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Thailand conjures images of white sand beaches and cerulean waters, peaceful temples, and lush mountain jungles. In Bangkok, a 21st-century playground, the scent of spicy street food fills the air, and the Grand Palace recalls the country's traditions. Outside the capital, the wonders of the countryside enchant, whether you are elephant trekking in the northern hills, exploring Ayutthaya’s splendid ruins, or diving in the waters of the idyllic southern coast. The unique spirit of the Thai people—this is the “land of smiles,” after all—adds warmth to any visit.

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Bangkok

Bangkok, also known as the City of Angels and Venice of the East, will hit you like a ton of bricks. Hot, polluted, and chaotic, it thrills...

Chiang Mai

Cosmopolitan Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second city, is regarded by many as its rightful, historic capital. It’s a fascinating and successful mix...

Phuket

Phuket (or "Koh" Phuket—Koh is "island" in Thai, but this is rarely used because Phuket is so large) is one of the region's economic powerhouses...

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the most popular tourist destination on the Western Gulf coast, which isn't surprising, considering the island's gorgeous beaches...

Chiang Rai and The Golden Triangle

This fabled area is a beautiful stretch of rolling uplands that conceal remote hill tribe villages and drop down to the broad Mekong, which...

Koh Lanta

Long beaches, crystal clear water, and a laid-back natural environment are Koh Lanta's main attractions. Although "discovered" by international...

Pattaya

Pattaya's proponents boast that their city has finally emerged as a legitimate upscale beach destination. This is partly true: recent years...

Koh Phi Phi

The Phi Phi Islands consist of six islands. The largest, Phi Phi Don, is shaped like a butterfly: the "wings," covered by limestone mountains...

Kanchanaburi

The city of Kanchanaburi is home to interesting and sometimes moving World War II historic sites, among them the Bridge on the River Kwai. In...

Koh Chang

Koh Chang, or Elephant Island, is the largest and most developed of the 52-island archipelago that became Mu Koh Chang National Park in 1982...

Pai

Although Pai lies in a flat valley, a 10-minute drive in any direction brings you to a rugged upland terrain with stands of wild teak, groves...

Phuket Town

Though few tourists linger here, Phuket Town, the provincial capital, is one of the more culturally interesting places on the island to spend...

Hua Hin

The golden sands near the small seaside city of Hua Hin have long attracted Bangkok's rich and famous. The most renowned visitors are the king...

Sukhothai

Sukhothai, which means "the dawn of happiness," holds a unique place in Thailand's history. Until the 13th century most of Thailand consisted...

Ao Nang

In the daytime, Ao Nang is busy with visitors flowing to and from beaches. In the evening, storefronts light up the sidewalk and open-air restaurants...

Ayutthaya

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, carefully preserved Ayutthaya provides a fascinating snapshot of ancient Siam. Scattered ruins testify to the...

Koh Phangan

As Koh Samui developed into an international hot spot, travelers looking for a more laid-back scene headed for Koh Phangan. Decades ago, the...

Khao Lak

Khao Lak is a place to go to if you want a relaxed, low-key holiday. It just cuts the right side of developed to offer all the amenities you...

Lampang

At the end of the 19th century, when Lampang was a thriving center of the teak trade, the well-to-do city elders gave the city a genteel look...

Krabi

Krabi is a major travel hub in southern Thailand. Travelers often breeze through without stopping to enjoy the atmosphere, which is a shame...

Koh Tao

In just a few decades, the tiny island of Koh Tao has evolved from a sleepy backwater to a sought-after diving getaway, with lodgings that range...

Mae Hong Son

Stressed-out residents of Bangkok and other cities have transformed this remote, mountain-ringed market town into one of northern Thailand's...

Nang Cape/Railay Beach

Be careful not to strain your neck admiring the skyscraping cliffs as your longtail boat delivers you to Nang Cape. Here four interconnected...

Phitsanulok

For a brief span in the 14th century, after the decline of Sukhothai and before the rise of Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok was the kingdom's capital...

Phang Nga Bay National Marine Park

The looming limestone karsts are the most spectacular feature of Phang Nga Bay, made famous in movies and a thousand picture postcards. ...

