Ko Chang, Thailand

Top 10 Places to visit in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia. It has stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, it is cheap to travel through, a lot of history and friendly people. All and all a good country to travel in!
Here you find the 10 places to visit in Thailand! Fly to Thailand from $392!

1. Bangkok

The best way to explore Bangkok is by bike! There are multiple biketours available but the one i liked the most is Co van Kessel. There are two 3-hour tours, one during the day and one in the evening (both about $25) and is so worth your money. There are also a few longer tours between 5 and 9 hours long. Or visit one of the many temples or flooting markets in Bangkok and of course the Palace of the Royal family!

2. Chiang Mai

The most touristy place in Northern Thailand and the cheapest place in the whole country. It’s possible to book your stay from 100 THB (that’s about $2,5) per night! You can hike, bike and tour around Chiang Mai. There are a lot of different restaurants (and i mean a lot), massage parlors (from 250THB – about $6) and tours available. Want to support the local elephant rescue parks? Visit Elephant Nature Park for a day and see how the elephants live! You can book online and you’ll be picked up from your hotel or hostel and of course dropped off at the end of the day. This was one of the most memorable places i visited in Thailand!

3. Chiang Rai

More to the north of Chiang Mai lies Chiang Rai. This city looks nothing like Chiang Mai, the centre is small with some restaurants, travelagencies and souvenirshops. Near Chiang Rai is the White Temple, which you might think is old but is actually build in 1997. Another place to go sightseeing is the Golden Triangle; you can rent a boat to go accross the river Mekong and visit Laos for a few hours (entrance is 30THB- just under $1). A daytour to the White Temple, the Golden Triangle and some other temples in the area will cost you about $35 per person with private taxi!

4. Lampang

Not a city where tourists go to but a very nice city it is. The centre is not too big so you can easily visit it within 1 day. In the surrounding area of Lampang there are multiple waterfalls you can visit or go hiking in this fantastic region!

5. Pai

This town is located in a very green area perfect for hiking. It’s only about 3 hours away from Chiang Mai and a good place to relax, hike and enjoy the scenery of Northern Thailand!

6. Krabi

Don’t skip a visit to this city! The city itself is not much fun but book a tour to the Hot Spring, the Emerald and Blue Pool and the Tiger Cave Temple. You can visit these places in one day (a tour will cost you about $26). Or in the mood for some relaxing time at the beach? Visit Ao Nang Beach! Want to do something active? Go kajakking at Bor Thor! Here you find mangroves and a very famous cave with prehistorical drawings on the walls!

7. Ko Chang

The second biggest island of Thailand has a lot to offer. Not just fantastic beaches but also stunning nature. The middle of the island is actually a National Park with a lot of waterfalls. For the most visited waterfalls you pay 200THB (about $5) entrance for the National Park. A great waterfall (maybe not spectacular but no tourists in sight at this one) is Klong Nung. It is hidden and not easy to find. But when you do find it, it’ll be a 1km long hike up the rocks to the waterfall. It is a very tough hike with a lot of climbing but definitely worth it. And best thing of all: no tourists and no entrance fees to the National Park!

8. Ko Lanta

This island hasn’t been discovered by a lot of tourists but it’s the perfect place to relax! The beaches here are long stretched, clean and not full of people! The best beaches are Klong Nin and Bamboo Beach. Other fun places to visit are the Old Town on the east of the Island and the Lighthouse in the south!

9. Ko Phi Phi

Very popular among tourist and with good reasons. It’s a beautiful island just too bad it’s visited by a lot of tourist. The main beach on the island is not too clean unfortunately but you can take a kajak (from this beach and cost around $5 for 2 hours) to Monkey Beach. The name already says is: it’s packed with monkeys! There are a lot of touroperators for scuba diving and snorkeling, so if you like to go scuba diving this is the place to do that!

10. Kanchanaburi

In this town you find the River Kwai, famous because of (the movie) The Bridge on the River Kwai. This bridge was part of a traintrack between Birma (now Myanmar) and Thailand. There is a museum about traintracks in Kanchanaburi plus you can actually visit the bridge yoursef. Besides this tourist spot there are also waterfalls near the town of Kanchanaburi (the most visited one is called Erawan) and a National Park called Sai Yoke.