In this article I am sharing 45 drone images of Thailand, that I have taken in recent years traveling around the country.

Many people can’t yet travel to Thailand, so I want to invite you to dream about it through this beautiful drone photos.

Bangkok

Below you can see a photo of the Grand Palace and, especially, the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew temple is the most important in the country and where the Emerald Buddha, a centuries-old Buddha image made from a single piece of jade, is located. This photo is a few years old and today it would be impossible to take as restrictions on drone flight have become much more severe.

Below, one of the large green areas in Bangkok: Bang Krachao.

Ayutthaya

The chedi of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol temple in Ayutthaya. It is an important temple of the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, since it was where the monks who returned from their pilgrimage to Ceylon – now Sri Lanka – stayed after the journey. It is considered the source of Thai Therevada Buddhism. The Ayutthaya ruins were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991.

Sukhothai

The following images of Sukhothai were obtained two or three years ago upon payment of permission to the officers. In them we see some of the ruined temples of the ancient city of Sukhothai, considered the first great Thai capital. The Sukhothai Kingdom existed between the 13th and 15th centuries and was replaced by the Ayutthaya Kingdom.

Lampang

Wat Prathat Lampang Luang is a temple where we stop at, sometimes, on our routes to Northern Thailand. It is a Lanna-style temple – typical of the north – dating from the 15th century.

Chiang rai

Chiang Rai is one of my favorite destinations in Thailand. It is a big province where one can spend days driving around and discovering new places. Below we can see its two most famous temples: The White Temple and the Blue Temple.

This image is from the Choui Fong tea fields, a common stop on the way to the Golden Triangle:

And teh next one is from the Wat Santikhiri temple in Mae Salong, a town that for many years was one of the centers of the opium trade in Thailand’s famous Golden Triangle. It is also famous for being a half-Chinese village since it was part of the 93rd Division of the ROC Army after losing the war against the communists in 1949. The Thai government gave them refuge and, in exchange, they fought against Thai communist guerrillas until 1982. Then the government granted Thai citizenship to most of them.

Ang Thong

The Great Buddha of Ang Thong is located in the Wat Muang temple, about 2 hours from Bangkok. It is the highest in Thailand (92 meters).

Buriram

The next photo is from the Khmer Prasat Hin Mueang Tum temple on the outskirts of Buriram. Both the province of Buriram and its nearby provinces (Sisaket, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, etc.), were part of the huge Khmer Empire (9th – 15th centuries) and today have important ruins from that time. The same empire of the Angkor Temples in Cambodia.

Kanchanaburi

Below you have a photo of Kanchanaburi and its famous Bridge of the River Kwai. Much of the region’s tourist attractions have to do with the construction of the railway that would link Thailand and Burma (Myanmar) during World War II. Back then, both countries were controlled by the Japanese.

Nakhon pathom

This is one of the first photos I took with my drone. It is the huge Phra Pathommachedi, the 120-meter-high Nakhon Pathom pagoda. It is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Thailand since an early version of the temple was built in the 4th century.

Next we see the famous market on the railway, a market in which every time the train passes the locals assemble and disassemble part of the stalls. It is one of the most common day tours from Bangkok.

In this image we see the semi-abandoned Wat Samphran or Dragon Temple. A temple with a dark history about its abbot, the monk Phra Jam Long who, supposedly, performed miracles. Among others, he “spent” 38 days in a coffin without breathing. His miracles became very famous and his temple began to generate money until the abbot himself was accused of child abuse. He is still in jail today.

Ratchaburi

Ratchaburi is a province near Bangkok touristy for Thais. As you can see in the image, it is very green –especially in the rainy season– and it is not bad as a weekend destination.

Hua hin

The beach town of Hua Hin is about 2-3 hours from Bangkok and is the place of second residences for many people from the capital. Many Westerners have also chosen it as a destination to spend their retirement. Its beaches are not incredible, but they are pleasant. It is a good destination for Kitesurfing.

Chumpon

Chumpon, a few hours south of Hua Hin is an incredibly green province, very little touristy and with more beautiful beaches than Hua Hin or Pattaya. In addition, it also has several islets with very good snorkeling.Β  In the pic we can see the beautiful Thung Wua Laen beach which I strongly recommend you.

Koh Samed

In the following image you can see Ao Wai, my favorite beach on the island of Koh Samed. For those who do not know, Koh Samed is probably the best island near Bangkok. It’s relatively close, about 3h from the capital of Thailand.

Krabi

Krabi is for me the best place to explore Thailand’s islands. From the town of Ao Nang in Krabi, one has access to many islands for day tours. In the following image you can see the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, a 5 * resort that we use a lot for clients of our travel agency.

Here are two images of Hong Island:

The following photos are from Phra Nang Beach and Railay Bay West Beach:

This beautiful island is called Koh Poda:

Phuket

Phuket could not be missing in an article of photos of Thailand and here you have a brief representation of that famous island. The first beach is Kata Yai and the second, my favorite on the island, Banana Beach. Despite its (bad) reputation as a crowded place, the truth is that Phuket has many beaches and most of them are usually quite quiet. Of course, the overcrowding of Phuket is nothing compared to a South European beach during the month of August.

Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi archipelago, for obvious reasons, must be in this article. Below you have a first photo of the island of Koh Phi Phi Don, where you can stay, and two photos of Koh Phi Phi Leh, the island of the beautiful Maya Beach, where there are no resorts.

Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai

Two islands very close to Phuket but incredibly little known. Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are two little gems in southern Thailand that offer beaches like these:

Phang Nga Bay

The floating Muslim village of Koh Panyi in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, where James Bond Island is also located. A bay with beautiful limestone rocks and mangrove forests that can be explored by kayak.

Koh Tao

Β Koh Tao is the center of scuba diving in the Southeast Asia and a backpacker’s favorite. It is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand with some of the best beaches in the area.

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is the medium-sized island in the Gulf of Thailand, famous for its Full Moon Party although it is much more than that. Koh Phangan and its beaches can give you entertainment for days, weeks or months.

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok is one of the most impressive national parks thanks to the Cheow Lan Reservoir, in which one can stay in floating cabins. Getting to the lake can be a bit tricky and often expensive, but the experience is well worth it.

Drone Video of Thailand

If you haven’t had enough of Drone Images of Thailand, here you have some more in the form of a video. And if that’s still not too much, we would recommend you to have a look at the website Thailand from Above, from Richard Barrow.

Author

My name is Pol and I took all these photos. I also founded the tour operator in Thailand called Mundo NΓ³mada Travel. I have lived in Thailand since 2010. The intention of this blog is to encourage people to travel around Thailand either on their own or with an expert agency like ours.

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