Introduction to Destinations in Thailand

From beaches and mountains to national parks, vibrant cities, and charming villages, There are various tourism destinations in Thailand. According to Tourism Authority of Thailand, the country can be divided into 5 regions: North, Northeast, Central, East, and South. Each region has its own charm and is eager to welcome visitors from around the world.

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Famous Destinations in Thailand

Northern Thailand

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Northern Thailand is geographically characterized by a variety of mountain ranges. Because of its comparatively high elevation and latitude, it has colder winters than the other regions. As a result, the region is a popular tourist destination in Thailand for both local and foreign visitors.

Chiang Mai

Featuring temples, cafés, and surrounding hill areas.

Chiang Rai

Best known for the White Temple and Phra That Doi Tung.

Kamphaeng Phet

Wonderful tourist destination with a variety of natural and cultural attractions.
Lampang Well-known for its Lanna-style temples and beautiful landscapes.
Lamphun A province with rich in history and notable places of historic monuments.
Mae Hong Son Notable for rural scenery, hill tribes, and old temples.
Nakhon Sawan Famous for cultural and historical attractions.
Nan Known for its temples and the Doi Phu Kha National Park.
Phayao A tranquil and lovely tourist destination with a fascinating history.
Phetchabun Featuring the Khao Kho National Park, Buddhist temples and Khmer ruins.
Phichit Well-known for its beautiful architectures and Ayutthaya-era ruins.
Phitsanulok Notable for the Phra Buddha Chinnarat, one of the country’s most venerated Buddha images.
Phrae A province with beautiful scenery and religious attractions.
Sukhothai Contains the remnants of the Kingdom of Siam’s first capital.
Tak Best known for the Thi Lo Su waterfall and Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary.
Uthai Thani Known for Wat Tha Sung and Sakae Krang River.
Uttaradit Home to Phu Soi Dao National Park and Wat Tha Thanon.

Northeastern Thailand

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Northeastern Thailand, the country’s largest region, is segmented into 20 provinces. Apart from its distinct culture and food, the region is well-known for having some of the top historic sites and national parks as tourist destinations in Thailand.

Amnat Charoen Well known for its beautiful rice paddies sceneries and silk products.
Bueng Kan Famous for the Naka Cave and the sandstone mountain of Phu Thok.
Buri Ram Home to the Phnom Rung Historical Park, one of the famous Khmer temples in Southeast Asia.
Chaiyaphum Well-known for its great landscape, which is best experienced in its national parks.
Kalasin Best known for the dinosaur museum, and natural attractions.
Khon Kaen The commercial center of the region.
Loei Bordering Laos across the Mekong River, famous for hiking spots.
Maha Sarakham Famous for beautiful natural attractions and exquisite textile materials.
Mukdahan A province with rich in history and cultural attractions.
Nakhon Phanom Best known for the Wat Phra That Phanom.
Nakhon Ratchasima Known for the Phimai Historical Park and Khao Yai National Park.
Nong Bua Lam Phu A province with many natural attractions and local handicrafts villages.
Nong Khai Well known for the Naga Fireball Festival and Sala Keoku Park.
Roi Et Home to many beautiful temples and cultural attractions.
Sakon Nakhon Known for the Phu Phan National Park and Phra That Cherng Chum.
Si Sa Ket A province with many beautiful landscapes and architectures.
Surin Famous for the elephant round-up festival and ruins of Khmer era.
Ubon Ratchathani Well-known for its national parks and temples.
Udon Thani Best known for its archaeological wonders and natural attractions.
Yasothon Home to many historic temples and the giant toad statue.

Central Thailand

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The region includes and surrounds the country’s capital, Bangkok. Aside from that, Central Thailand is full of historical sites, such as the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the Khmer temples of Lop Buri and Phra Pathom Chedi of Nakhon Pathom.

Ang Thong A province full of historical temples.
Ayutthaya Home to the remains of the Kingdom of Siam’s capital, temples, and royal palaces.
Bangkok Thailand’s modern capital, home to the magnificent Grand Palace.
Chai Nat Famous for handicrafts and the making of Benjarong (Thai porcelain).
Kanchanaburi Well-known for its stunning waterfalls and WWII memorials.
Lop Buri A province full of history and beautiful landscape.
Nakhon Pathom Home to an old religious monument known as Phra Pathom Chedi,
Nonthaburi Famed for Ko Kret island and Buddhist monasteries in the Chao Phraya River basin.
Pathum Thani Known for old temples and interesting museums.
Phetchaburi Famous for the beauty of its beaches, mountains, and royal palaces.
Prachuap Khiri Khan A famous beach getaway for Bangkokians.
Ratchaburi Best known for Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, waterfalls, and mountain sceneries.
Samut Sakhon Known for many cultural attractions and the making of Thai porcelains.
Samut Songkhram Home to many temples and floating markets.
Saraburi Popular for Phra Phutthabat Temple, national parks and waterfalls.
Sing Buri A province with many historical and religious attractions.
Suphan Buri Home to Luang Pho To, one the most revered Buddha images in Thailand.

Eastern Thailand

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The region is divided into 9 provinces located between Bangkok and Cambodia. Although there are not many provinces in Eastern Thailand, it still offers a lot of lovely scenery and beautiful destinations to explore, such as Koh Chang, Prasat Sdok Kok Thom, and Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan.

Chachoengsao Famous for the Buddha image at Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan.
Chanthaburi Well-known for Chao Lao Beach and Namtok Phlio National Park.

Chon Buri

Bangkok’s closest coastal town, best known for its beautiful beaches and fresh seafood.
Nakhon Nayok Best known for adventurous activities such as rafting and kayaking.
Prachin Buri Famous for its ancient Bodhi tree, archeological sites, and rafting.
Rayong Popular for peaceful beaches and Koh Samet.
Sa Kaeo Home to Prasat Sdok Kok Thom, a remarkable Khmer temple.
Samut Prakan Famous for the Mueang Boran Museum and Erawan Museum.
Trat Known for beautiful beaches and islands such as Koh Chang and Koh Ngam.

Southern Thailand

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Southern Thailand is home to several gorgeous beaches and islands in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. The popular tourist destinations in the region are James Bond Island, Koh Samui and Khao Sok National Park.

Chumphon Best known for peaceful surroundings, and diving spots.
Krabi A coastal province famous for its beaches, and the Phi Phi islands.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Notable for its beaches and the massive Wat Phra Mahathat Worawihan.
Narathiwat A province that offers a lot of traditional culture, historic sights and beautiful natural attractions.
Pattani Home to many popular cultural sites such as Pattani Central Mosque, Krue Se Mosque and the Lim Kor Niao Shrine.
Phang Nga Famous for its stunning beaches, scuba diving spots, and James Bond Island.
Phatthalung Home to the theatrical arts of Nang Talung (shadow puppetry) and Nora dance.
Phuket Known for beaches, luxury resorts, and reef diving.
Ranong Well known for hot springs and beautiful mangrove forests
Satun Best known for peaceful beaches and cultural attractions.
Songkhla A historic province with ancient ruins and culturally significant sites.
Surat Thani Famous islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Pha-Ngan.
Trang Home to many Andaman Sea islands, and wildlife sanctuaries.
Yala Known for natural attractions for tourists such as mountains, waterfalls and caves.
Bangkok cityscape at sunset

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Summary of Destinations in Thailand

Thailand has a wide range of tourist attractions. Each region of Thailand has its own distinctive identity and is eagerly awaiting tourists. If you are still unable to discover your ideal destination, feel free to browse Thailand’s destinations by interests:

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