15 Best Cities to Visit in Thailand

Martina Rosado
Written by
Last update:

Map of cities in Thailand

These are the fifteen best cities in Thailand, according to Fodors, a trade publication for the travel industry. Thailand has many wonderful city and resort hotspots. Here are some cities that have been voted as great places to visit in Thailand.


Known as Bangkok, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (City of Angels on the Emerald Buddha), which is among the most visited cities in Thailand as one of the three popular capitals of Southeast Asia.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the largest city in Thailand. After Bangkok, it is the second most visited city in Thailand. Chiang Mai is the hub for the inner regions of Thailand. The inner regions are where most of the tourist attractions in Thailand are. Chiang Mai is one of the most famous cities in Thailand. All the most popular tourist activities are located in Chiang Mai.


Phuket, a popular tourist hub in Thailand, was formerly known as Kamphaet. Notable tourists attractions in the town include Phuket Aquarium, Phuket Dunia shopping mall, and Phuket Zoo. The largest island in Thailand is named after this city. In Thai, Phuket means “south of the great isle.”

Krabi Town

The beauty of Thailand is the diversity of its landscapes. Some of the countries most beautiful landscapes are found in the southern province of Krabi.

Krabi feels more like a Polynesian paradise than a conventional Thailand. Seafront locations, tropical jungles, and high mountain city locations all come together in beautiful Krabi.

The area around Krabi is one of the top destinations in Thailand for tourists, the beaches in town make this area a staple destination among holiday-makers.

The culture of the area is also refreshingly diverse. Krabi is home to a large number of ethnic groups, including Akha, Lahu, Karen, Lue, Lisu, Meuang and Phakasol to name a few.

The prices in Krabi are also surprisingly cheap. Rest and relaxation are very reasonably priced here, and there are a number of cheap food choices and beachside benders that cost a mere “thít….

Getting around Krabi is very cheap and easy. Most of the attractions and places of interest are within walking distance and public transport is also reasonably cheap.

Krabi town has been made easy and cheap to get around, combining this with unique cultural sights and cheap prices make Krabi Town one of the best places to visit in Thailand.


Surin is a popular destination for domestic travelers. It offers a unique glimpse of good old Thai country life. You can visit an authentic Thai village with friendly locals, wander through a local market, shop at local souvenir shops, and taste the best and most authentic Thai dishes in the area.

Things to Do and See in Surin

Meanwhile, get to know Surin’s thriving local community. Featuring over 100 temples and golden Buddha images, Surin is a must-see destination.

On others’ suggestion, take a tour of the largest rubber plantation in the world outside of Malaysia. You can also learn the art of Thai cooking from a master chef at Cooking University. Here you can learn how to cook grilled food and many more of Surin’s fresh ingredients.

Surin is also making regular appearances on television in a show for people of all walks of life. This long-running television program features interviews with a wide range of topics. You can learn how to paint, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and how to control your emotions during public speaking.

What to Do

If you are a scuba enthusiast, surf your way to victory at the local Surin Beach. Explore the islands off Surin’s coast with a traditional craft.

Ubon Ratchathani


Known for its various beaches, Chanthaburi features pristine beaches with great conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports.

The Yom River connects this province with the Andaman Sea. Also, the Chanthaburi caves are a historical site with a long history dating back from the 11th century.

The province has many cave sanctuaries, including the Phra Samut Chedi Cave and the Phu Thong Caves, which are famous for their stalagmites.

Hiking and trekking can be enjoyed here as well as diving and snorkeling. The province also features a number of places of interest such as Wat Luang, Wat Phra That Chiwit and the Sukhothai Historical Park.

The province also has beautiful views overlooking the city and the ocean.

Nong Khai

(£ is 2,070; £1 = £50)

One of the most important borders to Thailand is in Nong Khai Province, allowing land access to Laos. This city is at the center of the province, with a population of over 180,000.

The people who live here are farmers who work the land, doing their best to try to support themselves.

Their daily lives revolve around agriculture, growing corn, peanuts, rice, and other crops. This ability to farm and produce their own food is what helps keep their family and community together.

The city of Nong Khai is a small community, with only a few shopping malls. There are two well-stocked markets that are open 24 hours a day for every kind of food and drink you could imagine.

Nong Khai has recently become a hub for backpackers and budget travelers to visit. To the people of Thailand, Nong Khai is a valuable source of income, as it serves as a gateway between Thailand and Laos.

Travellers going to stay in Laos will make their way to Nong Khai for a cheap overnight stay before moving on to Laos.

The city’s residents like it for this reason. The people of the city play a vital role in getting visitors to the next stop on their trip.

Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a seaside resort town in the coastal province of Prachuabkhirikhan in Thailand. The town is known as “The Jewel of the Gulf” for its beauty.

There are many sights to see and things to do in Hua Hin. There are beautiful beach resorts, nice restaurants and a beautiful ancient historic area in the center of town. Even though Hua Hin is in the north, it still receives tropical breezes during the cooler months of the year.

Surat Thani

Surat Thani is located in the south of Thailand at the southern end of the Malay Peninsula along the coast.

