Top 20 BEST Cities in Thailand to Visit and Explore

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Here are the top cities in Thailand you should not miss which would be full of amazing things to do and exciting new places to explore.

Thailand, a land of Buddhism, pristine natural beauty, unexplored eye-pleasing architecture and art, hidden wile life, adorable scenic views, adventurous water activities, Lush green forests, mind-boggling and brainstorming modern architectural designs, and unprecedented views.

When a country has so many things to explore, then it becomes difficult what to see and what to leave, so a visitor always tries to make most of it in a visit. This guide contains each and every detail about the cities to visit in Thailand.

So don’t leave any stone unturned to reveal the hidden treasure of Thailand with the help of this guide which will help you the most to make a decision about visiting those cities which will satiate your travel hunger from the cities in Thailand list:

Top 20 BEST Cities in Thailand to Visit and Explore

Death Railway bridge Kanchanaburi
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Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi is a town, this town is located in west Thailand. Kanchanaburi is one of Thailand’s most visited cities. This town is loaded with historical views and nature, along with wildlife.

On one side where historical monuments like Death Railway bridge, Thailand Burma Railway Centre & Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Hellfire Pass & Memorial Museum, JEATH War Museum, Chungkai Cemetery, War Museum at the Bridge, and Ban Kao National Museum will hold your hand to let you through the history of Kanchanaburi.

While on another side mother nature will keep you around via its stunning waterfalls like Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, National parks like Khuean Srinagarindra National Park, Prasat Muang Singh National Park, Erawan National Park, and Elephants World.

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Limestone rocks in the Khao Sok National Park Surat Thani
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Surat Thani

This is a city in Amphoe Mueang Surat Thani, which is located in southern Thailand. This city completes the Tapi River with its existence at the mouth of this river.

This city deals with rubber and coconuts. Surat Thani is a “city of good people,” so this should be in the list of must-see cities in Thailand of every tourist. This city keeps up the spirit high of traveling for every tourist with catering to all their needs.

It has National parks like Ang Thong National Marine Park, elephant sanctuary, Cheow Lan Dam, Limestone lake rainforest, and Khao Sok National Park for the wildlife explorers. It has historical views like Surat Thani city pillar shrine and Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya for history lovers.

If you love shopping, then it has something in its kitty for you as well that is its Night Market. If none of the above is capable of exciting you, then don’t be disappointed; it has Khanom Beach with mesmerizing sunrise, sunset views, water activities, Sonchana farm, and Tham Khao Wang Thong caves with iron and copper walls.

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Wat Burapharam Surin
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Surin

It is a city, which is located in the northeastern provinces of Thailand. This is one of the best cities to go to Thailand. One village is there named Ban Tha Sawang Silk Weaving village; it has kept the old tradition of weaving alive, so having a walk around or buy something from here will give you a cherishable memory for life.

Wildlife explorers cant be disappointed here; this city has various national parks like Phanom Sawai Forest Park. Historical viewers also get a surprise here with awsome views of historical places and religious sites like Surin National Museum, City Pillar Shrine, Wat Chang Mop, and Wat Burapharam.

Those tourists who would like to have water fun or adventurous experience or want to do some shopping, their needs also taken care of by other sites here like Saran Water Park, Surin Elephant Round-up, Robinson Surin.

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Tiger cave temple- Wat Tham Sua Krabi
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Krabi Town

This city is situated in the province of Krabi, which is on the west coast of southern Thailand. This city is one of the most popular cities in Thailand.

This city is the main point of attraction for history, nature, and adventure-loving tourists. Tiger Cave – Wat Tham Sua temple, Wat Kaew Korawaram Buddhist temple, and The Krabi Contemporary Art Museum are its historical and religious sites.

For mountaineers, hikers and tropical adventure seekers, Khao Khanab Nam mountains, Ao Luk Mangrove & Caves, and Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint are the main attractions over here. Those tourists who want to relax and enjoy, Krabi Emerald Pond is the best.

This is a hot water waterfall which is well-known to be therapeutic and soothing for various diseases due to its natural healing ailments. Krabi riverside & Thara Park river sidewalk on a large manmade footpath with access to Chao Fah Night Market every evening can make a wow vacation of shopping lovers.

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Phuket Old Town Phuket
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Phuket

This is a city in the southeast of Phuket island, which is in Thailand. This city is one of the best cities to go to Thailand. Here no one will disappoint with its main attractions.

This city is the perfect blend of historical places, religious places, markets, art, and brain puzzling sites. Historical places are like Phuket Old Town, Baan Chinpracha- Sino-colonial is a mansion which was built-in 1903, Thai Hua Museum, Phuket Trickeye Museum- a three-dimensional illusion built on a two dimensional (flat) support.

And Jui Tui Chinese Temple. Markets are Phuket Weekend Market and Phuket Walking Street. Art & theatre place is Siam Niramit Phuket, which shows great theatrical shows related to Thai artistical, cultural facts, beliefs, and historical facts in performance. A Brain puzzling place is Baan Teelanka – The Upside Down House.

