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​Guest Post: Top 5 Places to See in Thailand

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TOP 5 PLACES TO SEE IN THAILAND

There are few places in the world that can provide its visitors with the type of cultural and scenic beauty that Thailand does for millions of tourists each year. Whether you’re looking to kick-back with a cocktail on the beach, trek through jungle, dive along reefs, or explore historic buildings, this Southeast Asian gem is packed with adventurous and relaxing activities that will make booking Thailand flights a new staple in your yearly calendar. So if you’re looking to escape for a Thai holiday, here are five places to see in Thailand you won’t want to miss.

Railay Beach

Places to See in Thailand - Railay Bay

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Railay may be just around the corner from the bustling tourist city of Ao Nang, but its serene beaches nestled between craggy limestone cliffs make it the ultimate place to escape to. For those with a taste for adventure, the cliffs that cut off the beach from mainland access are a great site to rock-climb and take in stunning panoramic views of the coast. There are also hillside paths that snake through the jungle to a hidden lagoon and local shrine, and plenty of jungle canopy, crystal clear waters, and white sandy beaches to go around.

The Grand Palace and Wat Phrakaew

The grounds of Thailand’s Grand Palace are home to both the Royal Family’s seat of power, and the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phrakaew, or the Emerald Buddha Temple. The Grand Palace is located near the Chao Phraya River, and is a must-visit site for anyone flying into our out of Bangkok. Filled with traditional Thai artistry and craftsmanship, the Palace was constructed in the late 18th century after the destruction of the old capital of Ayutthaya in 1767.

Ko Chang

Places to See in Thailand: Koh Chang

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Ko Chang was for a long time the best kept secret of Thailand. An island near the southeastern border Thailand shares with Cambodia, has over 85 percent of its jungle-covered hills, beaches, islets, and reefs preserved as part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park. With famous stretches of sand such as Lonely Beach, and beautiful isolated islets like Ko Wai just a short ferry ride away, Ko Chang offers every aspect of the Thailand experience, from late night beach parties, to jungle elephant treks, to world class diving.

Ayutthaya

Places to see in Thailand:  Ayutthaya, Thailand

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Visitors who are looking to explore the historic side of Thailand must visit the old capital of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, a city that stood for over 400 years before invasions by the Burmese destroyed the city and the capital was relocated to Bangkok. The beauty and wealth of this ancient kingdom can still be seen in the many crumbling temples, palaces, and Buddha statues that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kanchanaburi and the Bridge over the River Kwai

Made famous by movies such as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Return from the River Kwai, and Railway Men, Kanchanaburi is the site of the Burma Railway (or Death Railway), a World War II construction by Asian forced labourers and Allied POWs under Japanese control. The stunning Erawan Falls is also nearby, and features a scenic two-mile hike along a crystal clear river that cascades down a hillside through emerald swimming holes.

Wherever you end up visiting on your Thai adventure, whether it be its natural attributes or its long and complex history, you will be sure to have an experience that will keep calling you back for a lifetime of joy and exploration.

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