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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 showing landscape views, central business district and night scenes
Bangkok
Known for Shopping, Castles and Temples

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Reasons to visit

  • Erawan Shrine
    Erawan Shrine
  • CentralWorld Shopping Complex
    CentralWorld Shopping Complex
  • Wat Pho
    Wat Pho
Phuket - Phang Nga
Phuket
Known for Beaches, Dining and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Karon Beach
    Karon Beach
  • Kamala Beach
    Kamala Beach
  • Surin Beach
    Surin Beach
Koh Lan showing boating and general coastal views
Pattaya
Known for Beaches, Dining and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
    Ripley's Believe It or Not
  • Pattaya Beach
    Pattaya Beach
  • Jomtien Beach
    Jomtien Beach
Chiang Mai featuring performance art and fashion as well as a small group of people
Chiang Mai
Known for Shopping, Historical Buildings and Tours

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Reasons to visit

  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
    Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
    Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
Lamai Beach which includes a beach
Koh Samui
Known for Beaches, Dining and Relaxing

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Reasons to visit

  • Lamai Beach
    Lamai Beach
  • Bo Phut Beach
    Bo Phut Beach
  • Chaweng Noi Beach
    Chaweng Noi Beach
Hua Hin which includes rocky coastline and boating
Hua Hin
Known for Beaches, Relaxing and Swimming

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Reasons to visit

  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
    Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Popular things to do in Thailand

Asiatique The Riverfront
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Asiatique The Riverfront

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

Sukhothai Historical Park
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Sukhothai Historical Park

Check out the local area in Sukhothai Historical Park—home to attractions like King Ramkhamhaeng Monument and Wat Sra Sri.

Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
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Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

Check out Bridge Over the River Kwai—just one of the popular sights around Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an area also known for its riverfront and swimming.

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!

Wat Rong Khun
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Wat Rong Khun

Check out Singha Park and Central Plaza Chiangrai—just two of the top sights around Wat Rong Khun, a city also notable for its temples and riverfront.

Phi Phi Islands
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Phi Phi Islands

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.