What are the most beautiful places in Thailand? This is difficult to establish given that this magnificent country in Southeast Asia is full, from north to south, of magnificent temples, spectacular landscapes and beautiful islands with beautiful beaches. No wonder, in the last decade, it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
White sandy beaches and palm trees greet the first images that come to mind for those who think of Thailand, but in this country it is worth exploring the tropical forests, the spectacular fog-covered mountains, the ancient monuments and the vibrant cities.
Here is a list of 10 of the most beautiful places to visit in the Country of Smiles:
Exotic, frenetic and energetic, Thailand’s capital is often one of the first places tourists visit when visiting Southeast Asia. Most of the sightseeing tours in the country include at least a night or two in this city, and if you want to have an amazing holiday, we recommend you to visit the Grand Palace, the Chao Phraya River and spend an evening on Khaosan Street.
Hosting an impressive Khmer Hindu temple, this historic park is located at the foot of a volcano and is said to have been the inspiration for the renowned Angkor Wat religious monument complex near the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia. Its origins can be seen in the tenth century, when the influence of Khmer spread on today’s map of Thailand. Phanom Rung is located in the Isan region of Thailand and is dedicated to Shiva, Hindus claiming that this is the heavenly dwelling of the god, from which he oversees the believers through his powers.
Thailand is full of temples with splendid architecture that is noticeable by very detailed ornaments, but when it comes to originality, the White Temple is definitely the winner. This Buddhist temple in the contemporary style is unique in its shape, structures and the dazzling white covering the entire exterior and the interior murals. The style in which it is built is unlike anything else you will see in Thailand!
The Maya Bay of Koh Phi Phi is one of the most iconic Thai places, which got international recognition following the famous “The Beach” movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. However, only a few people know that in the film you can see a lot of landscapes of the splendid Ang Thong National Park, with its 42 virgin islands off the coast of Koh Samu. Known locally as the “Golden Basin”, one of the most amazing natural wonders of the archipelago is Emerald Lake, a splendid emerald-colored lake, connected to the Gulf of Thailand by underground tunnels surrounded by limestone cliffs.
Headquartered on the outskirts of Chiang Mai and with new branches operating in both Phuket and Koh Samui, this wildlife sanctuary houses a lot of happy and playful elephants, rescued from captivity, where most of them were previously exploited. The staff of the sanctuary has the role of getting the visitors closer to sthe most revered animal of the kingdom, the elephant. At the same time, tourists have the opportunity to play and offer food to the elephants.
The Thai coastline is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and Railay Beach is among the most impressive. Accessible only by boat from Ao Nang or by boat from Phuket or Krabi, Railay Beach will amaze you with its spectacular scenery penciled by steep cliffs, colorful boats, crystal clear water and white sand. There are also several fantastic caves to explore around the beach, such as Princess Cave and Diamond Cave, or you can simply enjoy the relaxing vibes of nature while enjoying a cocktail at one of the local bars.
This small piece of land is part of the Similan National Park and is located in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Phang Nga province in southern Thailand, being accessible by boat from the main island of the archipelago, Koh Similan. While the rugged coast of Koh Bon and the stretches of white sandy beaches make up incredible landscapes, the island’s main attraction lies in the depths of the sea. Its surrounding waters have an impressive marine life, with majestic sea cats, multicolored fish and several shark species.
This amazing collection of rocky islands is appealing not only thank to the spectacular blue water around it, but also to the jungles it hosts. The most famous Thai islands are known for their karst rock formations, but the Surin Islands have flatter, but equally impressive, rocks. The five islands that make up the archipelago (Koh Surin Nuea, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Ri, Koh Khai and Koh Klang) are almost virgin, having no infrastructure at all. In addition, this is one of the best destinations in Thailand for snorkeling and scuba diving.
The “Red Lotus Sea” lake in Udon Thani province is one of the most beautiful places you can find in the spectacular nature of Thailand. Each winter, this freshwater lake is filled with bright pink petals of lotus flowers, offering an image that any photography enthusiast dreams of. The phenomenon lasts three months, from December to February, and the best time to admire the flowers in all their beauty is from 6 in the morning until around 12 noon.
The largest and highest waterfall in Thailand, Thi Lo Su, flows from an altitude of 300 meters and stretches over 500 meters along the naturally carved limestone hills in the Mai Klong River. It is located in the MU Phang Wildlife Sanctuary in Tak Province, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be reached on foot or by boat depending on the season.
Thailand is a great and extraordinary country. The more you venture into its history, traditions and nature, the better you will feel in this wonderful land. It is a perfect destination for holidays with friends, family or couples, in any season. And today, travel deals in Thailand are more accessible than ever!