By Waqar Hasan
From mountains and beaches to energetic cities, wildlife-rich national parks and cute towns, everyone can find something to enjoy in Thailand. It is a bucket-list vacation spot for hundreds of thousands of people and offers some of the best streets in the world. You can escape to the land of smiles and it certainly won’t disappoint you.
Some of the must-see places that you should check out are:
The largest island in the country and one of the most popular ones, Phuket boasts many faces. You can head towards the thronging sands of Patong as the area is known for its water sports and hedonistic nightlife. There are also beaches that can be enjoyed if that’s what you are in the mood for. You can chill on Karon Beach, take a boat to the beautiful Freedom Beach or check out the breathtaking views at Kathu Beach. When it comes to entertainment, Phuket can offer you clubs and bars of all kinds, eateries offering global cuisines and world class shows. You can also participate in activities like go karting, hiking, snorkeling, fishing, ethical elephant interactions and jet skiing.
Listed by UNESCO, Ayutthaya is one of the ancient cities of Thailand and is a must-see place for history lovers. You can reach the evocative ruins easily via Bangkok and they let you take a trip back in time to Siam’s golden age. One highlight is Wat Yai Chai Mongkorn boasting tall stupas that can be climbed. A visit to the Old Portuguese and Dutch areas is also worth checking out and you can pick up some souvenirs from the floating market.
One of the most popular provinces of Southern Thailand, Krabi can provide a wealth of terrific experiences on its islands and on the mainland. Often referred to as one of the most picturesque islands of Thailand, Koh Phi Phi should definitely be on your list. A more laid-back island, Koh Lanta offers long and sandy beaches, mangroves, chilled-out beach bars and a Moken community. Some lesser-visited islands include Koh Rok and Koh Jum. As far as the mainland is concerned, Railay is a paradise for those who love rock climbing. Krabi Town gives you a local vibe whereas Ao Nang is a wonderful beach resort.
Mae Hong Son
A remote and mountainous province in Northern Thailand, Mae Hong Son and Myanmar share a border. Therefore, you will find that most of the people in the area belong to the Shan ethnic group. The beautiful architecture and nature of the provincial town make it a great stop on your travels. Pai is the main draw of the province, which is popular amongst people who love a laid-back life and enjoy nature. It was a popular hippie hangout at some point and its main features include hot springs, Pai canyon and waterfalls. You can go fun tubing along the river or go for hiking.