Thailand is the most popular tourist destinations in south east Asia, known best for its beautiful sites and breath-taking views. Thailand caters to any budget, having some of the best 5* hotels in the world to cheap beach front bungalows. It’s good to plan your trip before you go so you don’t miss out on any of the must-see locations. Here at Thomas Royall, we’ve selected the top 5 spots that you just need to visit.
1: Phuket is the first suggested spot, it has an array of attractions to wow you and lots of activities to keep you entertained. Phang Nga Bay is a unique and unforgettable experience, James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this beautiful bay. Phang Nga Bay includes the famous landmark, called Koh Ta-pu, first found its way onto the international map through its starring role in the James Bond movie ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’. It’s a popular tourist attraction and especially must see for any James Bond fans go crazy.
Koh Panyee is a remarkable village built on stilts over the water. This is a great place to stop to grab a bite to eat and pickup souvenirs. Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is yet again another fabulous location. It has gone from being practically unheard of to one of the most popular locations in Phuket. Located on a hilltop just a 30- minute drive from Phuket, providing stunning views over the limestone Islets of the striking sunset to take advantage of.
Other than taking in the beautiful sights of Phuket there is also outstanding night life. One of the best locations for night life is Bangla Road in Patong Beach. When visiting Bangala Road its best to have an open mind and sense of humour as it will be a different experience to anything you have seen before. It has the biggest collection of nightclubs, bars and shows in Phuket. The road is closed so no traffic can enter and the street becomes a festival of neon lights, loud music and endless fun. If you’re looking for a fun night out here should be your fist stop.
2: The next place to see in Thailand is Bangkok. Bangkok is a great place to go to appreciate fantastic architecture as well visiting their intriguing markets filled with dazzling products on sale. A must see is The Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew, built in 1782, for 150 years it has been the home of the Thai Kings and the Royal Court, it is well known for its beautiful architecture and intricate detail. Another stunning building to visit is the Wat Arun, also known as The Temple of Dawn. This is one of the most recognised sites in south Asia and a perfect spot for outstanding pictures. Although it is known as the Temple of the Dawn, it’s absolutely stunning at sunset and particularly when lit up at night. The quietest time to visit is early morning, before the crowds.
Bangkok Floating Market is a great and unusual sight. Selling colourful fresh fruit, vegetables, coconut water and local food cooked on boats floating along the water. To enjoy the atmosphere without haggling over prices, try relaxing on a guided boat tour of Damnoen Saduak market. Floating markets are Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak.
3: The spiritual city of Chiang Mai is a much quieter than Bangkok but still an essential visit if you want to see the best of Thailand. Dotted with temples, craft shops, restaurants and more than a handful of excellent Thai massage and cooking schools, the city has a somehow relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. It is located in north mountainous region of Thailand and makes for a great base if you are looking fancy a mountain trek so you can soak up the spirit of the island.
4: San Kamphang Hot springs is another well-known spot we suggest you take the time to visit. Its best known for it’s restorative properties and people come from miles to cure aches and pains and to take a break from the chaos of Bangkok and Phuket. The deep-source springs reach over 100 degrees centigrade and are naturally high in sulfur. It’s supposed to be a breath-taking experience and worth a visit if you’re looking to kick back and relax.
5: And last but not least is the tiny but idyllic west coast island of Koh Phi Phi , seen by many as the ultimate island paradise. Phi Phi is located in the Krabi Province not too far from Phuket. Travelers go here to enjoy the beaches and to participate in a variety of water activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. Maya Bay, Loh Dalum Bay, Bamboo Island are just some of the fantastic beaches Koh Phi Phi has to offer. Koh Phi Phi is best known for the film “The Beach” starring Leo Dicaprio, attracting a lot of tourists. This is the ideal location for travelers and back packers alike.
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