Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Thailand

Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. The diverse, spiritual and golden land of Thailand is Asia’s most popular tourist destination. It’s a country rich with natural and manmade attractions. Despite the heavy flow of tourism, Thailand retains its quintessential identity with its own unique culture and history. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Thailand along with your family are listed below:

1. Bangkok

Bangkok is well described as dream destination for any holiday. There are countless things to do and you’ll find here surely worth a visit. Barter for all sorts of goodies at the largest outdoor market in the world, the Chatuchak weekend market, or get along to MBK, an air-conditioned shopping haven. You will find plenty of temples here such as Wat Pho, Dawn temple. Also worth witnessing is The King’s Palace.

2. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the second most visited place in Thailand, an extremely popular city to be found towards the northern part of the country. Chiang Mai is nestled in a valley between mountains and is one of Thailand’s most beautiful cities. Partly surrounded by an ancient moat and old city walls, Chiang Mai offers world-class restaurants.

3. Phuket

The absolutely amazing tourist destination of Thailand remains one of Thailand’s major attractions- Phuket. It is also described as the Andaman’, it is renowned for its spectacular beaches. This attractive site of Thailand offers beautiful white sand, palm trees, and clear blue water and a holiday atmosphere. There is a lot to see in Phuket – jump on one of the day tour to explore the islands and caves, go diving, visit the wildlife sanctuary or simply grab a table at a restaurant to sample the delish seafood.

4. Krabi

Krabhi, one of the favorite tourist destinations of Thailand is considered to be a rock climber’s heaven. It is that region of the country where you will find some of the extraordinary limestone cliffs and rock formations in Krabi. One of its major attractions remains its National Park, here you can witness rivers, caves and amazing natural scenery. Krabi is also home to some great beaches including Ao Nang and Hat Rai Leh, which offer numerous diving trips.

5. Koh Samui

Koh Samui is described by many as a heaven for tourist and it is one of the Thailand’s top destinations. It is also renowned for its tropical beach resort fringed by coconut trees. Koh Phangan, home to the full moon party, is also only an hour away by boat, making Koh Samui a great place to take a break from the craziness. Koh Samui is well liked by almost all the travelers.

6. Ko Tarutao

Ko Tarutao is among the 51 islands which are part of Tarutao National Marine Park archipelago in southern Thailand. Its wildlife is considered to be its major attraction with sea turtles, whales, monitor lizards, crab-eating macaques, mouse deer and more all call the island and its surrounding waters home. Visit Ko Tarutao is also renowned for its unspoiled beaches, waterfalls, great hiking and lots more.

7. Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya is another magnificent tourist destination of Thailand, worth a visit. it was discovered during the 1350 AD by King U Thong. Throughout the centuries, the ideal location between China, India and the Malay Archipelago made Ayutthaya the trading capital of Asia. By 1700 Ayutthaya had become one of the largest cities in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants. Burmese Army, during the year 1767 completely destroyed this city, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. Most of the remains are temples and palaces, as those were the only buildings made of stone at that time. Ayuthaya Historical park is a must attraction of this country.

8. Ko Chang

Ko Chang is Thailand’s major tourist attractions, situated quite close to the border Cambodia. It is the second largest island in Thailand and the biggest in the Ko Chang Marine Park archipelago. It is indeed the perfect holiday destination of Thailand that offers several waterfalls, thriving coral reefs, rainforests and long white sandy beaches. The island is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including birds, snakes, deer and a number of elephants.

9. Grand Palace

One of the masterpieces of Thailand is the Grand Place, an absolute must attraction of this country. It is believed that its construction started during the year 1782 when the capital of Siam was moved from Thonburi to Bangkok. The palace served as the residence of the Kings of Thailand until the mysterious death of King Ananda Mahidol in 1946. The Grand Palace covers a wide range of architectural styles, ranging from a pure Ayutthayan style of the temples to a blend of Thai and Western for later structures.

10. Similan Islands

The country of Thailand is an ideal holiday destination offers numerous of beautiful spots. One of the most attractive islands of Thailand is the Similan Islands in the western Andaman Sea. The archipelago consists of 9 islands covered in tropical jungle with white sandy beaches. The views under the water surface are even more impressive. It is also renowned as a best dive destination of Thailand.

