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Places to Visit on a Thailand Vacation - Top Thailand Hot spots for Holidaymakers

As one Asia's most vibrant holiday destinations Thailand is a breathtaking corner of the world worthy of exploration. Here are some of the top highlights to visit on your trip to the country.

1

Bangkok

Regarded as the most dynamic city in Thailand the capital of the country truly packs in a punch in terms of the cultural and recreational attractions littering the landscape. As the commercial and spiritual heart of the country the fast paced city which is home to some of the finest luxury hotels in Thailand and its largest malls and shopping hotspots is also the city which encompasses its most iconic temples and the Grand Palace. As the first point of contact for tourists, the city is not only synonymous with the countless high -end hospitality hubs the likes of Anantara hotels, resort & spa facilities occupying its confines but also the best street food the country has to offer. From Lumpini Park to the Temple of Dawn and Bangkok's own Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and other entertainment hotspots this bustling capital is not only the epicenter of the country but Asia as a whole.

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Koh Samui

As the second largest island in Thailand no visit to the country would be complete without a weekend in this beach paradise. Home to some of the country's most iconic beaches including Bophut, Chaweng, Nathon, Lamai and Mae Nam visitors will be spoiled for choice as to which secluded beach paradise to select for their Koh Samui getaway. Angthong National Park is perhaps the area's best known tourist attraction while the entire archipelago is a kayaking and snorkelling hotspot for the masses as well.

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Chiang Mai

Referred to as the Rose of the North Chiang Mai is a city which mingles Thailand's illustrious past with its modernist present without contradictions. Having served as the administrative capital of the Kingdom of Lanna the area is also known as a focal point of northern Thailand's Buddhist heritage. Don't forget to explore the more than hundred temple edifices littering the region including the iconic Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Wat Chiang Man and Wat Umong.

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Chiang Rai

Another scenic corner of Thailand Chiang Rai is no less impressive in terms of cultural value than other major tourist hubs across the country. With landmark temples the likes of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong among its most visited attractions the area is equally famous for the Buddha Cave and the Mae Fah Luang Art & Culture Park.

5

Ayutthaya

Having been famously dubbed the most magnificent city in the world the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya is a potent reminder of Thailand's golden age. With spectacular ruins of ancient structures lining its confines the area is ideal for a day trip back in time to a period when Thailand was a regional super power. Explore the Ayutthaya Historical Park as well as the many temples, monasteries and sculptures that have been beautifully preserved through the ravages of time and marvel at the ancient builders and engineers whose skills are on display centuries later.

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Krabi

Located on the Andaman shoreline Krabi is another beachgoer's dream destination in Thailand. Made up of a series of archipelagos the breathtaking and largely isolates beaches of this paradise on earth must be seen to be believed. Having served as a popular shelter region for merchants as well as pirates and gypsies this captivating region has a history that dates back centuries.

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