An incredible country, Thailand offers a multitude of tropical islands, jungle clad mountains, ancient ruins, and charming cities to visit.
Vibrant Bangkok is a mega city full of life, markets, delicious street food, nightlife, culture, and great shopping. It’s chaotic and gritty, but also exciting and charming. The Chao Phraya River, and the big network of rivers and canals sprouting from it, cross the city: these waterways are a way of life for many, a living remainder of the time when Bangkok was called the Venice of the East, and are a great way to explore the city.
Myriad of fascinating temples can be found in the UNESCO World-heritage sites of Ayutthaya, Kamphaeng Phet, and Sukhothai. The ruins of these ancient kingdoms are stunning, and can easily be compared to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar. They are also very conveniently located on the way from Bangkok to beautiful Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand, and the cultural hub of the country. Hundreds of glittering temples dot the city, while all around lush landscapes and mountains make for excellent trekking opportunities. Add to that the delectable regional cuisine and friendly local people, and you’ll know why so many have fallen in love with this city, so much so to want to call it home!
Chiang Mai is also the gateway to the north, a region of hill tribes, rolling mountains, waterfalls and forests. We love to road trip around this region: lush Mae Hong Son with its caves and canyons, waterfalls, hot springs and natural parks, hill tribes and of course the lovely hippie & relaxed town of Pai; Lampang, with its traditional teak wood houses and the colorful & bustling Kad Kong Ta night market that takes place every Saturday and Sunday; laid back Chiang Rai with its incredible White Temple, lush nature all around, and the Mekong River flowing through the Golden Triangle region; and further north Mae Salong, with its unspoilt countryside and quirky Thailand meets China culture.
No trip to Thailand would be complete without some serious islands hopping. And there are so many gorgeous islands to visit! On the Gulf of Thailand side our absolute favorites are:
Jungle clad Koh Phangan for its incredible beaches and paradise bays. This gem of an island may have become (in-)famous for its full moon parties, but we love it for the beaches in the east and north of the island, they are spectacular!
Pristine and off the beaten track Koh Kood for its amazing, and mostly deserted beaches – probably some of the best in South-East Asia!
On the Andaman side, you really shouldn’t miss:
Koh Lipe, Thailand’s southernmost island, a little paradise of white beaches and crystal clear waters. While it has been getting more well known recently, it is still very laid back – a holiday here will involve lots of barefoot walking and snorkeling among vibrant coral reefs.
Even more laid back might be Koh Jum: blessed with beautiful nature, lovely people and gorgeous beaches, it is the perfect island for a very relaxing beach holiday.
Snorkeling and diving in the Similan and Surin Islands is an incredible experience. There’s only a camp in the national park, but you can visit on a cruise or on a liveboard: the marine life here is beyond amazing.
Among the many National Parks in the country, we love Khao Sok. Home to wild elephants, gibbons, and even black tigers, Khao Sok is a beautiful natural reserve with a gorgeous lake bordered by limestone rocks at its center. If you ever dreamt of sleeping in a tree house in the jungle, this is the place to do it!