Thailand is one of the most diverse destinations to explore in the world. While it is true that the country comprises of mostly beach spots, each island and beach has its distinct features and flavors, and often people find it difficult to decide how to go about exploring the country. Here are some of the must-visit destinations in Thailand.


Phuket is the largest island in the country. It is also one of the very first islands in the country that was developed as a well-rounded tourist destination. Phuket is an ideal spot for all kinds of tourists. Whether you are there for a short trip or an extend one. Whether you are a budget traveler or a luxury one, you will not be able to help to fall in love with this place. Apart from a very happening beach strip, Phuket offers things other than temples.

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Bangkok is the capital city of the country and is often ignored as a possible tourist destination. The fact that it is one of the major economic hub in South Asia with a great infrastructure, has attracted almost all international hotel and hospitality names to have their establishments in the city. The city offers a perfect balance of a bustling urban lifestyle, happening nightlife and vibrant culture. You can enjoy great food and shop from both street vendors and high-end names. The city also offers day trips and overnight trips to nearby towns.


Pattaya was initially a small fishing village near the capital, but in the late twentieth century, it transformed from a fishing village to a happening tourist spot. It is primarily famous for its pristine beaches and an active nightlife that is a haven for party lovers. Although Pattaya has been associated with all things notorious in the past, however in the recent past the government has readily invested in developing attractions for people of all ages and preferences. From water parks to animal safaris to ancient temples, you will find it all in Pattaya.

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Koh Samui

Koh Samui is one of the most exotic and relatively newly developed islands in the country. Because of being slightly on the pricier side, it usually attracts a lesser number of backpackers, but you can still find quite a few hostels that can offer you budget accommodation. Koh Samui is known for its beautiful cliffs, exotic and serene beaches, and gorgeous beach resorts. The lush green forests of Samui and the villages dotting the island offer amazing activities and adventure sports such as trekking and ziplining. You can book Samui tours if you wish to explore the island and enjoy some sightseeing.


While Koh Samui is a bit more elitist and pricier if you want to save up bucks or want a place that has a happening party scene, Phuket is the right destination for you. Phuket is the largest island and the most developed one in the country. The island has a wide range of luxury, mid-level and low budget resorts, hotels, and hostels. There are a number of attractions and activities that you can do in Phuket all day long without getting bored. There are some other beautiful islands that can be reached from Phuket such as Koh Phi Phi if you want a quick break from all the parties and enjoy some serenity.