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Thailand, Places to Visit and Things to Explore

Updated on January 22, 2017

Thailand is believed to be one of the most popular tourist – and honeymoon – travel destination. Rich nature and special culture merge and create unique atmosphere that attracts more and more tourists every year.

Thailand is an amazing destination that has a lot to offer a traveler, whether you’re staying for just a week, or are taking a long-term exploration of the country. The islands in Thailand are famous for their wonderful beaches, laid back vibe and excellent activities, such as scuba diving.

Save yourself from frustrations and embarrassment and learn a little about Thailand before your first trip there.

Thailand has long been considered one of the best budget-friendly destinations in the world. It’s safe for solo travelers, has activities for all types of adventurers and is very easy on the bank account. I wanted to share a fun-filled day that I had in Krabi, Thailand to show how easy it is to explore on as little as $20 a day.

Famous island:

Ko Khao Phing Kan is an island in Thailand, In Phang Nga Bay northeast of Phuket. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, Khao Phing Kan has been popularly called James Bond Island.

Traditions

The Yee Peng festival in Northern Thailand is the lantern Festival every backpacker is dreaming about. I've been there and I'll tell you where you can raise your lantern in Chiang Mai.

Here in Chiang Mai, our favourite is the Chiang Mai Gate Market or Talat Pratu Chiang Mai, located in the south inside the moat and open 24/7. If you get there in the afternoon or evening, you will find a great variety of street food, but if you go in the morning, you will be able to find a small fruit paradise. Call it a walk-in natural pharmacy. Here is a list of a few remarkable fruits we’ve eaten in Thailand.

Khao Sok National Park in south Thailand (near Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak) boasts a spectacular landscape of limestone rock formations and ancient rainforest and can be best explored by boat or kayak or on foot (jungle treks). You can stay in tree houses and floating huts on a lake, or try glamping in luxury safari tents at Elephant Hills camp.

Ko Khao Phing Kan
Ko Khao Phing Kan
Khao Sok National Park in south Thailand
Khao Sok National Park in south Thailand
Yee Peng festival
Yee Peng festival

Places to explore :

Explore Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market. Features: Great food, bargain prices, authentic goods, and sensory overload. Best time to go: Every stall is open on Saturdays and Sundays (get there early — 9am or so) - 6pm. Dive right into the largest outdoor market in Thailand (and probably all of Southeast Asia), which covers 35 acres and contains over 15,000 stalls. The deeper you explore, the deeper you’ll go into a fascinating menagerie of exotic birds, hand-carved teak furniture etc.

A floating market is a market where goods are sold from boats. Originating in times and places where water transport played an important role in daily life, most floating markets operating today mainly serve as tourist attractions, and are chiefly found in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Koh Mook - It's a beach that is not visible from the ocean, you have to swim through this small cave which opens up to a jungle with a hidden beach that was once used by pirates!

Emerald Pool is also called Sa Morakot and was listed in Unseen Thailand situated at Klongtom district, Krabi,Thailand. The water here comes from thermal springs, originating deep underground in volcanic chambers.

Also, visit Pattaya beach! It's a Beautiful Beach in Thailand. Main tourist Attraction. Tons to do for Cheap.

Islands:

Phi Phi Island Thailand - Destroyed by a Tsunami in 2002 this island has surely not become any less attractive than it was in the years before ! Shrouded with tourist from all over the globe Phi Phi is one very lively and energetic island of the coast of Thailand's Main land !

Maya Bay is the main tourist attraction of PhiPhi, Thailand, maybe due to the Beach being filmed there back in 1999. It looks like paradise!

Kophangan is one of the main islands in Thailand and that is of course not for nothing. KoPhangan is the island of the fullmoon party. The party that attracts thousands of backpackers from all over the world.

Tapu Island and Phing Kan Island - is the main tourist attraction which all tourist boat must stop for visiting and take a photograph . The front side of Tapu Island is very well-known by foreigners because it's one scene of the "James Bond " movie. Activities : Cave/Geological Touring View.

Krabi

Krabi is the most relaxing part to be in all of Thailand, it is a province that has the most stunning scenery imaginable, beautiful white beaches that stretch on for miles, a jungle and over 200 islands just of the coast. Krabi covers quite a large area so a lot of the attractions require a fair bit of attention and time.

Bustling Krabi Town is majestically situated among impossibly angular limestone karsts jutting from the mangroves.