11. Chiang Mai Night Bazaa

Chiang Mai is an extremely popular Night Bazaar sprawls along several city blocks along footpaths, inside buildings and temple grounds. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Thailand where you can get wide variety of products such as handicrafts, arts, clothing and imported products of all descriptions, and a number of large, well-appointed modern shopping centers.

12. Railay

Railay beach is one of the major tourist destinations of Thailand. It is also known as Rai Leh is a charming little peninsula that is only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. This ultimate destination attracts tourist from across the world especially rock climbers admires it. It’s beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere is its major forte.

13. Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is situated around 60 miles from the island of Phuket, is an ideal destination for family vacations. Phang Nga Bay is an extremely beautiful regions of the country with amazing caves, aquatic grottoes and limestone islands. The most famous island in the bay is a sea stack called Ko Ping Kan (more commonly known as James Bond Island) which was featured in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”. A must visit tourist spot for a thriving experience.

14. Koh Tao

Koh Tao, an extremely popular holiday destinations of Thailand and well known as the Turtle Island. It is a charming little island positioned quite close to the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Tao is indeed one of the most popular spots in the world to learn to dive. Diving around the island reefs is easy and fun and you can see an impressive variety of marine species such as coral, turtles, lots of small fish, if you are lucky enough you can also witnessed a whale shark.

15. Ko Phi Phi Don

Ko Phi Phi is a little archipelago to be found in the province of Krabi towards the Southern part of the country. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Thailand an absolute must. Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island of the group, and is the only island with permanent inhabitants while the smaller Ko Phi Phi Leh are renowned for its breathtaking beach.

16. The Floating Market

The country of Thailand is also famous for its floating market, it is an amazing fair Market situated on the Damnoen Saduak Canal. This market is definitely a place where you can get fun and pictorial experience where you can get an idea of what trading was like in Thailand before the upgrading of the city. It is located in Bangkok.

17. San Kamphaeng Hot Spring

San Kamphaeng is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Thailand, located around 36km from Chiang Mai. It is the country’s most renowned hot springs that is beautifully situated in landscaped 40 acre parkland. The springs come from a deep source, are over 100 degrees centigrade and high in sulfur. It is a beautiful place that is worth experiencing.

18. The East Coast Islands

Koh Samui and Koh Phangan are considered to be one of the most favorite islands of Thailand and an ideal fun packed holiday destination. Both these wonderful island are renowned for their beautiful palm tree lined white sandy beaches, clear turquoise beaches, a diverse range of places to stay and a laid back manner. Koh Phangan also plays host to the world-famous monthly full moon parties and bohemian style bars and cafes.

19. Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son is one of the largest cities of Thailand and also a very fascinating place to visit. Mae Hong Son is considered to be a city that gives a unique feeling. It is a wonderful mountainous city with some of the most attractive tourist spots. It is renowned for its exceptionally beautiful natural scenery, the mountain trekking and the hill tribe communities – one of which is the famous Karen long neck tribe.

20. Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is considered to be one of the ancient cities of Thailand, was a Siamese kingdom existing from 1351 to 1767. Today you can find some of the finest remains of the elegant, unexpected and often towering temples and buildings, all listed in UNESCO world heritage sites, surely worth a visit.

21. Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is one of the charming little coast island of Thailand, an ideal holiday destination for budget travelers. It is also described by many travelers as an ultimate island paradise. Koh Phi Phi highlights include climbing the high viewpoint to watch the sunset and hiring a long tail boat to snorkel the beautiful surrounding waters.

22. Hin Daeng

Hin Daeng in Andaman Sea is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Thailand. Accurately meaning the Red Rock, is an ideal spot for diving in Thailand. It also features large underwater pinnacles, unbelievable carpets of anemone and colourful coral. It’s also teeming with wildlife including large shoals of fish, round batfish, manta ray, barracuda and the odd whale shark.

23. Hua Hin

Hua Hin is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Thailand, is to be found located quite close to Bangkok. Although a small town but has plenty of attractions to offer. Streets are loaded with shops, restaurants, cafes and internet cafes. Any kind of food you want is available in Hua Hin but it’s most famous for its fresh seafood served at many of the restaurants located on piers sticking out in to the ocean.

24. Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi Islands are among the most visited tourist destinations of Thailand. These famous picture-postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway, making it one of the most desired holiday destinations of the country. Classic beaches, stunning rock formations, and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life, makes it a lovely spot to visit.

