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Find ancient ruins, modern cities, forested mountains and unspoiled beaches in the heart of Southeast Asia. Discover a country that thrills nature and culture lovers alike. 

Thailand’s stunning tropical scenery includes limestone cliffs perfect for climbing, palm tree-fringed islands where you can snorkel in clear water, soaring mountains home to interesting villages and lush jungles to explore on a trek. The country also offers an exciting mix of temples, palaces and wildlife adventures.

Bangkok is often the first stop on a visit to Thailand as the main international airport is here. Stay for a few days to experience the exhilarating blend of tradition and modernity. Go to the old quarter for the 18th-century Grand Palace, home to the statue of the Emerald Buddha. Nearby is Wat Pho, known for the 150-feet (46-meter) long statue of the Reclining Buddha. Sample delicious street cuisine at Wang Lang Market and browse the stalls of Chatuchak weekend market. Visit Siam for its megamalls, smart boutiques and restaurants. At night, Silom's pubs, clubs and bars attract the party crowds.

If you have time to sightsee some of Thailand’s other cities, go to the temple ruins of Ayutthaya and the elegant palaces and gardens of Nonthaburi.

Many come to Thailand for its beaches and warm, crystal clear waters. Swim, snorkel and rock climb at Railay Beach. Sunbathe on the horseshoe bays of Ko Phi Phi and enjoy a traditional Thai massage on Pattaya Beach.

Charter a boat to investigate some of the hundreds of islands off Thailand’s coast. Dive among the coral reefs off Surin and Similan. Explore the mangrove forests and caves of Ko Lanta and hike through forest trails to see the waterfalls on Ko Chang. Sink your toes in the sand on the beaches of Ko Samui and Ko Phangan.

Allow for extra time to experience more of Thailand’s natural beauty and fascinating wildlife. Look for exotic bird species in Doi Inthanon National Park that surrounds Thailand's highest peak. Trek through the jungles of Chiang Mai and volunteer to help out at the Elephant Nature Park. This is a wildlife sanctuary for elephants, buffaloes, dogs and many other animals.

Nature, culture and beach pursuits make Thailand a popular vacation spot.

Popular cities in Thailand

Sukhumvit which includes landscape views, night scenes and cbd
Bangkok
Known for Shopping, Castle and Temple

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Reasons to visit

  • Khaosan Road
    Khaosan Road
  • Erawan Shrine
    Erawan Shrine
  • Lumphini Park
    Lumphini Park
Phuket - Phang Nga
Phuket
Known for Beach, Dining and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Karon Beach
    Karon Beach
  • Kamala Beach
    Kamala Beach
  • Bangla Road
    Bangla Road
Koh Lan featuring general coastal views and boating
Pattaya
Known for Beach, Dining and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Pattaya Beach
    Pattaya Beach
  • Walking Street
    Walking Street
  • Dongtan Beach
    Dongtan Beach
Chiang Mai featuring fashion and performance art as well as a small group of people
Chiang Mai
Known for Shopping, Historical Building and Tour

Reasons to visit

  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
    Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Wat Phra Singh
    Wat Phra Singh
Lamai Beach which includes a beach
Koh Samui
Known for Beach, Dining and Relaxing

Reasons to visit

  • Lamai Beach
    Lamai Beach
  • Bo Phut Beach
    Bo Phut Beach
  • Chaweng Noi Beach
    Chaweng Noi Beach
Hua Hin featuring boating and rocky coastline
Hua Hin
Known for Beach, Relaxing and Swimming

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Reasons to visit

  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
    Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Popular places to visit in Thailand

Wat Arun
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Wat Arun

The high, Khmer-style tower of the “Temple of Dawn” is one of Bangkok’s most photographed landmarks... at sunset!

Ko Pha-ngan
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Ko Pha-ngan

Island paradise is a fitting description of this isolated Thai destination known for backpacking, great diving and a giant party with every full moon.