The viewpoint on Koh Phi Phi is one of the icons of Thailand, if not all of South East Asia. Nothing beats looking down at the gorgeous beaches, towering peaks, and narrow straight between the two land masses. Getting to the viewpoint, however, is a bit difficult. The hike is actually accessible by those of all capabilities, but expect the process to be steep and hot. The first viewpoint is a steep staircase of over 300 steps leading to a small shop of drinks with a fantastic scene. The couple that runs the place is extremely nice, and moderately priced drinks are a must restock. Be jealous, as they live in the bungalow next door and have the view every day. Those in search of better views will take the 10-minute hike further to a second viewpoint at the very top of the hill, with the best viewpoint of Koh Phi Phi. Less steep and no steps, the walk is a bit easier than the first. However, the heat of the island is ever present. Regardless, this extra trek is highly recommended for the best photo-op on the island. A bonus hike should be included for sunset.
Bamboo Island, known as Koh Pai in Thai, is the most north-easterly island of Phi Phi Archipelago in the southern Thai province of Krabi. Lying approximately five kilometers off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don, Bamboo Island is a stunning tropical hotspot that offers the perfect getaway from the crowds as, despite the fact a few tours from Phuket make a stop here after lunch, the island is most of the time never too crowded.
Kata Noi is a beach on the southwest side of the island of Phuket in Thailand. It is adjacent to Kata Beach to the south. The beach is bordered to the north by the Mon Tri's Villa Royale Resort, and most of the beachfront is occupied by the resort of Kata Thani. Unlike it’s big brother, Kata Noi Beach is still a reasonably undeveloped beach, which gives it a much more private atmosphere. The beach is made up of a soft golden sand that gently slopes down to the sea. The seabed is mostly sand with the occasional rock, making it a nice place to go swimming. There are two separate entrances that both lead to the same beach. The north entrance is closer to Kata beach and is mostly occupied by the beautiful Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. The south entrance is more private and is closer to an area well suited for snorkeling. This entrance can be found at the very end of the beach road.
Paradise Beach Phuket is just 4 kilometers from Patong and has 2 small sandy bays with blue water, powdery sand and plenty of beach chairs, bars, restaurants, shops and massive parties. Yes, it is small, remote and not easy to find if you don’t know but it is becoming increasingly popular. The bay is now famous for hosting Phuket Full Moon Parties. Paradise beach used to be impossible to find until a concrete road made it easier to reach. It’s suddenly became very popular beach as it is very close to Patong and has a lot to things to offer, bars and restaurants and even those hard to find beach chairs under the trees for 1o0 baht. If it gets too busy for you, walk 100 meters to the left and you will find a surprisingly quiet sandy cove. The area consists of two tiny bays. The first one where the bars and restaurants are is larger and the beach more sandy. At the end of it, a small concrete path leads to the second beach, surprisingly not busy at all. The path continues uphill to a very small bar with a bit of a view where, then few more steps will take you to an inaccessible rocky bay in the back.
Mu Ko Ang Thong is a marine national park in the Gulf of Thailand in Surat Thani Province. It covers 42 islands in a total area of 102 km2, of which about 50 km2 are land and the rest is water. The park was established on 12 November 1980. The northern tip of Ko Phaluai is also part of the marine park. There is a ranger station, bungalows, a shop, and a restaurant at Ao Phi Beach on Ko Wua Talap. The name "Ang Thong" (Thai: อ่างทอง) means 'bowl of gold'. "Mu Ko" (หมู่เกาะ) simply means 'group of islands'. Since 2002 the park has been registered as Ramsar site number 1184.
Phu Chi Fa, also Phu Chee Fah, is a mountain area and national forest park in Thailand. It is located at the northeastern end of the Phi Pan Nam Range, 12 km to the southwest of Doi Pha Tang at the eastern edge of Thoeng District, Chiang Rai Province. The cliff is part of an elevated area, the Doi Pha Mon sub-range, which rises near the border with Laos sloping towards the Mekong River. The highest point of the ridge is 1628 m high Doi Pha Mon. With views over the surrounding mountains, it is one of the famous tourist attractions of the Thai highlands near Chiang Rai. Tourists visit the mountain especially at dawn in order to catch a glimpse of the "sea of mist", the view of the fog-surrounded hills, with heights ranging between 1,200–1,600 m to the east of the mountain. The weather on Phu Chi Fa is cool, averaging around 20° C. It has three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool, influenced by the tropical monsoon.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Theravada wat in Chiang Mai Province. The temple is often referred to as "Doi Suthep" although this is actually the name of the mountain where it's located. It is a sacred site to many Thai people. The temple is 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) from the city of Chiang Mai. From the temple, impressive views of Chiang Mai can be seen. In terms of the impressive temple, construction on Wat Doi Suthep began in 1386 and according to popular legend, the temple was built to hold a piece of bone from the Buddha’s shoulder. One of those bones was mounted on a sacred white elephant (an important symbol in Thailand) who then climbed Doi Suthep mountain and stopped near the peak. After trumpeting three times, the elephant laid down and gently passed away in the jungle. The place where he lay is now the site of where Doi Suthep’s temple was founded.
The Sukhothai Historical Park covers the ruins of Sukhothai, literally "Dawn of Happiness", capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries, in what is now Northern Thailand. It is located near the modern city of Sukhothai, capital of the province with the same name. The city walls form a rectangle about 2 km east-west by 1.6 km north-south. There are 193 ruins on 70 square kilometers of land. There is a gate in the center of each wall. Inside are the remains of the royal palace and twenty-six temples, the largest being Wat Mahathat. The park is maintained by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand with help from UNESCO, which has declared it a World Heritage Site. Each year, the park welcomes thousands of visitors who marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palace buildings and ruined temples. The park is easily toured by bicycle or even on foot.
Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand. It is on Rattanakosin Island, directly south of the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the temple is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest center for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. It houses a school of Thai medicine, and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the holiest temple on the site of the old Royal Palace in Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya until the city was completely destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. It was the grandest and most beautiful temple in the capital and it served as a model for Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, outside Ayutthaya island. It is one of Ayutthaya's best-known temples and a major tourist attraction.