Thailand is blessed with bountiful nature and rich culture. Its royal palaces and ancient ruins display diverse cultural influences and extraordinary craftsmanship. With its ultramodern cities and ornate temples, the country offers the best of both worlds. Thailand is also home to scenic beaches, valleys and mountains that call for water sports and other adventurous activities. If you are not an adventure person then just lay back on the white sand beaches or explore tropical gardens and rainforests to find peace amidst nature.
Thailand is all about celebrating life and it's clearly visible by the vibrancy of its cities. The Pattaya floating market is one of the top tourist places in Thailand. Here you get to experience how people used to shop in the olden times. You can see locals selling freshest produce in small boats, sericulture in practice, local craftsmen making handicrafts. Besides shopping, you can even get herbal Thai massage. Rubber Land and Buddha Mountain are amazing places to explore in Pattaya. Bangkok is a major hub of fun and nightlife in Thailand. Nightclubs, rooftop lounges and cafes make nightlife in Bangkok ideal. There are several theme parks you can explore besides the historical places in the city. Also, if you want to go on a shopping spree, Bangkok is again an ideal place for you. The city is home to many shopping centers, markets and floating markets. In fact, Chatuchak Market, one of the largest outdoor markets in the world, is situated in Bangkok. Besides shopping and sightseeing, the Dinner cruise in Chao Phraya River is one of the most exotic and unforgettable highlights of the Thailand trip.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is the closest you'll get to nature in Pattaya. The beauty and serene ambience of this garden is indescribable. There is a European Garden, Stonehenge Garden, French Garden, Succulent Garden, Flower Valley, Variegated Garden, Butterfly Hill, Orchid Garden, all with distinct physical features. Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is home to freshwater marsh as well as limestone caves, tropical jungle trails, scenic beaches and mangrove swamps. Thung Sam Roi Yot freshwater marsh, Sam Phraya Beach, Phraya Nakhon cave and Khao Daeng Canal are the major highlights of this park. Phuket Bird Park houses more than 100 species of birds from Asia, South America and Africa. It is a vibrant place surrounded by lush greenery and hilly landscapes. To make it more enjoyable you can attend the bird show displaying the intelligence of these birds. You can even feed some birds and take pictures with them. Khao Yai, located in Hin Tung, is Thailand's third largest and one of the most visited national parks. It's revered to be a haven for wild elephants. This breathtaking park is home to rich flora, fauna, grasslands, mountains and rainforests. However, the Haew Suwat Waterfall is the prime attraction of this park. Trekking and biking is quite famous here given its scenic trails. Mu Ko Chang National Park is a jewel of 50 islands. You can explore its rich flora and fauna, go diving, snorkeling, and kayaking at the beaches. Krabi rainforest is an ideal place to visit for a nature lover. The splendid views, hot springs and the Emerald Pool are enough for you to sit back and relax. Siam Ocean World Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. It has more than 400 species of fish, crustaceans and even numerous penguins. Besides witnessing, this wonder you can even partake in feeding the sharks and penguins.
Phi Phi Islands feature pristine beaches with crystal blue waters that call for long-tail boat ride, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. It is an archipelago of just six islands. With its vibrant atmosphere and crazy gatherings this place is ideal for partiers. Koh Larn island off the coast of Pattaya offers amazing views of the coral reefs. It's also a prime destination for windsurfing and parasailing. Situated in southern Thailand, Krabi Island is one of the major tourist attractions in the country. It is covered with beautiful beaches, caves, lush green forests, limestone rocks, mangrove swamps and waterfalls.The hilltops offer spectacular views of the town, Limestone Mountains, and the Andaman Sea. There is something memorable for everyone here. Be it climbing mountains or scuba diving in the beaches, Krabi Island is filled with adventurous activities and boundless tranquility. Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island offers tons of activities to keep you entertained. You can go shopping, hiking, scuba diving, sightseeing or just lay back and enjoy its tranquil ambience. Similan Islands in Phang Nga is one of the best dive areas in Thailand. You can explore the underwater beauty of the coral reefs and make memories that will stay with you for a long time. Owing to its translucent waters sailing and swimming is also quite famous here. Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Lipe, Koh Samui, James Bond Island, Raya Island are some of the other exotic islands in Thailand.
Jomtien Beach is one of the quieter beaches in Thailand. You can enjoy sunbathing for hours, make sandcastles, stroll along the stretch of the beach in the peaceful ambience. The sunset view is breathtaking and worth the wait. Railay Beach also known as Phra Nang Beach is quite secluded compared to the other beaches in Krabi. But that is advantageous for peace seekers. With the beautiful seashore, tranquil waves and white sands along with lagoons, caves and cliffs, Railay Beach is an ideal place to recharge your soul and spirit. Freedom Beach in Phuket has shallow waters at both of its ends offering beautiful underwear flora and fauna. You can try snorkeling or make the most of your time here playing Beach soccer or volleyball. Patong Beach is one of the most happening beaches in Phuket. With scores of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and cabarets Patong Beach is the most vibrant place which comes with splendid views. Besides nightlife, you can even enjoy snorkeling, jet skiing and scuba diving. Nai Harn Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Hat Sai Kaew Beach, Koh Samet Beach, Karon Beach are a few other famous beaches in Thailand.
Thailand is filled with magnificent Buddhist temples with their architecture displaying the richness of Thai craftsmanship. Temple of Emerald Buddha, locally known as Wat Phra Kaew, is located within the grounds of the Grand Palace. It's believed that the Buddha, clad in gold, dates back to the 15th century. It is one of the most important temples in Thailand. Wat Arun, rising above the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, looks magical when it's lit up against the night sky and morning sun. This iconic temple is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Thailand that you must visit. The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), situated near Chiang Mai, leaves the beholder spellbound owing to its majestic white colored structure. Wat Pho is one of the most spiritual and famous places in Bangkok. It hosts one of the largest reclining Buddha in the city. It's adorned with numerous images of Buddha. Wat Mahathat, located in Sukhothai Historical Park, is the park's most important and beautiful temple. Some 168 sculptings of Buddhist disciples with their hands clasped decorate the base of the main stupa. Tiger Cave Temple is one of the famous temples in Krabi. It's popular because of the mystical tiger paw prints on the cave walls. Also, the magnificent architecture of this temple will leave you stunned. Wat Suthat, Wat Tham Sua, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew are some of the other famous temples in Thailand.