It is the most popular pilgrimage site within central Thailand.Two national parks are located in the province. Namtok Chet Sao Noi protects 28 km² around a scenic waterfall. Phra Phutthachai protects the Khao Sam Lan Forest, which consists of hilly landscape and is the source to several rivers and waterfalls.
The northern part of Nakhon Nayok is covered by the Khao Yai National Park. The central part of the province is, on a contrary, a rather flat river plain formed by the Maenam Nakhon Nayok.Popular activities are canoeing in the Nakhon Nayok River, mountain biking, horse riding and jungle trekking.
In addition, Chon Buri is the center of the Eastern Seaboard Development Project, with its industrial parks and fishing villages.The most famous city of the province is Pattaya - Asia's premier beach resort which caters with equal appeal to families, couples and single visitors. Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambience is synonymous with every ingredient for memorable holidays. Accommodation in Chonburi ranges from luxuriously appointed backside hotels with superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses.
From a fishing village in the 1960’s, Pattaya has emerged as the favorite Southeast Asian vacation center. A fascinating escape where tourists, holiday makers and vacationers from around the world unfold an incomparable array of possibilities to unwind during an exotic holiday beach vacation.Unlike other beach resorts, where natural surroundings are used as magnets to attract tourists, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of everything. Here, everything means everything a tourist can imagine while on holiday: recreation, entertainment, sports, sightseeing and fun. To put it simply, Pattaya is a paradise for everyone, as it has a variety of attractions suitable for all types of visitors. This is the place where you can fill your day, from dusk to dawn, with endless activities, or you may choose to do nothing at all and relax.
Several islands in the Gulf of Thailand belong to the province, including the popular tourist destinations, Koh Samet, Ko Mun and Ko Kodi.Koh Samet offers extensive pristine beaches with clean white sand. A haven for relaxation, this T-shaped island is a perfect retreat for those looking for sun, sand and sea. The island is very popular for divers due to its easy access from Bangkok and clear water, colorful coral and diversity of marine life such as: turtles, tiger sharks and manta rays.
There are national parks with waterfalls and forested hills good for nature walks, hiking, camping and white water rafting; historical monuments, traditional cultures of the old days, temples and pagodas of various religions and beaches and islands to be explored.Accommodation is available in town and along the coast at Laem Sing.
The city of Trat forays into outlying gem and Cambodian
markets and is the starting point to Koh Chang island group.
The island, together with more than 40 surrounding smaller islands, forms the Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park.
Other islands of the province include:
Koh Mak and
Trat is also a transit point for people travelling to Cambodia, as it is only a 90 minute minibus ride to the border at Hat Lek.
Ko Chang is one of Thailand most beautiful islands with some white sandy beaches, some half deserted. Some of the beaches are rocky in parts though so it doesn't have ideal swimming beaches like Phuket.The island is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including a good selection of birds, snakes, deer and a number of elephants. The island and its vicinity are great places for snorkeling, diving and jungle hiking. Resorts for all budgets are dotted along the beaches of the island offering international standard and facilities.
Prachin Buri is a very prosperous town with beautiful waterfalls and canals which are very popular among nature adventurers. Many trekking and bicycle routes are available in the province and white water rafting and golfing are popular activities.One of the festive highlights in Prachinburi is the Bang Fai Sky Rocket Festival held annually in May at Wat Maha Pho. Accommodations are available in town and near the Khao Yai National Park – a perfect place for nature lovers to relax and experience the great outdoors.
The main attractions in Khorat are Khmer ruins scattered around the province. One of the Thailand’s finest Khmer ruins can be seen here next to Mon and Lao sites. Wat Phra Narai Maharat houses a Khmer sandstone statue of the Hindu god Vishnu which is highly revered by local residents and is considered the province’s most sacred object.Apart from the famous statue of female heroine Khun Ying Mo Khorat is most well known for silk weaving and clay pottery products. The province has an abundance of natural attractions in its forests, hills, wildlife and waterfalls with it’s most famous Khao Yai National Park, a preferred weekend get-away for Bangkok people.