Phetchaburi

This small seaport town with many wats once linked the old Thai capitals of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya with trade routes on the South China Sea...

Lopburi

Lopburi is off the beaten track for most tourists, and those who do come here are generally outnumbered by the city's monkey population. Some...

Lamphun

Lamphun claims to be the oldest existing city in Thailand (but so does Nakhon Pathom). Originally called Nakhon Hariphunchai, it was founded...

Koh Samet

Koh Samet's beautiful beaches are a hit with Thais and Bangkok expats, especially on weekends. Although newer resort areas beckon, Koh Samet...

Koh Si Chang

For centuries Koh Si Chang was considered a gateway to Thailand, the spot where huge sailing ships docked and smaller barges loaded goods bound...

Samut Songkram

The provincial town of Samut Songkram has little to recommend it, but the many nearby attractions make this an enjoyable day trip from Bangkok...

Cha-am

It may not be the most picturesque seaside town, but Cha-am does offer an authentic Thai-style beach experience. The pier at the north end of...

Nakhon Pathom

Reputed to be Thailand's oldest city (it's thought to date from 150 BC), Nakhon Pathom was once the center of the Dvaravati kingdom, an affiliation...

Si Satchanalai

Si Satchanalai, a sister city to Sukhothai, was governed by a son of Sukhothai's reigning monarch. Despite its secondary position, the city...

Chalong

The waters in horseshoe-shape Chalong Bay are usually calm, as the entrance is guarded by Koh Lone and Koh Hae. It's not a scenic stop in itself...

Damnoen Saduak

The image of this frenetic market of floating vendors selling all sorts of raw and prepared food is so evocative that it has become an ad agency...

Surat Thani

Surat Thani is where you board the boats bound for Koh Samui. Though not particularly attractive, Surat Thani has a few culturally interesting...

Sangklaburi

This sleepy town sits on a large lake created by the Khao Laem Dam. There was once a Mon village here, but when the dam was built in 1983 it...

Mae Sariang

The southern route of the Loop runs through Mae Sariang, a neat little market town that sits beside the Yuam River. With comfortable hotels...

Takiab Beach

Directly to the south of Hua Hin, Khao Takiab is a good alternative for people who wish to avoid Hua Hin's busier scene. Takiab is favored by...

Chiang Dao

The dusty, rather dilapidated village of Chiang Dao has two claims to fame: Thailand's third-highest mountain, 7,500-foot Doi Chiang Dao, which...

Bang Pa-In

This village, a popular stopping point between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, has a few architectural sites of note: a Thai palace, a European-style...

Similan Islands

The Similan Islands are synonymous with two things: beautiful, unspoiled beaches and diving in crystal-blue waters. There are nine islands in...

Chumphon

Chumphon is regarded as the gateway to the south, because trains and buses connect to Bangkok to the north, to Surat Thani and Phuket to the...

Koh Yao

Koh Yao Noi is the most developed of this pair of islands, Noi (little) and Yai (large), but it is still worlds away from the development on...

Doi Ang Khang

Ang means "bowl," and that sums up the mountaintop location of this remote corner of Thailand. A tiny, two-street settlement shares the small...

Tha Ton

North of Chiang Dao lies the pretty resort town of Tha Ton, which sits on the River Kok right across the border from Myanmar. The local temple...

Chanthaburi

Chanthaburi has played a big role in Thai history. It was here that the man who would become King Taksin gathered and prepared his troops to...

Surin Islands

Sixty kilometers (37 miles) off the west coast of Phang Nga, the five Surin Islands are special for their diving and fishing. The national park...

Cape Yamu

The headland at Yamu is an isolated part of Phuket and, because of the isolation, is particularly quiet and exclusive. There is no beach here...

Khun Yuam

In the mountain village of Khun Yuam, along the southern route of the Loop between Mae Hong Son and Mae Sariang, you can find one of the region...

Doi Inthanon National Park

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Muang Boran

An easy and popular day trip from Bangkok, Muang Boran provides a captivating introduction to Thailand's architectural and cultural highlights...

Khun Yuam

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Khao Pra Taew National Park

Located in the north of the island, Khao Pra Taew is the last virgin rain forest in Phuket. You can take a hike through the park (8 km) or just...

