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Updated by Roger Gary on Apr 09, 2015
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Best Places to Visit in Thailand - Top Holiday Hubs in Thailand

As one of Asia's most popular vacation hubs Thailand is home to a number of engaging holiday hotspots. From vibrant Bangkok to beach heartland Phuket, here are the country's top holiday destinations.




As the beating heart of Thailand, no visit to the country, let alone Asia would be complete without a stopover at this dynamic city. As one of Asia's most coveted holiday city's Bangkok offers visitors from around the world a truly immersive holiday experience. Home to the country's most iconic temples and palaces as well as the River of Kings, Bangkok is Thailand's culinary and retail capital with more malls and department stores than any other corner of the country. Lined with klongs, floating markets and world class attractions visiting the Thai capital is a veritable rite of passage for travellers the world over.




As a secluded peninsula that can only be reached by boat ride Railay is a breathtaking holiday hub complete with stunning beaches and limestone hills. A popular haunt for rock climbing enthusiasts from across the world this engaging tourist hotspots with tropical jungles and virtually no skyscrapers offer visitors the perfect island getaway in the heart of Thailand.


Thailand Islands

Revered for their unmatched beauty and pristine landscapes Thailand's paradise islands are as varied as they are stunning. Featured in Hollywood blockbusters such as The Beach the choices are truly endless. From the Thai gulf's Ko Tao, Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Chang, Phuket and Ko Samet the sheer volume of white, sandy beaches and uninhabited virgin islands are staggering. Ko Phi Phi is a must-visit highlight while Ko Tao is equally popular as a diver's paradise. Offering visitors an up-close and personal look at the country's marine and natural heritage these water sports hubs are also prime honeymoon destinations. Home to luxury hotel resorts such as establishments under the Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas visitors will have access to some of the most luxurious hotels in all of Thailand.


Chiang Rai

Occupying pride of place in the northernmost reaches of the country Chiang Rai is the main commercial epicentre of the Golden Triangle in Thailand. Offering easy access to some of the area's most intriguing regions this city which is within earshot of the Laos, Myanmar and Thai borders is a nature lover's dream come true.



Tipped to be Thailand's historic heartland Ayutthaya is situated in the Chao Phraya River valley. As an ancient capital this area full of history and heritage serves as the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom or Siam as it was known in centuries past. Littered with ruins from Thailand's glory days this iconic stronghold of King U Thong is a must- explore highlights for culture and history buffs touring Thailand.


Chiang Mai

Located in the north of the country Chiang Mai is a backpacker's haven complete with scenic mountains at every turn. Home to Thailand's hill tribes and some of the country's most rugged and breathtaking natural environments the area is an adventure sports enthusiast's dream. Outdoor activities such as trekking and culture tours are staples in Chiang Mai where verdant landscapes encircled by mountains reign supreme. The locale also offers visitors a glimpse of ancient Thai architecture as many traditional structures still exist among modern buildings in this thriving city in the hills.