Thailand is one of the most popular countries for tourists in the world. And for good reason. The country is easy to travel, the locals are warm, and the food is incredible. While there’s a definite tourist trail full of backpackers exploring Southeast Asia, it’s also easy to find yourself completely alone, stumbling among ruins, or in a local neighbourhood eating Pad Thai.
The weather is excellent in Thailand, and although there is a definite wet and dry season, it’s rare for a trip to be spoilt by bad weather. It’s also a good first-stop for travellers who want to see more in the region, but feel intimidated by countries like Myanmar and Cambodia.
Because Thailand is so easy to travel, there are plenty of multi centre itineraries or twin centre itineraries which will show you some of the best parts of the country. Thailand Multi Centre Holidays are the best way to see monks, elephants, temples, beaches, rocks, forests, and the crowds, smells, and atmosphere of Thailand.
Here are some places not to miss on a multi-centre journey around Thailand:
For something a little different, start in the north of Thailand. Chiang Mai is full of expats, simply because it’s such an easy and cheap place to live. You would think this would make it touristy and charmless, but the opposite is true. Visit the night markets, have a chat with some monks and go jungle trekking, to see sights you won’t see elsewhere.
Ko Phi Phi
Anyone who has seen the movie The Beach will recognise Ko Phi Phi. While it’s a definite favourite on the tourist trail, keep in mind that there are also plenty of other islands in the area which are well worth a visit.
Like scuba diving? Koh Tao is one of the best places to dive in the world, as well as being one of the cheapest to get certified. The marine life is incredible, with divers regularly seeing whale sharks.
Many people may be forgiven for assuming that Bangkok is exactly like the way it was portrayed in the movie The Hangover. And sure, it can be rough, gritty, and a little scary if you wander off by yourself at night, but the city itself requires at least a few days to explore.
Eat some street food here, visit the clubs, but avoid the ping pong shows (many of these girls are products of the awful sex trade in Southeast Asia). The clubbing is some of the best in the world, and for those who like shopping, you’ll find everything from huge, Western-style malls, to local markets.
Hua Hin is close to huge waterfall, and you can easily see all 11 tiers of it after a quick hike. Not many people come here, making it a good place for rest and relaxation. You’ll also be surprised to know it has some of the quietest (and cleanest) beaches you’ll find it Thailand.