10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions to Visit in Thailand 2019

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Thailand is the dreamland of South Asia. You can find here even what are you not still dream about. Crystal blue beaches, sunny weather, thick jungle, moderate temperature with great food, comparatively cheap accommodation will definitely swing your mode. It’s a paradise for all kind of tourist’s for it is relatively less costly but not less beautiful than the costly ones

Among the Southeast Asian country, Thailand was never to be colonized. The country is rich with incredible cultural and historical sites, ruins that stretch back hundreds of years. The people of Thailand have a reputation for their hospitality and their smiling beautiful demeanor.

Tourist Attractions in Thailand:

The only problem with planning a trip to Thailand is choosing the sites as there are too many wonderful sites. Here, we attempt to overview some of the top tourist attractions in Thailand to help you.

10. Similan Islands

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Similan Islands
Similan Islands | image credit – Wikimedia/Maxmajestic

The Similan Islands is an archipelago making up of nine primary islands. It is off the coast of the Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand. It is one of the most popular diving spots in Thailand.

The glassy waters surrounding the islands boast gorgeous coral reefs and marvelous underwater rock formations. The divers especially enjoy hot spots like Elephant Head Rock and East of Eden. Fishing is banned some of these islands.

Best things to do:

  • Similan Islands National Park
  • Ko Tachai Island
  • Elephant Head Rock
  • Check-In Andaman
  • Water sports, Jet boats

9. Full Moon Party at Haad Rin

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Full Moon Party at Haad Rin
Full Moon Party at Haad Rin | image credit – Wikimedia/Surat Thani

Ko Pha Ngan is one of the best party islands in the world. Here in Haad Rin take places the infamous Full Moon Party. A group of backpackers started the party in 1985 not far from the beach. It has been becoming popular since then and now it draws a crowd of about 20,000-30,000 every single month.

The party’s succession leaded other parties like Half Moon party, Quarter Moon party, Shiva Moon party. It looks like if you go to the Ko Pha Ngan Island, you will get no chance to avoid the party.

Best tips for the party:

  • Book accommodation earlier
  • Try to bring smaller bags
  • Careful about your placement and shoes
  • You can pre-drink lightly

8. Thai-Burma Railway (Death Railway)

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Thai-Burma Railway
Thai-Burma Railway | image credit – Wikimedia/Thomas Schoch

The two-hour-long rail journey along the notorious Thailand–Burma Death Railway from Kanchanaburi, via the Bridge over the River Kwai, to Nam Tok is one of the world’s most scenic and most popular train rides. You don’t have to worry because it does not get its name from a rail accident.  Though the journey is amazing, the history of its construction is horrifying.

During the Second World War, the Japanese built the railroad to connect Yangon, the then-capital of Burma, with Bangkok. To finish the construction they enlisted POWs and Asian laborers in an unimaginable horrifying and deadly race. Nowadays, only a portion of the original rail line is operational.

Major attractions:

  • Tham Kra Sae Bridge
  • Saiyok Elephant Park
  • Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Khuean Srinagarindra National Park
  • Sai Yok Yai Waterfall

7. Ayutthaya Historical Park

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Ayutthaya Historical Park
Ayutthaya Historical Park | image credit – Wikimedia/JurriaanH

Ayutthaya Historical Park is a top tourist destination in Thailand covering the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya.  The city was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767, it was the capital of the country. It was declared a historical park after the renovation of ruins by the Fine Arts Department.

Ayutthaya was one of the largest cities in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants in 1700. The city’s sites including Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phra Ram and Wiharn Phra Mongkhon Bopit are under UNESCO protection.

Major attractions:

  • Historic City of Ayutthaya
  • Wat Yai Chai Mongkol
  • Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
  • Bang Pa-in Palace

6. Mu Ko Chang National Park

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Mu Ko Chang National Park
Mu Ko Chang National Park | image credit – Wikimedia/Khaosaming

Situated in the Trat Province of eastern Thailand, this wonderful national park is made up of more than 50 islands. Ko Chang is undoubtedly famous for its lush jungles, steep peaks, and relaxed environment.

White Sand Beach is also quite lucrative for the tourist. Tourists engage in snorkeling, diving, and much other water fun. There have many exquisite waterfalls too. The tourists who seek a quieter place, Mu Ko Chang National Park is the best.

Best things to do:

  • Take a Snorkeling Tour
  • Explore the floating village
  • Party arrangement at Lonely Beach
  • Visit the Highest Mountain on Koh Chang
  • Hike to the Hidden Kai Bae Waterfall

5. Northern Hill Tribes

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Northern Hill Tribes
Northern Hill Tribes | image credit – Wikimedia/Sputnikcccp

The northern and western region of Thailand is the home to several interesting and colorful ethnic groups, commonly known as the ‘hill tribes‘. During the past 100 years, most of the hill tribes have migrated into the region from the Asian interior and have largely preserved their traditional cultures.

The tribe people are very friendly and happy to receive an outsider. It is an opportunity to see all the diverse ethnic groups and their individual cultures.

4. Railay

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Railay
Railay | image credit – Wikimedia/Diggnet

Railay is the popular rock-climbing destination in the Krabi Province on the coast of the Andaman Sea. It is also known as Rai Leh. It is only accessible by boat. Variety of exciting attractions made Railay one of the most visited beaches in Thailand.

Its more than 700 bolted rock-climbing routes, stunning beaches, and visitors can also explore a series of caves. Its cheap accommodation facility makes it popular with backpackers and climbers. East Railay is covered with mangroves and not suitable for swimming. However, the west Railay has some beautiful beaches.

Things to do:

  • Take a long-tail boat trip to the four nearby Islands
  • Go Rock Climbing
  • Kayaking in Railay Beach
  • Explore Phra Nang Cave

3. Grand Palace

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Grand Palace
Grand Palace | image credit – Wikimedia/echiner1

Grand Palace was the official residence of the kings of Siam and current king Maha Vajiralongkorn are presently living here. Since its construction in 1782, it has been the center of Thailand’s royal power. It is probably one of the most visited places in Thailand.

Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the complex contains a compelling series of pavilions, halls, wats and other buildings dispersed with vast lawns, exquisite gardens, and stately courtyards. With all those amazing buildings, Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is probably the most famous.

2. Phang Nga Bay

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay | image credit – Pixabay/Cbill

Phang Nga Bay is located just over 60 miles from the island of Phuket and one of most scenic areas in the country. Beautiful caves, aquatic grottoes, and limestone islands are the main attraction of Phang Nga Bay. The most famous island in the bay is a sea stack called Ko Ping Kan.

It is commonly known as James Bond Island because it was featured in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”. A common way of visiting Phang Nga Bay is by sea kayak as they are the only way to get inside the sea caves and grottoes.

Major attractions:

  • White Sand Beach
  • Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park
  • Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
  • Phang Nga Elephant Park
  • James Bond Island

1. Ko Phi Phi

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Thailand, Ko Phi Phi
Ko Phi Phi | image credit – Wikimedia/Diego Delso

Phi Phi is a wonderful archipelago located in the Krabi Province in the vicinity of Phuket. Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island and the only island in the group with permanent inhabitants. Ko Phi Phi Leh may be the famous one as it was the filming location for the Hollywood movie Leonardo DiCaprio staring “The Beach”.

Travelers are always rejoicing in a variety of water recreation activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. Ko Phi Phi was devastated by the tsunami of December 2004.

Major attractions:

  • Phi Phi View Point
  • Captain Bob’s Sailing Booze Cruise
  • Bamboo Island
  • Shark Watching Tours
  • Viking Cave

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