25. Wat Arun

Wat Arun is one of the famous tourist attractions of Thailand and commonly referred to as Wat Chaeng. It is said that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was besigned by a Burmese army at the time, King Taksin arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. One of the beautiful art pieces of Thailand is Wat Arun.

26. Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park is one of the most renowned tourist attractions of Thailand, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the country’s second largest national parks. Blessed with a lush, mountainous landscape, with fertile valleys, pounding waterfalls and rich biodiversity, Khao Yai is a year-round getaway destination just three hours’ drive from Bangkok. Khao Yai is also home to a rich diversity of animal life with 320 species of birds, 67 species of mammals and thousands of different types of plants.

27. Night Bazaar

Night Bazaar of Thailand is one of the famous tourist attractions of Thailand. Once here you can avail a huge variety of Thai goods at best of prices. You will also find some of the best shops here. The Night Bazaar attracts foreign importers, impressed by the discounts given to bulk purchases. Some of the famous goods on store are Phrae-style sêua mâw hâwm (blue cotton farmer’s shirt), northern- and northeastern-Thai hand-woven fabrics, yâam (shoulder bags), hill-tribe crafts (many tribespeople set up their own stalls here; the Akha wander around on foot) and many more.

28. Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

One of the major landmarks of Bangkok is its famous art and culture center, an essential stop for all art lovers. It is a huge contemporary museum, situated right in the heart of the city. Its 3000 sq metres of gallery space have played host to several high-quality exhibitions.

29. Phuket Fantasea

A must visit destination of Hat Kamala is this ‘cultural theme park’ which is an extremely fascinating tourist destinations of Thailand. Once here you can enjoy an interesting show that takes the colour and pageantry of Thai dance and combines this with state-of-the-art light-and-sound techniques that rival anything found in Las Vegas. You can also like a fully fledged replica of a Khmer temple. It is very popular among kids.

30. Phra Ratchaniwet Mrigadayavan

Thailand is considered to be a famous holiday destination of the world offers best of natural beauty, that’s not all, it also offers tremendous amount of historical heritages. It was constructed during the reign of Rama VI (King Vajiravudh) in 1923 as a health-promoting retreat for the king who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. You will also enjoy an extraordinary beautiful garden that surrounds this palace.

31. Sala Kaew Ku Sculpture Park

Sala Kaew Ku Sculpture Park is undoubtedly one of the most visited pars of Thailand, an absolute must if you are looking for beautiful atmosphere in addition to plenty of activities. This par was constructed some 20 years back by Luang Pu Boun Leua Sourirat, who died in 1996, the park features a weird and wonderful array of gigantic sculptures ablaze with Hindu-Buddhist imagery.

32. Tham Phraya Nakhon

Tham Phraya Nakhon is perhaps the most scenic regions of the country and one of the most popular tourist attractions of Thailand. The cave is made up of two large sinkholes, and when the sun shines through in the early morning the effect is truly mystical. In one cave there’s a royal săh·lah. It was constructed for King Chulalongkorn.

33. Ao Phang-Nga National Marine Park

Another popular stop of Thailand is perhaps the Ao Phang Nga National Marine Park. Once here you can find that it is blessed with verdant limestone cliffs, odd rock formations, submerged karst caves and quaint fishing villages. Around the coast, turquoise waters and scenic islands makes it one of the desired destinations of Thailand.

34. Vongburi House

Vongburi House is one of the most famous places to visit in Thailand. Today an interesting private museum was earlier a beautiful, built in the year 1897. Elaborate carvings on gables, eaves, balconies and above doors and windows are in good condition. Inside, many of the house’s 20 rooms you will find exhibits that belongs to nineteenth century teak antiques, documents (including early-20th-century slave concessions), photos and other artefacts from the bygone teak-dynasty era.

35. Kaeng Khut Khu

The beautiful torrents at Kaeng Khut Khu are considered to be the most wonderful especially during the dry, hot season, but definately worth the trip anytime. The surrounding park has a bevy of vendors selling Isan food into the early evening. In and around this attraction you will find some of the traditional specialty Thai food of Thailand.

36. Victory Monument

Victory Monument is one of the famous tourist attractions of Thailand that was constructed during the year 1941 by the then military government in order to honor a 1940 campaign against the French in Laos. Today the monument is primarily a landmark for observing the social universe of local university students and countless commuters. I

37. Ko Rang

Ko Rang is considered to be one of the best diving sites to be found in Thailand. This region of the country is well protected from fishing by its marine park status, this place has some of the most pristine coral in Thailand. Visibility is much better than Ko Chang and averages between 10m and 20m.

