Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is a popular tourist destination for good reason. From vibrant floating markets and ancient ruins to pristine beaches and stunning natural landscapes, there are countless places to explore and things to do in Thailand. Thailand is a friendly and fun-loving country where you can experience bustling cities, serene countryside and isolated villages. Hike through the national parks, taste the delicious cuisine, marvel at the exotic wildlife and enjoy the serene coastline. From relaxing day trips to challenging adventures, a trip to Thailand is guaranteed to introduce you to a whole new world.

01Start the Adventure in Bangkok

Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand Deejpilot / Getty Images

Bangkok is the lively capital that hits you with the exciting sights, sounds and smells of Thailand as soon as you arrive. The city is beautiful and vibrant. Pick a destination to walk to and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city on your way. Peruse colorful markets, sample the street food and go into shops selling everything from textiles to paper reproductions of food and luxury items that are meant to be given as gifts to the dead. The Grand Palace is one of Bangkok’s most popular tourist destinations. The palace has been the official home of Thailand’s kings for over 200 years, and the gold-covered building is an architectural marvel. While you’re in the city, don’t miss seeing the Reclining Buddha at the impressive Wat Pho and make an extra stop at Wat Arun.