Khohm Suay (beautiful) is one of the many Thai words you will learn, on your visit to Thailand. The language is as exquisite as the country – probably that’s why Thailand tops the list of the most-visited international destinations.
The beautifully-sculpted Buddha temples, intricate architecture, never-ending shopping destinations, unworldly islands, blue-green sea, white beaches, and exotic spas; Thailand could delight you in so many ways.
Underneath the layers of glitz and glamour that Thailand has now become synonymous with, lies a country that has an old-world charm. If you haven’t been to this gorgeous land yet, we hope this article would persuade you enough to plan a Thailand trip soon, because the perfect time to visit Thailand is now – from October to April.
The skyscraper-studded skyline of BANGKOK
Bangkok is street life at its best – lively and buzzing at all times of the day. The city has so much to offer – the touristy areas in New Bangkok such as Sukhumvit or Nana are a jumble of fun. From high-end restaurants and shopping malls to the sprawling night markets and delectable street food, the urban areas reveal a city that is sophisticated and dynamic; contrary to what you experience when you visit the old town – the narrow lanes of China Town, or the colourful Khao San Road, carry a grit and charm that Bangkok was once known for.
This Old Town is a voyage through history. Experience the Old Town’s architectural wonders by taking the Phraya Express River Way route to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. The Palace is a must-visit and it reflects Bangkok’s unique culture and traditions.
Travel tip: Visit both Old Town and New Bangkok, and experience the multifaceted personality of the City of Angel, Bangkok. Also, don’t forget to shop to your heart’s content at the Khao San Road or China Town.
The Gateway to the Islands – Krabi Town
The close proximity to the Andaman Islands makes Krabi one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. The town has an international airport, thus making it a major transport hub. This bustling town is majestically situated among impossibly angular limestone karsts jutting from the mangroves, and that’s what makes Krabi so picturesque. Do visit the night food markets here to experience an unforgettable culinary tour of the country.
Travel tip: Halt at the town for a day and explore the splendid temples that Krabi boasts of, before heading to the islands.
The insanely pretty, Ko Phi Phi Island
The white beaches, turquoise water and coral reefs; Ko Phi Phi Island is the Shangri-la of Thailand. Imagine sailing on a long-tail boat, in the blue-green sea and looking at the majestic limestone cliffs and bodacious jungles. A visual treat, isn’t it? Ko Phi Phi Island is nothing less than paradise, and if you are a beach bum, make a visit to this island a part of your travel bucket list.
While Phi Phi is always packed at all times of the year, on the island’s more isolated eastern coast, it’s a slightly different story. If you want a more relaxed vacation, book a sea-facing resort at the beautifully languid, isolated long eastern bays of Hat Laem Thong and Ao Lo Bakao.
Travel tip: Take a long-tail boat for a day-long tour to the little-explored, unadulterated beaches around Phi Phi Island.
The calm and serene, Ko Lanta Yai
Ko Lanta is the place for travellers who long for unpolluted beaches and colourful crucible of cultures. The curling mangroves, and the luscious southern Thai backwater add up to the beauty of this island, which today, is a luxury getaway for mostly-European tourists. If you are a water sports enthusiasts, do visit the nearby dive spots of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Ko Haa.
Travel tip: Book your stay near the main town for better accessibility. The main town is closer to the beach, markets as well as the port.
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