In the recent past, South Asian destinations, especially Thailand has gained huge popularity among western tourists. Most of these tourists prefer Thailand for its tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and cost-effective tourism facilities. Interestingly, Thailand is about much more than sand and beaches and has so much to offer that you can easily spend weeks in the country without getting bored. Each part of the country has something distinct to offer its visitors and the rich culture blended with the natural treasures leaves one totally in awe of the place. If you are traveling on an extended trip to Thailand, here are some of the top places that should be on your list.
This place needs little introduction. Phuket is by far the most famous beach destination in the country. The island got recognized around the world after a Leonardo Di Caprio blockbuster, The Beach was shot there. Although the main feature of Phuket is its sandy beaches, it also has amazing Safaris, elephant sanctuaries, activities such as river rafting and zip lining. Other than that, the island is famous for its happening nightlife and a vibrant shopping and food scene.
If a touristy Phuket is not your thing, head farther to the exotic Koh Samui. This beautiful island is famous for its full moon parties and is a popular honeymoon destination. Unlike Phuket, Koh Samui is planned to retain its natural appeal and raw feeling. Check in to a nice beach resort and you will be mesmerized by the blue waters of the Andaman Sea with dense forests in the backdrop. Koh Samui is quite famous for Zip Lining and beautiful waterfalls.
Contrary to popular opinion, Thailand is a lot more besides beaches. However, since beaches take all the limelight, not many tourists dare to go off the beaten path and therefore this beautiful town is left largely underrated. Chiang Mei can be best described as a highland area of the country that is dominated by rice paddies and green forestry. The best part is that Chiang Mei has a much more pleasant and somewhat cooler climate and therefore it offers a nice retreat from the humid capital and beaches of the country. You can take a Chiang Mei tour to see Chiang Mei attractions and explore different parts of the town, which includes insight into its beautiful village culture, gorgeous waterfalls, and ancient temples.
If you are an entertainment and shopping buff, you cannot miss out Bangkok. Although the city initially gives a very urban vibe with its heavy traffic and huge skyscrapers, however, it is a haven for clubbers and shoppers. Bangkok is famous for its nightlife around the world. Besides bars and pubs, the city has amazing shopping options. If you do not want to spend a lot on high-end brands, you can find some high-quality replicas of your favorite high-end brands at dirt cheap prices. Other than international products, traditional Thai products and handicrafts are also a must-buy especially if you love collecting pieces from all around t