Bangkok

Bangkok, also known as the City of Angels and Venice of the East, will hit you like a ton of bricks. Hot, polluted, and chaotic, it thrills...

Chiang Mai

Cosmopolitan Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second city, is regarded by many as its rightful, historic capital. It’s a fascinating and successful mix...

Phuket

Phuket (or "Koh" Phuket—Koh is "island" in Thai, but this is rarely used because Phuket is so large) is one of the region's economic powerhouses...

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the most popular tourist destination on the Western Gulf coast, which isn't surprising, considering the island's gorgeous beaches...

Chiang Rai and The Golden Triangle

This fabled area is a beautiful stretch of rolling uplands that conceal remote hill tribe villages and drop down to the broad Mekong, which...

Koh Lanta

Long beaches, crystal clear water, and a laid-back natural environment are Koh Lanta's main attractions. Although "discovered" by international...

Pattaya

Pattaya's proponents boast that their city has finally emerged as a legitimate upscale beach destination. This is partly true: recent years...

Koh Phi Phi

The Phi Phi Islands consist of six islands. The largest, Phi Phi Don, is shaped like a butterfly: the "wings," covered by limestone mountains...

Kanchanaburi

The city of Kanchanaburi is home to interesting and sometimes moving World War II historic sites, among them the Bridge on the River Kwai. In...

Koh Chang

Koh Chang, or Elephant Island, is the largest and most developed of the 52-island archipelago that became Mu Koh Chang National Park in 1982...

Pai

Although Pai lies in a flat valley, a 10-minute drive in any direction brings you to a rugged upland terrain with stands of wild teak, groves...

Phuket Town

Though few tourists linger here, Phuket Town, the provincial capital, is one of the more culturally interesting places on the island to spend...

Hua Hin

The golden sands near the small seaside city of Hua Hin have long attracted Bangkok's rich and famous. The most renowned visitors are the king...

Sukhothai

Sukhothai, which means "the dawn of happiness," holds a unique place in Thailand's history. Until the 13th century most of Thailand consisted...

Ao Nang

In the daytime, Ao Nang is busy with visitors flowing to and from beaches. In the evening, storefronts light up the sidewalk and open-air restaurants...

Ayutthaya

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, carefully preserved Ayutthaya provides a fascinating snapshot of ancient Siam. Scattered ruins testify to the...

Koh Phangan

As Koh Samui developed into an international hot spot, travelers looking for a more laid-back scene headed for Koh Phangan. Decades ago, the...

Krabi

Krabi is a major travel hub in southern Thailand. Travelers often breeze through without stopping to enjoy the atmosphere, which is a shame...

Lampang

At the end of the 19th century, when Lampang was a thriving center of the teak trade, the well-to-do city elders gave the city a genteel look...

Khao Lak

Khao Lak is a place to go to if you want a relaxed, low-key holiday. It just cuts the right side of developed to offer all the amenities you...

Koh Tao

In just a few decades, the tiny island of Koh Tao has evolved from a sleepy backwater to a sought-after diving getaway, with lodgings that range...

Mae Hong Son

Stressed-out residents of Bangkok and other cities have transformed this remote, mountain-ringed market town into one of northern Thailand's...

Nang Cape/Railay Beach

Be careful not to strain your neck admiring the skyscraping cliffs as your longtail boat delivers you to Nang Cape. Here four interconnected...

Phitsanulok

For a brief span in the 14th century, after the decline of Sukhothai and before the rise of Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok was the kingdom's capital...

Lopburi

Lopburi is off the beaten track for most tourists, and those who do come here are generally outnumbered by the city's monkey population. Some...

Phetchaburi

This small seaport town with many wats once linked the old Thai capitals of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya with trade routes on the South China Sea...

Phang Nga Bay National Marine Park

The looming limestone karsts are the most spectacular feature of Phang Nga Bay, made famous in movies and a thousand picture postcards. ...

Lamphun

Lamphun claims to be the oldest existing city in Thailand (but so does Nakhon Pathom). Originally called Nakhon Hariphunchai, it was founded...

Koh Samet

Koh Samet's beautiful beaches are a hit with Thais and Bangkok expats, especially on weekends. Although newer resort areas beckon, Koh Samet...

