This is a guest post by Alex from Inspire A Better Life.
With airlines like Jetstar and Virgin Australia flying between Australia and Thailand for as little as $150, there’s no excuse not to visit the ‘Land of Smiles’ at least once. Here are just 5 places in Thailand that are well worth a visit.
Koh Lanta Yai
Thailand’s islands are world-renowned for their relaxed beach lifestyle and postcard-worthy scenery. Of the many islands to choose from, it’s perhaps Koh Lanta Yai that offers the most well-rounded experience. Relatively untouched by the tourists swarming nearby islands, Koh Lanta Yai is home to deserted beaches, nature reserves and clear, calm waters that are perfect for snorkelling. With mangrove forests, caves, a national park, a waterfall, and a charming old town all on one peaceful island, Koh Lanta Yai has something for everyone.
The ancient city of Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand (then known as Siam) from 1351 to 1767. After growing to become the largest city in the world in the 18th century, Ayutthaya was destroyed by Burmese forces and fell into ruin. The ancient city, now known as Ayutthaya Historical Park, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Visit the crumbling palaces and temples of Ayutthaya Historical Park, or explore modern-day Ayutthaya to find unassuming eateries, museums, and a colourful floating market.
The main hub of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is both older and calmer than its southern cousin. The old city centre is bordered by centuries-old walls on all four sides; measuring just 2.5 square kilometres, this makes Chiang Mai a fantastic city to explore on foot. That said, travellers willing to drive or hire a vehicle can quickly reach a landscape of lush rainforests, waterfalls, hot springs and small villages. Both inside the city walls and scattered around its scenic outskirts, Chiang Mai is home to beautiful temples and charming markets, as well as a variety of cooking classes and wildlife tours.
Sukhothai Historical Park
The very first capital of Siam, Sukhothai was one of the cultural epicentres of Thailand. It’s here that the country first developed its distinctive style of architecture, which is evident in the temples, shrines and art of Sukhothai. Much like Ayutthaya, the ruins of ancient Sukhothai have been partially restored and turned into ‘Sukhothai Historical Park’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unlike Ayutthaya (which is close enough to Bangkok to visit on a daytrip), most visitors to Sukhothai Historical Park stay overnight in the nearby cities of New Sukhothai or Phitsanulok. Unscathed by pillaging and war, Sukhothai still evokes a serenity fitting of its ancient Buddhist origins.
Tucked away near the Thai-Burmese border is the backpacker paradise of Pai. Although the town’s economy relies heavily on tourism, Pai enjoys a laidback atmosphere that seems almost impossible to find in other tourist-dominated towns. The main streets are typically occupied by an eclectic mix of Thai Rastas, Muslims and free-spirited westerners, with a range of venues catering to their diverse tastes. After getting your bearings around town, rent a motorcycle to explore the surrounding countryside; among other things, the area is home to several waterfalls and hot springs, a huge canyon, and a number of fascinating hill tribes.
I hope you liked this guest post about Thailand.
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Alex is a 23 year old lover of life, interior design & adventure. After moving to Sydney when finishing a journalism degree, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer. Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts and other along the way!
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