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Find ancient ruins, modern cities, forested mountains and unspoiled beaches in the heart of Southeast Asia. Discover a country that thrills nature and culture lovers alike. 

Thailand’s stunning tropical scenery includes limestone cliffs perfect for climbing, palm tree-fringed islands where you can snorkel in clear water, soaring mountains home to interesting villages and lush jungles to explore on a trek. The country also offers an exciting mix of temples, palaces and wildlife adventures.

Bangkok is often the first stop on a visit to Thailand as the main international airport is here. Stay for a few days to experience the exhilarating blend of tradition and modernity. Go to the old quarter for the 18th-century Grand Palace, home to the statue of the Emerald Buddha. Nearby is Wat Pho, known for the 150-feet (46-meter) long statue of the Reclining Buddha. Sample delicious street cuisine at Wang Lang Market and browse the stalls of Chatuchak weekend market. Visit Siam for its megamalls, smart boutiques and restaurants. At night, Silom's pubs, clubs and bars attract the party crowds.

If you have time to sightsee some of Thailand’s other cities, go to the temple ruins of Ayutthaya and the elegant palaces and gardens of Nonthaburi.

Many come to Thailand for its beaches and warm, crystal clear waters. Swim, snorkel and rock climb at Railay Beach. Sunbathe on the horseshoe bays of Ko Phi Phi and enjoy a traditional Thai massage on Pattaya Beach.

Charter a boat to investigate some of the hundreds of islands off Thailand’s coast. Dive among the coral reefs off Surin and Similan. Explore the mangrove forests and caves of Ko Lanta and hike through forest trails to see the waterfalls on Ko Chang. Sink your toes in the sand on the beaches of Ko Samui and Ko Phangan.

Allow for extra time to experience more of Thailand’s natural beauty and fascinating wildlife. Look for exotic bird species in Doi Inthanon National Park that surrounds Thailand's highest peak. Trek through the jungles of Chiang Mai and volunteer to help out at the Elephant Nature Park. This is a wildlife sanctuary for elephants, buffaloes, dogs and many other animals.

Nature, culture and beach pursuits make Thailand a popular vacation spot.

Popular cities in Thailand

Sukhumvit featuring landscape views, city views and night scenes
Known for shopping, castle and temple


Reasons to visit

  • Khaosan Road
    Khaosan Road
  • Erawan Shrine
    Erawan Shrine
  • Lumphini Park
    Lumphini Park
Koh Lan which includes boating and general coastal views
Known for beach, dining and shopping


Reasons to visit

  • Pattaya Beach
    Pattaya Beach
  • Walking Street
    Walking Street
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
    Ripley's Believe It or Not
Lamai Beach which includes a beach
Koh Samui
Known for beach, dining and relaxing


Reasons to visit

  • Lamai Beach
    Lamai Beach
  • Bo Phut Beach
    Bo Phut Beach
  • Chaweng Noi Beach
    Chaweng Noi Beach
Thailand showing tropical scenes, a beach and general coastal views
Ko Chang
Known for beach, sandyBeach and whiteSandBeach


Reasons to visit

  • Mu Ko Chang National Park
    Mu Ko Chang National Park

Popular places to visit in Thailand

Wat Arun
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Wat Arun

The high, Khmer-style tower of the “Temple of Dawn” is one of Bangkok’s most photographed landmarks... at sunset!

Ko Pha-ngan
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Ko Pha-ngan

Island paradise is a fitting description of this isolated Thai destination known for backpacking, great diving and a giant party with every full moon.