What are good places in Thailand

Thailand round trip: You should not miss these 9 places in Thailand

The air is humid and warm and smells of other delicacies from the many street kitchens on every corner. The people smile in a friendly manner and hardly seem stressed - but the traffic seems all the more turbulent. Small tuk tuks, overtaking and honking at every opportunity, crowd their way between taxis and tourists. Welcome to Thailand! Thailand is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans and is particularly popular with backpackers. No wonder: Flights to Thailand are the cheapest to Bangkok, starting at € 232. The cheapest travel time is in May or August and you can expect cheap prices for accommodation, transport and food on site.

Flights to Bangkok from € 232

But which places in Thailand are worth visiting? In addition to great beaches and the big metropolises, there are hidden gems in Thailand that are waiting to be discovered. You can find out which ones here.

The best places for a Thailand tour

Bangkok

The Capital of Thailand is one of the most popular entry points into the world of Southeast Asia: The airport in Bangkok “Suvarnabhumi” is only about 30 km from the city center and is ideally connected by trains or taxis.

Flights to Bangkok Airport
Bangkok offers you a fascinating mix of tradition and modernity and awaits you with more than 400 Buddhist temples, Side by side with futuristic skyscrapers.

If you're in town on a weekend, you should Chatuchak market Pay a visit - with over 10,000 stalls, it is one of the largest markets in the world. You can buy everything here, from clothing and technical toys to funny souvenirs (e.g. tuk tuks made from recycled beer cans). No more space in your suitcase? Then send your purchases with DHL directly from the market to Germany.

Gourmets can relax inFood court of the Terminal 21 shopping mall feast through the world-famous Thai cuisine. The food there is so good and inexpensive that it can be difficult to find a table at lunchtime. Just stop by a little later and your patience will be rewarded with delicious papaya salad, green Thai curry and mango sticky rice. If you are in the mood for local food, you will also find what you are looking for in bangkok:

Then venture into that tallest building in Thailand, Baiyoke Tower II, and let the evening end in the Skybar on the 83rd floor in front of a breathtaking 360-degree panorama.

Tip:Some of the best bars in Bangkok are very hidden. However, if you are looking for an unforgettable night out, you will find exactly what you are looking for in these bars.

10 top secret bars in Bangkok

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai makes its nickname as ‘Rose of the North’ all honor. The one is particularly impressive Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple - Located west of Chiang Mai on the 1,676 meter high Doi Suthep mountain, it not only fascinates with its golden Chedi, but also with the unique view it offers you of Chiang Mai. You can get it very cheaply with the red shared taxis that can be found all over the city.

If you are flexible in terms of time, you should plan your visit for November, because this is the time when the traditional Loy Krathong and Yi Peng festivals take place. In Wat Phan Tao you can then every evening take part in a monk ceremony or follow the big parades through the city with self-made floats in traditional Lanna style.

Tip: If November does not fit into your travel plans, but you still want to experience one of the great festivals in Thailand, we can recommend the Songkran Water Festival, which takes place every spring.

Then send your wishes into the air with one of the lanterns or let a Krathong, a self-made, decorated boat into the water to carry away your worries from the past year.

You can find direct flights to Chiang Mai particularly cheaply in May and December.

Flights to Chiang Mai from € 296

Koh Phangan

The island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand is known around the world for its parties. Every month on the full moon Over 20,000 visitors come to the beach at Haad Rin to celebrate the Full Moon Party together. For this reason alone, the island is one of the best party strongholds in the world. In addition to other parties, such as the Half Moon, Black Moon or Jungle Experience Party, the island also has beautiful temples, waterfalls and viewpoints to offer. You should definitely take a day trip to Ang Thong Marine Park, which is located just off the coast. Great snorkeling areas, secluded beaches, a blue lagoon and strange rock formations, for example in the shape of a monkey face, await you here - highly recommended! If you can't get enough of these, you should urgently include some of the other islands in Thailand on your trip.

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An insider tip on Koh Phangan is the Thong Yang Bar, which is just before Haad Rin. From here you have a great view of the spectacular Phangan sunsets and it can even happen that you have this place all to yourself!

Chiang Rai

The city of Chiang Rai is located high up in the north, in the midst of a vast mountain landscape. It is famous for its white temple Wat Rong Khun. This was partially damaged by an earthquake in May 2014; nevertheless it is looking for its own kind and seems to be more of a work of art than a Buddhist place of prayer. When entering, visitors wander symbolically over a bridge from hell to heaven, impressively represented by various statues and decorations.

