Thailand, the Land of Smiles, is one of the world’s greatest destinations. It’s the land of sunshine, beautiful beaches, spicy food, majestic temples, lush jungles and some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. You will literally walk down the street in Thailand and be greeted by locals who are enjoying life to the fullest, smiling and welcome foreigners into their wonderful country. From the cosmopolitan city of Bangkok to the most remote islands, you can have all kinds of experiences in this magical country. You can fly from London to Bangkok for cheap if you book in advance! So start planning your trip and don’t miss these 5 top destinations:
You just have to visit the capital city on your trip to Thailand. Bangkok is a world all its own, with enough culture, sights and buzzing nightlife to enthrall you for weeks or more. Plenty of people travel through Thailand, only to find themselves staying for months and the lure of Bangkok will show you why. Don’t miss the Grand Palace and Wat Prekeaw for some cultural immersion, and browse through the Floating Market for unique souvenirs to bring back home. You’ll never go hungry in this city, with everything from delicious street food to world-class rooftop bars and restaurants, you’ll literally have your pick of whatever you want. And of course you can head out on the town for a night of dancing and meeting other travelers until dawn.
If you’re interested in ancient history, Ayutthaya is the perfect destination to have on your list. It’s an easy trip from Bangkok as it’s just north, and it’s one of Thailand’s ancient capitals with ancient ruins dating back to 1351. The temples, monasteries, fortresses and Buddha statues all stand as relics to the ancient times in Thailand. The Ayutthaya Historical Study Center will educate you more on what you see there.
This gem of Northern Thailand is famous for its jungles and mountains. Chiang Mai has grown a ton over the past years, so you’ll notice a real foreign community here- but the city still retains its small feel. You can walk nearly anywhere in the city, or if you’d rather ride you can rent a motorbike or pay less than a dollar for a song taew (red taxi.) Explore the hundreds of gorgeous temples filling the city, eat at vegetarian cafes and shop at the famous Sunday Night Market. A perfect day trip involves heading out to the jungle to ride elephants, go ziplining and trekking through the lush forests.
Ko Phi Phi
So you definitely can’t leave Thailand without experiencing the world famous beaches of the south. While you could spend your whole holiday down in the south islands, Ko Phi Phi is the place to go if you want to feel like you’ve escaped from it all. The white sandy beaches are just waiting for you to relax and forget the world! Clear turquoise waters and amazing coral and marine life are the perfect jump-off point for snorkeling and scuba diving excursions. At night, you can enjoy the nightlife here and meet other travelers enjoying the holiday of a lifetime.