Thailand is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. The beautiful Southeast Asian country has pristine beaches studded with palm trees, ancient ruins, vibrant cities, and elaborate Buddhist temples. The tropical country has so much to offer, but three of the places in Thailand that are a "must see" are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. There are many attractions in Thailand; you'll have to do some careful planning to see everything.
Bangkok, the capital, is the epitome of the urban city. It's bustling, fast-paced, and diverse. Experience Bangkok at the many markets or tour the historic temples. Bangkok has luxury accommodations, upscale restaurants, and is a shopper's paradise for bargain hunters. For first-time visitors, you can get a real sense of the city when you spend a day or two in the same area.
By contrast, Chiang Mai has a different atmosphere. The city is north of Bangkok, on the Ping River, with exotic hill tribes, mountain landscapes, and local craftsmen. The infrastructure is basic, and the city has a rural charm with small neighbourhoods. The mix of old and new features historic temples near contemporary buildings and shopping malls. The lush countryside and mountains are only a half hour from the city.
Phuket is where most visitors go for relaxing beach vacations. More than 30 beaches are scattered around Thailand's largest island and are among the loveliest in the world.