Things to do in Thailand
If Hollywood movies are anything to go by, Thailand's best scenes are set along the water where Leonard DiCaprio looks for paradise on the idyllic Phi Phi Islands in 'The Beach' and Phang Nga Bay stands in for Vietnam's Halong Bay in Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. Of all its seaside spots, Phuket is the undeniable favourite and the largest Thai island located off the west coast in the Andaman Sea. And while Phuket is well equipped to accommodate and entertain the tourist hordes, it's not the only place to find a tropical beachside holiday. Krabi, Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan will more than suffice, plus plenty of other easy-on-the-eye islands touted as the next great holiday spot.
Bangkok too stands high on the priority list with its wild energy also catching Hollywood's eye as the setting of 'The Hangover Part II'. And while the movie's chaotic events are a case of the humorous extreme, Bangkok's innate liveliness will definitely provide you with a thrill. Nightlife veers from sky-high bars to clubs featuring beds, and shopping options range from bustling markets to air-conditioned realms of luxury labels. The nifty Sky Trains will take you high above the busy streets to whisk you to your destination, or take a tuk-tuk for a traditional route.
Outside of the bustling capital is a Thailand of lush jungle and ancient ruins. You can see it at the abandoned city of Ayutthaya, which dates back over 400 years, or at Khao Tai National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in biodiversity. The northern city of Chiang Mai is your gateway to explore remote hilltribe villages on jungle treks and also to see the apex known as the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia meet. Ample options for you to create a few of your own movie-magic moments.
Make sure you check out the follow attractions on your next Thailand holiday.
For all its many beaches, Kata Beach is one of Phuket's best. South of touristy Patong Beach, Kata is a pristine, palm tree-lined stretch of sand surrounded by resorts, restaurants and nightlife.
Bangkok is home to countless temples. Thousands in fact. If you visit just one,though, it should be the Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn where the exterior changes according to the setting and rising sun.
Chaweng Beach is the beating heart of Koh Samui. A palm-lined resort town where much of the action takes place. Here is where you will find some of the island's best shopping and nightlife, not to mention mouth-watering dining opportunities huddled along the famous Green Mango strip.
If the south of Thailand has Phuket, then the north has Chiang Mai. The capital of the Chiang Mai Province, Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in the north. Both stylish and historic, the unassuming city is commonly referred to as the 'Rose of the North'.
Known as both a town and province, Krabi is where you can find the real Thailand on the mainland. One where locals outnumber tourists and authentic cuisine is favoured over fast food.
The location for Thailand's infamous full moon parties, Koh Pha-ngan draws a crowd of over 10,000 revellers every month for the world's biggest beach party. Stake your spot on the sand for the ultimate dance party.
You’ve been to Phuket, checked of Patong and completed more circuits of Bangkok than you can count. Trade enjoyable chaos for the pure peace of the Andaman, chilling out in an authentic Fisherman’s Village in Bo Phut; the cuisine alone will send you to heaven and back!