Top 10 Must-See Places in Thailand

Top 10 Must-See Places in Thailand
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Over the past number of years, Thailand has become one of the ten most visited places in the world with more than 38 million visitors annually. The land of smiles offers some of the most riveting sights to see, one of the most interesting cultures to explore, and some of the best hospitality the world has to offer.

Land of smiles

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land of smiles
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The nation of almost 70 million people boasts mountain ranges that will make you one with the earth, unbelievable white sandy beaches, and everything between.

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This begs the question, what should I check out? Well, look no further! This Top 10 must-see list below gives you all-encompassing sights you just cannot miss.

1.Khao San Road

Khao San Road

Welcome to Bangkok! When in Bangkok, you cannot miss Khao San Road. This is as unique an experience as anywhere you’ll find a long road filled with bars and clubs to the brim.

Khao san road

After dark, he party overflows into the streets where street vendors sell food, edible insects, laughing gas buckets of alcohol, and just about anything else you can imagine. Make sure to swing by and party like a local, even if you’re not into partying this place will make you want to party!

2.Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Wat Pho
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Smack in the heart of the hustling and bustling capital of Bangkok is Wat Pho. Despite being in one of the busiest cities in the world, inside the walls of this temple are scenes of pure serenity and calmness.

The temple houses an iconic and world-renowned statue of the reclining Buddha that spans 46 meters long.

Wat Pho
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Spend time learning about the art and skill that went into placing the reclining Buddha in its current location and make sure to find a quiet spot to meditate and find your inner voice despite some of the most hectic motorways being right outside these walls.

3.Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Island
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While this is one of the more cliché spots, there’s a big reason why it’s regarded as such. You just cannot miss the jaw-dropping white sandy beaches the Phi Phi Islands have to offer.

Phi Phi Island
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From renting a boat and touring caves and Crab-eating macaque to enjoying a Phi Phi style party this is as close to heaven as it gets. While you’re touring the islands on your rented boat, make sure to stop by one of the beautiful caves and snap a picture for the gram!

4.Elephant Nature Park

Elephant nature park
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Thailand is known globally for its beautiful population of elephants. Elephant Nature Park is an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai where workers spend countless hours caring for and ensuring that elephants are in the best of conditions possible.

Elephant nature park
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You cannot miss the opportunity to make a trip to this sanctuary and learn about the rich history of elephants in Thailand and how this sanctuary is changing the landscape of elephant treatment in the country.

5.Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon

Known as the roof of Thailand, Doi Inthanon’s highest point is the highest in Thailand. The
countless waterfalls, flora, and fauna make this destination an absolute must-visit. Enjoy the peace and serenity of a mountainous range while having a city infrastructure a stone’s throw away.

Doi Inthanon

Hike your way to the top of the mountain and take in one of the most riveting views you might have ever come across.

6.Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai
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An all-time local favorite, Khao Yai National Park is in the Nakhon Ratchasima province of
Thailand. The third-largest park in Thailand spanning 300 square kilometers has over 3000
species of plants and 66 species of mammals to explore.

khao Yai

A traditional visit involves camping out in the woods, having a bonfire and singing tunes with friends and family. With over 1.2 million visitors in 2016, you must make a stop at this local staple.

7.Ayutthaya Historical Park

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is rich in history and dripping with stories from the past. The city of Ayutthaya is the former capital of the nation.

The park site includes various temples and major ruins from the Burmese Army attacks. Hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly mark a strong endorsement for this destination.

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Make a trip down to this historical park and learn about how modern-day Thailand came to be!

8.Tiger Cave Temple

Tiger cave temple
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If you’re the kind of traveler that wants to be consumed by a breathtaking landscape but want to do a little work to get there, the Tiger Cave Temple is just the spot for you. Reaching the temple requires vigorous 1,237 steps but every last step is worth the view.

Tiger cave temple

Founded in 1975, legend has it that the cave is named so because of a bulge on the outer carvings that resemble the paw of a tiger.

9.Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Floating market
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Thailand is notorious for its floating markets. This floating market highlights the beauties and riches of Thai culture from food and snacks to produce and other goods being solved by vendors on boats.

Floating market
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Make sure to swing by the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and shop like a local while enjoying a snack or two!

10.Koh Pha-Ngan

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The landmark of any trip to Thailand is taking in the sun and relaxing on a beautiful beach. Ko Pha-ngan pulls no punches when it comes to entertainment.

Malibu Beach, Koh Pha-Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan

Host to one of the most notorious beach parties in the world, the island attracts millions of visitors worldwide. Not into the Full Moon Party? No problem! Ko Pha-ngan offers a variety of fun things to do that are truly Thai.

Full Moon Parties

Full moon Party

Take in a Thai kickboxing fight, enjoy the Phaeng waterfall, or just hang out and sip a soothing beverage on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Thailand has thousands of things to see and the reality is that no “10-must see” list can ever capture the breadth and depth of what is on offer in this small but beautiful nation.


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However, there are always things you absolutely cannot miss and this list does a thorough job of ensuring that you get to bring back a small piece of every different part of Thailand while truly getting to learn and love a culture that attracts millions of people each year.