Islands with clear blue water in Thailand

The land of smiles. Thailand is a very popular destination among travelers and rightly so! This beautiful country has so much to offer that every traveler will find something here. Beautiful beaches, tropical islands, party islands, beautiful nature parks, large cities, small towns, and beautiful nature in the north of the country. You can relax or enjoy a super active holiday. Many people who go to Asia for the first time also make a stop at Thailand.


Why travel to Thailand?

They also call Thailand the capital of Asia. This is because it is one of the most visited countries in Asia. The country has much more to offer than just white beaches and a blue sea; it offers unprecedented diversity.


Beautiful coastal towns, mountainous areas full of beautiful valleys, jungles where you can make a beautiful trek, beautiful cultural heritage that you can visit, the Full Moon parties and festivals, and a population that is always there for you. All this makes visiting Thailand an unforgettable experience. Read our articles below to find out everything you need to know for your trip to Thailand.


The beautiful Silver Beach in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Thailand, The Land of Smiles – Travel Information

All the travel information you need to know about for your trip or vacation in Thailand can be read here at Akisoto. Thailand is also called "The Land of Smiles" and this is thanks to the friendly population of the country. The Thai will always receive you with a smile ...
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Thailand – A Paradise For Food Lovers

Thailand is a paradise for lovers of good food. Just like faith, eating is an important part of life in Thailand. There are hundreds of delicious dishes to choose from. Once you taste the famous "Pad Thai" there is no turning back. The night markets, the street food, and the ...
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Thailand Travel Information – Visa Requirements

In addition to arranging some vaccinations, it is important to arrange your Thailand visa. In some countries, you can do that at the border as well as in the Netherlands. We recommend that you arrange your visa in the Netherlands. Nowadays this is easy and fast and you also prevent ...
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Thailand – All Options for Overnight Stays

When it comes to spending the night in Thailand, there are several options. You can find accommodations here in all shapes and sizes, with a great range of prices. Whether you are looking for fancy three-star hotels or low budget guesthouses, everything is available in Thailand. There are countless guesthouses, ...
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Traditional Thai House on the Water

Thailand – Overnight Stays in Guesthouses

What is the difference between a hostel and a guesthouse? Often they both mean the same thing, yet there is a difference between a hostel and a guesthouse. A hostel in Thailand is really no more than a low-budget version of a hotel. A guesthouse is like a house where ...
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Thailand – Overnight Stays in Hotels

Hotels are not always the cheapest option, but a frequently used option among travelers. A hotel is almost always more expensive than a hostel or guesthouse, but that does not always mean that the quality is better, especially compared to hostels in Thailand. Travelers traveling on a budget are likely ...
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Thailand Travel Information – Which Vaccinations Do I Need?

Preparing vaccinations for your trip to Thailand is probably not your favorite part but it needs to be done. In many ways, a trip to Thailand cannot be compared to a trip to countries in the western parts of the world. The culture, the people, the nature, the faith, everything ...
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Thailand – Managing Your Budget Using Our Experiences

You can make your trip or vacation in Thailand as luxurious or sober as you want. Because everyone has different wishes, it is difficult to mention a fixed amount as a target for your Thailand budget. Like so many countries in Asia, life in Thailand is very cheap. With $35-40 ...
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Thailand – Transportation Options Ranging from Cheap to Luxurious

Thailand transportation is cheap, efficient, and almost always fast. Whether you have a large or small budget, everyone can travel around Thailand. There are options ranging from domestic flights to buses with hard seats and no air conditioning. The transportation options in Thailand are better and easier than anywhere else ...
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Clear water and blue sky in Krabi Island

Thailand – What is the Best Time to Travel Here?

Like many Asian countries, Thailand also has a tropical climate. The best time to visit Thailand depends on what you are looking for during your trip. One wants sun, sea, and beach while the other wants to walk through a green environment. Whatever you are going to do; one thing ...
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Thailand attracts 16 million tourists a year for a reason. You can go backpacking for a longer period of time or simply escape your busy life for a while on a beach and sun holiday. Thailand, and in particular Bangkok, are already known to most. However, the country has much more to offer than just Bangkok. Due to its favorable climate, Thailand can be visited almost all year round.


Highlights of Thailand

Thailand’s many highlights such as its beautiful nature, the friendly locals, and the traditional culture of the country will ensure that it will be a journey you will never forget. Thailand even has 5 attractions that are on the UNESCO heritage list. It is, therefore, not surprising that this is one of the most popular countries in Southeast Asia. Thailand’s highlights have been on many a bucket list for years.


One of the reasons for this is that Thailand is such an easy country to travel in. It is cheap, most residents speak some English, and the transport is super well organized. All this makes a visit to Thailand a relaxing experience.


