It’s no secret that Thailand is inherently photogenic.
With a cluster of islands containing emerald lagoons and secluded beaches, magnificent sunsets, and mountain peaks with infinite jungle views, it’s not surprising that Thailand tops the list as one of the world’s best-known pathways to paradise.
I think it’s pretty hard to take a bad photo when you’re backpacking Thailand.
I have been to ‘The land of smiles’ many times over the past few years and managed to accumulate a lot of nice pictures.
I have put together a collection of my favorite photos from the best places to visit in Thailand that may inspire you to travel there next.
I hope you enjoy them!
1. Angthong National Marine Park
There aren’t many places in the world as beautiful as Angthong National Marine Park. This is by far the must see in Thailand.
Angthong, which means ‘golden bowl’ in Thai, consists of 42 islands surrounded by turquoise colored water that seems so unreal.
Most visitors get to Angthong by speedboat.
Travel time by speed boat from Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao usually takes just over 1 hour, by slow boat it’s about 3 hours.
Many tourism agencies on each of these islands offer day trips to the park on which you can kayak, snorkel, hike and relax on the stunning white-sand beaches.
For those wanting to take photos from the viewpoint, I suggest you check the weather before booking your trip.
Rangers will close the trail in wet conditions or if rain is predicted as it can become dangerously slippery to climb up.
Getting to Kanchanaburi is easy. The bustling little town with a dark history is 140km from Bangkok and you can get there by train, bus, or minivan.
The Bridge on the River Kwai is Kanchanaburi’s best-known historical landmark.
Located just 5 km from Kanchanaburi town, the bridge is part of the infamous Death Railway which was built by the Allied prisoners of war (POWs) during WWII under the supervision of Japanese forces.
The 415-kilometer railway was built to support the Japanese in transporting their ammunitions to expand the fight into Burma and India during their Southeast Asian invasion.
The line was completed in just 16 months, but it cost the lives of around 13,000 POWs and 100,000 native laborers.
The two-hour train journey along the notorious death railway from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok is one of Thailand’s most scenic and most popular train rides.
3. Phi Phi Islands
Just a short 90-minute journey from Phuket, Phi Phi Islands is a must for first timers to Thailand.
This group of six islands is the ultimate tropical getaway with fine white sandy beaches and dramatic rock cliffs that tower out of the water.
Only one Phi Phi Island – Koh Phi Phi Don – is inhabited and offers a great range of accommodation types from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels.
The Island can also boast some delicious restaurants with high standard Thai and Western food and an increasingly popular party scene on the west coast.
I love Krabi. It’s a friendly town with great food and charming people.
It’s also the province that has the most stunning scenery imaginable, with picture perfect beaches that you see in Thailand holiday brochures.
Krabi is large and there are lots of areas you can stay in but if you want to see the beautiful islands then I suggest you stay in Ao Nang.
Ao Nang beach is not the prettiest in the region but it’s home to most of Krabi’s beach nightlife with a great range of restaurants and bars.
It is also a great base from which to explore the islands with boat tours to Railay Bay, Tonsai Beach, Hong Island, and more.
5. Koh Tao
Koh Tao, which means ‘golden bowl’ in Thai, is the smallest of the three famous islands in the Gulf of Thailand (the other two being Koh Phangan and Koh Samui).
The island has always been known as a scuba diving hub because it offers some of the cheapest scuba diving in the world.
Apart from the diving, the island is a little slice of paradise ready to be explored and enjoyed!
A 15-min boat ride from Sairee Beach will bring you to three smaller islands connected together by a beautiful sandbank. From here you can climb up to its famous Nangyuan viewpoint.
The waters around the island are crystal clear and ideal for swimming.
Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, and for a reason. It’s a country of beautiful landscapes and friendly people.
It’s also a food paradise with thousands of outstanding Thai restaurants from five-star to street stall.
Until next time Thailand!