Ao Nang Beaches in Krabi : Ao Nang is Krabi's vibrant tourist centre. It has the relaxed atmosphere of a small town, the beauty of a beach resort, and the unique friendliness that sets Thailand apart from the rest.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Emerald Pool
Emerald Pool

Thailand's Main Attractions

Bangkok's nightlife experiences are one of the main reasons so many people make the trip to this steamy metropolis year after year. One thing is certain, once the sun sets on Bangkok many parts of the city wake up and it seems every niche has been catered for.

Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Thailand Bangkok's main tourist attraction, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is considered the most sacred in the country.

The White Temple in Thailand is the creation of Thai artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat who started building it back in 1998. He has completed only the first of 9 main buildings planned. In an interview, he said “I will dedicate all my life to this work. Also, I have at least 2 generations to continue it after my death. I estimate that it will take about 60-70 years to complete.”

A main tourist attraction in Thailand would be its many Buddhist temples. The one shown is called Wat Phra Kaew, and is considered to be the most sacred Buddhist temple throughout the country.

At the northern end of Bangkok, the Ayutthaya was once considered it's own spectacular city. Now, it has become a major tourist attraction, brimming with ruins and intriguing ancient buildings. This ancient city features a blend of great architectural styles like Sukothai, Lobpuri, Dvaravati, Persian and many more.

The main attraction of the town is the French Colonial architecture, with more than 800 old buildings still intact Battambang has the best preserved architecture in South-East Asia.

Prasat Hin Phimai boasts some of the most impressive Khmer ruins in Thailand. Though built as a Mahayana Buddhist temple, the carvings also feature many Hindu deities as explained in the visitor center.

Some Customs:

Light Festival in Ghent, BelgiumItalian family Luminaire de Cagna created the main attraction in the Ghent Light Festival. The spectacular light Cathedral was build with 55.000 energy efficient LED lights. Usually held in January.

Phuket FantaSea Show and Buffet, a round trip Phuket FantaSea is a Thai cultural theme park - the world’s first entertainment park that presents Thai Culture and Tradition as its main theme.

Mingun Paya

Mingun is a town in northwest Myanmar (Burma) located 11 km up the Ayeyarwady River located on the west bank from Mandalay. Its main attraction is the ruined Mingun Pahtodawgyi.

Tham Lod Cave in Soppong (Northern Thailand) is considered one of Thailand’s most impressive caves, partly for its size, partly for its attractive limestone stalactite formations and partly for the unusual coffin cave hidden within the main cave.

Koh Panyee : Fishing village in Thailand, notable for being built on stilts by Indonesian fishermen. The population consists of roughly 200 families or between 1,500 and 2,000 people descended from 2 seafaring Muslim families from Java. The village includes a floating soccer pitch. Nowadays this is one of the main attractions on tours of Phang Nga Bay from Phuket, often serving as a lunch stop.

Some of the main attractions in Khorat are Khmer ruins. Scattered around the province, these products of ancient wisdom shines through time. One of the Thailand's finest Khmer ruins can be seen here next to Mon and Lao sites. In addition, Khorat has an abundance of natural attractions in its forests, hills, wildlife and waterfalls that are easily accessible in locations such as Khao Yai National Park.

Thailand/Erawan National Park: is one of the many wonderful national parks in Thailand. This park, in particular, encompasses almost 550 sq km of great mountain tops and valleys. The main attraction here is the Erawan waterfalls, which is of 7 levels and is without a doubt the most beautiful falls in all of Asia.

Erawan National Park is one of the most famous national parks in Thailand. Over 80 percent of the park is covered in forests, but the park's main attraction is Erawan Falls, with its emerald green ponds.

"The Underwater World", one of Sentosa's most recommended attractions, is a "live museum" boasting thousands of fish and marine creatures... The main attraction is the "transparent tunnel", which passes through a colossal aquarium, with hundreds of fish, sharks, rays, eels and other creatures that swim all around you.

Royal palace in Bangkok city,Thailand as the main tourist place to visit in Bangkok tour while you are there in Thailand. This Royal palace is the former royal residence of the present dynasty. Emerald buddha temple is another temple with very beautiful buildings to explore in Bangkok palace.

Kanchanaburi Province - The main attraction being the Death Railway and the Bridge is only a small part of the real attraction of this province. You can find rest houses and motels as well as cafes with a Colonial touch. This is the riverside along the River Kwai. The shoreline jetties provide a lull for visitors to take a break. There are some restaurants and motels located along this riverside that makes for a unique holiday experience.

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