Khao Kradong Forest Park (วนอุทยานเขากระโดง): This extinct volcano is now a relaxation spot. On its top (265 meters) it houses "Phra Suphattharabophit", a large Buddha image which is the symbol of Buriram.Huai Talat Reservoir and Buri Ram Bird Park (อ่างเก็บน้ำห้วยตลาดและสวนนกบุรีรัมย์): A survey found more than 100 species of birds living in this area during the dry season which lasts from November to April.
Ancient Kiln Sites (แหล่งเตาโบราณ): The kilns date from around the 9th - 10th century and were use to make glazed potteries, during the Khmer period. It was probably the center of ceramic productions to supply other cities.Prasat Hin Phanom was built from sandstone and late rite during the 10th to 13th centuries. Like most Khmer temples, the shrine was dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and symbolizes Mount Meru.
Wat Mahathat is a much-visited Lao-style chedi, said to be over 1,200 years old. It enshrines holy relics of Phra Ananda who was one of Buddha's main disciples. That Kong Khao Noi is an ancient Khmer chedi with a much revered brick and stucco Buddha that is ritually bathed every April.The handicraft village of Ban Si Than is famed for the triangular pillows, called Mon Kwan, used in most Thai households. Yasothon is also famed for other handicrafts such as Khit cloth, replica cart, sticky rice container and basketry.
Khon Kaen has plenty of beautiful temples, Wat Jien Bung Kaen Nakhon, Wat That. Wat Nongwang is located south of the city providing a stunning view of Khon Kaen city and Bung Kaen Nakhon Lake can be seen from the 9-tiered balcony that surrounds the outside of the temple. The Wat’s abbot will occasionally invite visitors to the top of the Wat to view ancient Buddhist artifacts.Khon Kaen National Museum houses objects from the Dvaravati period and bronze sculptures from Ban Chiang.
Ubonrat Dam - Most of the area is covered with dipterocarps forests. Activities are jungle treks, lodging at a guesthouse, camping in the forest and campfires. Worth a visit is the King Cobra Conservation Project where dozen of Thailand’s endangered king cobras are protected and bred.Phu Wiang National Park, an area also famous for its flora, fauna and waterfalls and as well for the dinosaur remains which had been found here.
Most famous in the town of Chaiyaphum is Prang Ku (Ku means "cave like stupa"), the oldest religious site, built of sandstone and enshrines a Buddha image from the Dhvaravati period. Locals come to worship daily and once a year a big bathing ceremony is held during the April full moon.Four national parks can be visited in the province. The Tat Thon National Park is in north-west of the province, featuring some scenic waterfalls and dry dipterocarp forests. The park’s biggest attraction is the Sai Thong waterfall and huge fields of Siamese Tulips, the pink "Kra Chieo'' flowers.
Similar fields can be found in Pa Hin Ngam National Park which has its name from strangely shaped big rock formations.On the top of Landa Mountain is a high cliff called Pha Koeng where a 7 meters tall Buddha image is built in a religious park. Ban Khwao is a village well-know for its patterned hand-woven silk.
During the centuries, Lao and other ethnic groups migrated across the Mekhong River and this is reflected in the local dialects, customs and cuisine of Nakhon Phanom. Many unique folk dances, such as the Sri Kotrabun dance, regarded as the symbol of Nakhon Phanom's long history, are still performed on special occasions.Many ancient religious monuments can be visited and the most highly revered is Pra That Phanom. The sacred stupa nourishes the hearts of Nakhon Phanom’s community. People from other provinces and Laotian Buddhists make their pilgrimage to this highly venerated site to ask for blessings.
In the north is the Lam Pao dam built 1963-68, storing 1,430 million m³ of water for flood prevention and agriculture. Most parts of the province is fertile agricultural land, producing sticky rice and other cash crops such as manioc and sugar cane.In recent years the province became most famous for the dinosaur fossils found at Phu Kum Khao, the largest dinosaur site in Thailand. Most of the fossils are from the giant Sauropods of 120 million years ago.