Koh Si Chang

For centuries Koh Si Chang was considered a gateway to Thailand, the spot where huge sailing ships docked and smaller barges loaded goods bound...

Si Satchanalai

Si Satchanalai, a sister city to Sukhothai, was governed by a son of Sukhothai's reigning monarch. Despite its secondary position, the city...

Chalong

The waters in horseshoe-shape Chalong Bay are usually calm, as the entrance is guarded by Koh Lone and Koh Hae. It's not a scenic stop in itself...

Nakhon Pathom

Reputed to be Thailand's oldest city (it's thought to date from 150 BC), Nakhon Pathom was once the center of the Dvaravati kingdom, an affiliation...

Surat Thani

Surat Thani is where you board the boats bound for Koh Samui. Though not particularly attractive, Surat Thani has a few culturally interesting...

Damnoen Saduak

The image of this frenetic market of floating vendors selling all sorts of raw and prepared food is so evocative that it has become an ad agency...

Samut Songkram

The provincial town of Samut Songkram has little to recommend it, but the many nearby attractions make this an enjoyable day trip from Bangkok...

Cha-am

It may not be the most picturesque seaside town, but Cha-am does offer an authentic Thai-style beach experience. The pier at the north end of...

Mae Sariang

The southern route of the Loop runs through Mae Sariang, a neat little market town that sits beside the Yuam River. With comfortable hotels...

Sangklaburi

This sleepy town sits on a large lake created by the Khao Laem Dam. There was once a Mon village here, but when the dam was built in 1983 it...

Takiab Beach

Directly to the south of Hua Hin, Khao Takiab is a good alternative for people who wish to avoid Hua Hin's busier scene. Takiab is favored by...

Bang Pa-In

This village, a popular stopping point between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, has a few architectural sites of note: a Thai palace, a European-style...

Chiang Dao

The dusty, rather dilapidated village of Chiang Dao has two claims to fame: Thailand's third-highest mountain, 7,500-foot Doi Chiang Dao, which...

Similan Islands

The Similan Islands are synonymous with two things: beautiful, unspoiled beaches and diving in crystal-blue waters. There are nine islands in...

Doi Ang Khang

Ang means "bowl," and that sums up the mountaintop location of this remote corner of Thailand. A tiny, two-street settlement shares the small...

Tha Ton

North of Chiang Dao lies the pretty resort town of Tha Ton, which sits on the River Kok right across the border from Myanmar. The local temple...

Chumphon

Chumphon is regarded as the gateway to the south, because trains and buses connect to Bangkok to the north, to Surat Thani and Phuket to the...

Khun Yuam

In the mountain village of Khun Yuam, along the southern route of the Loop between Mae Hong Son and Mae Sariang, you can find one of the region...

Surin Islands

Sixty kilometers (37 miles) off the west coast of Phang Nga, the five Surin Islands are special for their diving and fishing. The national park...

Cape Yamu

The headland at Yamu is an isolated part of Phuket and, because of the isolation, is particularly quiet and exclusive. There is no beach here...

Chanthaburi

Chanthaburi has played a big role in Thai history. It was here that the man who would become King Taksin gathered and prepared his troops to...

Muang Boran

An easy and popular day trip from Bangkok, Muang Boran provides a captivating introduction to Thailand's architectural and cultural highlights...

Khun Yuam

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Phuket and the Andaman Coast

For its amazing setting, variety, and charm, Phuket has consistently been voted as one of the world's favorite tourist destinations, both for...

The Gulf Coast Beaches

With its white sandy beaches, crystal-blue water, and laid-back lifestyle, the Gulf Coast captures the imaginations of travelers worldwide....

Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand begins where the flat rice-growing countryside above Bangkok rises north toward the mountains bordering Myanmar and Laos....

Around Bangkok

Escaping the congestion and chaos of Bangkok is quite simple, and a must for anyone who wants a truly memorable Thailand experience. The surrounding...

The Mae Hong Son Loop

Remote Mae Hong Son is reached along a mountainous stretch of road known to travelers as "the Loop." The route runs from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong...

Around Kanchanaburi Province

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