Top 10 Destinations in Thailand
Our pick #1
Straddling the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a bustling metropolis and the country’s capital. Known by locals as Krungthep, Bangkok is a city which many find at first overwhelming and chaotic. Founded in 1782, the city possesses many highly regarded attractions including the Grand Palace, magnificent wats, museums and parks. For those of you who enjoy shopping, Bangkok offers a plethora of choice from markets to trendy boutiques, as well as an exciting nightlife with trendy bars & clubs. Bangkok will soon get under your skin.
Our pick #2
Though Thailand’s second city Chiang Mai is quite different to Bangkok. Thanks to the prestigious Chiang Mai University the city has a young laid back vibe, and boasts an array of wats, temples, restaurants and markets and possesses an enviable location beneath the foothills of Northern Thailand. Food lovers will find respite in Chiang Mai's abundance of restaurants and street food. The Don Phayam Market provides an outstanding example of a Thai Produce Market, and the city teems with quality cooking classes.
Our pick #3
Embodied within a historical park, UNESCO listed ‘Old Sukhothai’ is the site of the ancient Thai Capital of Sukothai. Meaning ‘Dawn of Happiness’ its rise in the early 13th century, as the kingdom’s first capital, is a period seen as the golden age when arts, culture and trade flourished. Today the site contains the ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist Temples and the city gates, walls and moats of the ancient kingdom. Well preserved and peaceful, these stunning ruins are steeped in history and look particularly stunning at sunrise.
Our pick #4
Hill Tribe Villages
The hill tribe dwellers of Thailand are a semi-nomadic people who arrived from their native China, Tibet & Burma as a result of civil war and political pressure. Though collectively known as ‘Hill tribes,’ this rather generalist description fails to adequately describe the obvious differences between each group. The tribes not only originate from different countries but also have their own culture, religion and language. There are six main groups of hill tribe communities in northern Thailand. On many of our tours whilst in Chiang Rai we visit the Karen hill tribe community. Known as the ‘long neck’ tribe, the native women wear neck rings that cause their necks to lengthen.
Our pick #5
Just over 100kms from Bangkok is Kanchanaburi. Surrounded by beautiful limestone hill, majestic lakes, rivers & waterfalls, a trip to Kanchanaburi for many is not about the beautiful scenery but World War II and the Thai-Burma Railway. Sitting along side the River Kwai, the town signature landmark is the rail bridge built by POW’s, this together with Jeath War Museum, War Cemetery and the railway itself are all poignant reminders of the Death Railway.
Our pick #6
Founded in 1262, Chiang Rai is an ancient city which has managed to retain its small town charm. Located in the highlands, it enjoys cooler temperatures and a superb reputation as a trekking base. Evidence of the town’s historic past can be seen with monuments such as Wat Phra Kaeo, it also possesses an excellent Hilltribe Education Centre which provides valuable background information for those thinking of trekking.
Our pick #7
It is unlikely that you will ever get tired of Thailand’s exquisite beaches but if, for whatever reason, you need a change of scenery, there are few places more magical than the Khao Sok National Park. The park consists of rugged islands jutting out from the perfect turquoise water, each one containing a plethora of flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered. There are dozens of ways to explore the park, from canoeing and rafting to elephant trekking to simply following the snaking paths on foot. Along the way you are likely to see the notorious Rafflesia flower, the largest flower in the world and also the smelliest with its rotting corpse odour, along with a range of other tropical plants. When it comes to animals, tigers, leopards, bears, gibbons, elephants, deer and cobras can all be found lurking within the leafy enclaves of the park.
Our pick #8
Located in the northern reaches of the country, Lampang is a charming city known for its horse drawn carriages, shimmering Buddhist temples, and laid back vibe. Discover the charms of Lampang’s Old Town, haggle at the local markets, and pay a visit to the ancient Ban Sao Nak teakwood house, a classic example of Thai and Burmese architecture. A short drive from the city is the exquisite Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Temple, surrounded by a picturesque landscape of rolling hills and rice fields.
Our pick #9
The tropical island of Koh Samui has been drawing travellers in from around the globe for decades and it’s not hard to see why. With white powder beaches and coconut palms lining the shore, the scenery is picturesque, to say the least, and perfectly complemented by the laid-back vibe. Chaweng Beach and the road that runs parallel to it make up the main hub of action on the island. Here you will find cuisine from all over the world being served everywhere from fancy restaurants to wagons on the side of the street, meaning there is something to suit every budget and palate. During the day, travellers can take a tour of the island or the nearby Ang Thong National Park before retiring to the beach to watch the sunset with a coconut ice cream in one hand and a fruity cocktail in the other.
Our pick #10
The Elephant Conservation Centre
Nestled between Lampang and Chiang Mai, the Elephant Conservation Centre is a popular attraction for both travellers and locals alike. Founded in 1993, the centre is home to more than 50 Asian elephants and has made a name for itself for its work in research and conservation. As well as an onsite hospital, the centre also operates a mobile clinic that treats elephants in need of help. Here you can watch elephants bathe in a nearby river, visit the calves at the nursery and enjoy an elephant back ride through jungle paths.
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