#106 best destination in the world

Sunday Walking Street Market, Phuket

Best time to travel: Jan-April, Nov-Dec
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • A hugely varied selection of curios and secondhand items on sale at a bustling market with lots of food stalls, entertainment from locals singing and dancing, gifts, and handcrafts

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Best time to travel: Jan-March, Nov-Dec
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, the palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782
  • The king, his court, and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925
  • After the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932, all government agencies completely moved out of the palace
  • Its asymmetry and eclectic styles are due to its organic development, with additions and rebuilding being made by successive reigning kings over 200 years of history

Railay Beach, Krabi and Ao Nang

Best time to travel: Jan-March, Nov-Dec
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Small peninsula between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang, it is accessible only by boat due to high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access
  • These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also popular due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere
  • Ton Sai caters to climbers and the backpacker set and is more rustic in character than the glitz of West Railay and the shops and restaurants of the East Railay boardwalk

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai Province

Best time to travel: Jan-April, Oct-Dec
Walk difficulty: Hard
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Theravada Buddhist temple (wat) in Chiang Mai Province, the temple is often referred to as “Doi Suthep” although this is actually the name of the mountain where it’s located
  • It is a sacred site to many Thai people, and from the temple, impressive views of downtown Chiang Mai can be seen
  • The temple is said to have been founded in 1383 when the first stupa was built
  • Over time, the temple has expanded, and been made to look more extravagant with many more holy shrines added

Ko Kradan Beach, Trang Province

Best time to travel: Jan-April, Nov-Dec
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Island beach in Trang province, that has white sandy beaches and transparent water which allow the coral reef to be seen clearly
  • Most of Ko Kradan is controlled by Hat Chao Mai National Park

Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park

Best time to travel: March-May
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Lake in Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani Province, it is an artificial lake, inaugurated in 1987 with the construction of Rajjaprabha Dam, used as a source of electricity
  • The national park area is inhabited by a range of mammals such as tigers, elephants, tapirs and many monkey species
  • Less commonly seen reptiles include the king cobra, reticulated python, and flying lizards

Wat Arun, Bangkok

Best time to travel: Jan-March, Nov-Dec
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, founded in 1656 CE, the temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun
  • Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks. The first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence
  • Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spire) was built in the early nineteenth century during the reigns of Rama II and Rama III