The province has always been an interesting mixture of cultures from various tribes since ancient times. Moreover, it is a land of fantastic natural rock parks and is a major gateway to tourism in Laos and Vietnam. The province is renowned for its sweet tamarind fruit and features many natural attractions.Mukdahan is known for this beautiful Mekong scenery and as a Thai-Lao trade centre. Among Thais it's most known for the Talat Indojin, or Indochina Market, a Thai-Lao-Vietnamese affair that gathers around Wat Si Mongkhon Tai near Tha Makdahan.
The Phu Thai tribe people living in this province sometimes still wear their ancient costumes on special occasion.The famous "Wax Castle" festival is held in October. To celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent (Ok Phansa), mould beeswax into miniature Buddhist temples and shrines (wax castles) in order to gain merit, believed to determine their future rebirth. In Ban Kud Na Kham is the centre is production of ceramics, wood carving and silk weaving.
Attractions include Wat Pho Chai, renowned for its large seated Buddha believed to have been cast in Lan Xan, and Phra That Nong Khai, an old chedi that slipped into the river and can now only be seen completely in the dry season.Sala Kaeo Ku is a bizarre sculpture garden packed with enormous statues of Shiva, Vishnu and Buddha as well as many other figures from Hindu and Thai culture.
An annual highlight is the illuminated Boat Procession held in October or November at full moon. The boats are 6 -12 meter long rafts made of a banana trunk or bamboo and loaded with desserts, offerings, flowers, joss sticks, and with candles and lamps to illuminate it before being launched onto the river.A phenomenon seen in the Mekong river every year at the end of the rainy season are the Naga Fireballs, shimmering fireballs of the size of a ping pong ball raising high up from the water before they disappear. Since a few years the Bang Fai Phraya Naga festival is held to watch the spectacle.
The culture is an unusual mix of northern and north-eastern influences which has produced more than one local dialect. The rural life of Loei outside the provincial capital has retained more of a traditional village flavor than many other places in Thailand.Situated along the Phetchabun Mountain Range, Loei is a province that rises app. 400 meters above sea level and even wine is cultivated here. Loei Winery can be visited as one of the few ones in Thailand. Every year in May/June the illustrious Phi Ta Khon festival is celebrated when young man dress as spirits during a parade.
Most of Phitsanulok's province is flat, but one third of the area, the north and east is covered by mountain ranges. For nature seekers natural beauty, waterfalls, and National Parks make a trip to Phitsanulok worthwhile.Furthermore, Phitsanulok is one of the main area of the historical sites, it even served as the capital for about 25 years in the 15th century. There are remains of an ancient community dating back between 2,000 - 4,000 years, an old stone ax had been found here. In addition, the old temple of Wat Chula Mani, located 5 kilometers south of the city, was built even before the Sukhothai Kingdom came into power.
The site of the original town of Uttradit, formally called Bang Pho Tha, was located on the right bank of the Nan River. It flourished as a port for goods transportation. As a result, King Rama V elevated its status into a province and re-named it Uttradit, literally the "Port of the North".Most of the province was once covered with teak forests, then the major product of Uttaradit. The largest Teak tree in the world is found at the Ton Sak Yai Park. The 1500 year old tree measures 9.87 meter in circumference and 37 meter in height - originally it was 48.5 m high, but it was damaged in a storm.
The people of Nan descend from the Lan Changs (Laotians). Their ancestors moved to settle around present-day Pua district which is rich in rock salt deposits, about 700 years ago at the time when Sukhothai was becoming the kingdom of the Thais. They subsequently moved south to the fertile Nan River basin which is much more extensive.Nan's history is deeply involved with its neighbors, in particular Sukhothai which played an important role in both political and religious terms before Nan became a part of Lanna, then Burma and now Thailand. Today Nan is still the home of numerous Thai Lue (ไทยลื้อ) and other hill tribes who retain highly interesting customs and traditions.
With one of the largest reserves of teak forests in the country, it is located on the banks of the Yom River.Phrae is surrounded on all sides by mountains with level plains in the middle.
Dating back more than 900 years, it used to be an independent state with its own rulers before it became a part of the Lanna Thai kingdom in mid-14th century.Phayao town is located on the banks of Phayao Lake in the valley of the Ing River. Three big mountains surround the valley, Doi Luang (1697 m), Doi Khun Mae Fat (1550 m) and Doi Khun Mae Tam (1330 m).
