5 best places to visit in Thailand

July 24, 2021

There are so many places to visit in Thailand. It is a country that has something for everyone, no matter what you like to do or see. The beaches in particular are just stunning and the food equally tasty. But what I love most about Thailand is the amazing temples! Here are 5 of my favourite places to visit in Thailand, all of them beautiful and unique in their own way.

5 best places to visit in Thailand


No trip to Thailand would be complete without visiting this great city. Amazingly, Bangkok has got everything. It’s a real modern city, but also one steeped in history and culture. This is really apparent by the temples dotted around the city, which date back hundreds of years.

Not only is there an abundance of culture, Bangkok also has a huge nightlife scene. In fact, it’s one of the best in Asia! There are some great clubs and bars to enjoy, as well as fantastic shopping opportunities too.

Bangkok is so lively that you’d never believe that just outside the city it gets very rural. It’s easy to do day trips from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and the floating markets.

Don’t Miss: Was Arun, Wat Pho, Grand Palace

Chiang Mai

If you fancy getting away from the big city lifestyle of Bangkok, then Chiang Mai should be right up your street. It’s a very laid back city, which is perfect for relaxing and unwinding while you’re on holiday. Although it’s a lot smaller than most of the other cities in Thailand, this means that there are less people around to enjoy what Chiang Mai has to offer.

Chiang Mai is quite an artsy place too; there are many workshops where you can learn a new skill or take part in an interesting workshop. The food here is absolutely fantastic and the huge markets mean that you’re bound to find something unique to take home as a souvenir of your holiday in Chiang Mai.

It’s a popular city for expats and digital nomads.

Don’t Miss: Doi Suthep, Elephant Nature Park, Was Chedi Luang

Chiang Rai

Hidden away from most modern society, Chiang Rai is one of the most unique places to visit in Thailand. Although it’s a really small area, there are so many different things to see and do here that you’ll never get bored. Being an extremely old city, Chiang Rai is filled with history; the temples dotted around town are stunning and on top of that there are lots of zip lining and adventure activities too!

One of my favourite things about Chiang Rai is that it’s a fantastic place to experience the real Thailand. It’s so much more peaceful than most other places in this country and it still has a very traditional way of life, even though modern western culture is creeping in.

Was Rong Khun (White temple), Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple), Night Market


First created as the capital city of Thailand, Sukhothai is a fascinating place to visit. It’s one of the most historic cities in this country and it was once an extremely prosperous area too. Some of the architecture that you’ll see is quite unique; nowhere else in Thailand will you find anything similar!

The great thing about Sukhothai is that it offers so many different things to do and see. From the many temples around the city, to some great day trips into some of the surrounding areas, you won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to enjoying yourself here. There are also lots of museums, so if you’re interested in learning about Thai history then this is a great place to visit!

Don’t Miss: Sukhothai Historical Park


Last but not least on my list of the 5 best places to visit in Thailand, is Phuket. There’s something about this island that just screams relaxation! With some incredible beaches and beautiful surroundings, it’s a great place for unwinding after a busy few weeks. The crystal clear waters are also great for swimming and diving.

Phuket is also a great place for shopping; there are lots of retail stores around the island where you’ll find some fantastic deals and bargains, as well as designer shops too! I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed if you decide to visit Phuket on your holiday in Thailand.

Don’t Miss: Phang Nga Bay (and James Bond Island), Big Buddha Phuket, Bangla Road

If you love Thailand as much as I do, I’d love to hear about it! Please leave your comments and questions below.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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