Thailand remains a popular tourist hotspot for Brits, catering for fans of culture, travelling, nightlife or those who just want an exotic week’s getaway at the beach. If you’ve ever fancied flying to the South Asian paradise or are planning a return visit, here are the top places that are sure to make a lasting impression!
The glorious capital is a must-see containing a bit of everything for everyone. For sightseers, the lavish Grand Palace is definitely worth a visit, royal residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782, as well as a number of impressive temples. Chinatown and the city’s iconic floating market meanwhile are great places to experience the true hustle and bustle of Bangkok. A number of annual festivals take place throughout the year, each quite a spectacle and worth looking into before you go.
If you’re not too crazy about the cultural side, Phuket is the Thailand holiday destination for you. The province is well known around the world for its stunning white sands, tropical islands and array of aqua activities from paragliding to scuba diving. There are countless Thai restaurants for dining in and a great number of bars for drinking in and unwinding. The town of Patong has one of the bigger beaches, also home to the region’s wildest nightlife. Kamala, Karon and Kata nearby meanwhile offer a calmer experience.
The more secluded alternative to Phuket and the country’s second biggest island, Koh Samui is famed for its striking beaches and wildlife. Animal lovers can get up close and personal with elephants, tigers, snakes and monkeys at various sanctuaries around the island. Koh Samui also contains sights such as the Big Buddah and Namuang Waterfall, which you can travel via a number of tours.
The ancient city of Chiang Mai is a brilliant place for those eager to absorb the history of Thailand. Among its many sights is the golden Doi Suthep temple high up in the hills, surrounded by national park and the indigenous Hmong Hill Tribe. The city’s bazaar shopping area contrastingly offers a taste of the city’s urban side, a great place to try street food and look for souvenirs. Those with an adventurous side meanwhile may wish to try their hand at white water rafting, zip-lining or even renting an off-road buggy. And as with all locations in Thailand, the local cuisine here is exceptional
Bangkhok’s nearest beach resort, Pattaya Bay has garnered a reputation for its phenomenal nightlife. Walking Street is lined with bars and restaurants of all kinds, the ‘baht bus’ transport system making it easy to get to anywhere around the bay at any hour. And when you’re not partying during the day, there are a wide range of outdoor activities and wildlife experiences to fill your time including Underwater World, golfing and bungee jumping. Meanwhile, those hoping for a more peaceful retreat, the scenic and ambient Jomtien Beach is only a fifteen minute bus ride away. And, of course, the previously mentioned capital isn’t far away either.