Thailand is one of the most popular holiday spots in the world. The country is a perfect blend of modern and traditional. The developed and busy cities are in contrast to the calm beaches, the chic modern buildings, and skyscrapers in the same area as the old monasteries and temples making Thailand a contrast in itself. 

You will be amazed by how the people and the city hold on to their traditions and cultures just as when they are developing and moving forward. Thailand is a package where you can experience everything at once. The crazy nightlife with pubs and nightclubs, spiritual and peaceful visit to the monasteries during the day. The color palettes of the country are also a contrast of hues. The white sand beaches with slight blue ocean water and sky to the loud orange and red temples and other old buildings balance each other very well. 

When the thought of visiting Thailand comes to one’s mind, it often gets confused between visiting the North of Thailand or the South of Thailand. 

Best Places to Visit on your trip to Thailand!

The north of Thailand is rich in cultures, traditions, and old rustic buildings whereas the South of Thailand homes pristine beaches and coral reefs. Visit both the North and South of Thailand to get the complete experience of this odd yet beautiful country.

1. Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is located in the center of the country. It is the largest city in the country and is well known for its modern meets traditional lifestyle. You will find chic modern skyscrapers built beside old traditional temples and buildings. 

The luxurious malls and mega marts and a huge contrast to the street and local shops. The spicy Thai food and local cuisine with contemporary modern cuisine from all around the world will give your taste buds a much-needed change of tastes. Live the nightlife at the pubs and bars along with knowing the rich history at Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Phra Kaew.

2. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai was the home to the Lanna Kingdom. Chiang Mai is a city that is surrounded by Northern mountains, lush greenery, and plains. With the increasing urbanization and tourism, Chiang Mai is known for its adamant hold on its traditions and cultures. 

The city has age-old temples, monasteries, and rustic buildings. But like any other city in Thailand, Chiang Mai also complements its rustic approach with modern-day sports activities. Chiang Mai is a little package in itself, which offers activities like hiking, trekking, swimming, cliff jumping, river rafting, Zipline Chiang Mai, etc. 

You can also interact with wildlife here, at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and Patara Elephant Farm, while feeding the cute giants. Also, get to know the local tribes at Chiang Mai and get mesmerized by their cultures. 

3. Koh Tao

Tao means turtle in Thai and it is believed that the island got its name because of its shape as a turtle. However, there are places on this island where green turtles and hawksbill come to breed every year. 

Koh Tao consists of white sand beaches, clear blue water, and rich greenery. It is a popular place for snorkeling activities and scuba diving. There are various scuba diving schools on these islands too. 

The shallow water is rich in beautiful coral reefs and aquatic life like whale sharks, butterflyfish, batfish, and bull sharks. Koh Tao also provides opportunities for other sports like rock climbing, sailing, mountain climbing, etc. The Sairee village on the island has a great collection of restaurants and bars. 

4. Phuket

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. It is the leading tourist location in Thailand. The white beaches with clear blue ocean water allow for many water sports. You can go diving and sailing and Patong is the most popular beach. 

With world-class spas and beach massage tents, you can have the time of your life at Phuket. Phuket also has a very interesting nightlife with nightclubs, bars, and clubs, most of them by the beach. 

With seashell museums, and aquariums you can pass your time on this island. Also, get your adrenaline rushing with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, Dolphins Bay Phuket, scuba diving, jungle trekking, etc. 

5. Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park dates back to 160 million years, which makes it older than the Amazon Forest. Situated at the heart of the national park lies Cheow Lan, which has a turquoise color lake in the middle surrounded by floating raft houses and colorful boats. 

Beautiful majestic mountains act as a beautiful backdrop to the national park. It is believed that more than 5% of the world’s species live in this national park. Some of the animals are Malaysian tapis, wild boars, etc. You can also witness many waterfalls, caves, and exotic wild fruits. Zip Lining and kayaking are the most common activities done here.