25 Top Tourist Attractions in Thailand

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Erawan Falls

Situated in the heart of downtown Bangkok, Erawan Falls is one of the top tourist attractions in Thailand. Erawan Falls and the hotel complex including an art gallery and a theater are located on the western side of Bangkok within the Khao Phra Viharn temple area.

The falls, which has three main sections, is about 60 meters high. The upper section of the falls is located at a small pond, while the middle section is below the water’s surface and is filled with swimable water. The lowest section is below the water’s level and can be seen only while standing on the rocks at the side.

You can swim in the pool and enjoy the views of the waterfall at the park. There is also an entrance fee to get in the park.

Ao Nang

Ao Nang is a long, wide and fairly shallow beach along the southern coast of the main island of Phuket, Thailand. It is one of the most popular beaches in Thailand and is the main stretch of beach lined with accommodation in the area.

Ao Nang Beach is divided into three sections, Ao Ton Sai, which is at the far north of the beach, is the main southern part of the beach and Aom Jai is to the south of the main southern area of the bay. The northern end of the beach, Ao Ton Sai, is the quieter and has some of the best sunsets in all of Phuket. There are large, white sand beaches and lots of beach bars and restaurants here.

Other major attractions at Ao Nang are Phuket Zoo, Phuket Aquarium and the famous Ao Nang Marine Park. The best beach in Phuket that Haikalahti is going to love, the beaches in Phuket are as beautiful as they are on the side of the peninsula.

Floating Markets near Bangkok

Khlong Toey Market has a row of stalls.

The hucksters in Khlong Toey offer local treats and imitations from dried fish to banana chips.

The dark floating village of Khlong Toey is at the mouth of the river where the Chao Phraya meets the main branch of the river.

The stalls sell local snacks and imitations in the lanes paved with wooden boats.

The markets are here after the boats return to their berths for the night.

Hua Hin Beach

Hua Hin lies on the south of the Phetchaburi province of Thailand. The beach is long and unbroken in this region with a length of more than 6 kilometres. On popular seaside recreation spot, there are resorts, hotels and shops. The town is located some 25 kilometres from nearby Pattaya Pattaya is a popular entertainment area along the coast. The main attractions include the central island of Bang Tao, the colorful island of Ko Phi Phi Le, the Phra Tonsai mountain and Ang Thong Marine National Park.

The beaches of Hua Hin and the resorts on one of their beaches. Hua Hin can be reached by several means of transport. There is a scheduled train service from Bangkok, also long-distance bus, car rental service, taxi and private mini-buses. In the summer season, many tourists come for holiday in Hua Hin.

Prasat Hin Phimai

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park, which shelters many important parks, is located in North Central Thailand. It has over 300 species of plants and serves as a natural home to many animals, such as wild elephants and the Irrawaddy dolphin.

It has a 2,500-year history and was once home to a magnificent ancient city, Maha Khun Borom. The park is home to a number of medicinal herbs and is home to the famous Khao Yai National Park Elephant Conservation Project, which was established to protect the dwindling elephant population that lives in the park.

This park is also established to benefit nature-loving visitors, who can enjoy the park with kayaking trips, mountain bike trips, elephant rides and picnicking. The park also has a number of scientific research projects that observe the plants and animals in the lands.

If you love nature and are looking for an opportunity to visit a beautiful natural sanctuary, Khao Yai National Park is definitely the place for you.

Mu Ko Ang Thong

National Marine Park:
Starting at the mouth of the Ping river, you can access this marine national park by boat or hike. The water here is some of the clearest on earth, so make sure to pack your snorkeling gear as there is lots to see.

The areas are home to coral, sharks, and many other sea creatures. You can also visit the Ping river myself and paddle through the canals of the park.

Phi Ta Khon Hot Springs:
Located on the border of Phitsanulok and Phetchabun, the Phi Ta Khon hot springs are some of the most majestic. There are hot and cold temperature pools including a girl’s pool where women used to relax and bathe at specific times.

