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Thailand is often referred to as the "land of smiles" and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Asia. The South East Asian nation is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is a holiday hot spot for everyone, whether you’re after a culinary adventure, shopping, relaxation, cultures, family getaway, luxury spa resort holiday or even a short break. With a smorgasbord of activities to choose from, Thailand is a fantastic choice for any type of holiday, where you can do as much or as little as you please.
Get an overview of Thailand with our destination guides and our "Must Do's" suggestions on each region. Don't forget to check out our Thailand insiders' travel tips and recommendations.
As one of Asia's largest and liveliest cities, Bangkok is a hub of exciting nightlife, fantastic shopping and delicious food. The city is renowned for its great cultural heritage, religious and traditional beliefs. This is evident from the numerous temples and palaces constructed with complex and amazing Thai architecture styles. The city is also a modern metropolis and act as the country’s centre for commerce, politics, culture and religion. Bangkok is a great stopover city en route to Europe and Asia but it’s also a great base to explore the country.
Bangkok Must Do’s
As Thailand’s largest island, Phuket is one of the most popular beach destination for Aussies. And it’s not hard to see why the ‘Pearl of the South’ is a gorgeous holiday spot. Fall in love with Phuket’s lush foliage, amazing waters and stunning white-sand coastline. Grab a snorkel, paddle a kayak, swim or dive amongst 38 islands off Phuket. Indulge in luxury resort, dine in fine restaurant, explore local cuisines, visit lively bars or nightclubs or relax at your own pace.
Phuket’s centre of island life is Patong, a beautiful curved beach with sparkling waters and streets filled with great shopping, restaurant, bars as well as a wide range of hotels and resorts. For a luxury getaway, head to Karon and Kata beach. This part of Phuket has a string of five star resorts hidden among palm trees. The area more laid-back without the bustle of Patong and is famous for its aqua sea, golden sand and water sports.
Regional Phuket is perfect for the perfect retreats for family, couples or mates. The Laguna area north of Patong is a palm tree fringed paradise with some of the island’s most luxurious resorts, golf courses and spas. Nearby Bang Tao Beach, Surin Beach and Kamala Beach offer an even more relaxing atmosphere and a range of water activities. Further to the north, you’ll find Nai Thon and Mai Khao offering wonderful stretches of sand ideal for a quiet retreat Nai Yang is only a 5 minute drive from Phuket International Airport and features world class resorts, picnic areas and plenty of shade perfect for honeymooners and family.
Phuket Must Do's
Phuket’s surrounding islands offer a unique escape and perfect for day trips or extended stays. There are also an extensive range of accommodation and activities available. Explore untamed wilderness, picture-postcard beaches, towering cliffs, coral cities, shipwrecks, caves, island culture and more. The islands offer a quiet alternative and adventures not to be missed. Major islands include the following.
Koh Phi Phi Island: Check out the towering cliffs, topped with lush forest rising from the surrounding emerald waters beyond the sandy shoreline is an awesome sight to behold.
Koh Yao Noi: Explore the largely untouched tropical wilderness of pretty and peaceful island, part of two sister islands in the middle of Phang Nga Bay.
Koh Racha Yai: Experience the simple pleasures of Thai life, a long stone’s throw south of Phuket. Take a walk along postcard-perfect beaches, enjoy a meal beside the sea or hang out with the local fishermen and farmers.
Koh Kradan: Full of stunning white sand beaches, emerald waters and lively coral reefs, the island is the most magnificent of all off the coast of Trang.
Phuket outlying islands Must Do’s
Krabi is located on the west coast of Thailand and sits on the stunning Phang Nga National Park, famous for its limestone karsts and emerald green waters. The vibe is low key and you can still experience authentic Thai life. Shop, sleep and eat along Ao Nang Beach before exploring offshore.
Krabi Must Do’s
Khao Lak is about 80 km north of Phuket. This beautiful slice of mainland Thailand is an amazing destination with jungle-covered mountains, sandy beaches and plenty of water activities including diving, kayaking, wildlife viewing and more.
Khao Lak Must Do’s
The third largest island in Thailand has a relaxing laid-back atmosphere but also has a party vibe. Enjoy colourful markets, wild water sports, open-air bars, lively restaurants, temples and more.
Visit Koh Phangan for secluded beaches and the infamous Full Moon beach parties or head down to Koh Tao and explore the amazing underwater world beyond the shore. Koh Tao is renowned for some of the best snorkelling and diving in the country. It has a number of dive shops catering for beginner as well as advanced levels.
Koh Samui Must Do’s
Hua Hin is a favourite holiday spot for the Thai Royal Family since 1922, and the tropical paradise is also a favourite among celebrities and businessmen. You’ll find the area packed with luxury resorts and spas, beautiful beaches, golf courses, great seafood and shopping.
Hua Hin Must Do’s
The popular beach destination is always buzzing with excitement. Experience the town’s electrifying atmosphere with shoppers, party-goers and all types of holiday makers having a great time. There is no denying that Pattaya is famous for its nightlife. Probably the most famous area is Walking Street in South Pattaya, which is closed to vehicles from evening until early morning.
Pattaya Must Do’s
Nature lovers will love the lush tropical jungle covering Koh Chang. Thailand’s second largest island is a popular spot for elephant trekking through wild landscape and water activities.
Koh Chang’s Must Do’s
Koh Samet is laid-back and filled with unspoilt beaches. You can relax in calm ocean waters or snooze on a bed of silken sand. The island is classified as a national park with unique plants and wildlife.
Koh Samet’s Must Do’s
Northern Thailand is a great place to immerse in unique local culture. Chiang Mai is gateway to the region with lots of cultural excursions and culinary adventures. There are more than 300 temples and it’s a mix of old, with moats and stone walls and the new, with trendy boutique hotels, bars and restaurants. Surrounded by hills and forests, there area is picturesque with lots to explore.
Chiang Mai Must Do’s
Chiang Rai is the gateway to the infamous Golden Triangle and is more laid-back than Chiang Mai. From the night market to the different attractions in the area, you can feel a relaxing vibe.
Chiang Rai Must Do’s