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Grown up in a place strongly inspired by the West, Thailand's tropical charm was compelling when I went on my first personal journey abroad. Thailand's best and most worth seeing places of interest are breathtaking isles, temple and uplands. Drive southwards, to the Andaman coastline and the Gulf of Thailand to see the best sands.
In Bangkok and central Thailand, if you only make a brief excursion, you will find many top tourist attractions that are easily visited. I searched for the most wonderful Thai beach and went to Koh Lipe, near the Thai - Malaysian frontier. The journey there is more strenuous than most other places on this shortlist, but it is worthwhile looking for the best island and submarine scenery, especially if you are travelling from/to Malaysia.
Visit the Tarutao National Park before you depart. Thailand should have Bangkok on everyone's list, and for good reasons! Get away from the bustling urban scene at Jim Thompson House, Lumphini Park or take a tour on the Chao Phraya River. Benedict XVI friars during a praying ceremony in Wat Phra Singh, one of the most important monasteries in Chiang Mai.
There is no doubt that Chiang Mai is the best foodies in northern Thailand. If you want to eat locally, take Sunday Walking Street near Tha Pae Gates, Saturday Night Walking Street on Wua Lai Road, the Warorot Market every day or Night Bazaaron Chang Klan Road. As you eat your way through the town, you' ll be visiting the wonderful temple of Chiang Mai.
If you want to go on a mad Tempellauf there are over a hundred other churches in Chiang Mai. To enjoy a breathtaking view over Chiang Mai, dare to go outside the doors of the old town and see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. If you want to enjoy beautiful natural scenery, you should go to Doi Inthanon National Park, which is home to Thailand's highest peak and the mighty Mae Ya Waterfall.
Head southwards to Thailand where you will see the world-famous sands. It is home to the most stunning marine landscapes in the land, with picturesque sandy areas encircled by lofty calcareous rocks. The most important tourist spot is Ao Nang, formerly Ao Phra Nang ("Princess Bay"). It is the ideal basis to maximise your Krabi trip. Get on a ferry and climb in Railay (Rai Reh) or go to Ko Poda, Koh Kai (Chicken Island), Phi Phi Phi Islands and Hong Iceland in Phang Nga Bay on the islandshore.
It is also a favourite destination for its simple ferries to Phuket & Koh Lanta. In the high seasons you can continue to Koh Lipe and the Trang Islands. From Krabi or Phuket you can take a cruise to the Phi Phi Phi Islands. Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi Phi Leh is the most visited area.
It is the backdrop to The Beach, Leonardo DiCaprio's legendary backpack film after Alex Garland's novel. If you are on Koh Phi Phi Phi Don, the major tourist destination, don't miss the Phi Phi view point, Monkey Beach & Long Beach hike.
Phang Nga is one of the best islands hoping trips you can make from Krabi or Phuket. It is a wonderful cove known for its massive calcareous rock formation protruding from the emerging sea. Its best-known location is James Bond Iceland (Ko Tapu), which was featured in the 1974 James Bond Film - The Man with the Golden Gun.
When arriving from Krabi, make sure your travel plan covers Ko Hong, which offers a breathtaking Laguna with crystalline-water. The city of Fuket is a traveler's heaven for those who want to stay in a 4 or 5 star resort at an astonishing value for price. A further explanation why it is so well loved is the good access via the well linked airport PHUCKET.
During your stay here, you' ll be visiting the most important tourist destination, the town of Pâtong, for a wonderful sundown on the shore, a tasty sea food meal or a grocery stroll. Near Hat Karon, provides a quieter atmosphere, in the meantime, go to Phuket Town for a closer look. Phuket is an easy starting point to other Andaman coast destinations such as Phi Phi Phi, Krabi, Phang Nga Bay (Koh Hong/Koh Yao), Raya Islands & more.
Would you like to see the nice eastern coastline of Thailand? Begin with Koh Samui, an upper class Phuket competitor, but with more picturesque shores, fewer people and a cooler outing. Samui Koh is the second biggest in Thailand and the biggest in the Gulf of Thailand. It is also a good starting point to discover Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park and a comfortable detour to Koh Tao, Ko Pha-ngan/Koh Pha Ngan (notorious for full-lunar epics in Haad Rin) and other Surat Thani isles.
Situated in the most northern part of the Chumphon Archipelago/Surat Thani Islands, Koh Tao is home to an underwater world. The Koh Nang Yuan and several view points on the central islands provide beautiful vistas of sandy and glistening seas. When you plan to go to a nearby Bangkok you can either go to Hua Hin or Pattaya.
Major landmarks are Hua Hin Beach, picturesque viewpoints and amusement park such as Santorini Park, Vana Nava Waterpark & The Venezia. In Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park you can also visit the Phraya Nakhon Cave, taste Thai sea food at discount prices at overnight market, visit places of interest and taste wines at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard.
Ayutthaya, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was Thailand's second city. Sukhothai, to see some of Thailand's oldest temple remains. Situated further north of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is home to some of the most architecturally stunning works of art in the world. It is also a must if you want to travel across the northern Thailand-Laos frontier on the way to Luang Prabang.
Similan Island should be one of your destinations in Thailand if you want to see the most attractive island of the state. The secluded islets of Mu Ko Similan National Parkare are accessed from Tab Lamu Port near Khao Lak. The next big gate is Fuket.
And if you are looking for more adventure outside the net, take a look at the Surin isles. Coh Lanta is a favourite destination for those looking for a vacation away from the hustle and bustle on the most famous beaches/islands in southern Thailand. Comprised of Koh Lanta Yai, Koh Lanta Noi and 50 other isles, Mu Ko Lanta National Park offers whitish sandbeach, jungle and a lot of underwaterlife.
It is easy to reach Koh Lanta from Krabi or Trang. The elephant peninsula of Koh Chang offers jungles and beautiful sandbeach. Situated in Trat, Thailand's most eastern provinces, this isolated and rough place retains its spirits despite increasing tourist influx. If you want to follow the coast between Cambodia and Thailand, Koh Chang is a beautiful city.
Bangkok's most favourite seaside resort is Pattaya. The journey from the town to Jomtien Bay, the tourist centre, will take 2 to 3h. Pattaya's top attractions are tour to Ko Lan Islands, the huge Sanctuary of Truth woodtempel, stunning comedy shows & fun filled watersheds. Situated in a scenic valleys just south of Chiang Mai, Pai is a favourite high country resort for backpacker and travellers looking for a relaxing and natural environment.
The area is full of nice walks and falls. Most travellers see the Kwai River Bridge as the major attraction, the most popular section of the Thai-Burma Railway Death Railway. Expand your journey to Kanchanaburi by visiting readily available nature reserves and cascades such as Erawan Falls in Erawan nationalpark.