The Cities of Thailand
Any visit to Thailand will probably take you through Bangkok. It’s a chaotic bustling city with a lot of color, energy and things to see and do. Here’s a good video introducing the city, its transportation network of boats and trains, and some of the city’s many attractions.
Chiang Mai is the second largest city and the center of holiday attractions in the north of the country. It seems almost tranquil compared to Bangkok and is a good mix of urban energy and laid back Thai culture. An incredible array of outdoor activities are within easy day trips of this Thai city.
The Beach Resorts and Coastal Areas of Thailand
Most visitors to Thailand will probably head south for some beach time and water based activities. This video offers a beautiful overview of some of what the south has to offer. Krabi, Phuket, Ko Samui and other vacation spots feature prominently in the clips.
Samui is a great island and you can see some of its beauty in this video. There’s no denying the island is very popular and can feel a little too touristy around Christmas and the peak holiday season stretching from early December to late January. But its fantastic beaches, wide range of great accomodations — from beach huts to 5 star resorts — and phenomenal selection of restaurants make most visitors forget all the negative aspects of the recent development.
Bophut is one of my favorite beaches on Samui — and one of the best in Thailand — if you’re looking for a calm and tranquil hideway. The beach town is a few miles north of Chaweng, but a world away from the island’s somewhat busy tourist hub.
Ko Pha Ngan is a laid back and beautiful island just a short ferry ride from Ko Samui. It’s where you go when you have a little more time on your hands and looking to get away from the crowds. It has gotten busier over the previous decade and now has a growing collection of boutique hotels and even some luxury resorts.
Some of the great dive areas around Samui and Koh Tao.
Koh Tao whale sharks and other great underwater scenes.
This one’s a little cheesy but still has some great video of the Krabi area and all the things you can do there, most notably sea kayaking and rock climbing. It offers a good overview of some the top sites in the region.
Railay beach in Krabi is possibly the best beach and vacation spot on Thailand’s west coast. Here’s a video showing the Railay area, and the different beaches that surround the peninsula.
And here’s a new one: Great video of the Krabi and Railay areas on the west coast of the country – one of my favorite spots.
The visually stunning area of Maya Beach on Ko Phi Phi.
The Culture of Thailand
Songkran is this crazy Thai festival that takes place all over the country — but especially in the urban areas. Note the big chunks of ice in the water buckets. This isn’t a refreshing shot of water but usually an ice cold spray that makes your body scream.
Some great scenes from a traveler’s tour of Northern Thailand.
Accommodations in Thailand
This is one of my favorite hotels in Thailand — World Resort in Bophut, Ko Samui. And while it would be ridiculous to recommend one hotel in the entire country, this video gives a good idea of what you can expect in a moderately priced mid-range hotel in Thailand. There are five star resorts that offer every luxury and cheap budget accommodations that are simple, sparse and very cheap. This hotel falls in the middle and is at the level of luxury that most families would find a good fit.