5 best places to visit in Thailand – The ultimate Must Do’s
The 5 best places to visit in Thailand are really difficult to choose. Thailand has so many incredible places to visit. No doubt about that. But there are some places that stand out from all the others. Because of the fact that this country is so diverse, the following 5 spots are very different. But each and every one of them is unique in itself.
5 best places to visit in Thailand
When I travelled Thailand, I tried to visit the whole country and see as much as I possibly could. I wanted to visit pulsing cities, experience the rawness of nature and see true paradise.
So, I made sure to dive in deep into the culture and I tried to get to know the Thai people as much as I could. I was really fascinated by this country. It has good and bad sides. But this country is very interesting and you can learn a lot from it.
Bangkok has to be under the 5 best places to visit in Thailand. This is one of the most famous cities in the world. Everyone knows it. Especially after the the movie “hangover”. But Bangkok is not only famous for that. It is also very diverse. Many old temples, street food everywhere and loads and loads of interesting people. You can visit the Tiger Temple, floating markets (good article @therealtravelers) , the big Golden Budda and so much more. Bangkok is also the pivotal point of Thailand. If you want to go anywhere within this country you have to pass Bangkok.
This city is also under the 5 best places to visit in Thailand, because it has two sides. The rich one and the poor one. I have only seen the poor side of Thailand. People try to sell you aaaanything to survive, but that is also a reason what makes this country to what it is. Open minded, active people everywhere. Just a cool spot to be at even though I have to admit it is really, really busy and dirty in a way. So it is not for everyone.
Chiang Mai is an old town in the north of Thailand. You find big raw jungles all around the city. The north of Thailand is completely different to the south in any way. The south is full of islands, that look like paradise. But the north is the complete opposite. Forests and valleys everywhere. A lot of rain and a very humid area to live in. Chiang Mai perfectly fits into this picture and that is why it is named under the 5 best places to visit in Thailand.
You can visit various temples or live like a monk for as long as you want. You also have the opportunity to go on a jungle tour. That’s what I did. It is a crazy experience to go trekking in the deepest rainforest you might ever see. Along the way you see many good animals like buffalos, spiders and snakes. You also gonna visit some cool waterfalls, float down a river, go elephant riding and slide down some muddy trails. It’s good fun! Also, just enjoying the views you get by driving around with a scooter is a fantastic experience. So, make sure to visit this area.
Koh Tao Island
Koh Tao must be under the 5 best places to visit in Thailand. This is one of my favourite islands I have ever been to. The vibe on Koh Tao is just phenomenal. Reaaaally relaxed. Besides that fact, that it is very beautiful with its nice valleys and several torquoise bays, it is also a predestined island for scuba divers. Koh Tao is the 2nd cheapest island to get your PADI scuba diving license in the whole world. I only payed about 200 € to get mine, which is a joke compared to other countries.
The island is full of really pretty beaches with palm tree everywhere. You also find great night life with several bars and clubs to go to. The locals always do their fire shows every night, where they spin sticks with fire and do some cool tricks with them. It’s quite a small island compared to the other known Thai islands, which make it easy to get around. Food and accommodation is cheap. People are friendly and nature is really pretty. You have a tropical climate and it’s sunny most of the time. No suprise it is under the list of the 5 best places to visit in Thailand.
Koh Phangan Island
Koh Phangan is very similar to Koh Tao. Just way bigger and much more packed. It is still under the top 5 places to visit in Thailand. Why? Because it is a really beautiful island too and you find the Fullmoon party there as well as many others, which is a must see. When you drive around the island, you will drive over some mountain paths, through the jungle and end up at several wonderful white sand beaches, that look like heaven. You have many optional activities to do like jet ski driving or boat cruises.
The biggest highlights are the famous “Amsterdam Bar” as well as the mentioned Fullmoon party. This is the main reason why people come to Koh Phangan. It is a very good party with about 5 – 10.000 people on one big beach. Just watch out a little. Some people try to steal your money 😉 Many people also come for the jungle party, which is set up a little bit like the Tomorrowland festival from the way the stages are built and everything is made up, except of the fact, that it is in middle of a forest. Really cool and food fun. So, make sure to put it on your list of the 5 best places to visit in Thailand 😉
Koh Phi Phi Island
The last point is a must and is has to be on the list of the 5 best places to visit in Thailand. Koh Phi Phi is an absolute dream from, if you look at it from above. Before the tsunami in 2006 it was pretty undeveloped. Nowerdays it is full of tourism. Still, if you look at it from above, it will drop your jaw. It looks so scenic with two beautiful bays in different colours on each side of the island and the huge surrounding limestone cliffs. Spectecular!
Also make sure to go on a snorkeling boat cruise to Maya Bay. This is where the movie The Beach was filmed with Leonardo DiCaprio. This part of Koh Phi Phi can be found at the 2nd island. It is an incomparable paradise, which you won’t find anywhere else like this. The water colour is a combination out of light green and light blue. The beach has fine white sand. Around and in between the big limestone mountains you can go snorkeling and diving. Some Thai people have even built their homes into some caves in the area. A very unique way of living. And of course, you can go on great parties there as well. It is just a good combination, which is why it has to be under the 5 best places to visit in Thailand!
You want to know more about Chang Mai? Read here