If you are thinking of Backpacking Thailand then here are the top 6 cities in Thailand that are extremely popular with the backpackers.
It is the capital and the largest city in Thailand and is very easy to get to and travel from. It has a vibrant nightlife scene that fit everyone’s tastes from Khao San Road to Royal City Avenue (RCA). The delicious street food is very affordable and will keep your stomachs full. Since there are more than 400 Buddhist temples in Bangkok, it is virtually impossible to see them all but do step inside Wat Phra Kaew & Wat Pho. Before you head out of the city, make sure you visit the floating markets.
2) Chiang Mai
Although it is almost 40 times smaller than Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the 2nd largest city in Thailand. A lot of exciting things take place in this city but it is mainly famous for the Sunday night markets and the floating lantern festival. Chiang Mai presents a lot of activities like bathing the elephants at the elephant sanctuary, playing with the tigers at Tiger Kingdom & taking part in a Thai cooking class.
3) Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai is one of the northernmost cities in Thailand and is a bit unknown place among majority of the travelers. You can come here to explore the magnificent White Temple or the Wat Rong Khun. Phu Chi Fah which means mountain pointing to the sky is another amazing landscape that should not be missed.
After you cross as many as 762 road curves from Chiang Mai you come to a small hippie town known as Pai. Here you can just rent a scooter for as low as USD 5/day and explore the city on your own. You can start your day by swimming in the waterfalls, visit the Pai Canyon and gorge on Love Pai Strawberry. At night you can take a walk along the Walking Street and come across beautiful handcrafted jewelry.
5) Khao Yai National Park
If you are a nature loving backpacker then you should consider coming down to Khao Yai National Park. Here you get an opportunity to hike through the jungle and spot the hidden waterfalls and wildlife and get a chance to spot a few wild elephants. Although it is one of most popular parks in Thailand, there are only handful tourists here making it a very serene experience.
6) Koh Tao
It is a very small island but is very famous for providing the 2nd most scuba diving certifications in the world. Needless to mention it is also the least expensive place to get scuba certified. There are more than 50 dive shops and you will not have any trouble in finding the right one for you. You will also get the unique opportunity to visit some of the best dive sites in the world such as Shark Island and Chumphon. When you are here you must keep your eyes open for the giant groupers and the whale sharks.
Thailand is a paradise for backpackers. This extremely friendly and affordable country has something for everyone – zip lines through the forest, relaxing on beautiful beaches or simply dance all night under the full moon.