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Silverlake Vineyards Pattaya City Vineyard Thailand
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Pattaya

This city is one of the top cities in Thailand to visit. Main attractions include Walking Street till beach, Sanctuary of Truth- the teak structure which displays religion, philosophy, and art.

Tiffany Cabaret Show- topped up with dazzling costumes, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden-International awards winner garden with customized landscape designs of flowers and plants, Pattaya Floating Market- Market on the water which spread up to Four Regions- the north, northeast, central and south, Wat Phra Khao Yai – Big Buddha Hill of 18 meters in height which is positioned nearly 100 meters above sea level.

Water Parks-Ramayana Water Park and Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, Pattaya Viewpoint-the best viewpoint to visit to get shot of Pattaya’s sweeping, crescent bay, Coral Island, Art in Paradise- visitors can become part of via using its optical illusions and last but not the least Buddha Mountain The largest engraving of Buddha in the world.

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Hat yai city
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Hat Yai

This city is one of the tourist cities in Thailand. Here shopping market attractions are Central Festival Hat Yai, Asean Trade Bazaar, Kim Yong Market, and Greenway Night Market. Nature lovers can experience being with mother nature in these parks and sights: Hat Yai Municipal Park, Kho Hong Mountain.

One remarkable religious SIGHTS over here to explore is Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol- a temple made from most of the stainless steel, unlike other temples and Wat Hat Yai Nai – famous for huge reclining Buddha statue. If you are looking for an excellent picnic place, then Namtok Ton Nga Chang is the best with its waterfalls.

If you want to experience another world, then this magic museum is all set to take you to Magic Museum Hatyai by Black Crystal.

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Phra Pathom Chedi Thailand Nakhon Pathom
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Nakhon Pathom

This city doesn’t forget to surprise you the most with its attractions, that is why this city is one of the beautiful cities in Thailand.

There are museums like Woodland Muangmai- where art speaks everywhere in the form of wood, Jesada Technik Museum – displays vintage cars collection, and Human Imagery Museum- a museum of realistic wax figures.

Religious sights are also eye-pleasing to visit once like Wat Samphran – a dragon temple, Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Wat Bang Phra Temple, a temple where you can have a tattoo on your body, and Wat Rai Khing.

Other sites which are famous like Phutthamonthon – a sight with big buddha statue, Sanam Chandra Palace – a historic palace which was built for King Rama IV 100 years ago.

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Wat Phra Chetuphon Bangkok
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Bangkok

This city is one of the top cities in Thailand. A city that is familiar to everyone, but it has more to unleash.

It has religious sites like Wat Phra Chetuphon – This is One of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, which is famous for more than 150 feet lengthy reclining BuddhaBuddha, Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)- enriched with Thai culture and art, Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)- famous for Buddha statue which is made of pure gold.

The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)- most iconic temples with a great view of Bangkok from the top, a visit in yearly carnival when it is decorated with lights will fill up your eyes with a mesmerizing view.

This city has other unique sites to visit like Jim Thompson House-A well maintained architectural house upholding Thai culture and antiques. Other attractions to check out here are BTS Skytrain, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Siam Paragon.

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 Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

This city is one of the best tourist cities in Thailand. It has main attractions like Doi Suthep- a mountain overlooking the whole town, Old City Temple – Old City temples are like a living museum that upholds whole Thai culture and history.

  • Chiang Mai Night Safari in Hang Dong – Where you can enjoy hand-feeding to wild animals and you can even petting tiger cubs, here you can see laser light show and ‘dancing’ fountain as well
  • Wiang Kum Kam-the Underground Ancient City
  • Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Karen Long Neck Tribe & Chiang Dao Cave
  • Doi Pui Tribal Village and National Park
  • Bo Sang Handicraft Village
  • Lanna Folklife Museum
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Wat Rong Khun Chiang rai

Chiang Rai

This city is one of the must-visit cities in Thailand. Here you can visit Wat Rong Khun – It is the famous non-traditional Buddhist temple made by a Thai artist, but you need to cover your shoulders and knees to visit as per its tradition, you can see Wat Rong Suea Ten- which means Temple of the Tigers Jumping Over the Channel, which is inspired by the imagination that Tigers supposedly used to live here.

It was assumed that they would have leaped across waterways, this is a deep blue color with the interior featuring intricate paintings detailing the life of Buddha.

You can visit the Black House Museum, which is a museum and gallery made by a Thai artist. You can satiate your hunger with khao soi which is an egg noodle is bathed in a coconut yellow curry soup. And you can wander through the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar where you will find plenty of shops selling food, handicrafts, clothing, etc.

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Wat Sirindhorn Wararam Ubon Ratchathani
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Ubon Ratchathani

This city is one of the best cities to travel to Thailand. You can see the tree of life at Phu Prao Temple. You can see pristine natural beauty over here by just checking out Pha Taem National Park, Soi Sawan Waterfall, Long Roo or Sang Chan Waterfall, Na Yoi National Park – Waterfall, Huai Luang Waterfall, Pra Oan La Oar Waterfall.

