check that the diving school belongs to one of the two international associations regulating the safety standards of the equipment and quality of instruction.

austriaPhuket

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, and arguably the most famous. Blue waters, sandy beaches, great food, and diving are all part of the attraction. Arriving from all over the world, travelers flock to Phuket for relaxation and adventure, and the island rates as one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. Part of the draw is that Phuket has an exceptional climate. The monsoon arrives here earlier than on the other side of the gulf, with rain only once or twice a day during the rainy period

austriaKrabi

Krabi province is home to some of Thailand’s most famous beach destinations, and Railay is the cream of the crop. Widely considered one of the best beaches in the country, Railay delivers on promises of white sand beaches, clear blue water, and a feeling that you’ve found a slice of paradise. You have to take a boat to reach the island getaway, with services available from Krabi town and Ao Nang. The beaches are the main reason to visit Railay, but it’s also a rock-climbing hotspot. Railay’s karst peaks draw adventurers both experienced and novice to try their hand at climbing the towering limestone cliffs. Among the many other active things to do, you can go elephant trekking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and snorkeling, or take on some lighter options such as cooking classes and indulging in a massage. There’s also the tourist-friendly Diamond Cave, with a convenient walkway to accommodate curious visitors looking to do some exploring between stretches of sunbathing.

austriaChiang Mai

Chiang Mai is essentially Thailand’s second city – the smaller, more relaxed answer to the madness of Bangkok. It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, but now is a major draw for backpackers and travelers of all kinds, not to mention retiring ex-pats and humanitarians. Many who come here return again and again, or stay for years when they had meant to stay only a few weeks. There’s an energy in the city that captivates those who visit, whether they seek a trekking adventure or a spiritual awakening as they travel from temple to temple. The city itself offers plenty of things to do in the way of cooking classes, temple visits, street food, and culture. But beyond its boundaries, you’ll find natural perfection, awe-inspiring animals, and unique communities deep into the mountains. It’s a special city with much to offer, and the following are some of the best tourist attractions to explore

austriaAyutthaya

The old Thai capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most impressive ruined cities in Asia, and a must-see for history buffs visiting Thailand. The Menam, Lopburi, and Pasak rivers ring the island of ruins. Wandering through this once-thriving place will make you feel you’ve stepped back through time. Allow at least two days to see all of Ayutthaya’s attractions, and more if you don’t want to feel rushed. This place is steeped in history and you’ll want to get the full experience while you’re here. Ayutthaya Historical Park is open 8:30 am-4:30 pm daily

austriaSurat Thani

The city of Surat Thani is a main transit point for those en route to some of Thailand’s most famous islands: Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao. From Bangkok, visitors can reach Surat Thani by plane, train, or bus – though the latter two are long overnight trips. A number of flights arrive in Surat Thani and Koh Samui each day. As a bonus, air travel in Thailand is inexpensive, making hopping to the islands simple and convenient. There are also regular ferries out to the islands

austriaKanchanaburi

The city of Kanchanaburi is a microcosm of what makes Thailand such an interesting country. There is a blend of historical sightseeing opportunities as well as natural spots to take in the unique beauty of the Land of Smiles. Located only a 2- to 3-hour drive from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is easily accessible via bus or train. Kanchanaburi was once the site of Neolithic civilizations, evidenced by artifacts of ancient societies and burial sites that have been excavated here. In the mid-20th century, the city became notorious as the home of the Bridge on the River Kwai, the controversial structure built to support the Thai-Burmese railway by prisoners of war during WWII. There are also several national parks in the surrounding area, with opportunities to see stunning waterfalls and get close to Thai wildlife