The ‘gram looking a little boring lately? Want to escape the impending winter blues? We’ve got just the remedy – a winter getaway to warm, picturesque Thailand.Don’t unpack that hot water bottle just yet – Thailand is calling. You’d better answer the phone! Our Travel Experts have compiled a list of the best photo ops in the beautiful country of Thailand to inspire your next getaway and make all your mates jealous. Have a look through our top spots and start making that Thailand bucket list!
Everyone’s always going on about Thailand’s amazing beaches (for good reason) but often leave out some of its other gems. The small, remote town of Pai is located in a picturesque mountain valley – the perfect setting for that #nofilter tag. Make sure to check out some of the many waterfalls that surround the town – perfect setting for that new DP.
2. Khao Sok National Park
This national park is home to rain forest that is older and more diverse than the Amazon rain forest…if that’s not enough reason to go and snap a few pics I don’t know what is! Spend the day trekking through one of the park’s hiking trails, and have your camera ready to capture some incredible wildlife. Best to hit this area between December and April (the dry season) as during monsoon months the trails can get quite slippery.
3. Railay Beach (or Rai Leh)
Accessible only by boat, this hidden beach is the perfect setting to make your friends think you’ve got your own private beach. The vibes here are chill and laid back, so plan to lie around and drink cocktails for the day. Not a bad plan in our opinion. If you really want to use up some energy, grab some gear and rock climb on mother nature’s jungle gym – one of the many limestone rock faces surrounding the beach.
4. Ayutthaya National Park
This mystical, ancient city is a must-see for anyone travelling to Thailand. Built in the 14th century, Ayutthaya is home is awe-inspiring Buddhist temples and gives you a glimpse into Thailand’s vibrant past. Plus, you can tell your mum you got a bit of a history lesson while abroad (in between the beach trips and benders…but best to leave those out of it). Snap a few pics for photo evidence.
5. Chiang Mai
If Bangkok is the chaotic, hot-mess child of the Thailand family, then Chiang Mai is its sophisticated, overachieving little sister. Don’t get us wrong, Bangkok is the gal you hit the town and dance on tables with, but when you want to relax and unwind you hit up Chiang Mai. Known for its mouth-watering (and Insta worthy) food, we recommend wandering the streets and trying all of it (yes, ALL). If you’ve had enough city, you don’t have to travel far to reach pristine rain forests, secret waterfalls and quaint country villages. Chiang Mai really does have it all.
6. Chiang Rai White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
Save heaps of memory on your phone for this one – the White Temple of Chiang Rai is the epitome of picture perfect. The temple is actually a privately owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. Nonetheless, it makes for a great photo op location as there is no where else like it in the world. Turn off your Insta notifications for this one – your phone will be blowing up.
7. Koh Phi Phi
Although The Beach was filmed here, you’re unlikely to see Leo hanging around (sorry for the let down). But if you can get over that, then you’re in for an amazing time. We’d say Koh Phi Phi is memorable, but due to the excessive tourist party culture here, you may forget a few things. This iconic beach is the perfect spot to get a few snaps and let all your mates know your life is better than theirs (yes, for once you can be one of those insta-celebs who don’t seem to know what real life is). Book a few nights here – you won’t want to leave.
8. Elephant Nature Park
You can’t just come home from Thailand with a bunch of beach pics – ya gotta shake it up a little. Why not throw in a few snaps of an elephant or two? The Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai is a rescue and rehabilitation center that lets visitors volunteer and help with these incredible animals. Channel your inner Mowgli and befriend a few – truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
9. Bangkok Grand Palace
While Bangkok is another must-see in Thailand, the Grand Palace, located in the heart of the city, should be your first go-to. Complete with golden temples, divine courtyards and countless Buddhas, visiting this series of buildings is truly a spiritual experience. Take a walk (and a few selfies) through the maze of rooms and experience traditional Thailand.
10. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Although this is less authentic and more tourist-Thailand, the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak still deserve a visit. Drift down cramped canals and take in the hustle and bustle of Thai market life. Taste some of Thailand’s delicacies – from fresh fish to battered and deep-fried bananas, the choices are endless.
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