A trip to Thailand is both exciting and overwhelming. It’s a big country, and it’s hard to know what to see during your first visit. Thailand holidays should be on everyone’s bucket list, which is why I’m giving you some Thai travel inspiration in the form of 5 must-see places in Thailand! These sights were the most memorable for me, and all are easily accessible from the cities and islands you are likely already visiting. Enjoy!
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
The “White Temple” is the main attraction in the northern city of Chiang Rai, and it’s well worth the trip! Never in my life have I seen such an exotic temple – and the attention to detail on every aspect of the construction is incredible. If you pay attention to the details of this temple you’ll notice that the design is actually a bit creepy, with plenty of hands reaching towards you from the ground near the entry. Tourists arrive to the temple by the bus load, so be sure to arrive early in the morning to enjoy your visit before the crowds arrive.
Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tao
In just a few minutes by boat you can arrive at Koh Nang Yuan from any of the main beaches on Koh Tao. This stunning area is comprised of three small islands – one with a hotel, one with a restaurant, and one with an incredible lookout point. The green-filled islands and clear blue waters look incredible from the lookout point – making it well worth the climb! For me, this is the most beautiful spot in all of Thailand.
Wat Arun, Bangkok
Bangkok is filled with hundred of temples, but my all-time favourite is Wat Arun. This tall temple is located right next to the river, so it’s easy to access by boat taxi. Arriving by boat taxi really lets you take in all of the temple’s beauty as your boat approaches! I love the unique colours and intricate details of Wat Arun. Despite being under construction during my visit, I still enjoyed exploring the temple.
Yee Peng Festival, Chiang Mai
Once a year, in November, Chiang Mai is home to the famous floating lantern festival – called Yee Peng. This celebration is similar to New Years Eve, and represents that start of a new year for the Thai people. The festival takes place in the streets of Chiang Mai, and is completely free to visitors. The entire three day festival is filled with fun events, parades and delicious food. Of course, the highlight is when everyone releases their paper lanterns into the sky at the same time (approximately 9pm on the second day of the festival).
Khao San Road, Bangkok
Koh San Road – also known as “backpackers road” – is a busy road in Bangkok where every traveller seems to visit at least once! The streets are filled with vendors selling food, cheap bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and tons of places where you can get foot massages on the sidewalk. It’s mayhem, overwhelming…. and a whole lot of fun! The best way to experience Khao San Road as a first-timer is to find a place to sit at an outdoor bar, order a Chang, and take it everything that’s going on around you.