Its official name is Kingdom of Thailand and its earlier name was Siam until 1939. Thailand is situated in the southern-east part of Asia consisting on two geographical parts.
One is main land and the other is a peninsula smaller than the earlier part. The country has various types of land contain low mountains and fertile plains. Thailand is famous for its tropical beaches, Royal palaces, remains of ancient ruins and Buddha temples.
Its ultramodern Capital Bangkok is very famous for its traffic jams which depicts a huge number of automobiles and tuk-tuks. Pattaya and the most modern Hua Hin are the most famous resorts near beaches. However the best 10 places to visit in Thailand are given below which have been the best attractions for the visitors from all over the world since many years.
Best Places to Visit in Thailand
#1 Thailand Islands
The islands of Thailand stand first in the list of best 10 places to visit in Thailand. The islands off the coast of Thailand are famous throughout the world for their beautiful beaches, others for their gorgeous scenery and some even claim their fame for the party atmosphere.
Thailand is mainly consist on three main sets of islands. Ko Samet and Ko Chang lie in the east of Bangkok, Ko Samui lie in Gulf Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, and in the Andaman Phuket and Ko Phi Phi. The country’s largest and most developed island is Phuket which is connected to the mainland by two bridges.
The famous movie “The Beach” was filmed at Ko Phi while Thailand’s diving mecca is Ko Tao. Many beautiful islands are here to explore. Thailand islands are famous in the whole world because of its beautiful beaches.
Phuket is the largest and most developed island of Thailand. It is connected to the main land with the help of two bridges. There are many more islands e.g. Ko Phi Phi, Ko Tao, Ko Chang, Ko Samet, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao.
Ko phi phi is the most popular location for movies. More than 2000 movies are filmed here. Ko chang is famous for several waterfalls, thriving coral reefs, rainforests and long white sandy beaches.
“The city of angels” is the capital city of Thailand and largest city too. Khao San Road is the most famous tourist street. It is a good place to begin with its cheap shopping, dining and nightlife. Wat Phra Kaew temple is a sacred place containing the Emerald Buddha is not a place to miss it. The city is mostly famous for magnificent and ancient temples, sky kissing buildings, rushy markets and the glittering night clubs which never let the city to sleep. The main things to do in Bangkok are,
- Visit Wat Pho To See The Reclining Buddha
- Visit the Grand Palace
- Ride the Sky Train
- Take a trip around Chatuchak Market
- you must have a trip along the Chao Phraya River through a boat.
- Visit The Bangkok National Museum
3# Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna kingdom until 1558. It has more than 300 Buddhist temples. And the mount Doi Suthep has the most famous temple named Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This is equally important culturally and religiously. Chiang Mai is also known as Rose of The North because of its beautiful sceneries. The Buddhist temple are worth seeing.
Kanchanaburi is very popular among tourists for all types e.g. nature lovers, wildlife admirers and history explorers. It is famous for the Death Railway which was built in World War 2 and located in the western part of Thailand. The JEATH War Museum depicts prisoners of war. They were died during building the bridge. The Death Railway Bridge is built over the River Kwae (Kwai). Things to do in Kanchanaburi are to visit its Parks and its historical sites.
The ruins of the Ayutha is a major and best 1 for the visitors. It was affirmed as the capital the kingdom by King U Thong. When Burmese overcome Ayuthaya they moved capital to Bangkok.
6# Khao Sok National Park
The most beautiful and attracted reserve of Wildlife is khao Sok National Park, consisting on a range of forests, limestone cliffs, lakes and rivers. This park is located in the province of Surat Thani. It has an amazing collection of wildlife including Barking deer, Asian elephants, boar, bears and various monkeys breeds like gibbons, pig-tailed macaques and langurs. Overall the park has many sites to explore by its visitors.
Railay, a small cape is a Popular Attraction of Thailand because of its harmonious heavens and wonderful beaches. Because of all these qualities it really deserves a place in Best 10 places to visit in Thailand. The peninsula is only reachable by a boat because a high cliff of limestone cuts the access from main land. Most of the part of the area is constructed but no high buildings can be seen even the constructed resorts and bungalows are hidden under thick treea making it more relaxing destination.
8# Phanom Rung
Phanom Rung is a holy place for Hindus, located in the village Nang Rong and constructed between 10th and 13th century. It is a Hindu shrine regarded as the home of Shiva who is considered a Hindu god. The Phanom Rung Festival is celebrated every year in April with the ancient Brahmin ceremonies.
Its calm and peaceful atmosphere make it one of the best destination for backpacker and cragsmen. Pai is a booming town with plenty of waterfalls, located between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. Pai is famous for many attractions of Thailand which are it highlighted waterfalls, Chinese village, Kong lan, the most famous temples are Wat Prathat Mae Yen, know as well as temple on the hill, and big white sitting Buddha. The land crack is prodigious thing to astonish its visitors. There are many things to do in Pai for having adventurous experience.
10# Chiang Rai
It is the area of golden triangle where border of three countries meet which are, Thailand, Loas and Myanmar. Chiang Rai is the commercial hub of golden triangle. The city have quite modern Lanna Culture. Its famous White Temple is one of the main attraction of Thailand. Kham Museum will give you both ancient times and today’s modernism.
The number of visitors increased from 32.59 million(2016) to 35.38 million(2017) in a year. In the first quarter of 2018 around 10.2 million visitors were recorded which shows almost an 11% increment as compared to previous year. According to the International data Thailand is tenth best country for tourism.