Authored by Illia Strikhar & Nastia Rays’ka-Ptashka
Heading to Thailand this summer? Before you check-in, it’s worth noting that the best of Thailand is so much more than the postcard perfect beaches for which it’s most famous (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
The glorious, mysterious, and (at times) mystifying country of Thailand is a smorgasbord when it comes to things to do, places to visit, and experiences to be had. Expect a rich depth of culture. Expect a deep history and yes, expect great food.
But whether you intend to spend all summer, or can only spare a week, here are a few destinations which we feel you shouldn’t miss.
Where to Go in Thailand This Summer
The south has the behemoth that is Bangkok and the north has Chiang Mai. Known as the “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai is a much more relaxed city compared to Bangkok. Here you will find a unique blend of culture and history, warm locals and some of the greatest food in all of Thailand.
Explore the sprawl of street markets at night and spend the day taking up a cooking class or for the more hands-on traveller, the city is also home to a host of massage schools. There are also plenty day trips you can do to explore the surrounding nature and historical sites.
The ancient ruins of Ayutthaya (the capital city of the Kingdom with the same name) were once known for being the most spectacular city in the world, and in 1700 it was in fact the world’s largest (city).
While now in ruins, the few remaining structures give a glimpse of the impressive city they must have seen. Ayutthaya maintained its power for more than four centuries, and at its pinnacle the Kingdom ruled present day Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
Most of the remains are temples and palaces, as those were the only buildings made of stone at that time. The Historic City became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991; a must see for all lovers of history. It’s a popular day trip option from Bangkok, via train, car or boat.
Krabi is a province located on the Southern part Thailand’s coast. The region is known for its web of archipelagos, where islands seem to pop out like hidden gems across the sea.
Getting to the many secluded beaches is like being in a treasure hunt, with colorful long tail boats being the transport of choice. Historians will be happy to learn about the bays and coves where merchants and pirates used to hideaway.
Sukhothai is an ancient city which was discovered in the 13th century and is renowned as being the first independent Thai kingdom. The name translates to “Dawn of Happiness” and when you get lost amongst the maze of mind-blowing monuments and temples, it’s not hard to understand how the name came about.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sukhothai is now officially a Historical Park and is one of the highlights on any traveller’s itinerary. The authorities open the park at night and you might be fortunate enough to witness the golden Buddha’s lit up, so make sure you arrive there late.
It goes without saying but when you go to Thailand, you must visit the islands. Much has been said about the stunning beaches of Thailand but it sure is well deserved.
Thailand’s islands can be divided into three sets. Ko Chang and Ko Samet lay east of Bangkok and are some of the most beautiful. In the Andaman you will find Phuket and Ko Phi Phi, and in the gulf of Ko Samui there are Ko Pha Ngan and Ko tao.
So if you’re bored of Bangkok make sure you compile some research on Thailand’s different islands to find out which sun-drenched paradise is for you. They’re all different and all amazing in their own way.
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