Thailand has long been an entry on many a bucket list, and you don’t have to be a backpacker to enjoy it! You can either move around and sample several different places, start or finish your break in the city, before enjoying a paradise beach resort, or you can simply base yourself in one place, but however you visit this wonderful and cultural country, you should certainly attempt to immerse yourself in the traditions as much as possible.
There are few places on earth which are as diverse as Thailand, but at the same time you certainly won’t feel uncomfortable, because tourism has left a big westernised shaped hole on most of the large resorts, which also makes it a great places for families.
If you don’t have the first clue where to start with your big Thai adventure, check out these suggestions.
The Thai capital is a definite must visit, and if you can, try and factor in a few days in the city when you arrive or before you leave. Street life is extremely bright and vibrant, there is fantastic shopping and dining experiences to be had, and the nightlife is second to none. On top of this, there are several important attractions and religious sites to check out, including the opulent Grand Palace. Trip advisor actually has a great list of things to do in Bangkok which you should check out. The opportunities for adventure really are endless.
If you’re looking for island paradise, then this is the one for you! The beaches here will make your jaw drop and your mouth water, and the nightlife is also on par for those who want to enjoy fun in the sun. There are several natural aspects to explore too, with wildlife treks a definite must do, and a large Buddha statue to check out, called Wat Phra Yai.
Chiang Mai is a backpacker and ex-pat slice of heaven, because life here is extremely cheap! Many people choose to base themselves here for a short time, before heading off to explore the rest of the country, as well as using it as a gateway town to the mountainous and breath-taking north. Life here is very authentic, and whilst there is tourism here and nightlife, it’s more traditional than some of the other resorts, such as Phuket or the islands.
This mountainous and rainforest encrusted island is a natural beauty, but it is also a place of serious partying, if the mood takes you! Phuket City is where the main touristic spots are, and here you will find those neon-lit clubs and party ‘til dawn experiences. Patong Beach is a very popular spot, and there are some fantastic scuba diving sites around the island too.
Ko Pha Ngan
If experiencing a legendary full moon party is on your bucket list, then you need to be heading to Ko Pha Ngan. This island has been hosting those epic parties for years, and continues to do so. On top of this, you have beautiful beaches and traditions to explore, with scuba diving and wildlife spotting a must.
Thailand is huge, and there are countless other destinations to visit besides these, however as a starting point, these should be on your list.