You’ll find many beaches along the lower part of Surat Thani, such as in Nakalamnak and Thung Hua. You can also spend the night around the rainforest at Chang Klang. Alternatively, you can go to the hills and hike.

Shopping in Surat Thani: Ao Kai is a market where you can buy a basket full of coconut lotion, and you’ll be invited to try it at a market stalls. The next street along is a street of young people who do traditional Thai dancing. As well, there are lots of tourist parks, butterfly farms, and dress shops.

Surat Thani also has a splendid natural heritage.


Sukhothai “the city of happiness” is a city, which is located in the region of Northeast Thailand, Amphoe Mueang Sukhothai. The Sukhothai historical park was established in 1966 in order to save the ancient remains of this city, which had undergone many changes.

The city dates all the way back to the thirteenth century. After the fall of the old kingdom of Thonburi (Sukhothai), it became the center of the new Sukhothai Kingdom.

The Sukhothai historical park boasts many impressive attractions. One of them is the remains of the old kingdom of Sukhothai, which are well conserved. The royal palace and the famous Wat Si Chum have been declared historical monuments.

Yet another impressive sight in the Sukhothai historical park is the Ta Phrom temple. It was a royal abode for the monarch. Almost all of the structures of this temple have remained intact over the centuries.

Although many of the most important attractions of the Sukhothai historical park are preserved, there are other ruins as well. These include the remains of the Wat Chedi Luang and the ruins of the Si Satchanalai.

The city of Sukhothai is supposed to have been one of the largest cities in Thailand in the past.

Nakhon Ratchasima


With its warm climate and large expatriate community, Pattaya is one of the tourist destinations of Thailand that even lure visitors from around the world. In fact, the streets are paved with expats. But aside from entertaining and fun, Pattaya has other significant attractions as well.

Nevertheless, Pattaya is yet to be developed several decades ago. If you will be planning to visit the city, it is recommended that you plan your vacation accordingly. Because Pattaya City is mostly a small town, you can spend the majority of your time, visit several attractions, hang out with your friends and family. As a result, your money won't be wasted.

One of the landmarks in Pattaya is the Memorial for the Royal Air Force crash in 1953. The Memorial houses the memorials of those lost. But the highlight of this attraction is the Royal Gardens. Here, you will find several open air theaters where people from around the country gather to watch local shows.

Furthermore, Pattaya is famous for its beaches. You can find several beaches around the city, many of which will appear in your guidebooks. Blue Lagoon which is known as Jomtien Beach, Viewpoint Beach, Amphoe Nongpreu Beach and Nongpruea Beach are some of the beaches that are worth visiting.



This city has a lot to offer for the tourists. Aside from the places where the POWs were held being a marvel to see, you can also get to see the bridge that was built over the River Kwai to keep the POWs on the plantations and the famous bridge that was used as a POW camp.

You can also see the remains of the camp, which is definitely worth the visit. You can see the chinaboat where the POWs crossed the River Kwai, as well as the barracks where they were confined during their stay. You can also see a lot of other artifacts. The whole experience is definitely worthwhile and will definitely tickle your imagination. It’s an adventure worth having.

Nonetheless, Kanchanaburi is a place where you can delve deep into the history of the World War II. It is a place of touching and

Unique feelings.

Chiang Rai

This city of Northern Thailand is a must-visit for people who love spending time in nature. Chiang Rai is known for its mountains, wildlife and trekking, and XCountry activities.

Some of the places to visit are Doi Naga National Park, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Tad Morok National Park and the Prasat Hin Pho National Park.

Chiang Rai is also home to Erawan National Park, which is named after the popular Erawan shrine. The area is rich in wildlife, historical sites, and Buddhist tradition.


The golden age of Ayutthaya took place during the 16th century, when it became the capital city of the Thai Ayutthaya Kingdom. Known for its luxurious architecture, the 17th century Thai king considered it a jewel on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand. Sadly most of the temples were destroyed by the Burmese in the 1760s during a war.

When the city rebuilt itself by the 18th century, there was a conscious effort to recreate the old architecture and design. This was to capture the rich aesthetics and elegance that existed during the reign of King Narai the Great.

The Thai government ordered monuments from all over Thailand be shipped to Ayutthaya and reconstructed. Unfortunately, the restoration project was a complete disaster, leaving the ruins in a sorry state. There is, however, a small part of the ancient town that has been restored quite well. It’s centrally located and you can easily walk around on your own.

The beautiful Buddha Bua Banthat Palace, which was built by King Borom Kluay, is one of the famous monuments of Ayutthaya.

The city was a center of arts and culture during the 17th century. A wooden panel of Ayutthaya and elephant carvings at Wat Phra Si Sanphet nowadays is unavailable to see since they are kept in the temple’s museum.

Chiang Mai

Cities such as Chiang Mai have a nice balance of being both modern and laid back. Located in a valley between mountains, Chiang Mai is also a cultural center with a rich history. The city is popular with both Thai and foreign tourists, with many of the city’s highlights being more accessible to foreigners.