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Thailand Districts

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Thailand can be conveniently divided into five geographic and cultural regions:

Regions of Thailand

Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai, hill tribes, and the Golden Triangle.


The great undeveloped north-east - get off the beaten track and discover backcountry Thailand and some magnificent Khmer ruins.

Central Plains

Bangkok, lowlands and historic Thailand.

Eastern Thailand

Beaches and islands within easy reach of Bangkok, like Pattaya, Ko Samet and Ko Chang.

Southern Thailand

Hundreds of kilometers of coastline and countless islands on both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, plus Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui, Ko Tao and many more of Thailand's famous beach spots.



Thailand's bustling, frenetic capital


A historical city, UNESCO World Heritage Site and old capital of Thailand

Chiang Mai

De facto capital of Northern Thailand and the heart of Lanna culture

Chiang Rai

Gateway to the Golden Triangle, ethnic minorities and mountain trekkings


Home of the Bridge over the River Kwai and numerous World War II museums

Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Largest city of the Isaan region


One of the main tourist destinations, known for its rough nightlife


Thailand's first capital, still with amazing ruins

Surat Thani

Home of the Srivijaya Empire, gateway to Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao

Other destinations

Ko Chang

Once a quiet island, now undergoing major tourism development

Ko Lipe

Small island in the middle of Tarutao National Park, amazingly unspoilt with great reefs and beaches

Ko Pha Ngan

Site of the famous Full Moon Party with miles of quiet coastline

Ko Samet

The nearest island beach escape from Bangkok

Ko Samui

Comfort, nature, and entertainment hippie mecca gone upmarket

Khao Sok National Park

One of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Thailand

Khao Yai National Park

Take a night time jeep safari spotting deer or visit the spectacular waterfalls

Krabi Province

Beach and watersports mecca in the South, includes Ao Nang, Rai Leh, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta


The original Thai paradise island, now very developed but still with some beautiful beaches

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