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Thailand is overflowing with culture, charisma and wonder to be found! There is something new to experience in each and every part of this amazing country! Here is our top guide to plan your trip to see Thailand’s best cities!

Whatever you are looking for I bet that one of Thailand’s top cities has it!

Chiang Mai

Bursting with culture and nature, Chiang Mai is a city in the mountains, founded in 1296. It’s Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history. It is one of the most spiritually significant places in Thailand.

Landscape of Doi Inthanon National Park

Coordinates: 18.706675, 98.981186
Location: Northern Thailand

Population: 150,000

Popular Resorts: Sibsan Resort &Spa Maetaeng, Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa and Art Mai Gallery Ninman Hotel Chiang Mai by Compass Hospitality.

Bangkok

The Capital of Thailand, known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. Home to the world- famous Grand Palace which once homed the Thai King, thee Wat Pho Temple and the Wat Ohra Kaew Temple. Be prepared for hustle and bustle and an experience like never before. With so much to do here it is advised to do all your research!

The Grand Palace in Bangkok

Coordinates: 13.757792, 100.508098
Location: Central Thailand

Population: 8.3 Million

Popular Resorts: The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal 21, Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn and Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok.

Pattaya

Known for its beautiful beaches, Pattaya was once a quiet fishing village! It is now lined with high rise condo’s, resort hotels, shopping malls, designer golf courses, cabaret bars and 24 hour clubs. It is also home to the Wat Phra Yai Temple which features an 18-metre tall golden Buddha!

Beach of Pattaya city

Coordinates: 12.928824, 100.878114
Location: Eastern Gulf Coast

Population: 110,000

Popular Resorts: Siam Bayshore Resort Pattaya, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort and Siam @ Siam Design Hotel Pattaya.

Chiang Rai

This beautiful city is near the boarders of Laos and Mynanmar and home to the Wat Phra Kaew, the Royal temple that once house the jade Emerald Buddha and now displays the replica. It is a mountainous city of nature.

Wat Rong Khun, or white temple

Coordinates: 19.907262, 99.840255
Location: Northern Thailand

Population: 70,000

Popular Resorts:

  1. Laluna Hotel and Resort
  2. Dusit Island Resort
  3. Canary Natural Resort
  4. The Pa Sak Tong for luxury!

Hua Hin

This beautiful seaside resort was once a quiet fishing village. It has become more fashionable now as an escape for the residents of Bangkok. Now popular for water sports such as kite surfing! Lined with high-end hotels and seafood shacks and a lovely long stretch of sand!

Hua Hin fashionable seaside resort

Photo by Aleeny

Coordinates: 12.589968, 99.946957
Location: The Gulf of Thailand, Southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Population: 85,000

Popular Resorts:

Looking for luxury:

  • Kehadfa Signature Hua Hin
  • X2 Hua Hin Le Bayburi
  • Ananda Luxury Villas Resort and Spa Hua Hin by Compass Hospitality

Budget:

  • Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa
  • The Palayana Hua Hin
  • Ayrest Hua Hin Hotel

Kanchananburi

This lively, busy modern town is far from it’s older darker times. The harrowing story from years ago has become a famous fictional tale ‘The Bridge Over the River Kwai’ and has made Kanchanaburi an ideal base for exploring the wild west of Thailand.

modern town Kanchananburi

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Coordinates: 14.101351, 99.417953
Location: West part of Kanchanaburi Province

Population: 31,000

Popular Resorts: U Inchantree Kanchanaburi Hotel, The Vista Pool Villa, Monaz River Kwai Kanchanaburi and Baan Rai Darun Home Stay and Scenery Raft

Pai

The picture-perfect setting of Pai is based in a glorious mountain valley and is becoming ever more popular; growing at a rapid rate. There have been comparisons between Pai and the infamous Khao San Road in Bangkok, Pai has many private guesthouses beginning to appear downtown and a party, restaurant or trekking agency is never more than a few steps away.

Despite all this it has not affected the wonderful mountain valleys, where there is silent peaceful accommodation, amazing outdoor pursuits of natural beauty and a vibrant art and music community.

small town Pai in the northern Thailand

Photo by Nomadasaurus

Coordinates: 19.363021, 98.430848
Location: Northern Thailand, 146 km North west of Chiang Mai

Population: 2,300

Popular Resorts

Luxury:

  • Baan Pai Fah Pai Fun
  • Pai Island Resort
  • The Oia Pai Resort

Budget: from £4 a night

  • Jungle Zone
  • Ming Guest House
  • Odour Pai

Khon Kaen

Being one of the four major cities of Isan, Thailand it is also home to the largest university in the northeast making Khon Kaen forever growing and on the move. It is a city that would be great to live in, however still has more than enough attractions to make it worth a visit.

Great city Khon Kaen

Photo by ciee

Coordinates: 16.435271, 102.822139
Location: North East – Khon Kaen is one of the four major cities of Isan, Thailand also known s the ‘Big four of Isan”. The others being Undon Thani, Khorat and Ubon Ratchathani.

Population: 110,000

Popular Resorts:

  1. Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid Hotel
  2. Supanniga Home
  3. Wishing Tree Resort
  4. Avani Khon Kaen Hotel and Convention Centre
  5. Bakaam Boutique Resort

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