Are you planning a trip to Thailand and searching for the best hotels and hostels? We’ve got you covered! From basic beach bungalows to luxury boutique hotels with infinity pool; we listed our personal favorite places to stay in Thailand, all included: a unique character, lovely atmosphere, good location, and excellent rating.
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When you travel to Thailand, you are likely to start or end your trip in the big metropolis of Bangkok. This beautiful Thai capital offers a combination of cultural sights, shopping possibilities and things to do. It’s a beautiful city with many trendy rooftop bars, food market stalls, crazy TukTuk rides, and friendly locals. If it’s your first time here, choosing the right place to stay can be overwhelming. Since we’ve visited Bangkok many times, here are some of our top picks for the best hotels and hostels. And if you need help choosing the right area for you, check out this article too.
Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand, is located in the north of Thailand which is known for its beautiful nature. It’s full of ancient temples and has a lovely relaxed vibe, which makes this city very popular among backpackers. The Old Town is the most visited part of Chiang Mai, which is right in the heart of the city, walkable and offers plenty of lovely accommodations. There is so much to do in and around the city that you can stay here for a week without getting bored for a minute.
Pai is a beautiful, small hippie village in the northwest of Thailand, just a few hours outside of Chiang Mai. Thanks to its wonderful atmosphere it is the ‘place to be’ for backpackers, hippies, and nature lovers. Pai itself has some great attractions that you should have seen, but the biggest highlight is undoubtedly the stunning nature around it. You could easily spend a week here and not visit the same place twice!
Just like the more southerly situated Chiang Mai, the city is a good starting point for trekking tours or other activities through the beautiful nature of Northern Thailand. Chiang Rai is quieter than Chiang Mai and is less visited by tourists, making it a very relaxed atmosphere. There are plenty of good places to stay, various market stalls and many restaurants.
Phuket is the largest island and one of Thailand’s most famous highlights. The beautiful beaches, nightlife, and convenient location for visiting the other islands, making it a very popular spot. Jump on one of the many island-hopping tours, view beautiful surroundings from the many viewpoints, dive into the jungle for a visit to the waterfalls or see the enormous White Buddha. This island offers a piece of paradise for everyone.
Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands are one of the most popular destinations in the province of Krabi and is a group of six islands with the largest being Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh. The islands are located in the beautiful Andaman Sea surrounded by stunning white beaches and can only be reached by boat. On the largest island, Koh Phi Phi Don, you’ll find all the accommodations, restaurants and shops.
Krabi is perhaps 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 of Thailand and the first photo you see is probably from Krabi. Ao Nang is the most popular area in Krabi, with plenty of places to stay, shopping avenues and fine dining restaurants. More inland you will find the beautiful nature. Rocks, caves, waterfalls and pristine jungles are all in this beautiful province.
Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand is such a magical place. It is one of the oldest rainforests on this planet and one of the most beautiful natural parks in Thailand. With views of huge limestone rocks shooting straight up in the air, waterfalls, breathtaking lakes, endless plains of jungles, caves, and wild animals, this place is a must-see for everyone who loves to discover some of Asia’s most untouched regions.
➳ Tip: if you put Khao Sok on your itinerary, we recommend you to book at least one night on the Cheow Larn lake. It is possible to visit the lake during a day trip, but spending the night in a floating bungalow is such a unique and incredible experience you don’t want to miss!
Koh Lanta is one of the larger Thai islands and is located in the Andaman Sea. It’s not too developed or crowded and is a lot calmer than other islands in this region, such as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi. Koh Lanta has a lovely laid-back atmosphere, long empty beaches, jungle-covered mountains, and spectacular sunsets. There are plenty of places to eat and things to do and there’s accommodation for all budgets.
read also our article about the best things to do in Koh Lanta
Unlike the busy islands in the region, Koh Mook is a lovely picturesque and quiet island in the Trang archipelago in the southwest of Thailand. Most travelers who come here, come especially for the beaches and tranquility. Yet there is more to do than most people think, like visiting the famous Emerald Caves. We loved this little island!
Koh Lipe is the southernmost island in Thailand. Real mass tourism is still lacking here due to the remote location, but more and more backpackers have found their way to this beautiful island. The easiest way to reach the island is from the Malaysian island of Langkawi. The nature and beaches on Koh Lipe are absolutely beautiful and there is a relaxed atmosphere on the island.
Koh Chang, Thailand’s second largest island, is not quite as touristy as other islands. It’s located close by the border of Cambodia and is actually a big jungle with steep roads and beautiful nature. All together with a relaxed atmosphere, makes this island a popular destination among backpackers. The island is home to many beautiful resorts and nice hotels located on the island’s many beaches.