The northernmost town of Thailand, Mae Sai on the Ruak River is the border to Myanmar. Rich in tourist attractions Chiang Rai remains until today a heaven for people looking for a rather laid holiday close to nature.Of course trekking is a highlight in one of the many National Parks and roads are perfect for bikers.
The old city of Chiang Mai with its fascinating indigenous cultural identity such as diverse dialects, cuisine, architecture, traditional values, festivals, handicrafts and classical dances is a prime location in its own right.Visitors can find handicrafts of silk, silver and other jewels, umbrellas and wood produced locally as timeless souvenirs. Since a few years one can find as well masterpieces of Thai contemporary art.
Just 20 minutes out of the city the legendary Doi Suthep is located on a mountain, a famous Buddhist site not to be missed.The province is mountainous and Thailand's highest peak Doi Inthanon (2575 m) can be found here.
Today, Mae Hong Son is one of the dream destinations for visitors looking for peace and nature. Tourists are attracted to the area due to its breathtaking sceneries, pristine virgin forests, spectacular mountains, lush valleys, waterfalls and caves, indigenous wildlife and unique hilltribes. The province offers unspoiled charm and soft adventure opportunities like trekking and rafting.Mae Hong Son is home to some beautiful temples built in traditional Burmese architecture, unusual outside of Burma.
It hosts one of the north's most important temples, Wat Phra That Haripunchai. It is believed that in its chedi (stupa) one original hair of Lord Buddha was enshrined, dated to be in 897, probably the founding date of the Wat.Lamphun is the most famous producer of Longans and a Longan Festival (งานเทศกาลลำไย) is held each year in August to promote this hugely popular product. There are the beautifully decorated Longan parades and Longan contests.
Mostly forested and mountainous, natural wonders are magnificently matching ethnic diversity.Thailand's highest waterfalls can be visited here, Namtok Thi Lo Su and Namtok Thi Lo Re. Those who favor whitewater rafting must come to visit this area.
Tak province is furthermore an environmental and cultural center with magnificent forests, spectacular waterfalls and caves, fascinating hill tribes such as Karen, Lisu, Lahu, Akha, Yao and Hmong.The town of Tak is peacefully located on the Mae Ping basin.
There are several tourist attractions and places of interest well shown and protected because the area is away from the main highway and only few visitors make the trip to this interesting province.Rich in natural resources, such as forests and wildlife, "Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve" was proclaimed a Natural World Heritage Site.
The city is also home to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. It is the easiest access point to the nearby Tiger Temple.The magnificent landscape and charming beauty of Kanchanaburi have resulted in major tourist attractions including several well-known waterfalls, caves which were once inhabited by Neolithic man, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin forests, and reservoirs.Together, they offer an intriguing experience for first-time or repeat visitors.
It is located 80 kilometers west of Bangkok and borders Burma to the west with the Tanaosi range as a borderline. It has Mea Klong River through the center of town. The provincial area abounds in natural attractions and historical sites. The most famous tourist spot in this area are the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak.It shows the people's life style and the importance of the river as a mean of commerce. The Khao Ngu Stone Park offers adventurous activities on its area, such as abseiling, flying fox, rope bridge, and rock climbing. The west of the province is more mountainous, and includes the Tanawsri mountain range and there are several caves containing stalactites. Some caves are inhabited by large colonies of bats, and it is an impressive sight when they swarm out in the evening to feed. Other caves like the Khao Bin are accessible for visitors.
The Phetchaburi River runs through the middle of the city. The region is mostly flat, save for a hill (called Khao Wang) on the outskirts of town. The royal palace named Phra Nakhon Khiri and one of the many wats are on top of Khao Wang.The hill and town is the site of an annual festival, called the Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair. It lasts for eight days in early February and includes a sound and light show and classical Thai dance.
Hua Hin’s consequence came with the opening of the Railway Hotel (known today as the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas), an elegant Victorian-style resort hotel, and also the countries first standard golf course.A cluster of royal and high-society residences gradually became more visible resulting in the transformation of the whole village into the first seaside resort of the country, where visitors could enjoy swimming, fishing, and golfing.
