50 Photos that Will Make You Want to Visit Thailand

Just over two years ago I spent a month in Thailand with a friend of mine and it was one of the best months ever. I have a couple of friends who have both recently been to Thailand and seeing their photos made me miss it so much. If you haven’t been to The Land of Smiles yet then check out these 50 photos that will make you want to visit Thailand. Seriously, get ready to book your tickets!

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50 Photos that Will Make You Want to Visit Thailand: Photos from Bangkok

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand
Water Taxi in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the craziest cities I have ever been to. In fact, our first day in Bangkok, my friend got hit by a car while taking a motorcycle taxi. The photo above is of a more peaceful form of transportation in Bangkok. I loved taking these water taxis so much. This is the one we took to get to the Grand Palace which is pictured below.

Golden Temple in Bangkok
The Grand Palace

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok Thailand

Photos from Chiang Mai

Welcome to Chiang Mai Sign

Chiang Mai was a huge highlight for me. We were there in November so we were able to see Loy Krathong, and we also got to visit an elephant sanctuary. We were also very blessed to be staying with my friend, Jean-Luc’s family. They were super hospitable and showed us around everywhere. When we were with them we even got to visit a special Buddhist ceremony happening at an out-of-the-way temple. We were the only travelers there so it was surreal to say the least.

Chiang Mai is a huge city with amazing nightlife but also with a ton of jungle to explore. We hiked up to temples and waterfalls and had a blast eating some amazing Thai food while exploring.

Side note: I didn’t get any good shots of the main areas of Doi Suthep because it was evening when we arrived but there is a shot of a Buddha statue below from there as well. 

Thai Parasoll Making Factory
We visited an Umbrella Making Centre on our first day.

 

 

Turquoise and gold Buddha statue at Doi Suthep
Buddha statue at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Chiang Mai Loy Krathong
I really enjoyed celebrating the Lantern Festival also known as Loy Krathong.

Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

Jungle and river
There are so many gorgeous hikes in Chiang Mai.
Hand Holding Yellow and White Flower
A flower I found near where we were staying.
Thai Street Market
Colorful veggies at a Chiang Mai Street Market.

White Temple Entrance

Waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Probably one of the best hikes I’ve ever done.

Chiang Mai Temples

Mae Rim Temple
Mae Rim Temples

Mae Rim Temple Chiang Mai

White and Gold Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Little orange and white temple in Thailand
Beautiful Temple where we attended a Buddhist Ceremony.
Thailand in Photos
Seen at a Buddhist Ceremony we attended.

50 Photos that Will Make You Want to Visit Thailand: Photos of Chiang Dao

Jungle Mountain Side Thailand
View above some of the jungle huts we stayed in.

Chiang Dao is so often overlooked by tourists who come to see the ‘big attractions’ that Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai have to offer. We got offered to volunteer at an orphanage in Chiang Dao so we set out and stayed in some gorgeous jungle huts. They were very comfortable and nestled right into the side of a big, lush mountain. We ended up realizing that we couldn’t go to the orphanage because it was in a very dangerous area but we did get to explore a lot. At one point we went walking by ourselves through the jungle and came across a beautiful temple in the middle of nowhere. We were the only ones there so it felt as though we were starring in a fairytale.

Gorgeous yellow flowers in Chiang Dao

Deserted Jungle Roads in Chiang Dao

Jungle Roadside Sign in Thailand

Chiang Dao Jungle Huts
These are some jungle huts that we stayed in in Chiang Dao.

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand

Hidden Temple in the Jungle
Totally uninhabited Temple we found in the jungle of Chiang Dao.
50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand
Buddha Statue at the Hidden Chiang Dao Temple we found.

Chiang Rai Photos

Floor Design in Chiang Rai

We went to Chiang Rai because we had heard so much about the White Temple. Most of the temples we had seen were extremely colorful and each temple was starting to feel kind of similar to the last. So after a few days in Chiang Dao we set off for Chiang Rai and visited the White Temple.

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand
The White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai.

White Decorated Walls at the White Temple Thailand

Tourists Walking up the ramp at the White Temple in Chiang Rai
The hands represent people trying to get to heaven’s gate but who are bogged down with greed and other sinful ways.
50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand
There is also a golden temple at the same site as Wat Rong Khun.

50 Photos that Will Make You Want to Visit Thailand: Photos from Krabi & Ao Nang

Beautiful Beach Sunset
Cotton candy sunsets though…

After being in the jungle for a while we headed down south and island hopped for a few weeks. It was absolutely incredible but these photos are only pictures of when the sun was shining. We were there during rainy season so there were a few times when we had to run to take cover from the crazy monsoons.

Beach Cliffs in Thailand

Boats on a Beach in Thailand

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand

Moored Boats on a River in Thailand

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand
My favorite method of transportation, aside from tuk tuks and moto taxis.

Sea Green Waters in Thailand

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand
Yellow Coconut Curries and Pad Thai were my two favorite meals.

Murky River with Beautiful Boats

Thai Ocean Turquoise

Two Photos from Karon Beach, Phuket

Palm tree on the beach

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand

Koh Phi Phi in One Photo

Photo of Koh Phi Phi beach with boats Thailand

In Koh Phi Phi I was either at parties or at the hospital due to a really bad food poisoning situation. This is the only photo I could find taken during the day but I love it so much. Koh Phi Phi is a great island if you want to party but it was a bit too crowded for my liking and I wanted to go on more hikes and get away from the crowds a bit more.

Photos of My Personal Favorite Island, Koh Lanta

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand
This beach was super close to where we stayed and we had it all to ourselves to see this sunset.

Koh Lanta was my absolute favorite island! The whole atmosphere was so much more laid back than the other islands. Koh Lanta was beautiful, there were hardly any crowds and no noisy parties that we could hear.

The beach pictured above was so close to our hostel in Koh Lanta. We would often end our days there just laying on the beach. The best part was that most evenings, Carley and I were the only ones there. The night we got these gorgeous sunset shots we were accompanied only by a friendly, but scruffy, stray dog who ended up following us back to our hostel.

Photo of a Beach Shack in Thailand

50 photos that will make you want to visit thailand
This was our view from one of the many floating restaurants we visited in Koh Lanta.

Photo of a Pink Sunset Over the Ocean

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April Thompson

April is the founder and main author for Just Leaving Footprints. She has written for numerous blogs and publications such as Explore Magazine and Snow Pak. April loves writing about sustainable tourism, and promoting other sustainable travelers on her Facebook Group and Instagram Community, Ladies Leaving Footprints. Currently, April is living and teaching English in Mexico City with her husband Arturo and they don’t plan on stopping their travels anytime soon.

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