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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 attractions in Thailand for Spring

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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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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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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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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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Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

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With its heady smorgasbord of street food, gold merchants, wooden shophouses, and ancient Chinese temples, there’s never a dull moment in Bangkok’s Chinatown, also known as Yaowarat. Exploring the bustlingsois (side streets) of the city’s oldest district is a must on any trip to the Thai capital.More
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Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park

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Rising 8,415 feet (2,565 meters) above sea level, Mt. Doi Inthanon, situated in the center of Doi Inthanon National Park, is Thailand’s tallest mountain. While many visitors strive to see the views from its summit, the surrounding forests, waterfalls, stupas—dome-shaped Buddhist shrines—and trails are just as impressive.More
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Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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One of the oldest, largest, and most revered temple complexes in Bangkok, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is a must-see for all visitors to the Thai capital. The central attraction of the temple complex is its namesake statue—the gold leaf covered reclining Buddha—but don't let it distract you from the site's other treasures, including its 95 pagodas, carved narrative panels, and opulent main altar.More
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Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Easily one of Bangkok’s most visually striking landmarks, the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) towers over the Chao Phraya River. Its colorfully decorated spires are the star features—the temple’s central prang stands 260 feet (79 meters) tall and is intricately decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.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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Koh Tan (Koh Taen)

Koh Tan (Koh Taen)

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In stark contrast to its famed northerly neighbor, tiny and sleepy Koh Tan tempts visitors with empty beaches and vehicle-less roads just three miles and a 15-minute boat ride south of Koh Samui’s southern tip. Koh Tan (also spelled Koh Taen, Ko Taen, and Ko Tan) is sometimes also called Coral Island for its diversity of colorful hard and soft corals, and it often serves as a popular day-long escape for snorkel or kayak excursions through its clear inshore waters. Though the island doesn’t have quite the aquatic diversity of other more remote locations, it still affords excellent snorkeling, relatively empty beaches and navigable mangrove swamps all very close to a major tourist hub. Longboats make the crossing daily and usually stop at several unique coral spots around the island.On land, Koh Tan spans only three square miles, and its population barely tops 30 people; their rustic lifestyle with limited electricity affords a glimpse of what much of Thai Island-living was like decades ago. Koh Tan also has a thriving population of monitor lizards, a boardwalk through a mangrove forest, a quaint local temple, a handful of local restaurants and a cluster of bungalow-style accommodations.More

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Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Villages

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Top activities in Thailand

Full-Day Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace from Bangkok
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Phi Phi Sunrise from Phuket by Simba Sea Trips
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White Orchid Dinner Cruise with Optional Return Transfers
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Private Tour to Kanchanaburi Erawan Waterfall and Elephant Care
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Phi Phi Islands and Khai Islands Snorkeling Tour By Speedboat From Phuket
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Recent reviews from experiences in Thailand

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Koh adang is the most...
MarcusColvin, Apr 2022
Koh Lipe to Phuket by Satun Pakbara Speed Boat
the boat trip from Koh lipe to Phuket amazing got to see most islands on the east
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Great experience
Chris_H, Apr 2022
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Our guide was so polite and his English was excellent.
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Amazing!
Hannah_P, Apr 2022
Phi Phi Islands Adventure Day Trip with Seaview Lunch by V. Marine Tour
It combined everything you want to see into one seamless trip.
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Nice day out
Madeeha_S, Mar 2022
Private Tour: Amazing Phuket Island Tour with Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
Going to see big Buddha and the temple was great!
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Thailand attractions still not all open
Christhina_T, Feb 2022
Private Tour : Pattaya Floating Market & City Landmarks with Lunch
It was nice having someone who could speak Thai, but would have been better Thai, but would have been better if the guide could speak more English.
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Good visit to Ayutthaya
Sly_B, Feb 2022
Full-Day Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace from Bangkok
Provided us tips about Bangkok and other interesting places to visit in Thailand.
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Best private tour in Phuket
Megan_S, Jan 2022
SHA PLUS Phuket City Tours with Landmark 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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Amazing day trip out of Bangkok
Taylor_B, May 2022
Private tour to Floating & Railway Market from Bangkok [Erawan waterfall add-on]
You get a private tour of the floating market, which was a must see, plus the train market and beautiful Erawan falls with some other cool stops along the way.
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Non-stop fun and authentic food to explore!
ryandhong, May 2022
Half-Day Railway Market and Floating Market Tour in Thailand
I do fall asleep easily on long road trips so did get in a nap both on my way their and on the way back home.
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Very informative and good value for money
Paul_D, May 2022
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Mind you saying that if you want to see more of the real Thailand then it’s the trip for you.
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A private tour worth every cent
Julia_R, May 2022
Doi Inthanon Private Tour with Trek & Lunch from Chiang Mai
The walk through the park with a local was the highlight, passing through habitat for gibbons, waterfalls, local farms and learning about what the land can provide.
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An efficient and very enjoyable tour
Abida_R, Apr 2022
Floating & Railway Market, Coconut & Salt farm from BKK [Pickup +Multi-language]
Things like knowing what times to visit the Railway market in order to see the train are much simpler when you have a guide.
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Amazing tour don’t miss it!
w2rt7xh2rp, Apr 2022
Phi Phi Islands Adventure Day Trip with Seaview Lunch by V. Marine Tour
Fantastic locations to visit and snorkel I have never seen so many different types of fish!
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Brilliant Overview of Phuket Island
Chris_V, Mar 2022
Amazing Phuket Island Guided Tour & Big Buddha (SHA Plus)
They gave me a great insight into Phuket, and I will talk about this tour to my friends back home and recommend it as a great first overview to see the Island.
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A must do for food lovers
Jerome_L, Mar 2022
Chef Designed Bangkok Food Tour with Klong Boat Ride
Not only do you have the experience of a chef, but you also get to see the relationships he has with the local vendors.
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Incredible day visiting Doi Inthanon
Sarah_H, Mar 2022
Doi Inthanon Private Tour with Trek & Lunch from Chiang Mai
I like to visit places on my own but Doi Ithanon is about 90 min from Chiang Mai and not that easy to get to without a tour.
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Toured major Bangkok sites in 8hrs
Thomas_P, Mar 2022
Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
We basically saw everything we wanted to see in Bangkok in about 8 hours to include lunch at a Michelin rated restaurant.
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Beauty, History, and Hospitality
Jeffrey_J, Feb 2022
Full-Day Private Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace from Bangkok
The Summer Palace is beautiful, as are all of the Wats we visited.

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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