Which sights to see in Thailand?

Quite a lot. To visit all the sights of Thailand you will need to spend a lot of time here. It is well known that Thailand with islands such as Koh Phangan, Koh Phi Phi, and Koh Tao offers everything for a wonderful beach holiday. But the country offers much more than sun, sea, and beaches (although there is nothing wrong with that). The north of the country is a beautiful green region with gems such as Pai and Chiang Mai.


And we haven’t even talked about culture yet. The temples of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya or the world famous Wat Arun know how to impress every traveler. Thailand is a super versatile country where you will never be bored! Check out all of Thailand’s highlights below.


Clear water and rock formations at Ao Nang Beach

Ao Nang Beach – Golden Sand & Clear Turquoise Water

Together with Railay Beach, Ao Nang is one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. It is near Krabi Town in Krabi province. Don't expect a deserted tropical beach; you'll be disappointed because Ao Nang is quite developed. However, that can be explained by the beautiful surroundings with turquoise water ...
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Ayutthaya – The Machu Picchu of Thailand

Just 80 kilometers north of Bangkok you will find the Ayutthaya Historical Park, the former capital of Siam, ancient Thailand. In Ayutthaya, 33 kings ruled until the city was destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. It is one of the best places in Thailand to see ancient temples and ...
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Bangkok – 5 Lesser-known Highlights to Visit

Almost everyone who has been to Bangkok knows the well-known highlights. Khao San Road, Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, etc. Lately, a lot of lists have come by in which all temples are highlighted. And no matter how beautiful they are, there is much more you can do in ...
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Bangkok – Our Tips on The Capital of Southeast Asia

If you are in Thailand you cannot escape from Bangkok. Bangkok is also called the capital of Southeast Asia. First, because all international flights land in Bangkok. Secondly, because almost all tours and or traffic run from or through Bangkok. Bangkok can rightly be called "the backpacker's capital" of Asia ...
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Chiang Mai – The Rose of the North

Chiang Mai is the most famous city in Thailand after Bangkok. It houses everything from the unique and classic Thailand. The surroundings are breathtaking and it isn’t called "The Rose of the North" for nothing. Besides beautiful nature, you will find hundreds of holy temples, national parks, traditional villages, and ...
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Chiang Rai – An Atmospheric & Quiet City in Northern Thailand

Chiang Rai is located in the north of Thailand and lies on the banks of the Kok. This area has an enormously diverse landscape and different sights but is often overlooked by tourists. However, if you take the time for Chiang Rai you will find a small, wonderfully quiet, and ...
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Doi Inthanon National Park – The Perfect Escape in Thailand

Doi Inthanon is a beautiful national park in the north of Thailand, close to Chiang Mai. In addition to impressive trekking, waterfalls and two stupas to honor the king and queen, the Doi Inthanon National Park also houses the highest mountain in Thailand. The Doi Inthanon is around 2,500 meters ...
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Grand Palace in Bangkok – Legend of the Emerald Buddha

The Grand Palace is the most famous attraction in Bangkok. Among the Thai residents, it is also called Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang. Words that will probably give you triple word value in scrabble. Fortunately, most tuk-tuk drivers speak English and it is referred to everywhere as the Grand Palace ...
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Hua Hin – The Perfect Get-Away From Bangkok

It’s not Thailand's most beautiful city or the city with the most incredible sights. Hua Hin is different from all other cities and that makes the city loved by many. It is a wonderful mix of city, sea, lively markets, cozy restaurants and bars, and wide beaches. The city is ...
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Mon Village in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi – Our Tips for One of the Nicest Cities in Thailand

Kanchanaburi is one of the nicest cities in Thailand at just a 3-hour drive from Bangkok. With its rich wartime past, countless options for easy trips, beautiful nature, and a range of traveler-oriented accommodations, there is plenty of reason to linger here. You might even stay longer than you originally ...
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Khao San Road in Bangkok – Famous and Notorious

You can almost compare it to a circus. Almost everything you expect in Thailand can be found here! Khao San Road is a collection of street vendors, edible insects, tattoo shops, and countless restaurants and bars. Both during the day and in the evening it is always very busy here ...
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Khao Sok National Park – One of the Oldest Rainforests on Earth

In the south of Thailand, you will find the pristine rainforest of the Khao Sok National Park. Because of its location between Surat Thani and Phuket, it is best to plan this jungle on your journey through Thailand by train or plane, on your way to the tropical islands. This ...
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Haew Suwat Waterfall in the Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park – The First National Park of Thailand

Khao Yai National Park is located in the thickly wooded Phanom Dangkrek Mountains. It is the first National Park of Thailand and also one of the most popular. In the park you will find various (wild) animals, an abundance of waterfalls, and possibilities for beautiful hiking trips. It is not ...
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White sandy beach with palm trees on Koh Chang

