Places to Visit
It is definitely worth venturing beyond Bangkok if you have the time to travel around Thailand, like doing a little backpacking trip around this country. Chiang Mai, in the north, is a very popular destination for tourists as you can hitch a ride with an elephant, go river rafting and marvel at the ancient mountains. There are also 300 temples to explore!
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One great spectacle in this city, the second largest in Thailand, is the Sunday Walking Market. One of the main areas within the city is blocked off from traffic from late afternoon to midnight, and you can pick and choose goods displayed on all the colourful stalls there.
For a place to chill out in Thailand, visit one of the islands scattered around the country from Koh Samui for a great beach scene and nightlife, to Ko Tao for those with smaller budgets. Ko Chang boasts a jungle and marine national park. Or visit Phuket and explore the beautiful beaches this island has to offer, like Patong!
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Other places to see in Thailand include Ayuthaya for historical sights and architecture, Sukhothai, the former capital of Thailand, has old city ruins to meander around, and Kanchanaburi where temple caves offer an insight into spirit worship and you can see the bridge over the River Kwai.