Travel in Thailand is generally inexpensive, simple, and efficient – albeit not always quick. Long-distance land travel, for example, can be exhausting, especially if you’re on a tight budget and have to sit in unforgiving second-class seats with no air conditioning. Having said that, the abundance of transportation options available makes getting around Thailand much easier than it is elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Buses are fast, cheap, and frequent, and they can be quite luxurious.
Trains are slower, but safer, and there is more opportunity to sleep on an overnight trip. It’s also worth noting that if you’re traveling during the day, you’re more likely to take a scenic route by rail rather than by road.
Thailand’s Top Tourist Destinations
Our Thailand travel guide has been condensed into 5 must-see Thai destinations:
You could spend a year in Thailand’s capital and still not see everything. However, there are a few must-see attractions. Begin with Wat Pho, a vibrant and opulent temple that houses the magnificent Reclining Buddha. Then proceed to the Grand Palace, which houses Wat Phra Kaeo, the country’s holiest and most beautiful temple.
2. Tao Tao
Ko Tao, the most remote inhabited island in the Samui archipelago, has grown in popularity as a scuba diving destination, but despite a thriving nightlife and restaurant scene, it retains the feel of a small, rugged, and isolated outcrop. A round-the-island boat trip around Ko Tao Exploration and snorkeling are especially enjoyable off the unique causeway beaches of Ko Nang Yuan.
3. The Gulf Coast
Southern Thailand’s gently undulating Gulf coast is best known for the Samui archipelago, which consists of three small, idyllic islands off the coast’s most prominent hump. A lazy stay in a beachfront bungalow is so appealing that most people overlook the mainland’s attractions.
4. Pha Ngan Island
Backpackers have flocked to Ko Samui’s fun-loving younger sibling in recent years, which retains a comparatively simple atmosphere. Round-island boat trips from Hat Rin and Hat Yao, as well as trips to Ang Thong National Marine Park, are the most popular activities on Ko Pha Ngan. Other activities include Thai cooking classes, bicycle tours, yoga, meditation, and kiteboarding.
5. Lanta Yai
Thai island in the Andaman Sea. Ko Lanta, known as the “island of long beaches,” has an atmospheric old town and an appealing selection of accommodations. There is excellent snorkeling and diving nearby, as well as cave exploration, kayaking, and other water sports. The island is especially popular with families, thanks in part to local laws that have so far kept jet skis, beachfront parasols.
Thailand has so many great travel destinations, it’s hard to pick just one. The abundance of transportation options also makes traveling in Thailand much easier than other countries in Southeast Asia.
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