Thailand vacations are exotic, tropical and sometimes wild. It is a nation filled with ancient cultural monuments, and modern entertainment to satisfy even the most diverse tastes. In the south, there is the Gulf of Thailand, crystal clear blue-green water surrounded by the Thai coast of white sand beaches. The water around Thailand is a perfect place for snorkelling or scuba diving adventures. In the north is the hill country, with great outdoor activities such as elephant riding and white-water rafting. You can also visit the hill tribes of the northern villages who have their own unique culture. There are countless exciting and fun things to do while visiting Thailand and that’s why it’s one of our top 10 travel destinations.
Thailand is studded with many ancient and beautifully built temples. Some of the temples feature world-famous statues of Buddha. There are few places in the world where you can spend your days exploring thousand-year-old temples, and your night dancing in the hottest nightclubs. When you put it all together, Thailand is clearly a world-class travel destination with discount prices you can afford.
Islands & Beaches
Phuket: Phuket has some of the hands-down best beaches in the world. An island paradise just off the coast of mainland Thailand and connected by a bridge, travellers here will find beautiful clear blue waters with waves gently rolling up white-sand beaches. A favourite activity is scuba diving, due to the great water clarity and pleasant temperature. A visit to Phuket is one of the top 10 things to do in Thailand.
Koh Samui: Koh Samui is another island paradise, off the east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui offers attractions similar to those offered by Phuket. In addition to the typical beach activities, Koh Samui is home to a number of incredible waterfalls. When you travel to Thailand Koh Samui is one of the best places to visit.
Pattaya, This great party destination on the Gulf of Thailand is a perennial favourite of tourists to the region, although the population of the city is only 120,000, an estimated 5.8 million people visit it each year although it is not as clean as other Thailand vacation spots.
Hua Hin: Hua Hin is another famous Thai beach resort town. Conveniently located near Bangkok it is a great first stop for those who want to hop from location to location on their trip to Thailand. Consider staying in one of the Bangkok hostels or hotels or stay locally while visiting Hua Hin.
Rayong: Rayong is one of the less crowded beach areas of Thailand with 100 km of coastline along the Gulf of Thailand. Those who do visit enjoy that it is quieter than other Thai beach vacation locations.
Khao Lak Hard hit by a tsunami in 2004, Khao Lak has undergone intense reconstruction since then, due to the natural beauty of the land which developers would not let go to waste. Today Khao Lak is once again a hit tourist destination.
Phi Phi Don: The Phi Phi islands are a small chain, which is part of Thailand. Koh Phi Phi Leh was the setting of the 2000 movie the Beach, which made the area a hit tourist attraction to the western world. All Thailand vacations should visit the Phi Phi islands.
West Railiy: West Railiy beach is located in southeastern Thailand. It is a perfect place to visit if you want to get away from the crowds around the most popular Thai beaches. As it is a relatively recent discovery to travellers, the hotel prices are low, (yes even lower than other places in Thailand.)
Places to Visit in Thailand
Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo: The Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo is home to over 100,000 crocodiles, including the largest one in captivity, which is nearly 20 ft. long and weighs an incredible 2465 lbs. This zoo is also the perfect spot to check out one of the famous Thai crocodile shows, where expert performers attempt stunts such as putting their heads into the mouths of crocodiles! A great activity for the whole family.
Ancient Siam: Ancient Siam is said to be the largest outdoor museum in the world! And it’s just a few kilometres from the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo. The owner’s original plan was to create a giant mini-golf course based on the nation’s monuments, however, finding that many of the actual monuments were in breaking down and in danger he instead decided to commemorate them with replicas.
Floating Market: Floating markets are exactly what they sound like, farmers and merchants load their wares onto their boats in the morning and ferry them to a canal where they tie up and sell them all day. Today they have largely been replaced by more conventional modern supermarkets, however, a few still survive, and they are a great way to get some fresh food while experiencing what life was like in the region for hundreds of years.
Ayutthaya: Ayutthaya is the capital city of the province bearing the same name. It is an ancient city, and in the 1700s was one of the largest in the world. The ruins from the city’s golden age are a spectacular sight.
Kanchanaburi: Kanchanaburi is the capital city of the province by the same name (a trend in Thailand) it is home to a museum dedicated to the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, which was built by Americans POWs, and the subject of a Hollywood movie.
Bangkok has plenty of cheap hotels, so for your convenience, we’ve assembled a list of good ones for around $10 American.
Avana Bangkok, Bangkok Inter Place, Golden Horse Hotel, Malaysia Hotel New, Peninsula Hotel, New Trocadero Hotel, New World Lodge Hotel, Premier Inn Rex Hotel, Rio Residence Business Hotel, Sathorn Villa Bangkok, Sawasdee Khaosan Inn, The Blooms Residence, Watana Mansion, Woraburi Hotel and Resort, Wood Lands Inn, Woraburi Khaosan Inn, World Inn Hotel
Must See Places
The National Museum Called the greatest and most complete museum dedicated to Thai culture in the world, The National Museum in Bangkok is a must-see for culture buffs visiting the country. Right next to the Pramane Ground the museum is conveniently located to be toured along with the other attractions in the city. It is oftentimes a stop for Thailand vacation tour groups.
