By China Williams, Celeste Brash, Tim Bewer, Mark Beales, Austin Bush, Brandon Presser, Alan Murphy

Experience the easiest of Thailand

Bangkok’s nutrition, Ko Samui’s shores, Sukhothai’s ruins – we’ve chosen the main iconic attractions and fantastic locations so that you can benefit from the genuine Thailand with minimal fuss.

Highlights show the must-see sights and unbeatable experiences

Itineraries make making plans your journey less complicated than ever

Local Experts suggest what to not miss

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Be dazzled through Wat Phra Kaew , wander away within the cluttered yet peaceable temple grounds of Wat Pho , journey the Chao Phraya convey and drink to the celebs from a rooftop bar . tomorrow, store until you drop for chotchke at MBK heart , modern Asian decor at Siam heart & Siam Discovery middle and uberluxe treasures at Siam Paragon , then respect lovely stuff at Jim Thompson condo . remain out past due on the rollicking bars and seize a noodle nightcap at Soi 38 evening marketplace . BANGKOK AYUTHAYA 1½ hours via minibus from Bangkok’s Victory Monument. hours from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station. Ayuthaya ( click on right here ) stability out conspicuous intake with tradition within the old capital of Ayuthaya , a simple excursion from Bangkok. lease a bicycle, an elephant taxi or a well informed advisor for a travel of the Unesco global Heritage–listed ruins, equipped while this robust city-state was once a cease at the Asian trade-winds direction. Fill your digital camera with photos after which take a bus again to Bangkok to overcome rush hour. BANGKOK CHIANG MAI One hour from Bangkok’s Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi airports. Chiang Mai (Click the following) Fly to the laid-back college city of Chiang Mai . discover the previous sector, choked with the specified temple structure of northern Thailand. Slurp down a bowl of kôw soy, the north’s signature noodle dish, and hang around at Riverside Bar & eating place . the next day to come, make a morning pilgrimage to the cool environs of Doi Suthep and its sacred hillside temple. If you’re right here on a weekend, stopover at the Saturday jogging road or the Sunday jogging highway . to come domestic, shop your self a Bangkok back off via reserving a right away flight onward from Chiang Mai. Phuket to Ao Phang-Nga seashore regimen substitute your paintings regimen with a seashore regimen: get up overdue, hang around on the seashore, sup on seafood and sip sundowners. Then do minitrips to unique landscapes and sleepy fishing islands so as to add a bit experience on your lazy seashore days. Phuket ( click on the following ) simply available from the mainland, Bangkok or even a few overseas locations, Phuket specialises in quickly, cozy seashore retreats. Park your self at the seashores of Kata , Kamala or Surin – 3 scenic bays with trendy lodge resorts and international-style facilities. take in the solar and frolic within the sea for a number of days after which dedicate a day to exploring Phuket city , similar to Penang or different British colonial outposts, jam-packed with grand yet crumbling Sino-Portuguese structure, bohemian cafes, flamboyant chinese language shrines and historic apothecaries. within the evenings, pattern fusion fare in a romantic environment, cruise the seedy social gathering strip of Patong or discover a down-home eating place the place the stir-fries are fast and attractive. in the event you tire of the shorelines, there's a host of different leisure: cooking sessions, kiteboarding, spas or even animal sights, resembling Phuket Aquarium and Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre . PHUKET KO YAO NOI 20 mins from Phuket’s Tha Bano Rong. Ko Yao Noi ( click on right here ) Day-trip over to the Muslim fishing island of Ko Yao Noi , which garners a front-row view of Ao Phang-Nga , a turquoise bay cluttered with humpbacked karst mountains.

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