8 Best Places to Visit in Thailand

8 Best Places to Visit in Thailand. A Mind Map by Arpit Banjara.

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8 Best Places to Visit in Thailand by Mind Map: 8 Best Places to Visit in Thailand

1. 1. Railay

1.1. Although technically not an island

1.1.1. Railay feels like one

1.2. Surrounded by mountains and only accessible by small boat

1.2.1. Railay in Krabi is a major rock climbing destination in Southeast Asia

1.3. Even if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground

1.3.1. the limestone cliffs jutting from blue water provide

1.3.1.1. unforgettable scenery often featured on Thailand postcards

1.4. Some Reasons to Visit Railay are

1.4.1. Rock Climbing

1.4.2. Beautiful scenery

1.4.3. White-sand beaches

2. 2. Thailand Islands

2.1. The islands off the coast of Thailand

2.1.1. are famous throughout the world for their beautiful beaches

2.2. There are three main sets of islands in Thailand

2.2.1. To the east of Bangkok there are

2.2.1.1. Ko Samet

2.2.1.2. and Ko Chang

2.2.2. In the Gulf

2.2.2.1. Ko Samui lie Ko Pha Ngan

2.2.2.2. and Ko Tao

2.2.3. And in the Andaman

2.2.3.1. Phuket

2.2.3.2. and Ko Phi Phi

2.3. Phuket is the country’s largest and most developed island

2.3.1. connected to the mainland by two bridges

2.4. Ko Phi Phi island is famous for the movie “The Beach"

2.5. While Ko Tao island is Thailand’s diving mecca

3. 3. Pai

3.1. The little riverside village of Pai was a sleepy refuge

3.1.1. for "hippies" only a short while ago

3.2. Surrounded by mountains and green scenery

3.2.1. Pai enjoys fresher air than Chiang Mai

3.3. Nightlife for backpackers is better in Pai

3.3.1. than in Chiang Mai

3.4. Tourist can grab a motorbike in Chiang Mai

3.4.1. point it north, and enjoy a beautiful drive to Pai

3.5. Some Reasons to Visit Pai are

3.5.1. Fresh air and relaxation

3.5.2. Waterfalls

3.5.3. Friendly Lanna and northern culture

3.5.4. yoga retreats

3.5.5. healthy lifestyle

3.5.6. Good motorbiking in the area

3.5.7. Backpacker nightlife

4. 4. Chiang Mai

4.1. Chiang Mai is a flourishing city often used as a base among

4.1.1. both backpackers and tourists wishing to explore

4.1.1.1. the lush landscapes

4.1.1.2. hill tribes

4.1.1.3. and outdoor adventures of the region

4.2. A walk around the historic center bestows views of

4.2.1. old city walls

4.2.2. and dozens of Buddhist temples

4.3. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is the most famous of Buddhist temples

4.3.1. which lies outside Chiang Mai on a mountainside

4.3.1.1. overlooking the city

5. 5.Chiang Rai

5.1. Chiang Rai islocated just northeast of Chiang Mai

5.2. Although Chiang Rai has its share of tourists and resident expats

5.2.1. numerous temples, museums, markets and cultural centers

5.2.1.1. offer a more genuine peek at Northern Thailand culture

5.3. Some Reasons to Visit Chiang Rai are

5.3.1. Peaceful temples

5.3.2. Waterfalls and the national park

5.3.3. The White Temple

5.3.4. The Black House

5.3.5. Night Bazaar eating and shopping

6. 6. Kanchanaburi

6.1. Kanchanaburi is located in western Thailand

6.2. It is best known for the Bridge over the River Kwai

6.2.1. that is linked with the historic Death Railway to Burma in which thousands of Asian laborers and POWS died

6.2.1.1. during its construction under Japanese occupation during WWII

6.3. Several museums and war cemeteries

6.3.1. all present information about the city and its bridge

6.3.1.1. during the 1940s Japan occupation

6.4. Outside of Kanchanaburi are several national parks, including

6.4.1. Erawan National Park

6.4.2. and Srinakarind National Park

7. 7. Ayuthaya

7.1. It is located in the Chao Phraya River valley in Thailand

7.2. It sits on an island surrounded

7.2.1. by three rivers connecting it to the Gulf of Siam

7.3. Once declared the most magnificent city on earth

7.3.1. Ayuthaya was an impressive site, with

7.3.1.1. three palaces

7.3.1.2. more than 400 temples

7.3.1.3. and a population that reached nearly 1,000,000

7.4. The ruins of Ayuthaya are

7.4.1. now a major attraction for those visiting Thailand

7.5. It is just 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok

7.5.1. and is easily reached by

7.5.1.1. train

7.5.1.2. boat

7.5.1.3. bus

7.5.1.4. or van

8. 8. Bangkok

8.1. Bangkok is Thailland's capital city

8.2. It is a buzzing cosmopolis of

8.2.1. magnificent palaces

8.2.2. ancient temples

8.2.3. glittering nightclubs

8.2.4. bustling markets

8.3. While the city is sometimes described

8.3.1. as a concrete jungle jam-packed with

8.3.1.1. noisy traffic and air pollution

8.4. Bangkok is not without

8.4.1. its natural beauty that is seen in its

8.4.1.1. remaining canals

8.4.1.2. green spaces

8.4.1.3. and flowering tropical plants

8.5. Khao San Road, is a good place to begin with its

8.5.1. cheap shopping

8.5.2. dining

8.5.3. and nightlife

8.6. Also not to be missed is the sacred Wat Phra Kaew temple

8.6.1. which contains the Emerald Buddha

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