It is a popular beach resort with a wide variety of activities, accommodation, and pulsating nightlife. Located on Gulf of Thailand just 150 kms South East of Bangkok (2-hour drive), Pattaya offers a host of water sports activities like windsurfing, snorkelling, sailing trips to nearby islands, etc., and activities for an adrenalin rush like bungee jumping, skydiving, go-karting and Muay Thai (Thai boxing).
A city that exudes old-world charm and modern outlook, Bangkok is the political, economic, cultural, culinary and spiritual capital of Thailand. Founded in 1782 by King Rama I, the first king of the current Chakri dynasty, Bangkok is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’ due to the numerous canals connecting to the Chao Pharya River. Cruising on the Chao Phraya, a visit to a floating market, or an exploration of the cities ‘back alley’ canals (klongs) are unique, not-to-be-missed attractions. Click here for Bangkok – Pattaya Holiday Tour Package.
Apart from its scenic beauty, a combination of wonderful beaches, forests and world-renowned diving sites, Phuket is a treasure trove of Sino-Portuguese architecture. A popular resort town destination with a wide range of accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to family beach resorts to secluded island villas and budget hotels, Phuket also has a vibrant night life. Shopping, spas and wineries are some of its other attractions.
Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North’ is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity and a multitude of attractions. It is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture. Highlights of the destination include elephant camps, cooking and massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicraft workshops, cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery.
The 2nd most popular island destination of Thailand, it is the largest island in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking paradise and a great day trip from Koh Samui. While Samui is small enough to be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike or car, the island features such a variety of beaches and activities that it would be impossible to experience everything in a single visit. The beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are bustling beach towns with fabulous beach resorts, internationally-acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightclubs.
A province on Southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, Krabi’s myriad bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years, and archaeological evidence indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25,000 – 35,000 years ago. Attractions include hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock-climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Explore Holidays to Thailand.
Chiang Rai, the former capital of the great Lanna Kingdom, is a fascinating province filled with cultural and natural wonders. Attractions range from ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines to magnificent mountain scenery and hill tribe villages. Jungle trekking is a magical experience and one can also explore the mountains of the North through various hiking trails. Many of these trails access villages of diverse hill tribes that have maintained their traditional lifestyles.
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s historical and majestic highlights, just 86 kms North of Bangkok. The capital of Thailand, then known as the Kingdom of Ayutthaya (Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya), was glorified as one of the biggest cities in South East Asia and a regional power for 417 years. Many of the historic ruins have been painstakingly restored and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The architecture of Ayutthaya is a fascinating mix of Khmer and early Sukhothai styles.
A premier beach resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, it is equally popular with young couples and families. Hua Hin became Thailand’s first beach resort after a train line was laid in the 1920s to provide access from Bangkok, and King Rama VII established his summer retreat in the area. It is popular for its numerous seaside seafood restaurants, a lively night market, beach activities, and has some of Thailand’s most renowned golf courses. Hua Hin Jazz Festival is Thailand’s most popular music festival.
Mae Hong Son
Known as the ‘Switzerland of Thailand’, it is nestled in a deep valley surrounded by hills bordering Myanmar. Virtually covered with mist throughout the year, Mae Hong Son was once only accessible via harrowing, windy, narrow roads that took almost a day to traverse. It is a fascinating province of Burmese and Lanna style temples, hot springs, hill tribe villages, trekking, rafting, national parks, and even an annual reggae festival.
Sukhothai means ‘Dawn of Happiness,’ the first truly independent Thai Kingdom. The temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly restored, and Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see for all travellers, particularly in the evening when the graceful Buddha images are illuminated by lights. During the Loy Krathong Festival, hundreds of candle-powered, floating lanterns are released into the sky.
Koh Chang (Elephant Island) is the 2nd largest island and the primary destination for visiting Koh Chang Marine National Park. The Park is great for snorkelling, diving, camping, and jungle hiking. Around 70% of Koh Chang is covered by rainforest and the island is a dream destination for budget travellers and families, with a wide variety of affordable accommodation.