Where to Go
WHERE TO GO
Thailand’s place as regional hub to Southeast Asia, means it also enjoys some of the most diverse natural landscape. The traditional and the modern enjoy a harmonious synergy, and you are never far from the warmth of a local smile.
Explore the five geographical regions of Thailand, each with its distinctive charm.
Consisting of 21 provinces and the special administrative area of Bangkok, the region is made up of vast plains and major rivers, including the Chao Phraya. This contributes to the rich agricultural industry, with rice fields and fruit orchards inland, and fishing and salt farm at beaches. Besides commercial and industrial developments, you’ll find places of natural and historical beauty in provinces such as Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan, and Petchaboon.
A mountainous and the most forested, this regions lends its best to trekking, mountain climbing, motorcycle tours, and visiting the hill tribes. A rich cultural tapestry weaves its way through areas including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle and Sukhothai.
Northeastern, or ‘Isan’
20 provinces make up this region, and because of the proximity to neighbouring Laos, the laidback lifestyle here is steeped with unique traditions, food and even language. You’ll find impressive temples, amazing national parks, and truly exotic festivals in Isan.
A hilly countryside area with a coastline that runs from Bangkok to Cambodia, this region is characterised by beaches, national parks and delicious seafood. A slew of beautiful offshore islands makes this province a popular tourist destination, including the iconic city of Pattaya.
Sun-drenched resorts and balmy waves from the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea lap at the feet of visitors to this region. Phuket and many other islands have been holding their own as dream destinations, but those seeking alternatives can visit Hat Yai for a great melting pot of cultures.