The springs are mineral rich and are excellent for getting rid of skin problems. The waters are also said to be very therapeutic and healing.

Prasat Preah Vihear:
Located in Cambodia, this temple complex is a place you must visit. The complex is beautiful and is one of some of the most unique and powerful places I’ve ever been.

Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai Historical Park was one of the earliest capitals of the Sukhothai Kingdom, which flourished between the 5th and the 13th century. The kingdom encompassed the entire Sukhothai Province and also extended over bordering parts of what is now Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia.

In its prime, the Sukhothai Kingdom was a major exporter of tin. The Sukhothai historical park contains five royal palaces, a 1,000-year-old temple, and explanatory murals about the Thai history and culture. The statue of the Emerald Buddha is also located at one of the many temples in the Sukhothai Historical Park.

Ko Nang Yuan

It is the best place to view the reflection of the Buddha Statue surrounded by lotus pond. Open from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day. Admission 60 Baht. 984/122-8218, 984/276-9971, 984/677-6288

The place is well known for the unique architecture and the view of the whole city such as the underwater crockery and the big Buddha at the front. There is a snack restaurant in front and the place also has an amusement park. Open near every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information: 086/365-7444

Ko Samed Pavilion is one of the most significant buildings from Ayutthaya and also the best place to view sunset from. There is an old paddle-wheel boat on the water with the big Buddha Statue in front. Open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information: 086/335-4411

The biggest ever Bamboo Pyramids in the world. The place is a paradise for child to enjoy themselves with the water squirting from the bottom of giant bamboo Pyramids and to play on the Bamboo jungle games. For more information: 081/495-9974

Wat Arun

In the northern train station, across from Soi 2 · Sukhumvit, you will find a small temple on the side of the road.

Wat Arun is the Temple of Dawn. It is so named because of its brilliant pink and golden sunburst-like sun-stones, similar to ones you may have seen inside the movie “The Fifth Element.”

The sunburst at Wat Arun is so bright that it adds a little bit of ambiance inside the room although you can still see the outlines of people walking in and out of the room. There is a staircase in the back leading down to the giant golden seated Buddha, which has a cool feature when it is low in the water, it looks like Marilyn Monroe’s legs.

The sun-stones in Wat Arun are different from the pieces made in the city of Ayutthaya. The stones are made from river clay from the nearby Mae Klong River, which takes a special clay and bakes it to make the clay as hard as a rock.

The Buddhists use the pieces for meditation, praying and giving it to the families. But they emit the most beautiful rays which have been renowned as "the most beautiful one in Thailand." They also use the sun-stones as a place to get recycled.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

One of the most interesting parts of Chiang Mai city is the night market. The place is so popular at night, many hotels will even shuttle some guests straight to the market, so they can shop a little before they retire for the night.

The market is also close to many other tourist attractions. It’s the most crowded of all the markets in Chiang Mai, making it a good place to buy souvenirs. Some vendors even sell handmade crafts of teak wood, home made paper money, dried fruit, soaps, and cheap luxurious looking goods of all kinds. But, if you are looking for food, look for w…h–ah…ah…oah…oah…Ayin market or Vegetable market, because these are the two best markets in the night bazaar. If you are a vegetarian, this is your heaven. You can find everything there from meat to vegetable. At the Vegetable market, it’s not like the Vegetable market in Thailand’s central region, you will get everything you need. You can even get vegetables that are grown through artificial lights. Those vegetables smell like your mother’s garden.

Ko Lipe

Thailand: Fine sand, good for walking, kids having fun, no sea, tours, food and music

Ko Lipe is someplace you should definitely visit! This is a tourist place that offers some great sunbathing at the seashore, good food, arts and crafts and elephants. What you get to do is to see a good place and some rules.

The environment is that you can see a small five star hotel, some artwork made of wood, and some culture. Sitting down with everyone, you can join the beach walk and then enjoy a great drink either a breakfast or something to sip.

