Thailand Destinations MapDestinations Map of Thailand
For more information, click on one of the destinations or map markings (yellow markings on the map indicate island and sea destinations). The majority of Thai tourists will travel through Bangkok sometime and the first experiences of the Thai capitol are not always upbeat. However, with a little perseverance and the readiness to investigate and scrape under the ground, Bangkok can be a thrilling place.
Located both to the east and south of Bangkok, the main plain of Thailand is an important farming area fed by three of the Kingdom's major navigable highways. Nan River and Ping River run down from the northern mountain ranges and merge in the centre of Thailand to create the Chao Phraya River, which stretches as far as Bangkok.
Eastwards from Bangkok to the borders of Cambodia is the coast of Thailand with the famous seaside town of Pattaya and the picturesque Ko Samet and Ko Chang islets.
Bangkok's eastern seaboard is as much loved by Thais as it is by foreigners. Northern Thailand is an area full of historical and cultural riches. Today Chiang Mai is the most important town in the northern part, but the Lanna legacy is also known in other places like Lampang and Chiang Rai.
Northern Thailand is characterised by rolling countryside, mountain ranges and dales and the weather here is somewhat colder for much of the year than in Bangkok and the southern part of the state. People come to the northern part of the island to savour the countryside and participate in car chases such as bull rides, treks and mountain tribal visit.
Southern Thailand stretches to the Malaysia frontier and is bounded to the east by the Gulf of Thailand and to the west by the Andaman Sea.
As home to some of the best in Southeast Asia, Soth Thailand is a favourite option for those who just want to take off their boots and unwind. On the Andaman coast (e.g. Phuket) the southwest moon is more affected, which can cause rains from May to October. On the Gulf Coast (e.g. Ko Samui), on the other side, the north-east moon brings rains from October to January.