Koh Chang – An Unspoilt Paradise in Thailand

Koh Chang is an island in close proximity to the border with Cambodia. It is one of the few authentic islands in Thailand where tourism has not yet affected daily life. That does not mean that there is nothing to do! The island is known for the special combination of ...
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Koh Kood – The Fourth Largest Island of Thailand

Thailand has plenty of islands, but islands where few tourists come, are scarce. Fortunately, there is Koh Kood, or Koh Kut, the fourth largest island in Thailand. Koh Kood is still a largely undiscovered island which is quite special in the most popular country in Southeast Asia. It is known ...
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Koh Lanta – A Quiet Paradise in Thailand

Koh Lanta may not have snow-white beaches such as the nearby Koh Phi Phi, but it does have another important feature and that is that the beaches are much quieter here. Koh Lanta is located near Krabi in the Andaman Sea, which guarantees beautiful photos. The largest island of the ...
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White sand and blue water on Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe – A Small But Impressive Island

Koh Lipe is located in the south of the country, near the Malaysian border. In the past, it was not that well known, but nowadays more and more tourists go there. That is because of the beautiful white sandy beaches, the hills covered with jungle, and the colorful coral reefs ...
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Koh Mak – A Beautiful, Small and Laid-back Island

Everyone who goes to Thailand knows the islands of Koh Phi Phi or Koh Phangan. But the small, laid-back Koh Mak is a beautiful island just 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from Koh Chang. You won't find any chaotic traffic here, and no noisy beer bars or crowded beaches. The island ...
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Koh Phangan – The Most Beautiful Beaches and Highlights

The Full Moon party! That is probably the biggest reason why Koh Phangan is so well known. Rightly so or not; the parties here are of an unprecedented high class and they are world famous! Koh Phangan is located in the same region as Koh Samui and Koh Tao in ...
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Koh Phayam – A Pristine Paradise in Thailand

Koh Phayam is a relatively unknown island in Thailand that is becoming increasingly popular. With fine white sandy beaches and coral reefs, that is not surprising. It is just a small island with a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and hopefully, it will stay that way for the coming years.   Koh ...
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Koh Phi Phi – 10 More Things To Do On This Beautiful Paradise

Koh Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful and visited islands in the country. And that is not strange because it is an impressive paradise! And although the island itself is quite small, there are actually quite a lot of things to do on Phi Phi. It is certainly ...
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Koh Phi Phi – 5 Reasons to Come Here

Koh Phi Phi is one of the most popular islands of Thailand. It has been a favorite among travelers for years, especially after the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio gained international fame. Despite the increase in tourism, it is still a beautiful island. Phi Phi is the main attraction ...
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Koh Phi Phi – Our Travel Tips for Visiting This Beautiful Paradise

If you are looking for relaxation and tranquility you have to come to the Phi Phi Islands. Koh Phi Phi is actually more than one island; they are several islands together at the east coast of Thailand, close to Phuket. These islands lie in the beautiful blue-green Andaman Sea surrounded ...
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Koh Samet – An Enchanting Island in a Small Bay

Koh Samet is an enchanting island located in a small bay surrounded by beautiful clear water. This small island also offers beautiful beaches that you have to share with other beachgoers. Koh Samet is a popular weekend destination from Bangkok.   Koh Samet, a Mini Paradise Although this small island ...
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Koh Samui – A Beautiful Escape in Thailand

Koh Samui is perhaps the best-known island of Thailand. With its 250 square kilometers, it is the third largest island in Thailand. Exactly when the island started to get inhabited is unclear, but 1,500 years ago the first fishermen settled here. Koh Samui was mentioned as Culo Cornam on maps ...
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Koh Tao – Turtle Island, a True Paradise in Thailand

In the beginning, there was Koh Samui, then Koh Phangan, but nowadays Koh Tao is on the same level. With around 21 square kilometers, Koh Tao is a true "mini island". Its big brother Koh Samui is a short distance away. With its beautiful white beaches and blue sea, Koh ...
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Koh Wai – Back to the Basics on This Small Paradise in Thailand

Turquoise water, white sandy beaches surrounded by impressive rock formations, tropical fish, a beautiful jungle, hills, and almost no tourists. Welcome to Koh Wai! You will find no roads or motorbikes here; no parties; no ATMs, and limited Wi-Fi and electricity. It is a paradise for travelers seeking tranquility.   ...
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Krabi – Our Tips, 10 Things To Do & The Most Beautiful Beaches

