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Welcome to Thailand

Long holding the title of Southeast Asia's most popular vacation spot, Thailand is paradise-by-numbers with its tropical islands, lush jungle, and sun-bleached sands. But it's not just the beaches that bring travelers back time and time again—Thailand's most enduring asset is its welcoming people. The capital of Bangkok, with its bustling streets, colorful night market, beautiful Buddhist temples, and the Grand Palace complex (home to the sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha), is the obvious starting point. Just outside of the city, the ancient Siamese capital of Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the Damnoen Saduak floating market offers a fascinating glimpse into traditional Thai life. In southern Thailand, beach lovers can set sail for Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, where the surrounding islands offer ample opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. Over on the Andaman Sea Coast, the sandy beaches and golden temples of Phuket are the precursor to the dramatic landscapes of Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island, and the Phi Phi islands, where The Beach was filmed. Far from the beaches of the south, the sweeping highlands of northern Thailand mark out the borders with Laos and Myanmar. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the main destinations, where adventurous travelers can try white-water rafting, observe elephants, or join a trekking tour to explore the remote hill tribe villages.

Top 10 attractions in Thailand

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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

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Bangkok’s glittering Grand Palace is one of the most popular attractions in the Thai capital. Built in 1782, this sprawling 54-acre (21.8-hectare) complex served as the royal court and administrative seat of Thailand for 150 years. Today, while it continues to host royal Thai functions, the palace also impresses swathes of visitors with its intricate golden-spired architecture and cultural history.More
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Phi Phi Islands (Koh Phi Phi)

Phi Phi Islands (Koh Phi Phi)

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From the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, the jungle-shrouded limestone cliffs of Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands rise majestically, giving way to white-sand beaches and lush green jungles further inland. Longtail boats putter between the islands, collectively known as Koh Phi Phi or Ko Phi Phi, surrounded by turquoise waters and colorful marine life.More
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James Bond Island (Ko Khao Phing Kan)

James Bond Island (Ko Khao Phing Kan)

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A starring role in the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man With the Golden Gun” put the towering limestone islands of Ko Khao Phing Kan and the 66-foot-tall (20-meter) islet Ko Tapu firmly on Thailand’s tourist trail. While boats are forbidden from getting too close to the islands, opportunities for sightseeing abound in the surrounding area.More
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Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

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Every great city has a river, and Bangkok’s is the Chao Phraya (Mae Nam Chao Phraya). Alive with traditional long-tail boats, passenger ferries, and cargo boats, the Chao Phraya River is the lifeblood of the city. It winds past both ancient temples and modern high-rises, offering a unique, local perspective on the Thai capital.More
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Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Easily one of Bangkok’s most visually striking landmarks, the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) towers over the Chao Phraya River. Its colorfully decorated spires are the star features—the temple’s central prang stands 260 feet (79 meters) tall and is intricately decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.More
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Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

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With limestone rock formations jutting out of the emerald green sea, Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga) in Thailand is famous the world over for its natural beauty. Many visitors to Thailand will find themselves crossing the bay on the way to popular tourist spots, such as Phuket or Krabi, but this place deserves some dedicated exploration time of its own.More
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Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

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One of the oldest, largest, and most revered temple complexes in Bangkok, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is a must-see for all visitors to the Thai capital. The central attraction of the temple complex is its namesake statue—the gold leaf covered reclining Buddha—but don't let it distract you from the site's other treasures, including its 95 pagodas, carved narrative panels, and opulent main altar.More
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Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park

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Rising 8,415 feet (2,565 meters) above sea level, Mt. Doi Inthanon, situated in the center of Doi Inthanon National Park, is Thailand’s tallest mountain. While many visitors strive to see the views from its summit, the surrounding forests, waterfalls, stupas—dome-shaped Buddhist shrines—and trails are just as impressive.More
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Koh Tan (Koh Taen)

Koh Tan (Koh Taen)

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In stark contrast to its famed northerly neighbor, tiny and sleepy Koh Tan tempts visitors with empty beaches and vehicle-less roads just three miles and a 15-minute boat ride south of Koh Samui’s southern tip. Koh Tan (also spelled Koh Taen, Ko Taen, and Ko Tan) is sometimes also called Coral Island for its diversity of colorful hard and soft corals, and it often serves as a popular day-long escape for snorkel or kayak excursions through its clear inshore waters. Though the island doesn’t have quite the aquatic diversity of other more remote locations, it still affords excellent snorkeling, relatively empty beaches and navigable mangrove swamps all very close to a major tourist hub. Longboats make the crossing daily and usually stop at several unique coral spots around the island.On land, Koh Tan spans only three square miles, and its population barely tops 30 people; their rustic lifestyle with limited electricity affords a glimpse of what much of Thai Island-living was like decades ago. Koh Tan also has a thriving population of monitor lizards, a boardwalk through a mangrove forest, a quaint local temple, a handful of local restaurants and a cluster of bungalow-style accommodations.More
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Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat)

Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat)

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In a city and country known for its colorful markets, none stands out so vividly as Pak Klong Talad Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat). Stalls feature local and imported fresh-cut flowers piled high: delicate orchids, bunches of colorful carnations, fragrant roses, lilies, forget-me-nots, and more. Vendors also sell flower arrangements and hand-strung garlands.More

Trip ideas

How to Choose a Theater Show in Phuket

How to Choose a Theater Show in Phuket

Chiang Rai Hill Tribe Villages

Chiang Rai Hill Tribe Villages

How to Spend 3 Days in Phuket

How to Spend 3 Days in Phuket

Top Beaches in Krabi

Top Beaches in Krabi

How to Spend 3 Days in Pattaya

How to Spend 3 Days in Pattaya

Top activities in Thailand

Phang Nga Bay Sea Cave Canoeing & James Bond Island w/ Buffet Lunch by Big Boat

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Recent reviews from experiences in Thailand

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Floating Market Tour - Two Thumbs Up
Kristi_L, Mar 2020
Khlong Lat Mayom & Taling Chan Local Floating Markets Tour (SHA Plus)
We were able to take a boat tour to see the surrounding area.
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Great tour!
SreeDeepthi_M, Mar 2020
Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour
Despite the heat, I had a great time on the tour, and got to see a lot of temples.
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Convenient guided tour with extra information
Mario, Mar 2020
Travstore Original Phuket Discovery Tour - Shared Half Day City Tour
It was a great tour that covered all the sightseeing we wanted to see on the island.
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Bridge on the River Kwai trip
Rodney_J, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
A long trip from Bangkok but worth it to see the bridge and to pay homage to our soldiers Our guide “Tiny” was really knowledgable about Thailand and the local customs I thought the museum was pretty basic regarding information but still enjoyed the trip
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Great experience
Nancy_F, Feb 2020
Bangkok's Local Flavors: Thai Street Food Tour
Our guide Steve spoke very good English.
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Excellent choice.
Ross M, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat
Well spoken English, genuine and thoughtful ambassador of Buddhism and Thailand.
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Private tour of Ayutthaya
GkGt6, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Full-Day Ayutthaya Tour from Bangkok
I enjoyed the tour and got to see many historic locations in Thailand.
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More than expected!
Lauren_S, May 2019
Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk
Great, friendly english speaking guide with in depth knowledge of Thailand history.
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Fast friendly service
Michael_M, Apr 2019
Guided Arrival Fast-Track Service: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Awesome service very friendly straight through Immagration without any fuss happy to see the warm friendly smiles of thailand
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A perfect way to visit Ayutthaya
Aretha_C, Dec 2018
Exploring Historic Ayutthaya by Bike
A stressfree and fun way to see a historical part of Thailand.
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The BEST ever!!!
cpstaz495, Nov 2018
Benny's Home Cooking Chiang Mai
Her English is great.
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Our tour guide spook great English and...
Linwood P, Aug 2018
Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour
Our tour guide spook great English and was very knowledgeable at all sites.
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If you truly want to see and...
Ronald W, Dec 2017
In and around Bangkok Private Tour Guide with Custom Experience
If you truly want to see and experience Thailand not wait in big vans and buses and be herded like cattle from site to site then this explorique private tour is the only way to go.
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Had a great day from the start to...
Brett_T, Apr 2018
Private Tour: Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai from Bangkok
Tum', our host, and driver were fantastic from explaining the day, arranging our activities to stopping and buying ice cream on the way back to Bangkok!
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Great day out - it was about 12...
Camilla v, Oct 2017
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
Great experience to see the Golden Triangle and northern Thailand.
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Great tour, great tour guide. It...
Alaina C, Sep 2017
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
It really allowed me to see a lot of Thailand and learn some culture.
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I booked this tour online prior to...
Megan B, Oct 2017
Private Bangkok City Tour Full Day With The Grand Palace
We got to see a ton of temples, ride a long boat, etc.
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Wanted to see as much of Bangkok as...
borisov, Jan 2018
Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch
Wanted to see as much of Bangkok as we could given our short stay.
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An absolutely fantastic one day...
Patricia_B, Mar 2018
Private Tour: A Glimpse of Myanmar and the Golden Triangle Trip from Chiang Rai
The guide was well informed, spoke very good English and took time to introduce this new country to us as first time visitors.
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An amazing tour! Lots of history and...
Manley C, Oct 2017
Private Tour: Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai from Bangkok
You get to see Thailand from all angles...

All about Thailand

When to visit

There’s no bad time to visit Thailand, but rain and heat can affect your vacation plans. Early winter is the country-wide sweet spot: it’s dry and hot enough—but not too hot—for city sightseeing or the beach. To experience local culture at its most memorable, consider April for the Thai New Year celebrations of Songkran, or November for Chiang Mai’s Lantern Festival (Loi Krathong).

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