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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 cbd, night scenes and landscape views
Bangkok

Known for Shopping, Castles and Temples

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Phuket - Phang Nga
Phuket

Known for Beaches, Dining and Shopping

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Koh Lan featuring boating and general coastal views
Pattaya

Known for Beaches, Dining and Shopping

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Chiang Mai showing food and art
Chiang Mai

Known for Shopping, Historical Buildings and Tours

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Lamai Beach showing a beach
Koh Samui

Known for Beaches, Dining and Relaxing

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Hua Hin which includes rocky coastline and boating
Hua Hin

Known for Beaches, Relaxing and Swimming

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Popular things to do in Thailand

Asiatique The Riverfront
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trover photo by Nayika's footprints

Asiatique The Riverfront

Bang Kho Laem

Venture to Bangkok Riverside and Patpong Night Market—just two of the top sights around Asiatique The Riverfront, a city also notable for its temples and shopping.

Sukhothai Historical Park
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Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai

Head to sights like King Ramkhamhaeng Monument and Wat Sra Sri as you discover Sukhothai Historical Park.

Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
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Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

Kanchanaburi

Check out Bridge Over the River Kwai—just one of the top sights around Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, a city also notable for its riverfront and restaurants.

Wat Arun
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Wat Arun

Bangkok

Named after the Hindu God of Dawn, Wat Arun is a sight to behold both as the sun rises and as it slips below the horizon.

Wat Rong Khun
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Wat Rong Khun

Chiang Rai

Venture to Singha Park and Wat Phra Kaew—just two of the popular sights around Wat Rong Khun, a city also known for its temples and swimming.

Phi Phi Islands
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Phi Phi Islands

Krabi Province

Island views, boating and popular sights from Tonsai Pier to Ko Phi Phi Viewpoint—explore Phi Phi Islands, a seaside destination also known for its beaches.