Located approximately 163 kilometers south of Bangkok and 20 kilometers north of Hua Hin, the casuarina-lined beach is famous for being long and clean. Cha-am is a popular lively resort town offering a large variety of accommodations and challenging activities.Boredom is rare in Cha-am as there are a variety of water sports that can be enjoyed, while a possible alternative to water sports is bicycle riding along a 6-kilometer sandy white beach or touring Cha-am’s Forest Park.
Attractions include beaches, islands, national parks, waterfalls, caves with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites and mountains.Chumphon is also a hub for travellers going to or coming from divers paradise Koh Tao. Accommodation range from hotels and resorts to guesthouses and is readily available.
Ranong town is a gateway to Myanmar and the famous hot springs are just outside of town, where an arboretum and various first-class hotels cater to visitors eager to benefit from the mineral waters.Some small islands of the coast, like Koh Phayam, welcome visitors with a quiet, unspoiled tropical island ambiance and basic accommodations are availble. They also provide excellent game fishing, snorkeling and diving.
Phang-nga's andaman coast offers parks of a different kind. The island groups of Surin and Similan are renowned for their beautiful unspoilt beaches and spectacular underwater scenery, attracting divers from around the world.Khao Lak is a coastal park full of birds, mammals and scenic waterfalls, and most hotels and resorts of the province are located here on the pristine beaches.
On the mainland 6 national Parks offer scenic spots, rare wildlife, waterfalls and activities like elephant treeking.There are some hotels in Surat Thani Town for a stop-over before going to the islands or parks as well as restaurants and shopping opportunities. Attractions in town are limited to Thai and Chinese temples.
Along with the island’s established infrastructure including international educational and medical facilities, a wide choice of high street shopping brands, exquisite dining venues, boutique resorts, hotels for all budgets and beautiful white sandy beaches, Koh Samui stands out as one of the jewels in Thailand’s illustrious crown.The neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and the breathtaking Ang Thong National Marine Park offer visitors a wide range of activities such as sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling and adventure excursions as well as accommodations ranging from bungalows to 4 star resorts.
In recent years more hotels, from simple bungalows to 4 stars resorts, have been built to respond to everybody’s idea of an unforgettable beach vacation. In the fullmoon party period many of them require a 3 to 5 days stay.Enjoy a relaxing massage in one of the spas, explore the underwater world or meditate at the hilltop temple called Wat Khao Tham.
Wether you are in party mood or just want to relax Koh Phangan can deliver what you are looking for.Koh Phangan can easily be reached by boat from Koh Samui in 30 minutes.
After sunset enjoy a delicious seafood dinner, have a drink in one of the bars and clubs at the beach and go shopping for some souvenirs.Koh Tao can be reached by boat from Chumphon or Surat Thani via Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in app. 2 hours depending on weather conditions and boat type.
In addition to its great history, Nakhon Si Thammarat boasts pristine verdant jungles abundant with luxuriant vegetation and is also noted for picturesque beaches and beautiful waterfalls.The national parks in the province provide opportunities for hiking and rafting and some caves with Stalactites and stalagmites of strange shapes can be explored.
The province consists of an archipelago in the Andaman Sea with over 46 islands including the
Mu Ko Petra National Park.
In the last years many hotels and resorts where build on the beautiful islands - Koh Mook, Koh Libong, Koh Kradan and Koh Sukorn - to accommodate the increasing numbers of tourists visiting the area looking for a relaxed, tranquil ambience.
It is a land of mountains and is regarded as the birthplace of the shadow play and the Nora dance.To get a panoramic view of the province visiters can go up the stairs of Khao Ok Thalu, a 250 meter high mountain in the prvincial capital which is clearly visible from afar.
The province possesses renowned picturesque islands with verdant forests and mountainous land.Most tourists head out to the pristine islands of Tarutao National Park. Its landscape is full of underwater peaks, excellent beaches, calm and peaceful coves, jungle and mangrove swamps. Snorkelling can be found at Lipe island, the land of the sea gypsies, while neighbour Adang island is stunning with forest, hills and waterfalls.