Whenever you want to get the chance to get back again, you can literally walk back. This is due to the Laem Klong Nam Tok, which is a river that runs right along the edge of the beach.

Inside the Laem Klong Nam Tok you will see someone that has been carrying a bag to buy something. You need to get it because the boat is in front of the suspension bridge and the there is some people. As the seller crossed the river, many people having a boat will come and get something.

You can either buy a snack and sit there or get it on the boat. You can get fresh fruit, vegetables and coconuts.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak weekend market is more than just a shopping experience. There are several fun outdoor activities that are sure to win you over. Jungle trekking, elephant riding, a turtle watching tour, visiting floating market on a house boat, and much more can be found at Chatuchak. It features the flea market where you can find fabrics from all over the world, antiques, handicrafts, and much more.

The market itself is huge and has unique traditional and modern shopping. On weekends, department stores are open as well as food, souvenir and home furnishings, jewelry, and more. Birds, mammals, and reptiles are available for sale.

Known for being a place of ancient Thai culture, Chatuchak is not to be missed. It is the largest weekend market in the world run by the Chatuchak Foundation, and is located just a short distance away from Bangkok city center.

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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park, located in Krabi Province in southern Thailand, is the largest national park in the country. Spanning over 60,000 ha (148,000 acres) of tropical rainforest, it is one of the most popular and visited parks in the country. It is home to an impressive number of tropical plants and animals, some of which have not been seen elsewhere in Thailand.

The park is known for its white sand beaches and clear turquoise water, which is home to beautiful coral reefs and exotic sea creatures that are home to the park’s flagship species “Asian elephant”. As one of the few parts of the world where the Asian elephant populates, Khao Sok is the perfect place to see these elephants in their natural habitat. The park is also home to many bird species and the rare pig-nosed langurs.

If you want to get the most out of your visit to Khao Sok National Park, you can choose to spend the night at one of a number of accommodation options located within the park’s borders. Two of the best are the Ao Ton Sai Camp and the Kosh Nkhon Mai Lodge (the latter is the park’s only eco-lodge). Both are popular among tourists and are conveniently located close to the park’s center.

Phanom Rung

The Phanom Rung Historical Park, also known as Nam Warorot, is a historical site located at the top of an extinct volcano in Nakhon Phanom in northeastern Thailand. The location houses three main attractions: the Khmer Wat, the Khmer Bor Gate, and the Khmer Ancient Cities view point. The Khmer Wat, a shrine dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, is considered one of the most important collections of Khmer architecture and art in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The site is also home to a sacred banyan tree growing from the root of the volcano and believed to be the “tree of life”.

The banyan tree is also used as a tourist attraction, with Banyan Walk being an elevated walkway through the branches for visitors to get an appreciation of the tree’s bald roots. The journey starts at the base of the tree and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The Khmer Ancient Cities view point itself has a view over 12 ancient Khmer cities which are generally considered to be ruins from the era of the Khmer Empire more than 1,000 years ago. The Ancient Cities view point, much like the Phanom Rung Historical Park in general, is a must-see on any trip to northeastern Thailand

Similan Islands

Located at the tip of the Andaman Coast, the Similans feature pristine, white coral and are home to many species of marine animals.

The best time to visit is in the winter (Nov–Feb) when the weather is cooler and rain is less likely to disrupt your trip.

The Similans are the perfect place for exploring nature and experiencing one of the last remaining pockets of undisturbed coral in the world.

The National Park is located only 76 km away from the Chiang Mai city and supports a few resorts and guesthouses here for your stay.

There are different options for accommodation as you can either stay in a resort with all modern facilities or you can choose to live rustic and go for camping.

There are many different tour operators which organize the Similan tours and the scenery can be explored by scuba diving, kayaking and snorkelling to name a few activities.

The island chain is known for its astonishing tropical marine life, which includes healthy populations of manta rays, dolphins, and coral reefs.

Far from the usual mass tourism and cruise ships, the island remains a untouched tropical paradise, lined with unexplored beaches and stunning scenery.

