Located at the northern tip of the country, beautiful Chiang Rai is often underrated, even though it boasts some of the most intricate temples in Thailand and is a gateway to the Golden Triangle. Don’t miss out on the White Temple with its macabre skulls and bones welcoming you at the entrance, and the fascinating futuristic paintings inside. Also try rock climbing, cycling around town, walking around the colorful street fairs during the weekend; or head to Khun Korn to see the spectacular waterfall.
At the edge of stunning mountains in the West of Thailand lies Kanchanaburi, a charming little river town that is definitely worth a visit. It is best known for its bridge over the river Kwai, and is of particular historical significance due to its connections to the Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, where countless of war prisoners died while constructing it during Japanese occupation. When visiting Kanchanaburi, it is also worth taking a trip to the nearby national parks for their impressive caves and waterfalls.
With crystal-clear waters, untouched beaches and breathtaking cliffs (which are ideal for rock climbers), Krabi is one of the best beach destinations on the southwest coast of Thailand. For nature and adventure lovers, Krabi also offers scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking opportunities. This is a beach town you would not want to miss, with nearby temples and waterfalls that add to the beauty of the place. In addition, it has some of the best sunsets in the country, which you can see from nearby Railay Beach.
Sukhothai is a former capital of Thailand. The ancient city, now in ruins, takes travelers back in time. The best way to roam around town is by bicycle, and you’ll find plenty of places you can hire them here. Aim to visit the historic grounds at sunrise; nothing beats the view of the impressive Buddha statues against the backdrop of a gorgeous sunrise.
In the north of Thailand, the small town of Pai is easily accessible from nearby bustling Chiang Mai. Even though the roads are windy, the scenery is breathtaking and the journey worth the detour. The town itself is surrounded by lush green jungle, hot springs and waterfalls. The best way to travel around the stunning area is by motorcycle, but what you will probably really want to do most of the time here is relax in a hammock or in a hot spring.
Popular among travelers, the charming town of Chiang Mai is less chaotic than other cities in the country, and offers the perfect opportunity for relaxation, light sightseeing and savoring the best of Thai street food. Visit ancient temples and the historic center, get a Thai massage and learn to cook authentic Thai food. Or trek around the region; there are plenty of beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, this beautiful T-shaped island is known for its white sand beaches and limpid waters. In addition to sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling, travelers can rent a scooter to explore the island. The town offers a lively nightlife and delicious seafood, with many wonderful restaurants around. This is the perfect destination for those seeking to chill out without traveling too far from Bangkok.
Ayutthaya became the second capital of Siam in 1350. Its location between India, China and the Malay archipelago made the town a strategic trading capital in Asia. Today, only a few vestiges remain, but these are enough to give visitors a good glimpse into what this majestic city would have looked like back in the day. Reliquary towers and grand monasteries can be seen in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which can be visited as part of a day trip from Bangkok.
Located along the riverbanks of the Mekong, Nong Khai is a charming town that gives visitors an authentic glimpse into life in the province of Isaan; a region with a strong cultural identity and home to friendly locals. There are beautiful river views to enjoy, ancient and fascinating rock formations to see at the Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, and stunning temples to visit. If possible, visit during one of the annual festivals, when the town becomes as lively and colorful as it can be.
Phetchaburi is an ancient town located to the southwest of Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. History and architecture lovers are guaranteed to fall in love here. This is a town with stunning ancient buildings including countless temples and the former Royal Palace. Don’t miss the Tham Khao Luang Cave, where visitors will find a very old Buddhist shrine.