From pristine islands galore, a thriving capital and sleepy northern cities, a Thailand customised tour is certain to have a perfect attraction for literally every visitor.
Let's take a look at just a few of the must-see Thailand attractions:
Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace
With the majority of travellers arriving in Thailand via the country's capital Bangkok there is no reason not to visit one or two of the majestic temples, such as the Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace was completed in the late 1800's and is no longer a place of residence for the royal family. However, it is now one of the major tourist attractions in the capital with an estimated 8 million people visiting on an annual basis. While visiting the Grand Palace it is worth exploring the nearby Wat Phra Kaew.
Ayutthaya Historical Park
The ancient ruins of the Ayutthaya Historical Park reflect both Khmer and Siamese architecture. Many of the ruins in the park are so noteworthy that the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Visitors to the park will get to see some of the most spectacular stone structures in all of SE Asia.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located a short distance from the main gates of Chiang Mai. The temple is one of the most sacred in the north of the country and reached by climbing to the top of the Mountain. After climbing the 300+ steps to reach the temples, visitors will get stunning views of the surrounding city, as well as getting to explore pagodas, shrines, and more. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear if planning to climb the steps to the temple.
Floating markets still exist in Thailand with plenty to see by venturing outside Bangkok's city centre. The markets give a unique shopping experience with hundreds of colourful boats packed with everything imaginable from tasty traditional Thai food to souvenirs for friends and family back home. However, many people looking for the best things to do in Thailand are discouraged by the early wake up time with the best time to arrive at the markets being 5-6AM. A few of the popular markets include Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which is approx 100 km from Bangkok and has become very touristy, while the Amphawa Floating Market is smaller, more authentic, and about 90 km from the capital.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest markets of its type with nearly 8000 stalls that sees up to 200,000 people passing through every weekend. The large scale of the market can leave even the most avid shopper overwhelmed, and gives easy access to everything that a tourist could possibly want. For the travel itinerary that includes at least one weekend in Bangkok, this market is certain to be a must-visit place for tourists. Make sure to arrive at the Chatuchak Weekend Market with enough baht ready to buy a souvenir or two. However, not all stalls have the best bargain rates so make sure to shop around.
Khao Yai National Park
The Khao Yai National Park covers a total area of nearly 2000 sq km of grasslands, mountains and evergreen forests. This national park is one of the most visited in Thailand because it is located relatively close to Bangkok. Visitors to the park are promised an abundance of beautiful scenery, a variety of hiking trails and many wildlife species. Khao Yai National Park was the first national park in the country and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
While Kanchanaburi is a city known for its historic relics and museums, there are other worthwhile attractions nearby such as the Erawan Falls. The waterfalls are located in the Erawan National Park that stretches out over a total area of 550 sq km. Visitors to the national park on the Thailand tours will discover the multi-tiered Erawan Falls with its emerald green waters a major highlight of the region. The emerald pools are a great place for tourist looking to get a little respite from Thailand’s intense heat.
Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River is located right in the centre of Bangkok and is a major transportation hub in Thailand. Many of the capital's top attractions are located along the bank of this river. Visitors to Bangkok can explore the fascinating waterway aboard the Chao Phraya River Express Boat, on a sightseeing cruise, or enjoy one of the many dinner cruises that take place in the evening.
Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai is an ancient city in central Thailand that is approx 400 km from Bangkok and known as the country’s first Siamese Kingdom. The city dates back to the 13 and 14 centuries when it enjoyed its golden years. Visitors to this part of Thailand that make their way to the Sukhothai Historical Park have plenty to see, such as the temple of Wat Mahathat and other ancient ruins.
A must-see attraction for many visitors on the Thailand travel packages is to visit one of the ethical animal sanctuaries. An elephant sanctuary is a popular destination for anyone wishing to get up close to these magnificent creatures. A few of the best options include the Elephant Nature Park, which is located in Chiang Mai. It has been open and rescuing elephants since it first opened. The sanctuary is well located in an emerald green valley and nestled at the foot of a mountainous region. A further great choice is the Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) which lets elephants live safely on 600 acres of forested land. BLES is located in Sukhothai and visitors can see the elephants as they are rehabilitated in a safe and responsible way.