Regions in Thailand
Thailand can be divided into five geographical and cultural regions:
- Northern Thailand
Chiang Mai, the hill tribes and the Golden Triangle.
The great region of the Northeast. Get off the beaten track and discover the Thai hinterland, tantalising food and beautiful Khmer ruins.
- Central Thailand
Bangkok, the lowlands and historic Thailand.
- Eastern Thailand
Beaches and islands near Bangkok, such as Pattaya, Ko Samet and Ko Chang.
- Southern Thailand
A lush rainforest and hundreds of kilometres of attractive coastline and islands in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand, plus Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui, Ko Tao and many other famous places in Thailand
Cities in Thailand
- Ayutthaya – a historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former capital of Siam
- Bangkok – The bustling and frenetic Thai capital known to Thais as Krung Thep.
- Chiang Mai – de facto capital of Northern Thailand and heart of Lanna culture
- Chiang Rai – Gateway to the Golden Triangle, Ethnic Minorities and Mountain Hiking
- Kanchanaburi – home of the bridge over the River Kwai and many museums on the Second World War
- Nakhon Ratchasima – the largest city in the Isaan region
- Pattaya – one of the main tourist destinations, known for its wild nightlife
- Sukhothai – the first capital of Thailand, still with amazing ruins
- Surat Thani – Seat of the Srivijaya Empire, Gateway to the Samui Archipelago
Other destinations in Thailand
- Khao Sok National Park – one of Thailand’s most beautiful nature reserves
- Khao Yai National Park – take a night jeep safari to see deer or visit the spectacular waterfalls.
- Ko Chang – once a quiet island, now a major tourist attraction
- Ko Lipe – small island in the middle of Tarutao National Park, with large reefs and beaches
- Ko Pha Ngan – site of the famous full moon party with miles of quiet coastline
- Ko Samet – the closest island to Bangkok
- Ko Samui – the hippie mecca for comfort, nature and entertainment has gone up in price
- Krabi province – a mecca for beaches and water sports in the south, includes Ao Nang, Rai Leh, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta.
- Phuket – the original Thai paradise island, now highly developed but still with some beautiful beaches