5 of the Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Thailand

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Thailand is well known as one of the most picturesque countries in the world. With its combination of lush tropical greenery, white sandy beaches and pleasant weather it is easy to understand why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations.

To help you make the most of your trip to the Indochina peninsula, we’ve compiled a short list of the most beautiful places to visit in Thailand.

Phra Nang Beach, Places to visit in Thailand
Phra Nang Beach, Places to visit in Thailand by chee.hong

Places to visit in Thailand

1. Ayutthaya

It is not just its natural scenery that makes Thailand worth the air fare. Thanks to its long and varied history, the country boasts many stunning historical sites that are as scenic as the landscape that surrounds them.

Perhaps the most picturesque of all is the stunning city of Ayutthaya. This ancient ruined city makes up the popular Ayutthaya Historical Park and is easily one of the most photographed and iconic locations in Thailand. Though when you’re visiting you might want to try and go early in the day as it attracts plenty visitors.

Ayutthaya, Places to visit in Thailand
Ayutthaya, Places to visit in Thailand by Selda Eigler

2. Sunrise Beach

By taking a trip to the compact island of Ko Lipe you can enjoy one of Thailand finest beaches. Sunrise Beach not only offers white sands and sapphire blue seas; it also offers what are perhaps the finest sunrise views in the whole country.

Slightly less “touristy” than other beaches on the mainland, Sunrise Beach still attracts visitors from all over to marvel at its natural beauty.

Koh Lipe, Places to visit in Thailand
Koh Lipe, Places to visit in Thailand by Vyacheslav Argenberg

3. Chiang Mai

400 miles north of the occasionally overpowering bustle of Bangkok is a major Thai city that offers a slower pace of life. The capital of northern Thailand, Chang Mai, is found amidst the densely vegetated and tower mountains of the north of the country and is a destination worth visiting the country for in its own right.

A world away from the tourist hotspots of the island resorts, the countryside surrounding Chang Mai offers an entirely different Thai experience, and one no less rewarding.

Wat Chiang Man, Places to visit in Thailand
Wat Chiang Man, Places to visit in Thailand by Paul Arps

4. Railay

Often thought of as an island paradise, Railay is in fact a peninsula. This misconception may be in part due to the fact that it is only accessible by boat.

Containing the famous Phra Nang beach, Railay embodies much of what makes Thailand’s natural beauty so famous. With its stunning limestone formations, dense green vegetation, and perfect sandy beaches, anyone looking to savour Thailand’s beauty should make a trip to Railay.

Railay beach, Places to visit in Thailand
Railay beach, Places to visit in Thailand by Nicolas Vollmer

5. Bangkok

Bangkok, also known as the Venice of the East lies on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, just a few kilometers above the mouth of the river into the Gulf of Thailand. It is the residence of the royal family.

Bangkok is the most important port in Thailand and home to over 10% of all Thais. The city is a real image of the country, which for several years had the highest economic growth in the world and is a symbol of the exotic Far East.

Bangkok, Places to visit in Thailand
Bangkok, Places to visit in Thailand by Muisamart

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