Just walk on the streets in Khemarat, all along with the rustic wooden houses on sides. Count the number of holes and check out their shapes in Sam Phan Bok rock reef. Experience the sunset at Had Hong Sand Dunes.

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Wat Huay Mongkol Hua hin

Hua Hin

This city is one of the best cities to see in Thailand. The main attractions are:

  • Water and amusement parks – Vana Nava Water Jungle
  • Black Mountain Water Park, Museum
  • Huay Mongkol Temple, Cicada Market
  • Nature & Parks Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
  • Outdoor activities – Hua Hin Beach
  • Shopping spots – Market Village HuaHin
  • Tamarind Market
  • BLUPORT Hua Hin Resort Mall
  • Spots for Food & Drinks – Monsoon Valley Vineyard
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Wat Chang Lom Sukhothai

Sukhothai

This city is one of the cities to go to Thailand. Here are the main attractions:

  • Nature & Parks – Si Satchanalai Historical Park
  • Sukhothai Historical Park, Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary
  • Other sights and landmarks – Wat Mahathat, Wat Si Chum, Wat Sri Sawai, Wat Sa Si, Wat Saphan Hin
  • Wat Chang Lom, Museums – Ramkhamhaeng National Museum.
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Chanthanimit Mueang Chanthaburi
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Chanthaburi

This city is one of the cities to see in Thailand. In this city, you can discover a unique cultural blend at Chanthaboon Waterfront Community, go on a pilgrimage to paradise at Khao Khitchakut National Park, get back to nature, and recharge at Phliu Waterfall.

Go on treasure hunting at the weekend gem market, pay respect to the helmet-shaped King Taksin Shrine, laze around on the tranquil beaches, check out Chalerm Burapha Chonlathit Road, learn more about the coastal ecosystem at Khung Kraben Bay Royal Development Study Center Delight with durians and other culinary creations, trace the darker era of the city, make life colorful with Chanthaboon mats, and visit the home of red hawks at Bang Chan Fishing Village.

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Sala Kaew Ku Nong Khai Nakhon Ratchasima
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Nong Khai

This city is one of the top tourist cities in Thailand. This city has lots of attractions like sights and landmarks – Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek), Wat Pho Chai, Tha Sadet Market, The First Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, Lan Phaya Nak, Phrathat Bang Phuan, Wat A-Hong Silawas, food and drinks point – Issan Rum Distillery, Zoos and Aquariums – Nong Khai Aquarium, and fun and games point – Nong Khai Muay Thai Gym.

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Bang Pa In Royal Palace Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya

This city is one of the Thailand must-visit cities because it is renowned for its religious sites. Here moreover, you will see temples all around projecting Buddhism culture in different ways.

The list of Buddhist temples which are here is Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Lokaya Sutha (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Viharn Phra Mongkhonbophit and Wat Panan Choeng (Golden Buddha), Ayutthaya Historical Park and Wat Phra Mah that – comes under most photographed spots in Ayutthaya.

Art is projected here on another level of perfection – Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon. What about boat Tour from Ayutthaya to Bangkok sounds interesting? Yes, it is for every tourist to explore it up to a great extent. Last but not least, Bang Pa-In Palace, which was constructed in Ayutthaya in the 17th century.

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Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
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Lampang

This city is one of the best cities in Thailand to visit. It has Nature and parks – Chae Son National Park, Thai Elephant Conservation Center, sights & Landmarks – Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, Wat Pong Sanuk Temple, Wat Chedi Sao Lang, Wat Si Rong Mueang, Shopping spots: Kad Kong Ta Street Market, Museums: Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum, Ban Sao Nak.

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Cities in Thailand: Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon Temple Kohn Kaen
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Kohn Kaen

This city is one of the most famous and visited cities in Thailand. It has sights & Landmarks – Wat Nong Wang, Wat Thung Setthi, Wat Pa Thamma Utthayan, Phrathat Kham Kaen, Bueng Kaen Nakhon, Chao Por Lak Muang Khon Kaen Shrine, Prasat Pueai Noi, Shopping spots: Khon Kaen’s Day & Night Markets, Museum spots: Khon Kaen National Museum, Water and amusement park spots – Dino Water Park.

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Cities in Thailand: Kut Phiman Dan Khun Thot District Nakhon Ratchasima
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Nakhon Ratchasima

This city is one of the best cities in Thailand. Things a tourist should do here are: explore Khao Yai National Park, visit Thap Lan National Park, go rafting at Lam Takhong, Marvel at Sai Ngam, breathe fresh air at Wang Nam Khiao, Admire the gorgeous Wat Ban Rai, step back in time at Phimai Historical Park.

Learn about local history at Ban Prasat Archaeological Site, have family fun in Pak Chong, Farm Chokchai park, Thongsomboon Club Amusement Park, enjoy diverse attractions in the provincial capital, and relax at Chom Tawan Beach.

This list carried forward every fine detail of cities in Thailand, it will take you to visit one of them.

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