Dusit Zoo The oldest Zoo in Thailand, Dusit Zoo was originally the personal garden of King Chulalongkorn. Today it is a popular Bangkok tourist attraction.
The National Arts Gallery: A great way to experience any culture is to learn about its artists. In Thailand, the best place to do that is at The National Arts Gallery in Bangkok. Admission is 10 Baht or about 30 cents American.
Lumpini Park: The Thai equivalent of Central Park in New York City, this is the perfect place to take a peaceful break in the bustling metropolis of Bangkok. To emphasize just how tranquil it is the park was named after the birthplace of Buddha. It is free to visit and a place to spend time if you are looking for a cheap Thailand vacation.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Jutting up into the sky are the golden spires of The Grand Palace, the architecture alone makes it a spot worth visiting. Connect is the Wat Phra Kaeo or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which contains a famous holy statue of Buddha. If you’re into culture The Grand Palace is one of the best places to visit in Thailand.
Pasteur Institute (Snake Farm): The Pasteur Institute was created to treat dangerous diseases such as cholera and typhoid fever. However it is an exciting place for tourists to visit as they also produce anti-venom and as a result have a large collection of rare venomous snakes, which they milk for venom twice a day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. They allow tourists to watch.
Nana: Nana is a street loaded with clubs (or disco’s depending on which side of the pond you’re on) just ask a cab driver to take you here from your hotel, and a great evening awaits you.
Emporium: Emporium is exactly what the name implies, an all-inclusive entertainment experience. A modern mall with world-class restaurants, and a world-class movie theatre in Bangkok.
Thong Lor: Thong Lor on Soi 55 (Soi is the Thai name for their side streets which are typically numbered) is an area famous for the wide variety of world-class restaurants. It also contains several shopping malls.
Si Lom Road: Si lom road is home to everything from upscale nightclubs to street bazaars selling Thai meats on a stick, or a new (knock off) Armani suit for a fraction of the price. Si Lom Road is also home to the business district with the headquarters of several banks and financial institutions along with it for an educational moment in your Thailand vacation.
Ratchadaphisek Road: Radchadaphisek Road is the entertainment district of Bangkok. The area between Rama IX Rd. and Sutthisan Rd., is loaded with discos, restaurants, hotels, and Thai massage parlours.
Khao San Road: Part of the Bang Lamphu District in Bangkok, Khao San Road is one of the trendy spots where the young hip locals go out to have a good time. The outdoor bistros and bars are popular places to grab a bite, go dancing, or just have a drink and people watch.
Wat Po: Wat Po, which is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is famous throughout the world for its giant gold statue of Buddha posed in a position laying on his side. The temple is right next to the Grand Palace.
Wat Trimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha): Wat Trimit is known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha because it is home to a unique statue of Buddha which is about 9 feet tall and made entirely of gold weighing in at an impressive five and a half tons.
Wat Sa Ket (The Golden Mount): This iconic Temple towers above the city of Bangkok, and is a good place to visit for the view of the city, also for those seeking something spiritual in their vacation the temple is home to relics from Buddha.
Wat Suthat (The Giant Swing): Wat Suthat is one of the oldest temples in Thailand. It houses a statue of Buddha which is over 26 ft tall. At one time there was a giant swing on the premises which was in the worship of Shiva, however, all that remains today is a red arch.
The Hill tribe: Experience A great way to see a different side of Thailand from the usual beautiful beaches and tourist spots in the south of the country is to visit the hill tribes in the northern mountains. The area also features great outdoor activities such as mountain biking, white water rafting, and elephant riding.
Eco-Tourism: Eco-Tourism is the latest trend in travel, it can be described as the exploration of a country or regions natural attractions while maintaining the utmost respect for the conservation of that area and the sustainability of the tourism practice. Thailand vacations offer great opportunities for eco-tourists including kayaking trips up their larger rivers, and white water rafting in the northern hill country.
Kayaking: Kayaking is one of the greatest ways to explore the beach areas and coastal waterways of Thailand. The land makes every trip a beautiful adventure and kayak rentals are available from many hotels and independent shops.
Diving: The waters in the Gulf of Thailand have been considered some of the best in the world for scuba diving and snorkelling because of the clarity of the water and the perfect temperature it remains year-round. Thailand easily makes many people’s top ten lists for best scuba destinations. When you visit the country it is easy to find a boat that will take you to dive on your own at the best spots or a guided tour of beautiful and easy to dive locations for beginners. It’s worth taking a Thailand vacation for scuba diving.