Thailand Updates Visa Rule For Indians: 5 Iconic Destinations To Explore Other Than Bangkok – News18

Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand, is renowned for its ancient temples, bustling markets, and delicious cuisine. (Image: Shutterstock)

Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand, is renowned for its ancient temples, bustling markets, and delicious cuisine. (Image: Shutterstock)

 Thailand has recently grabbed attention by extending its visa exemption program for visitors from India until November 11, 2024.

Thailand, one of the most popular tourist destinations among Indians, has recently made headlines by extending its visa exemption program for visitors from India. According to a report in Bloomberg, this extension allows Indian tourists to explore Thailand without the need for a visa until November 11, 2024. Removing visa requirements for Indian travellers aims to draw more visitors and boost economic growth through increased tourism.

With this positive development, Indians can now explore Thailand with greater ease and enjoyment. While Bangkok is a popular destination, Thailand offers a variety of splendid experiences beyond its bustling capital. Here are just a few to consider:

  1. AyutthayaFor history enthusiasts, this destination is an absolute gem, boasting numerous ancient sites adorned with headless Buddha statues and crumbling temples. Exploring the temples and structures here provides an opportunity for a fascinating journey through Thailand’s rich history, offering glimpses into the kingdom’s storied past.
  2. Chiang MaiChiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand, is renowned for its ancient temples, bustling markets, and delicious cuisine. Beyond exploring the streets, visitors can enjoy traditional Thai dishes like Khao Soi and Sai Oua. Outdoor enthusiasts can trek through lush landscapes or experience elephant encounters. Don’t miss the iconic Doi Inthanon National Park with its breathtaking scenery and temples. Chiang Mai offers a perfect blend of culture and adventure for an unforgettable experience.
  3. PetchaburiFor a taste of adventure, head to Petchaburi in central Thailand. Explore the Khao Luang Cave Temple, situated within a cave guarded by monkeys, where ancient wonders await. Surrounding the temple, lush jungles invite exploration, offering hiking trails and camping opportunities in the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Petchaburi promises an adventure-packed escape into nature’s embrace.
  4. Koh SametJust a short distance from Bangkok lies Koh Samet, a tranquil paradise with white sands and clear waters. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, this island offers it all. Dive into the turquoise sea or unwind on the beach with a drink. As the sun sets, enjoy fresh seafood or join the lively atmosphere at beach bars. Getting there is easy – just head to the ferry pier. For a quick escape from Bangkok, Koh Samet is the perfect destination.
  5. KanchanaburiClose to Bangkok lies a historical village blending history and beauty. Home to WWII (World War 2) sites like the Death Railway and Bridge, it’s also surrounded by parks, waterfalls, and caves. Visit the JEATH War Museum to honour POWs (prisoners of war) who built the bridge.