Fancy a holiday to Thailand? Here are our 5 favourite places to visit

We’ve selected our top five must-see places in the Land of Smiles.

There’s something for everyone, whether you want to eat street food, walk through the ruins an ancient temple or relax on a white sandy beach.

What are the travel restrictions in Thailand?

Thailand is slowly opening its doors to tourists. However, there are still some travel rules.

All tourists must book a 1 night stay at a SHA+/AQ hotel in order to allow enough time for results processing. These hotels meet Thailand’s safety and health standards.

Also, proof of vaccination will be required for visitors. Only people who have been fully vaccinated at the least 14 days before travelling to Thailand will be permitted to travel around Thailand.

You will also need medical insurance.

What is Thailand’s “sandbox” scheme?

Thailand created the “sandbox” scheme for fully vaccinated tourists who are not on Thailand’s safe lists. However, they must only stay in one hotel at a particular location for the first seven nights of their trip.

These locations are available starting on November 1, including: Phuket, Samai and Bangkok, Pattaya. Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, and other important tourist destinations.

All guests must be in a SHA+ hotel for their seven-night stay. Tourists not fully vaccinated may be asked to stay in quarantine for 10 night at a hotel approved before they can travel around Thailand.

No matter what your situation, we have compiled a list of our top picks for Thailand to unwind, relax and discover its rich history.

5. Ayutthaya

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The ancient city of Ayutthaya, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located approximately 89 kilometres north from Bangkok. This historic site, which was founded in the 14th Century, was an important center of power in the region before it was destroyed by the Burmese army, in 1767.

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The Ayutthaya National Park is what remains of the city. It contains stunning ruins and crumbling temples. Wat Phra Mahathat, which dates back to the 14th Century, is believed to be the oldest temple within the park. Its collection of headless Buddhas and ancient statues is breathtaking. A Banyan tree is also found in the temple. Its roots are twisted around a headless stone Buddha head.

There are also a variety of museums that provide more information about the complex ruins around you. The Ayutthaya Historic Study Centre can help you to understand the city’s glory days and give insight into Thailand’s rich cultural history.

4. Krabi

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If you think that is enough history, it is time to go on the beach. There are few better beaches than the ones found in Krabi, Thailand. These beaches will not disappoint even the most experienced traveler with their luminous turquoise waters and bright white sands.

Krabi is surrounded by 200 small islands and rocky outcrops. There are plenty of beaches in Krabi, but you will need to hire a boat to reach some of the remoter ones.

Tourists love Krabi’s beauty, and its beaches are well-developed with bars, restaurants and shops. There are quieter alternatives if you prefer to avoid the crowds.

The island of Bamboo Island, also known as Koh Mai Phai is 45 minutes away by boat from the mainland. This makes it less popular among backpackers.

The island of Bamboo Island, also known as Koh Mai Phai is 45 minutes away by boat from the mainland. This makes it less popular among backpackers. It is a tiny island that you can walk around in 30 minutes. There are no bars or restaurants on the island, only soft white sand and crystal clear water. The bamboo trees give the island its name.

3. The Similan Islands

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This archipelago, which consists of 11 islands, is located off the coast in Phang Nga Province of the Andaman Sea. It offers the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Thailand. These islands were made a national park in 1982. They are alive with natural life. You will find lush forests, golden beaches, and coral reefs.

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The islands were previously overcrowded due to their popularity. To limit the environmental damage to this fragile ecosystem, visitor numbers are now limited to 3,325 per day.

The Similans diving season runs from mid-October to mid-May. Tourists can expect to see whitetip reef sharks and spotted eagle Rays. Green sea turtles are also common in the Similans.

There are live-aboard boats that can take you around the area for a few days if you’re a dedicated diver. The Similan Islands will be closed to tourists after the diving season to allow the local ecosystems to recover.

2. Bangkok

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Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, is a must-see on any Thailand trip. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re there for the vibrant nightlife or the rich Buddhist history.

Over 31,000 Buddhist temples can be found in Thailand, with Bangkok’s Wat Arun Temple of the Dawn being the most well-known.

You can spend the morning looking at the 8,000 stalls in Chatuchak Marketplace before heading to some of Bangkok’s ancient temples. Over 31,000 Buddhist temples can be found in Thailand, with Bangkok’s Wat Arun Temple of the Dawn being the most well-known. It is illuminated at night to make it appear like it’s made from gold. This makes it an amazing sight to view from the Chao Phraya River.

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Bangkok’s street art collection is a great option if you are looking for something a little more unusual than the tourist trail. The Bukruk Urban Art Festival, which Bangkok hosted in 2013, and 2016, has made street art all over Bangkok. These festivals brought some of the best street artists from around the globe to Bangkok, and since then local and international artists have continued to build on the collection.

The river is where most of the city’s finest street art can found. Key sites include Bangrak and Chalerm La Park, where the festivals were held. You can find artwork everywhere, so make sure you keep an eye out for it whether you are on your way to a temple visit or just browsing for street food.

1. Koh Phangan

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There are many other delights on Koh Phangan if you don’t like partying all night. You can dive among the beautiful coral reefs on the island. For those who prefer to hike and explore the natural beauty of the island, there are stunning hiking trails that take you through rainforests and waterfalls.

After a hard day of exploring, foodies will find the Thong Sala Night Market to be satiated. You can taste the best of all world cuisines, from Thai food to seafood to pizza.