Full Moon Party at Haad Rin

Thai-Burma Railway Death Railway

Or Death Railway, also known as the Bridge on the River Kwai or Burma Railway, refers to the 415 km (255 mi) railway section built by the Empire of Japan during World War II in Burma from Thanbyuzayat to Myitkyina through jungle terrain with no paved roads or railways in British-administered Burma. The railway passed through Kokan, Hainggyai, Kawlin, Rathedaung, Nanyok, and Lashio, with the final portion at Kalewa, near the China border. The construction of the railway began on 17 May 1942 and was completed on 1 February 1944 under the command of Tōgō Heihachirō of the Imperial Japanese Army at the cost of 16,686 Allied POWs who died and of nearly 30,000 Japanese officers and ordinary soldiers who died during its completion.

Ayuthaya Historical Park

Ayuthaya was the administrative capital of Siam for 500 years (1350–1767). The city was founded in 1350 as a small fishing village. In the 15th century, the Thai King Ramkhamhaeng the Great ruled over a vast territory encompassing the present-day areas of present-day Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Pha Bang Luang in Thonburi district was the place where the Great King of the Thais would spend his last years. King Ramkhamhaeng the Great was the most important reformer of the Thai state and reassessed the political, religious, and economic structure of his kingdom. King Ramkhamhaeng was responsible for the creation of irrigation systems, the revival of art at the capital and city planning. He died while supervising the draining of the Khlong Bang Luang (Bang Luang Canal). The kings desired that their city should outshine all other cities and to achieve that they build a new city close to the Khlong Bang Luang, which was the most important canal in Thailand.

Ayuthaya was first a fortified city with mottes and earthworks, and then brick walls surrounding a central royal residence and a large ceremonial square. The city was never attacked by an enemy but was largely abandoned in 1767 after a prolonged period of disuse and the advent of the Thai religious reform movement.

Mu Ko Chang National Park

(Tapi and Khao Sok National Park)

The largest national park in Thailand, Mu Ko Chang National park comprises two natural islands in the Gulf of Thailand: Khao Sok and Tapi islands. Situated 241 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of Bangkok, the dual-national park comprises two separate areas: Tapi Ko Chuang National Park & Khao Sok National Park in the same area.

On Tapi Island are the ruins of the ancient Khmer Empire city of Kamphaeng Phet, but between the ruins is a small hill pinnacle that is believed to be the tallest point in Eastern Thailand.

In the north of the park is Khao Sok National Park, which features a forest teeming with wildlife.

The islands are accessed by boat service from the mainland.

Both islands are within the Khao Yai National Park. This national park provides a natural habitat for birds and other wildlife.

The islands are home to the famous Khao Sok National Park, which boasts limestone mountains, tropical and temperate forests, and grasslands. The national park is home to over a hundred species of breeding birds, in addition to rare fauna, such as the Malayan Sea Lion.

Northern Hill Tribes

The northern hill tribes are an ethnic group found mainly in Thailand. They are comprised of several groups, including the Lisu, Hmong, Lahu, Yao, Akha, Loei, Hmong Njua, and Akha Chin peoples.

The tribes range from hill tribes such as the Akha and Hmong, who are forest dwelling groups that live in the mountainous regions of northern Thailand, all the way to the Yao people who make their homes in the highland areas of and the southern parts of Laos.

The people in the northern hill tribes are descendants of groups of people who have migrated to South East Asia from China and South Asia via Burma. The hill tribes have long histories and are still going strong.

Rylander considers the northern hill tribes to be the most tangible proof of long-standing interactions with China and Burma. They are traditionally nomadic or semi-nomadic people, whose lives revolve around farming as well as hunting and gathering.

The northern hill tribes are some of the best examples of minority groups who are still surviving, managing to hold onto their culture in the face of cultural and economic pressure to change.

While some of the hill tribes have suffered at the hands of soldiers and civil unrest and are decreasing in number, there are still many that are thriving and growing.

