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Welcome to Thailand

Long holding the title of Southeast Asia's most popular vacation spot, Thailand is paradise-by-numbers with its tropical islands, lush jungle, and sun-bleached sands. But it's not just the beaches that bring travelers back time and time again—Thailand's most enduring asset is its welcoming people. The capital of Bangkok, with its bustling streets, colorful night market, beautiful Buddhist temples, and the Grand Palace complex (home to the sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha), is the obvious starting point. Just outside of the city, the ancient Siamese capital of Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the Damnoen Saduak floating market offers a fascinating glimpse into traditional Thai life. In southern Thailand, beach lovers can set sail for Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, where the surrounding islands offer ample opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. Over on the Andaman Sea Coast, the sandy beaches and golden temples of Phuket are the precursor to the dramatic landscapes of Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island, and the Phi Phi islands, where The Beach was filmed. Far from the beaches of the south, the sweeping highlands of northern Thailand mark out the borders with Laos and Myanmar. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the main destinations, where adventurous travelers can try white-water rafting, observe elephants, or join a trekking tour to explore the remote hill tribe villages.

Top 10 attractions in Thailand

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Phi Phi Islands (Koh Phi Phi)

Phi Phi Islands (Koh Phi Phi)

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From the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, the jungle-shrouded limestone cliffs of Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands rise majestically, giving way to white-sand beaches and lush green jungles further inland. Longtail boats putter between the islands, collectively known as Koh Phi Phi or Ko Phi Phi, surrounded by turquoise waters and colorful marine life.More
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James Bond Island (Ko Khao Phing Kan)

James Bond Island (Ko Khao Phing Kan)

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A starring role in the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man With the Golden Gun” put the towering limestone islands of Ko Khao Phing Kan and the 66-foot-tall (20-meter) islet Ko Tapu firmly on Thailand’s tourist trail. While boats are forbidden from getting too close to the islands, opportunities for sightseeing abound in the surrounding area.More
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Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

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With limestone rock formations jutting out of the emerald green sea, Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga) in Thailand is famous the world over for its natural beauty. Many visitors to Thailand will find themselves crossing the bay on the way to popular tourist spots, such as Phuket or Krabi, but this place deserves some dedicated exploration time of its own.More
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Maya Bay (Maya Beach)

Maya Bay (Maya Beach)

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The stunning Maya Bay (Maya Beach) became a major tourist attraction after the 2000 film,The Beach, was filmed here. It’s situated within Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands, off the coasts of both Krabi and Phuket on the mainland, and is distinguished by its beautiful white-sand beach sheltered by limestone cliffs on three sides.There are in fact several beaches here, but most are small and some only exist at low tide. The main beach, where most boats drop passengers just offshore, is a 200-meter long strip of silky white sand. It’s surrounded by clear waters filled with colorful coral and an abundance of exotic fish, making it an absolute haven for snorkelers. Walking inland is also a treat, with a path that winds through lush greenery and reveals some simply spectacular scenery.It’s true that Maya Bay’s popularity has taken a certain degree of the shine from this once little-heard of slice of paradise. It’s become so well-known that its shores are filled with hoards of boats dropping visitors off and picking them up throughout the day, particularly in peak season. Visitors should arrive early in the morning to avoid the larger part of the crowds.Please note: Maya Bay (Maya Beach) is closed indefinitely due to overtourism.More
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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

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Khao Sok National Park is a secluded pocket of southern Thailand that contains one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. The area is characterized by rugged limestone formations, dense greenery, and turquoise waters. The park also harbors a variety of wildlife, such as sambar deer, sun bears, Malayan tapirs, and 200 species of birds.More
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Ang Thong National Marine Park

Ang Thong National Marine Park

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The 42 karst islets of Ang Thong National Marine Park (Mu Koh Ang Thong) in southern Thailand comprise a picturesque seascape spanning more than 95 square miles (246 square kilometers). These limestone pinnacles harbor secluded powdery beaches, sheer cliffs, and caves, and are home to myriad birds, monkeys, dolphins, and other wildlife.More
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Bridge on the River Kwai

Bridge on the River Kwai

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The iconic Bridge on the River Kwai is part of the world’s collective historical memory. The site of many POW’s deaths during World War II, it is now the site of the JEATH War Museum and is close to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.More
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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

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Bangkok’s glittering Grand Palace is one of the most popular attractions in the Thai capital. Built in 1782, this sprawling 54-acre (21.8-hectare) complex served as the royal court and administrative seat of Thailand for 150 years. Today, while it continues to host royal Thai functions, the palace also impresses swathes of visitors with its intricate golden-spired architecture and cultural history.More
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Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront

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The energetic Asiatique The Riverfront—part open-air night bazaar, part shopping mall—combines the city’s old traditions and modern commercial energy. Located at the former East Asiatic Company trade docks, the complex contains more than 1,500 shops and boutiques, about 40 restaurants, and several entertainment venues.More
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White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)

White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)

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With brilliant white spires, eaves, and bridges that all glitter in the sunshine and reflect in surrounding pools, the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) is Chiang Rai’s signature sight. The building’s surroundings and interior are filled with art inspired by everything fromThe Matrix, to Hello Kitty andKung Fu Panda.More

