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Places to visit in Thailand

You might be tempted to head straight to the coast, but Thailand has much more to offer. The walled city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by national parks and ethnic villages. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi for a poignant reminder of World War II. The UNESCO-protected temples of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya will give you a fleeting glimpse of the might of the Siam Empire. And, when you do reach the coast, the choice extends from the sophisticated hotels of Phuket to the untouched beaches of Koh Kood. Our specialists have journeyed extensively in Thailand, using their first-hand knowledge to help you decide on the best places to visit to suit your interests.

While many visitors head straight for the stunning islands and beaches of the south, a trip to Thailand offers the traveller so much more. Experience national parks, a haven of unspoiled tranquillity as well as abundant flora and fauna, mountain ranges with their resident hill tribes, provincial towns where Buddhist temples are shrouded in a haze of incense, and of course its frenetic capital, Bangkok.

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Popular places to visit in Thailand

Featuring heavily on our itinerary ideas for visiting Thailand, these places are destinations that we know prove consistently popular with our travellers. How you choose to include them in your trip can be tailored into a route that best suits your preferences.

Map of places to visit in Thailand

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