Krabi is one of the most beautiful areas in Thailand. Located on the coast between limestone rocks, this is one of the most popular places in Thailand. Open a travel guide and the first photo you see is probably taken on Krabi. The town itself is a compact and unique ...
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Mae Hong Son – The City of Three Nebulae

Mae Hong Son is everything that most travelers expect from a mountain village in Thailand. The fact that it is located in a remote region on the border of Myanmar, surrounded by mountains, and the fact that you will not find any tuk-tuks or loud taxis here contributes nicely to ...
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Beautiful Maya Bay

Maya Bay Beach – The Most Famous Beach in Thailand

Maya Bay Beach is closed until the end of 2019 Increasing damage to nature due to the many visiting tourists (more than 4,000 per day), the government has decided to close Maya Bay until nature is restored. When that is, is unknown.   Maya Bay is the calling card of ...
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Pai – Our Tips for this Beautiful City in a Quiet Mountain Area

That the north of Thailand is one of the most popular regions of the country is evident from the many sights here. If you are in the north long enough, you will automatically hear the stories about Pai. This beautiful (hippie) village is the "place to be" for backpackers. Located ...
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Pattaya – Our Tips on the Party City of Thailand

Pattaya is a typical sun, sea, and beach vacation! That is the feeling that the city stands for and wants to stand for. Travelers don't come here for the culture, but for the nice weather and the good parties. History, culture or tradition; you will not find much of it ...
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Phuket – The Pearl of the Andaman

Phuket is one of the best-known highlights of Thailand. Although many people see it as a "city", it is actually an island. The word Koh (island) is taken from the name because Phuket is so big that it doesn't really feel like an island. It is the largest island of ...
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Railay Beach, gold sand with the Tonsai Tower in the back

Railay Beach – One of the Most Beautiful Beaches in Thailand

Looking for the most beautiful beach in Thailand? Then you have to visit Railay Beach. Chances are that you will come across an image of this beach when you search Google on beaches in Thailand. With fairy-tale like limestone rocks rising from the turquoise sea, this is a true tropical ...
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River Kwai – A Special Location in Thailand

Perhaps one of the best known areas of Thailand is the area around the River Kwai, west of Bangkok. During the Second World War, thousands of prisoners of war worked here on the Japanese "death line" to continue the invasion of Thailand to Myanmar. Many died during the construction of ...
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Rod Fai Market – An Authentic Experience in Bangkok

If you have ever been to Bangkok you have undoubtedly heard of the Weekend Market, also known as the Chatuchak market. This is one of the largest markets in the world and a famous landmark in Thailand. However, this market has become quite touristy in recent years. Would you rather ...
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Similan Islands – A Diving Paradise in Thailand

The Similan Islands are known to divers around the world. The islands together form the Similan Marine National Park. It lies some 60 kilometers (37.2 miles) off the coast in southwestern Thailand. The islands are just as beautiful underwater as above water. Rainforests and snow-white beaches above the water are ...
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Sukhothai – Beautiful Temples, Palaces, and Ruins

The north of Thailand houses the ruins of the historic city of Sukhothai. This park contains ruins of the city that used to be the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom. This Kingdom existed from 1238 to 1438 and is also called the Golden Age. Sukhothai means ‘Rising of Happiness’ and ...
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Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn

The Wat Arun is an impressive temple on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. The temple owes its name to the Indian god Aruna, the god of dawn. They also call the Wat Arun the "Temple of the Dawn". Especially during sunset it is an impressive picture.   Wat Arun ...
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Wat Pho Temple – Home of the Largest Reclining Buddha in Thailand

Wat Pho, also known as the Reclining Buddha, is a temple in Bangkok. The temple was built in a special way in 1788. Namely through a restoration at the Wat Phodharam that stood at the same location. This temple was renovated and expanded in the time of King Rama III ...
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Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple South of Chiang Rai

The Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, is located just south of Chiang Rai, near Chiang Mai. The White Temple is still a fairly new temple and although the temple attracts more and more visitors every year, it is still relatively unknown among tourists. In Thailand itself, ...
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Our Top Tips for Thailand

Thailand is an easy country to travel in. For those who are going to Thailand for the first time, or for those who are looking for more tips for a second or perhaps third trip to Thailand, we have listed a number of tips below.


  • Try the food on the night markets and the street food. Especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai the food is very tasty!
  • Take some cash with you (US dollars or Euros). It can happen that your debit card does not work (or gets lost) and having some cash on hand can come in handy.
  • Rent a scooter. It is the easiest and most fun way to explore large parts of the country and it gives you a lot of freedom.
  • Learn a few words of the Thai language. This makes traveling easier. You can even try to record some sentences in advance at home!
  • Watch out for scams. Especially with locals selling tours in major cities, that sometimes happens. Ask for tips and prices at your accommodation. They often know the real prices.


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