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Top Beaches in Krabi

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How to Spend 3 Days in Phuket

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How to Spend 3 Days in Pattaya

Chiang Rai Hill Tribe Villages

Chiang Rai Hill Tribe Villages

How to Choose a Theater Show in Phuket

How to Choose a Theater Show in Phuket

Top activities in Thailand

Phi Phi Islands Adventure Day Trip with Seaview Lunch by V. Marine Tour

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Phi Phi, Bamboo & Rang Yai Islands Snorkeling Trip w/ Lunch by Speedboat

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Phi Phi Sunrise from Phuket

Phi Phi Sunrise from Phuket

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Exclusive Small Group - Phi Phi Islands Sunrise Or Day trip

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Wonderful Pearl Dinner Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Thailand

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Best private tour in Phuket
Megan_S, Jan 2022
Small Group Phuket Landmark Discovery Tours-Famous Viewpoints & Noted Attraction
Kim was a fantastic guide, spoke good English and I enjoyed learning about Thailand from him.
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Great journey to the ancient Thailand…
Ralf_P, Jan 2022
Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour
We were only 5 people but that was good…the temples and the summer residence wie visited after a 2 hour drive were so amazing…one of our best trips in Thailand…strongly recommended.
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Amazing
Graciela_H, Dec 2021
Amazing Bangkok Tour : Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun (SHA Plus)
I think the only regret we had is not being able to see the reclining Buddha.
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The absolute highlight of our Chiang Mai visit
John_B, Jan 2022
Inthanon Small-Group with Kew Mae Pan Trail from Chiang Mai include Lunch
We finished up at a roaring waterfall and then snoozed on the comfortable bus ride home.
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Great day trip
William_D, Dec 2021
One Day Tour Chiang Rai(White Temple , Blue Temple, Black House) Private Tour
Hot springs were a very odd site to see.
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Thailand at Night
Graciela_H, Dec 2021
Tuk-tuk tour Bangkok by Night
I think the only disappointment we had is due to COVID-19 a lot of the attractions were fenced off making it difficult to take pictures from the outside.
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A must Tour for Thailand history.
William_D, Dec 2021
Chiang Mai City Tour with Doi Suthep and View Point (SHA Plus)
Amazing morning to see such beauty Temple grounds.
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Great tour with Peach. Highly recommend!
Haley_L, Dec 2021
Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
She spoke great English.
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A beautiful and serene experience
Po_T, Nov 2021
Wat Doi Suthep+Wat Phalat: Amazing Sunrise, Alms to Monks & Stunning city views
Sunrise/early morning is definitely the time to visit!
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Fantastic tour by two friendly locals
Tac_Y, Nov 2021
Ayutthaya Ancient Temples Tour from Bangkok by Road (SHA Plus)
They were very friendly, attentive and tried to provide me as much information as possible at each of the visited sites in easy to understand English.
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A Phuket overwiew
Philipp_M, Oct 2021
Phuket Best Half Day City Tour (SHA Plus)
Jennifer presented us many insights in the religion, culture and history of Phuket (and Thailand) and was always open to answer all the questions in a solid and well understandable English.
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Knowing more about Phuket
Felipe_M, Oct 2021
Phuket Best Half Day City Tour (SHA Plus)
We were also able to see a monk and know more about the construction of the buddha.
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Floating Market Tour - Two Thumbs Up
Kristi_L, Mar 2020
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Markets Tour (SHA Plus)
We were able to take a boat tour to see the surrounding area.
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Great tour!
SreeDeepthi_M, Mar 2020
Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour
Despite the heat, I had a great time on the tour, and got to see a lot of temples.
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Convenient guided tour with extra information
Mario, Mar 2020
Travstore Original Phuket Discovery Tour - Shared Half Day City Tour
It was a great tour that covered all the sightseeing we wanted to see on the island.
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Bridge on the River Kwai trip
Rodney_J, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
A long trip from Bangkok but worth it to see the bridge and to pay homage to our soldiers Our guide “Tiny” was really knowledgable about Thailand and the local customs I thought the museum was pretty basic regarding information but still enjoyed the trip
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Great experience
Nancy_F, Feb 2020
Bangkok's Local Flavors: Thai Street Food Tour
Our guide Steve spoke very good English.
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Excellent choice.
Ross M, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat
Well spoken English, genuine and thoughtful ambassador of Buddhism and Thailand.
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Private tour of Ayutthaya
GkGt6, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Full-Day Ayutthaya Tour from Bangkok
I enjoyed the tour and got to see many historic locations in Thailand.
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More than expected!
Lauren_S, May 2019
Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk
Great, friendly english speaking guide with in depth knowledge of Thailand history.

All about Thailand

When to visit

There’s no bad time to visit Thailand, but rain and heat can affect your vacation plans. Early winter is the country-wide sweet spot: it’s dry and hot enough—but not too hot—for city sightseeing or the beach. To experience local culture at its most memorable, consider April for the Thai New Year celebrations of Songkran, or November for Chiang Mai’s Lantern Festival (Loi Krathong).

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