From Chiang Rai you have the option of one Day trip to the famous Golden Triangle to do - in just one hour you can reach the border between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. On the Thai side, near the village of Sop Ruak, you then have an interesting view of all three countries.

Tip: There are many more remote tourist trails in Thailand that not many visitors discover. You can find the best of them - broken down by region - in this guide.

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Also worth a visit is Wat Phra Kaew, one of Chiang Rai's most important temples. According to legend, the green emerald Buddha, which now stands in the Royal Palace of Bangkok, was discovered here when a lightning strike damaged the stone of the chedi. A copy of the original statue can now be found in Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai.

Sukhothai

This historic historical park is located 13 kilometers outside the city of Sukhothai in northern Thailand. Consists of almost 200 temple ruins Sukhothai is an absolute must for those interested in culture. The temple ruins date back to the 13th and 14th centuries and were restored in the mid-1990s. In addition to Wat Si Sawai with its well-preserved chedis, the old palace of the former Sukhothai kingdom - Wat Mahatat, is particularly popular. It forms the center of this impressive historical park. It is a bit too big to explore the park on foot, but you can rent a bike very cheaply on site to explore the park on your own. Some hotels in Sukhothai also offer tours by tuk tuks or minibuses to the temple riuns.

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There are around 80 hotels in Sukhothai and the range of resorts is diverse. Prices start from € 11 per night.

Kanchanaburi

The place is famous for its tragic history from the Second World War: the bridge over the Khwae Yai River, also called Kwai, was built by prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation. Thousands of people lost their lives in the process. The construction of the bridge and the background are discussed in the legendary film ‘The Bridge on the Kwai’. Nowadays it is a popular and interesting tourist attraction and can be crossed on foot or by train.

With the Erawan National Park there is another must-see very close to Kanchanaburi. The park is home to the seven-tier Erawan Waterfall. Up to the top step, however, it is a long, sweaty climb, which is why it is best to start early. You will then be rewarded with beautiful turquoise-blue natural pools in the middle of a exotic jungle landscape. For the day trip to the Erawan National Park, an overnight stay in Kanchanaburi is recommended. Guesthouses and hotels offer prices starting at € 9 per night.

Stay in Kanchanaburi from € 9

Phuket

Phuket is often portrayed as the Mallorca of Thailand and there are stretches of beach where the comparison is confirmed.

But the island also has completely different sides. Next to themain temple in Phuket, Wat Chalong, is also the Big Buddha a real highlight of the island. With a height of 45 m, it sits peacefully on the summit of Khao Nakkerd and can be seen from many points on the south coast. Set off on foot or by taxi - once you have reached the top you can be blessed by a monk or just enjoy the view of Chalong Bay.

One is also recommended Tour by scooter along the west coast. On the longest beach on the island, Mai Khao Beach, you can watch the planes taking off and landing from Phuket International Airport. In addition to Bangkok, there are cheap flights from Germany to Thailand also directly to Phuket.

Flights to Phuket from € 290

By the way, we recommend an evening at Laem Prom Thep for romantics. This cape is the southernmost point of the island and is famous for its spectacular sunsets, for which numerous visitors gather here every evening.

Krabi / Ao Nang

It's best to visit the cozy town of Krabi on a weekend, because from Friday to Sunday there is an evening large night market with live music instead of. During the day we recommend a trip to the turquoise emerald pool and Tiger Cave Temple outside of Krabi Town; the latter is located on a mountain peak that has to be climbed over 1,237 steps. From up there you can see the unique rock formations for which Krabi is so famous. And don't worry: tigers really only appear in the name of this temple.

Ao Nang, the coastal town of Krabi, has a lot to offerRestaurants, shopping and evening entertainment. In addition, the place is the ideal starting point for day trips to the surrounding islands, such as Koh Poda, Hong Island and Chicken Island, as well as to Railay Beach. Krabi also has an airport - flights to Krabi are cheapest in early March.

Flights to Krabi from 319 €

Khao Lak / Similan Islands

Khao Lak gained notoriety after the 2004 tsunami. The coastal town has since recovered and is now attracting again with beautiful beaches and (currently) relatively few tourists. Here you can just let your mind wander and relax all day. We recommend exploring the area by scooter and visiting the tsunami memorial just outside of town.

About 65 kilometers off the coast a true island paradise - the Similan Islands. An archipelago consisting of 9 beautiful islands with crystal clear, turquoise blue water, all of which have been declared a national park. It is one of the best snorkeling and diving areas in Thailand. But be careful! The national park is closed from mid-May to the end of October due to the risk of monsoons.

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