Thailand, known as the “Land of Smiles” is one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia. This paradise-like country boasts strong cultural background with diverse natural attractions from beautiful islands, stunning white beaches, mountains and so much more. Below are some of the best places to go to if you want a lavish travel experience in Thailand.
When most people think about Thailand, they think of the majestic beaches, the spectacular sunsets, and the warmest hospitality of locals – and Phuket perfectly emulates this popular Thai image.
Thailand’s largest island and the country’s most popular destination, Phuket is the perfect epitome of an island paradise. If you want the most epic luxury accommodation you can ever dream of, chances are, you’ll find it in Phuket. Ultra luxurious 5-star hotels & resorts, ocean view penthouses, and private luxury villas with breathtaking views of Phuket’s coastline – all you have to do is choose one. Some of the popular luxury hotels & resorts in Phuket are Kata Rocks, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, Banyan Tree, & The Naka Island. The Six Senses in Koh Yao Noi, a 30-min boat ride from Phuket is further a resort to experience. There’s also no shortage of luxury private villa accommodations located in some of the richest areas of Phuket like Surin & Kamala on the west coast, and Cape Yamu on the east coast. You can then have the most relaxing and most enjoyable vacation you can ever have.
The most popular beach of Phuket is Patong Beach, where hundreds of people can be seen every day, as well as several luxury hotels in walking distance. For the more cosmopolitan appeal where the high-end crowd goes, the Surin Beach is an excellent choice. Between Patong & Surin, you will find Kamal Beach where the ever famous Millionaire’s Mile is located dotted with ultra-luxurious accommodations and luxury homes.
The star attraction of Phuket is hands down, the Andaman Sea, with its breathtaking sunsets, turquoise color waters. It has abundant offerings of islands that range from party paradises to secluded private beaches that offer everything for every kind of tourist. Phi Phi Islands, Similan Islands, and the Phang Nga Bay are the top islands to see for their unforgettable beauty.
Aside from the fantastic beaches, Phuket also contains Buddhist temples that are worth a visit. There are temples over a hundred years old and Wats built with elaborate architectural features that are simply not to miss.
Thailand’s 2nd most popular island, Koh Samui is a 228-square kilometer island on the eastern coast and a 45-minute plane ride from Bangkok. Known for its natural beauty and white sandy beaches, the choices for luxury accommodation on the island are equally as majestic as that in Phuket. You can choose to rent a beachfront or hilltop private villas or choose among Koh Samui’s best luxury hotels & resorts including the Four Seasons Resort, Celadon Villa, Banyan Tree, Conrad & The Six Senses Samui being some of the top choices while there many other chic and hip alternative accommodations offered in different areas and beaches on the island.
Koh Samui is also dubbed as the country’s spa capital, with spas offering holistic health programs, weight loss, detox, healing, new-age therapies, and Asian beauty secrets as services. Yoga resorts also abound on the island.
For some authentic Muay Thai, the stadiums at Chaweng or Phetcha Buncha are the best places to learn the ancient martial art.
For the best nightlife, Nikki Beach Club is the place to be on the island while the Ark Bar at Chaweng Beach also being a favorite of tourists. There are many other clubs, bars and restaurants found in Chaweng Beach, which is the most famous beach in Koh Samui.
Bangkok is Thailand’s capital and the largest city. The most developed city in the country, it offers a unique blend of skyscrapers, grand temples, and diverse city lifestyle that mold its distinct identity.
When talking about luxury accommodation, Bangkok offers a sizeable amount of 5-star hotels that offer world-class amenities and services such as the Sofitel Bangkok, Shangrila, Sukhothai, Hotel Muse, and the Banyan Tree Bangkok.
For shopping, the Siam Paragon, Gaysorn, & the Central Embassy are just a few of the best places to find some of the world’s top brands and luxury goods. If you are up for some adventure shopping (in a not quite luxurious place), the Chatuchak Market boasts of over 8000 stalls spread over a 35-acre area, offering every imaginable merchandise.
The floating markets are a great must if you fancy fresh produce. Vegetables, fruits, and local food are prepared on open grills atop small boats.
Contrary to what most people believe, Bangkok is actually a family and kid-friendly city – with plenty of family-friendly activities that can fill any family vacation’s itinerary. The Dusit Zoo, the Snake Farm in Silom, and the Thai puppet show at the Astra theater are fantastic places to visit for both adults and kids.
With two international airports, plenty of public transportation options, getting to and getting around Bangkok will never be a problem.
Thailand’s unofficial “2nd city,” Chaing Mai has a distinct identity of its own that’s separate from the metropolitan atmosphere of Bangkok and far from the tropical beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui.
Chiang Mai is located in the northern part of Thailand and situated on the mountains, where majestic hills and mountains offer spectacular backdrops to the best luxury hotels that dot the city. The Dhara Dhevi, 137 Pillars, Anantara, and Four Seasons Chiang Mai are some of the highest rated luxury hotels in the City.
Since the cost of living in the city is far less compared to Bangkok and Phuket, tourists can get more for their money when traveling or staying in Chiang Mai.
Exciting activities include ziplining at Asia’s longest zipline, river kayaking, white water rafting, hiking, Muay Thai lessons, rock climbing, and mountain climbing.
The city is also known for its large number of Buddhist temples – there are over 300 in the city, with the Wat Chiang Man being the oldest, the most well-known, and the most visited.