38. Hat Bang Ben

Hat Bang Ben is considered to the most accessible beach in the park, is probably the most desired beach destinations of Thailand. It is renowned for its long, sandy beach, backed by shady casuarinas. It is an absolute safe for swimming year-round. From Hat Bang Ben you can see several islands, including the nearby Ko Kam Yai, Ko Kam Noi, Mu Ko Yipun, Ko Khang Khao

39. Baan Krua

One of the fabulous places of interest in Bangkok is the Baan krua, worth a stop. This canal-side neighbourhood is one of Bangkok’s oldest communities and belongs to 18th century, when Cham Muslims from Cambodia and Vietnam fought on the side of the new Thai king and were rewarded with this plot of land east of the new capital.

40. Laem Son National Park

An ideal destination of Bird Watching is certainly is The Leam Son National Park. This amazing park occupies an area of around 315 sq km, also includes around 100km of Andaman Sea coastline –the longest protected shore in the country –as well as over 20 idyllic islets. This park is home to various species of birds, fish, deer and monkeys.

41. Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park

Khamphaeng Phet Historical Park is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Thailand. This park holds historical importance to the country and offers the fourteenth century ruins of structure. Kamphaeng Phet’s Buddhist monuments continued to be built until the Ayuthaya period. The old city is surrounded by a wall (the ‘Diamond Gate’ of the city’s name) and was formerly inhabited by monks of the gamavasi (‘living in the community’) sect.

42. Sangkhalok Museum

Sangkhalok Museum is a famous museum of Thailand, even though smaller in size but offers excellent collection. Among the collections you can find wide variety of excellent ancient collections. One of its major attractions remains its Sukhothai’s ceramics. It displays an impressive collection of original 700-year-old Thai pottery found in the area, plus some pieces traded from Vietnam, Burma and China.

43. Oasis Sea World

Oasis Sea World is perhaps its regions most desired tourist destinations, a hot favorite among youngsters. The major attraction of this location remains Dolphins, an absolute must if you are looking for a fun filled day with your family. You can also get into the water with the lovable creatures and assist the trainers with tricks and feeding. Visits can be arranged by most tour operators between Pattaya and Ko Chang.

44. Wat Pho

What Pho is one of the major Buddhist temples located in Bangkok and is certainly one of the most popular tourist attractions of Thailand. the largest reclining Buddha, the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and the country’s earliest centre for public education.

45. Offshore Islands

One of the major sites to enjoy a visit in Thailand is the Offshore Islands. The islands of Ko Larn, Ko Krok and Ko Sak are around 7km offshore offers some of the finest and beautiful beaches – especially Hat Ta Waen on Ko Larn. It is one of the idea holiday destinations of Thailand.

46. Cathedral

One of the famous landmarks of Chanthaburi, Thailand is one of the famous tourist spots of the country. This cathedral is beautifully constructed in French-style. It is one of the architectural highlights of the city. A small missionary chapel was built here in 1711, when Vietnamese Catholics and a French priest arrived.

47. National Museum

The National Museum of Bangkok is one of its major attractions as it offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of this magnificent country, a place definitely worth a visit. The extraordinary size of the collection is explained by the fact that, until the mid seventies, this was Thailand’s only museum. This museum offers some of the finest collection of artifacts.

48. Bechama-bo-bitr

Benchama-bo-bitr is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Thailand also referred as the Marble Temple. This magnificent temple was constructed during the year 1899 by King Rama V, the snow-white marble being shipped to Thailand from Tuscany in Italy. There are plenty of temples waiting to be explored in Thailand.

49. Wat Suan Mo

Wat Suon Mo is located right on the outskirts of Surat Thani is a meeting place for Buddhists from all over the world. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand. You will also get an opportunity to witness different Meditation courses that are conducted here. A trip to Wat Suon is certainly worth it.

50. Wat Dei Tamaram

Wat Dei tamarm is perhaps the most noteworthy temples of Thailand. This beautiful temple is among the modern temples of Thailand. It has a magnificent tall wiharn with richly decorated gables. Considerably older is a building in close proximity where the entrances are guarded by warlike demons. You will also notice some of the interesting activities running around this temple.

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