Popular destinations in Thailand to travel to from Bangkok



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Hi, I'm Joanna, the author of The Blond Travels. In the worlds of Thailand and Portugal, I feel like a fish in water - and it's no coincidence! I've been exploring Thailand for over a decade, and I've settled in Portugal for 6 years now. My mission is to support Dreamers - just like you - in discovering these fascinating countries and helping those in love with them find their own place on Earth, preferably for good! Let's uncover these unique corners of the world together.

Bangkok will probably be your first destination when you arrive in Thailand. What can you do next? Here are some popular places to visit after Bangkok.

Bangkok is an international travel hub. It’s very well connected to other countries as well as the towns and cities within Thailand. There are a lot of options to choose from.

Where to after Bangkok?

If you visited Wat Pho and the Royal Palace in Bangkok and are ready for more, then you have a lot of other places to go to. Below you will find those that are most popular and the easiest to reach.

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    Chiang Mai

    The Rose of the North, Chiang Mai is a beautiful city with an amazing atmosphere. Spend a few days here enjoying the cafes, food and nature.

    How to get there from Bangkok?
    Take a flight with AirAsia or Nok Air.
    You can also buy a ticket for a bus. In the tourist areas, the tourist offices sell them and you will be picked up from your accommodation.
    A very popular way of getting from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is the sleeper train.

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    Ayutthaya is a former capital of Thailand and it’s famous for the ancient ruins. You can visit it in a day.

    How to get there?
    Take a mini van from the Bangkok Monument. Check the tickets here.


    Tourists go to Kanchanaburi for the Bridge on the River Kwai and the Death Railway – the leftovers from the darker history days of Thailand. The train ride from Kanchanaburi to Hellfire Pass is a great experience.

    How to get there?
    Take a train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Check the tickets here.


    Trat is a town, which might not interest you if you’re there for holiday, but from this small town you can easily get to Koh Chang, which is an amazing island.

    How to get there?
    You can take a mini van from Morchit station and then a boat from Trat.
    There are also flights with Bangkok Airways. At the airport in Trat, take a taxi and a boat to take you to Koh Chang. Check your connections here.

    Surat Thani

    Surat Thani is yet another city, which is not that interesting to tourists, but from the airport you can catch a mini van and then a boat to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

    How to get there?
    The best option is to fly with AirAsia.


    Fly to Krabi from Bangkok. Krabi is a town in the South, on the coast. From there you can catch a taxi to places like Ao Nang and from there a boat to Railey Beach.

    There are also ferries to Koh Lanta and Koh Yao Noi.

    How to get there?
    The best option is to fly with AirAsia.

    Koh Samui

    One of the more popular destinations in Thailand, Koh Samui is a big island filled with beautiful beaches and resorts.

    How to get there?
    Book a ticket with Bangkok Airways to fly you directly to Koh Samui.


    Another popular destination for tourists. Phuket is a great place, where it’s still possible to rest, but if you’re looking for a party, you’ll find it there, too.

    How to get there?
    Book a flight ticket with AirAsia.

    From the destinations above, you can easily go further and visit other places. Thailand is an amazing destination also thanks to its developed connections with cities and countries.