Railay

Very little is known about this incredible World Canyon. Only discovered in 1993 it is best described as a series of valleys and rock art depicting that of the mythical giants now known as Khun Narok and Khun Borom.

According to local legend, these giants were demi-gods that settled in the area originally and were eventually blasted into the rock by earthquakes. Whilst the majority of the rock formations are clearly man-made, the various rock etchings, tunnels, and other engravings attributed to the giants depict highly stylized features and thus are easily comparable to depictions of the giants by the Khmer or Cham people.

The world canyon is categorized as a natural stone arch during its formation during intense and violent earthquakes also known as a fault, but was then filled with water until a channel had to be converted to drain the floodwater.

Railay is one of Thailand’s top international tourist attractions. As well as the world canyon, the big draw is the stunning Gold Coast and the mushroom rock formation.

The World Canyon is located on the southern part of Railay. The main trail takes around one and a half hours and a couple of methods of transport are available. You can either rent horses from the local stables or climb down the cliffs to the beach. The beach walk is a spectacular view, but there's a bit of a walk back up to the arch.

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is on the northern bank of the Chao Phraya River across from the Wat Pho Temple in the Rattanakosin area of Bangkok, Thailand. In a city known for its amazing temples, this iconic building is second to none.

It’s the best time of the day to see the palace, as it’s usually quiet and there are fewer tourists. The floating palace is best viewed from Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho, or even one of the bridges across the Chao Phraya River.

As one of the most prestigious and best-preserved palaces in Southeast Asia, only the Kings of Siam and their female relatives have use of the Grand Palace. Because of this, the palace is not open to the public, though there are some other beautiful buildings inside that are open to tourists.

There is a gate where you have to pay to enter the palace grounds. Once you have given your money, you walk through a small courtyard, and this is where you take your shoes off. At the end of this small courtyard, you arrive at the Golden Chedi, which is a gold-plated stupa filled with jeweled glass.

This is the place where King Rama I and his successors are entombed. You can walk through the chedi, though you are only allowed to visit the first floor.

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is a deep indentation area in the Andaman Sea, about 60 kilometers to Thailand’s southwest. It is also known as “The Bay of a Thousand Islands” and “The Boca of the East.” It is 159 kilometers to the south of Phuket and 197 kilometers to the north of Krabi.

The bay is part of Phang Nga Province and features 2,000 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Its estimated of 1,700 islands and islets is one of the 20 largest freshwater lake systems in the world.

The main attractions of this activity are located in Nui Thong National Park, which is where your group will go for a night tour.

Here you will see many limestone pillars that form a natural stunning arch. You will find these limestone pillars at Mu Ko Hai National Park where Phang Nga Bay’s banks are submerged under the waters.

Ko Phi Phi

(Phi Phi Island)

There is no way to call Ko Phi Phi a paradise in a day trip spot, even though it has become a major tourist attraction. It is not merely a beautiful scenery in which lush greenery and blue skies accompany us, there are islands in the midst of the coral reefs nearby it. Phi Phi Islands is a unique and popular combination of beauty and nature, which is mesmerizing to everyone.

The Phi Phi Islands consist of Ko Phi Phi Don, Ko Phi Phi Le and access island, Ko Jum.

Phi-Phi island is a popular tourist destination about 90 kilometers from Krabi. Located at the border of the Andaman Sea and the South China Sea, Phi Phi Islands is superb beautiful and well-known. Not only does it present the stunning scenery of the country’s tropical paradise.

It attracts tourists from over the world, loved by people who enjoy exotic and beautiful scenery.

It is considered a jungle island with a lush green blanket of trees and beautiful scenery.

The island boasts spectacular coral formations, which are blue and created with numerous underwater trees and coral.

Top tourist attraction includes the white sandy beach, colorful seashells and diverse marine life that can be found on the island.

There are more than 50 islands to choose from to enjoy snorkeling in the clear turquoise water.