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After three years, dozens of destinations, hundreds of sights, thousands of kilometers traveled and tens of thousands of Thai Baht, we can finally reveal which destinations you can’t afford to miss while traveling through Thailand. Let’s go!

1. Sukhothai

Sukhothai, Sukhothai, you’re so beautiful! We have fond memories of this destination. Such as leisurely riding through the Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on our bikes, watching the locals play badminton on perfectly manicured lawns under a slowly setting sun. It’s an oasis of peace and calm, where you can marvel at the most beautiful, centuries old temples to be found in Thailand!

Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai

2. Railay Beach

The boat ride from Ao Nang to Railay Beach is impressive in its own right, but wait until you actually arrive. The beauty of this place can hardly be overstated. You’ve probably seen the photos, with huge cliffs rising up from the sea. Those pictures are pretty, but seeing them in real life will blow your mind! So, spread out your towel and enjoy the best that beach life has to offer!

Railay Beach in Krabi

Photo credit: Connie

3. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is another one of those places in Thailand you just can’t afford to miss. It’s without a doubt our favorite Thai city. The people are friendly and it’s surrounded by gorgeous mountains. There’s also a lot of culture to enjoy, the food is amazing and there are all kinds of fun activities to partake in. Like taking care of elephants…!

Elephant Nature Park

4. Khao Sok National Park

This park is guaranteed to be the highlight of your trip through Thailand. Khao Sok is known for its dense jungle, crystal clear lake, cave systems and wildlife. In addition, it’s possible to spend the night in a cabin on the lake. And waking up there is… magical!

One of the floating villages in Khao Sok National Park

Photo credit: Stefan Magdalinski

5. Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is just around the corner from Bangkok. Famous, and infamous, for the Bridge over the River Kwai, the Death Railway and Hellfire Pass, Kanchanaburi is definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in history and Thailand’s role in the World War II. Besides the cultural and historical highlights, we really enjoyed our visit to the nearby Erawan Falls. You can see hundreds of waterfalls, with water crashing down from different tiers. One of our best days out in Thailand!

Erawan Falls in Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi

6. Koh Phayam

Koh Phayam. Say what? This island tops the list of our favorite Thai islands. Not because of its white sandy beaches and crystal clear seawater. No, it’s because it’s still so unspoiled. The beaches are beautiful and quiet, the natural surroundings are stunning and the atmosphere is unique, one you won’t easily find anywhere else in Thailand!

Mariska enjoying the sunset at Buffalow Bay in Koh Phayam

7. Pai

Pai… we lived in Pai for 6 months and absolutely loved it! We would recommend anyone to visit this green valley for at least a couple of days (2 full days). Rent a motorbike and get lost in a landscape of green rice fields, cascading waterfalls and mysterious caves. You’ll love it too!

Just another bar in Pai

8. Bangkok

Of course, you’re all but guaranteed to set foot in Bangkok at some point, which is awesome as there are lots of fun things to do. Try and stay in Bangkok for least three days and go on a guided bike tour. But also explore the klongs (canals) by long tail boat, have a drink on a rooftop bar, go for a walk in Lumpini Park, visit temples and dine along Chao Phraya River.

Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

9. Koh Tao

The pure and unadulterated island life can be found on relaxing Koh Tao. Besides lounging around in a hammock while drinking coconut water, there will also be time to go snorkeling or diving. The underwater world here is truly stunning. We snorkeled in a lot of places in Thailand, but the underwater world here is by far the most beautiful!

Sander and Mariska at Koh Nang Yuan near Koh Tao

10. Phang Nga

Looking to stay somewhere authentic in the south of Thailand? With its green mountaintops, phenomenal cave systems and mysterious mangrove forests, the landscape in Phang Nga is breathtakingly beautiful. And best of all, the average tourist always skips Phang Nga. Not you!

Long-tail around the Phang Nga Bay

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Author Sander

Former elementary school teacher, storyteller, sports enthusiast, and adventurer. Love to do the "impossible", which is usually the exact opposite of what’s expected.

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  • Avatar for Sander Jon says:

    Thanks for the effort with your website, although I travelled extensively in Thailand (1989) before today’s explosion of tourism when today’s smooth tarmacked roads were mere dirt tracks and there was a genuine inquisivness and interest with farang it has been very useful as I’m planning a summer trip with my 14 year old daughter and your website has been a great reference tool for her, you both have obviously been blown away with the place.

    One tip though, I’m guessing not intentional but it’s not a competition to who’s lived in Thailand the longest, it does come across as bragging when you keep mentioning it in your posts, no one likes a show off!

    Do keep up with the blogs though and thanks again for your efforts.

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