Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations; in 2018, more than 30 million people visited the Land of Smiles and now that the pandemic is over, tourists are booking their holidays in Thailand, ready for the summer of 2023.
If you are unsure about where to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand, here is our top 5 list of holiday hotspots.
- Phuket – This southern province has to be the number one on our list; stay at the top-rated Novotel Phuket Resort and enjoy the vibrant nightlife that this coastal town is famed for. The idyllic Andaman Sea is home to a wealth of marine life and you can enjoy snorkelling over coral reefs in the afternoons, then watch the sunset on Patong Beach before heading off to one of the trendy nightclubs.
- Pattaya – Located on the east coast of Thailand, Pattaya has long been a firm favourite for foreign tourists and at only 3 hours’ drive from Bangkok, Pattaya attracts many Thais. Whether you are going for a short holiday or you are planning to relocate for your retirement, Pattaya has a lot going for it. Top-rated golf courses are within driving distance, while the best water park in the country is located in Pattaya, namely the Ramayana Water Park, with more than 21 water rides.
- Chiang Mai – The northern capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the gateway to the Golden Triangle, where the hilltribe people live in the mountainous regions where you can go hiking. It is peaceful and calm, with cooler temperatures than the rest of the country, mainly due to the altitude above sea level. Nature lovers prefer the north of Thailand, due to its diverse natural beauty. Visitors usually return to this magical region time and time again and you have to experience the north of Thailand in order to understand why. Click here for tips on planning a summer boat trip.
- Hua Hin – A very popular coastal town that is located about 200km south of Bangkok; this town is very popular among Scandinavians, with a fair number of expat retirees who live year-round. There are many local attractions and a fantastic stretch of beach to keep you amused; accommodation ranges from luxury condo units to pool villas in gated security zones. Nearby is another tourist town called Cha-Am, which has much to offer the foreign tourist.
- Bangkok – No list would be complete without Bangkok; a city that never sleeps and you could spend a month sightseeing and still not see everything there is in this sprawling metropolis. Sights include the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and you simply must visit the huge weekend market at Jatuchak. We recommend booking a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River, which is an amazing experience.
There is much to see and do in Thailand and by spending time researching online, you can make an informed decision on where to spend your time and enjoy the holiday-of-a-lifetime. Here is a good resource to help you plan your Thailand holiday.