What to do and see in Thailand – 10 best places:
1. The Ko Phi Phi Archipelago: This is a small archipelago in the province of Krabi in southern Thailand. Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island of the group and is the only island with permanent inhabitants, while the smallest of Ko Phi Phi Leh is very popular as a beach or for a diving excursion. Tourism in Ko Phi Phi has exploded since very recently, especially after the island was used as a location for the 2000 film The Beach.
2. Koh Tao Island: Meaning Turtle island, is a small island located near the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand. About 7,000 new divers are certified each year, making it one of the most popular destinations in the world to learn how to dive. Scuba diving around the island’s reef is easy and fun and you can see an impressive array of marine species. The average visibility is around 15 to 20 meters.
3. Phang Nga Bay: Located more than 95 km from Phuket Island, Phang Nga Bay is one of Thailand’s main attractions and one of the most picturesque areas of the country. It is made up of beautiful caves, aquatic grottoes and limestone islands. The most famous island in the bay is a sea rock called Ko Ping Kan, which appeared in the James Bond movie «The Man with the Golden Gun». A popular way to visit Phang Nga Bay is by kayaking as it is the only way to get inside the caves and grottoes.
4. Railay Beach: It is a small peninsula that can only be accessed by boat due to the high cliffs of limestone, no continental access. These cliffs attract climbers from all over the world but the area is also a popular attraction in Thailand due to its beautiful beaches and a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The accommodation ranges from budget bungalows to luxury resort like Rayavadee.
5. El mercado nocturno de Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai es una de las principales atracciones de Tailandia. El famoso bazar nocturno se extiende a lo largo de varias manzanas de la ciudad a lo largo de senderos, dentro de los edificios y los terrenos del templo. Hay de todo, artesanía, ropa y productos importados de todo tipo, y una serie de modernos centros comerciales grandes y bien equipadas.
5. Chiang Mai Night Market: Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s top attractions. The famous night bazaar stretches along several city blocks along trails, within the buildings and grounds of the temple. There is everything, handicrafts, clothes and imported products of all kinds, and a series of modern large and well-equipped shopping centers.
6. The Similan Islands: They are considered the best diving destination in Thailand. The archipelago consists of 9 islands covered with tropical rainforest with white sand beaches. The underwater scenery is even more impressive. There are 2 different types of dive sites around the Similan Islands; in the east, it consists of soft coral reefs, while to the west the places feature granitic rocks, covered with hard and soft corals.
7. The Great Palace: The construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 when the capital of Siam was transferred from Thonburi to Bangkok. The palace was the residence of the Kings of Thailand until the mysterious death of King Ananda Mahidol in 1946. His brother King Bhumibol Adulyadej who succeeded him moved definitively to the Chitralada Palace. The Grand Palace covers a wide range of architectural styles, ranging from a pure Ayutthayan style of temples, also includes the Wat Phra Kaew which houses the Emerald Buddha, one of the oldest and most famous Buddha statues in the world.
8. Ko Chang Island: Located near the border with Cambodia, Ko Chang is the second largest island in Thailand and the largest Marine Park. Ko Chang is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand with several waterfalls, thriving coral reefs, tropical forests and white sandy beaches. The island is also home to a variety of wildlife including birds, snakes, antelopes and a number of elephants. Only very recently, in less than ten years, Ko Chang has become a major tourist destination in Thailand, and at the same time much quieter than islands like Phuket or Ko Samui.
9. Ayuthaya: This city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong as the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. Over the centuries, the ideal location between China, India and the Malayan archipelago made Ayutthaya the commercial capital of Asia. By 1700 Ayutthaya had become one of the largest cities in the world with a total of 1,000,000 inhabitants. In 1767 the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, which resulted in the collapse of the kingdom. The city was refounded a few kilometers east of the ruins, which now is the historic park of Ayutthaya. Most of the remains are of the temples and palaces, as they were the only stone buildings at that time.
10. Ko Tarutao Island: It is one of the 51 islands that form part of the Marine National Park of the Tarutao archipelago in southern Thailand. One of the biggest attraction of Tarutao is its fauna: sea turtles, whales, lizards, crab monkeys, mouse deer etc. Compared to other Andaman islands the waters of Ko Tarutao are murky for snorkeling, but for most, pristine beaches, waterfalls, hiking trails and vistas make up for it.