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As the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by an European country it is quite fitting that Thailand in Thai language is Prathet Thai which means “land of the free.” Sixteen million tourists fly into Thailand each year, and despite the influx of visitors, this country’s cultural integrity remains relatively intact. From the idyllic islands to the bustling cities, there are 77 provinces housing 63 million people across mountains, there is so many things to do in Thailand.
There's no denying the myriad attractions of Thailand. Beaches, jungles, cities, spices – this kingdom of intrigue offers endless explorations into culture, nature and history..
Top Places to Go In Thailand
Bangkok is no doubt a shopping heaven for all! As the capital of Thailand, it is a city that never sleeps. There are a thousand things to do in Bangkok with so many cultural things to see. Bangkok proved to be a fantastic introduction to the region and a great starting point to further explore Thailand. With more than eight million citizens living within the city, you will find yourself encountering every walk of life, from the super poor to the rich and famous as they all congregate in the one city and each feels at home as the other.
Top things to do in Bangkok includes visiting the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho as well as the amazing Grand Palace. For shoppers, be prepared to spend you money at the famous Chatuchak Weekend market where prices goes from 10 Baht and above for clothing and homeware. If you do not want to be out in the sun, we recommend you to visit Platinum Mall where you will find clothes at the same prices at Chatuchak Market. There are many malls in Bangkok but our favourite has got to be Terminal 21 where the interior design of each floor is specially for a country. Without a doubt there will be many thai massages for you to choose from as well as their delicious street food.Asiatique is a charming place that is worth spending the evening at, even if you’re not intending to spend a lot. A calming stroll along the Chao Phraya River, as you take in the view of Bangkok’s northern skyline, makes it worth the trip
Packist Tip: If you are in love with fashion and would like to see what the local scene is up to, have a visit to Siam Centre and soak in the creativity entailed.
Mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is situated along the clear waters of the western shore. Home to many high end resorts, restaurants and spas, Phuket has been a hotspot for tourist worldwide for a beach holiday.
Top things to do in Phuket includes watching the sunset as it is always spectacle in Phuket, however if you want to see the best one go to the Phromthep Cape! Explore Phang Nga by Canoe through the caves of Phang Nga and see some fantastic lagoons. Similar to the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam, these landscapes will leave you with unforgettable memories. Next on our list would have to be the now very famous Simon Cabaret show which has has wowed tourists to Phuket with the most beautiful of ladyboys performing night after night. Sino-Portuguese The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture, along with a tangible quaintness, makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket's Old Town.
If you have an extra day, why not take a night to watch Muay Thai at Saphan Hin Stadium in Phuket Town to see regular matches with well-trained martial arts experts.
Thailand's second largest island, Koh Samui's best things to do is a perfect mixture of lazy beach days and adventurous island excursions. From snorkeling through the sub-aquatic life to relaxing at the exquisite spas, and from elephant trekking to partying hard on the beaches – the list of best things to do in Koh Samui seems endless.
Koh Samui is blessed with some beautiful waterfalls which includes the Wanorn Waterfall near Lipa Noi and Hin Lad Waterfall. Be sure to order fresh black tiger prawns when in Koh Samui as Thailand is the largest exporter of shrimps in the world! The Koh Samui nightlife has been attracting young crowd s from around the world as well with the famous Full Moon party at the nearby Koh Phangan; Black Moon & Half Moon parties on Koh Samui. For shopping lover, visit Fisherman’s Village which is located in the centre of Bophut Beach and gaining a good reputation for being well-maintained and offering souvenirs of all kinds.
If you have an extra day in Koh Samui, take a day trip to Angthong Marine Park, a chain of small, uninhabited islands maintained as a national park.
As Thailand is filled with beautiful islands, Krabi is definitely not one to be missed! With beautiful white beaches that stretch for miles, there is roughly 200 islands sitting just off the Krabi coastline. The best time to visit is between November and April as the weather in the South of Thailand can be unpredictable but with many places now opening all year you will always find something to do.
One of the top things to do in Krabi is to rent a boat and this come with any budget that you have and with guide included! You will have a great time island hopping and snorkelling as well. Besides visiting the famous Phi Phi Islands, why not take a dip at Klong Thom Hot Springs.The Khao Khanab Nam Mountains is one of the most famous landmarks in Krabi and is a real natural wonder.
Packist suggest to visit the amazing Blue Lagoon at Khao Phra Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary where as the sun shines down on the surface of the water, it makes the water look like it were glowing..
Hat Yai is the largest city in Songkhla Province and one of the largest cities in Thailand as well. Yet Hat Yai’s popularity has nowhere near the international traveler popularity of its big city siblings. Hat Yai is a popular travel destination for Malaysians and Singaporeans, but still a bit off the radar for the average western traveler.
There are several markets in Hat Yai; Yongdee, Suntisuk, Phaeng Thong, however the Kim Yong Market is the best of the lot due to an eclectic selection of outside vendors that will easily keep you busy tasting and bartering. Hat Yai Cable Car is a recent addition the city's attractions scene. Hat Yai floating market may not be up to Bangkok’s standards but it is an enjoyable experience nonetheless.
If you like nature and have an extra day to spend, we recommend you Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary which makes it a worthy place to visit..
Considered the spiritual capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai also opens doors to a whole different set of experiences and activities hard to find elsewhere. Founded over seven centuries ago Chiang Mai is the capital of the Lanna Kingdom and home to more than 300 temples. Due to its location in the north of the country the temperature is cooler than you would find in Bangkok or any of the more southern regions meaning you can spend longer each day sightseeing without feeling the same levels of fatigue.
Top things to do in Chiang Mai includes Doi Inthanon National Park which is home to the highest mountain in all of Thailand. There are over 200 ancient wats (temples) scattered along Chiang Mai, which makes it the right place to start a journey to your inner self and keep you in the path for enlightenment. One temple to visit would have to be Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. While indulging yourself with mango sticky rice and thai ice tea, visit as well a White Temple located in Chiang Rai which is located at the north of Chiang Mai
While exploring the amazing wats of Chiang Mai, there is an opportunity for a very unique experience. A few of the temples in the city have a “Monk Chat” program where curious visitors are able to speak to the monks about almost any aspect of life. This is the perfect opportunity to get insight into their lifestyle and beliefs.Two popular places to do these chats Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Suan Dok..
An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khao Yai serves as an ideal place to escape from everyday life. From cowboy theme parks to mountain-hugged vineyards Khao Yai and enjoy a range of sight-seeing opportunities.As one of the most picturesque regions in Thailand and located a short 3 hours drive away from Bangkok - Khao Yai is the place to visit if you like to discover Thailand better.
One of the best things to do in Khao Yai is to visit Primo Piazza where you will feel like you are in Italy! Yes, that's right. It is easily mistaken for a remote Italian village as the area is surrounded with classy Italian architecture, cobbled streets and lush green surroundings. You are even able to feed the sheeps, alpacas and donkeys at this Italian escape! Be amazed with the magical scenery at Saraburi Sunflower Field where acres of blooming sunflowers can be seen.
Packist recommends to is to get lost in the wondrous maze of of the infamous pete Maze with your loved ones. If you have the extra day for a day trip, take a two hours drive to The Verona at Tub Lan where a shopping and recreational area is built to look like the Italian town of Verona, renowned for the setting of Romeo & Juliet. .
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