Top 5 Places To Visit in Thailand

I spent a large majority of last year living and working in Thailand –  the land of a thousand smiles. It’s an amazing place to explore and backpackers from all over the world descend on it due to cheap living costs, amazing scenery and the fact it’s a great stepping stone into the wold of travel.

Throughout my time there I covered alot of different places – from jungle to beach, so here’s my Top 5 Places to Visit in Thailand…


  • Phi Phi Island – situated in the south west of Thailand and a short ferry journey from Phuket (which has an airport incase you want to cut down on travel time!) is Phi Phi. I lived and worked as a diver for a couple months here and it has everything; crystal blue waters, heaps of beaches, amazing marine life and a tropical climate. It’s the perfect backpacker getaway where days are spent exploring the island paradise and the night spent partying hard at the beach bars!


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    The Beauty of Phi Phi Island…

    Koh Tao – Like Phi Phi Tao is a mecca for backpackers wanting to spend days underwater and the nights socialising. Tao for me though is more of a party island with lots of beach bars and a couple of clubs throw in for good measure. It’s cheaper too – both living costs and dive wise. Make sure you fit in a day trip to the double island if you can too, they’re gorgeous.


  • Chang Mai – in the north of Thailand lies Chang Mai, a place where live reggae, jazz and jungle excursions are the order of the day. It has bustling night markets for the shopper in you and is a great place to base yourself for elephant trekking or before hopping into Laos. Head to the Tiger Temple or Doi Suthep Temple – 2 of my Chang My to Dos!


  • Bangkok – you can’t explore Thailand without spending sometime in it’s capital! From the chaos of Koh San Road, through to ping pong show, the royal palace and Soi Cowboy it really does cover all bases!


  • Pai – if you loved the sound of Chang Mai then Pai will blow your mind! A properly sleepy little place a few hours from CM it’s a retreat for hippies and people wishing to laze away the days surrounded by rice paddies and waterfalls. The ideal place to rent a moped and head off to explore the surrounding area with your camera.


Thailand really does have something for everyone – whether you simply want to immerse yourself in the Thai culture or party hard with fellow backpackers. With amazing street food, budget accommodation, heaps of attractions and friendly locals I can’t think of a better place to begin a backpacking adventure, but be warned, you may want to change your flight and stay a little longer!

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Chris is a surfer, photographer, traveller and writer from Devon in the UK and In 2009 he ditched 9-5 life and headed off to backpack the world. When he’s not in the water catching some waves he’s busy exploring with his camera or blogging over and Top 5 Travel

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