Recommended provinces to visit in Thailand

Thailand is divided into 77 provinces, and Bangkok is the capital of the country. When visiting Thailand, many visitors do not want to visit just only Bangkok, but they also want to visit other provinces in Thailand. In this post, I would recommend you some provinces in Thailand that I believe that they are worth visiting. Hope you like it.

Ayutthaya – Ayutthaya was a capital city of Thailand. Nowadays it is the province of temples and historical sites. If you want to learn the history of Thailand, I do recommend you to visit this province. Ayutthaya is located in central of Thailand, not too far from Bangkok, so you can visit this province as a day trip from Bangkok.

Kanchanaburi – Kanchanaburi is a big province in the west of Thailand. Since it is very large, from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, it could take from 2 hours up to 6 hours depending on the district you want to visit. It was a place that was under Japanese control during World War II. Kanchanaburi has beautiful waterfalls and has 2 main rivers: Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai Rivers. If you want to escape for the busy city like Bangkok, I do recommend you to stay in a raft room floating over the river. I have been to Kanchanaburi several times. You can read my experiences here.


Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai is the most popular province in northern Thailand, and I have heard that many tourists like this province more than Bangkok. The province is surrounded by the mountain ranges, and is the city of Lanna cultural. The distance between Bangkok and Chiang Mai is about 700 kilometers. If you want to visit this province from Bangkok, you can read the post about how to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai here.


Prachuap Khiri Khan – Prachuap Khiri Khan is home for popular beach towns such as Cha-Am, Hua Hin, and Pranburi. These towns are popular for people who are living in Bangkok and want to go to the beach, but do not want to travel for too many hours. If you do not have much time but want to go to natural places outside Bangkok, these towns could be your choice. You can read my get away trip to Pranburi here.


Surat Thani – Surat Thani is a large province in southern Thailand. It is a home of popular islands such as Samui Island, Tao Island, and Nangyuan Island, and Khao Sok National Park. I have been to this province three times, and I still want to go there again.



Have you ever been to these provinces? Do you like them? Share your experience with me in the comment!

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