Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Thailand! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Thailand’s most important sights.
1. GRAND PALACE, WAT PHRA KAEO
The Wat Phra Kaeo temple complex and the Royal Palace are regarded as the crowning achievements of Thai architecture.
2. CHIANG MAI
With over 100 temples and surrounded by moats, the Old Town is the perfect place for long,
Few travellers will be able to resist setting out on foot or atop an elephant for a trek through
the jungle and mountains of the far north, stopping to visit the villages of indigenous mountain
folk along the way.
Containing the ruins of more than 200 temples and palaces, the Sukhothai Historical Park is the most impressive World Heritage Site in the Kingdom.
The flora and fauna of the tropics are at their most spectacular in Krabi Province, and the beaches framed by bizarre limestone formations south of Ao Nang are the best in the whole of Asia.
6. KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
Sensational limestone shapes rise from the jungle, reaching an altitude of up to 1000m (3280ft). It’s straight out of a fairy tale!
7. CHAO PHRAYA
The stretch of river between the Bangkok National Museum and the Wat Arun is packed with major attractions.
8. KO SAMUI, KO PHANGAN & KO TAO
The tropical island of Ko Samui is regarded as the best beach hotspot in Southeast Asia, Ko Phangan has the biggest beach parties in the world, and Ko Tao is a fantastic place for diving.
9. AO PHANG NGA
At 400km² (250mi²) in size, this world-famous bay sits like a vast cauldron in the Andaman Sea – don’t miss taking a boat trip into this wonderful island world.
10. KO PHI PHI
These twin islands were once declared some of the most beautiful islands on earth. Phi Phi Ley became famous in 2000 when it served as the set for Leonardo DiCaprio’s thriller, The Beach.
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