Coolest Places To Stay In Thailand – Our 7 Top Picks

It's no doubt that Thailand is a major destination considering the many beautiful beaches, year-round tropical weather, great food, and the budget friendliness aspect. As a big tourist haven, Thailand offers an impressive collection of hotels and resorts. How is one to choose the best places to stay when traveling to Thailand? I can't say that we've tried all of the options, but we have experienced some of the of the coolest places to stay all around Thailand and want to share our favorites with you.

Best Places To Stay In Thailand

Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort

The treehouse at Rabeang Pasak Resort is the most unique accommodations we've ever stayed at to date (and quite possibly the coolest place to stay in Thailand). It's not often you can climb a tamarind tree and spend the night up in its canopy on a comfy bed! This resort has more than just one treehouse on the property and each of them is one of a kind. Each treehouse is spread out throughout the area so no matter which one you pick to stay in, you'll feel like it's the only one in the forest.

So what do you get when you stay there?

Well, you will have to pick the treehouse you want to stay in and reserve it in advance, of course. With your "room" you also have the option to purchase lunch and dinner but breakfast is included when you book directly with them. We highly encourage you to purchase the food options during your stay. The meals are incredibly delicious and portions are generous, not to mention a great value for the price.

coolest places to stay in Thailand - Treehouse Resort

You'll be surrounded by nature in this humble, family-owned resort. Activities here will range from bike riding, exploring nearby caves, or relaxing with a book on a hammock.

You can arrange transportation with them and be sure to ask about stopping by at the Buatong "Sticky" Waterfall on your way there.

  • Address: Luang Nuea, Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai 50220, Thailand
  • Location: About one and half hours north-east of Chiang Mai in the Doi Saket District.
  • Perfect For: Families, Couples, Solo Traveler
  • Budget: $$

Panviman Resort

Now, if you want a romantic getaway or honeymoon in the mountains of Thailand, Panviman Spa Resort in Chiang Mai is the place to book! There is so much beauty all around this resort. The property itself is perfectly manicured and full of lush greenery all around. The location is perfect for those seeking to get away from the crowds of tourists.

When you stay at Panviman, you'll feel like you've left the rest of the world behind. If you're into mindfulness and meditation, they even have a designated area for that! Additionally, there is a putting green, an outdoor game area, and magnificent pools.

We stayed there during the low-season in June and had the pool all to ourselves each time we went in!

coolest places to stay in Thailand - Panviman Resort

Not that you need to, but reserving a private pool villa here is the ultimate experience if you want even more privacy. Enjoy the mountain and valley views when you take a dip in your private pool. What more would you need?! This is luxury travel at its best.

  • Address: Chiang Mai. 197/2 Moo 1 Tambol Pongyang, Maerim, Tambon Pong Yaeng, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
  • Location: Just under an hour from Old City, Chiang Mai on the west side of the mountains.
  • Perfect For: Families, Couples
  • Budget: $$$

Where To Stay In Thailand For Your Honeymoon

Crown Lanta

Speaking of a Thailand honeymoon, we've got a couple of more options for you here.

Koh Lanta will give you the island experience without the crazy hoards of tourists. The best resort in Koh Lanta is the Crown Lanta Resort. With their own private beach, seaside restaurant and bar, spa facilities, and poolside rooms they will not disappoint.

You can even reserve rooms with direct access to the pool from the back door!

best places to stay in Thailand

We had a small family reunion here and loved every minute of it. The breakfasts each morning went above and beyond our expectations when it came to the variety of items and quality of the food. We spent the days swimming in the pools and soaking up the sun on the sand without a care in the world.

The best time to go would be in June when the "rain" season in Thailand usually begins and there are fewer tourists visiting. You will have some rain here and there but it will be beautiful and green, as well as quiet. You'll feel like you're the only ones in the resort!

  • Address: 315 Sala Dan, Ko Lanta District, Krabi, Thailand
  • Location: On the island of Koh Lanta in the south-western region of Thailand by the Andaman Sea.
  • Perfect For: Families, Couples, Groups
  • Budget: $$$

Reverie Siam

The Reverie Siam Resort in Pai is another example of exquisite luxury in Thailand. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the Reverie's location in the valley is perfect for that craving adventure and nature away from the city. You won't have to sacrifice comfort, though. Here, you will have the most pristine and upscale rooms along with some of the best dining experiences in Thailand.

The decor of Reverie Siam will take you back in time! They sure make it impossible to remember where you are and which century you are in.

coolest places to stay in Thailand - Reverie Siam Pai

The resort experience is unlike any other, here. One of their pools is designed like a pond, giving you a chance to take a dip in a more natural environment. You'll have the opportunity to relax by the Pai River, even enjoy some exclusive cocktails under twinkling lights with 1940's tunes in the background. Romantic? I would say so!

If you feel a bit of restlessness, go check out the Pai Canyon, Pai Land Split, or a waterfall. You'll even be able to go to the night market for great street food and some souvenir shopping.

Make sure to dine in their restaurant during your stay. Fine dining and extravagant, it will be a blissful vacation for anyone who chooses this location.

Best Places To Stay In Thailand -  Our Top Island Budget Picks

Aonang Cliff Beach

O.K., So, I know Aonang is technically not an island, but those that go island hopping in Thailand will most likely fly into Krabi and this would be the ideal location to stay close by. Aonang Cliff Beach Resort is right in the heart of where all of the action is in Ao Nang. However, the hotel's layout and design allows for great guest privacy and calm surroundings.

You'll enjoy a fantastic infinity pool with breathtaking sea views!

coolest places to stay in Thailand _ Ao Nang

Staying here won't break the bank and you get to be conveniently located close to the "strip" where you'll find tons shopping and dining. Additionally, you'll be able to take a quick boat ride over to Railay Beach for the day. Trust us, you'll want to take advantage of that!

Best dinner option: Aonang Cliff Beach Resort offers a Seafood buffet that is unbeatable!

  • Address: 328 Moo 2, Tambol Aonang, Amphur Muang, Krabi, 81000, Thailand
  • Location: Across the Phang Nga Bay from Phuket
  • Perfect For: Families, Couples
  • Budget: $$
best places to stay in Thailand - Ao Nang


LaLaanta Resort

Fancy a jungle bungalow on a tropical island? Well, this is the place to stay!

best places to stay in Thailand - Koh Lanta

At the very tip of Koh Lanta island, you'll find LaLaanta Hideaway Resort. Amply named, the resort is tucked away and camouflaged in the tropical forest. You'll love the lush greenery, the cheeky monkeys, and the carelessly roaming cattle on the beach. But, don't be fooled, the rooms are spacious, comfortable and safe.

An afternoon on the private beach will get you in the relaxed island life mood. For dinner, enjoy some yummy Thai food with your toes in the sand at the casual and chill restaurant on property.

best places to stay in Thailand - Koh Lanta Resort

If you enjoy a bit of adventure mixed in with your relaxation, take a snorkeling tour on a speedboat to Koh Rok. This places will prove that you don't need a big budget to enjoy a tropical island vacation that will provide a restful getaway.

  • Address: 188 Bamboo Beach Tambon Ko Lanta Yai, Amphoe Ko Lanta, Chang Wat Krabi 81150, Thailand
  • Location: On the southern tip of Koh Lanta Island
  • Perfect For: Families, Couples, Groups
  • Budget: $$

PP Charlie Beach

This hotel is located on the popular island of Koh Phi Phi. There are no cars on this island and it might sometimes be referred to as on eof the "party" islands in Thailand. There are loads of places to stay and the island is not that big. However, some guesthouses may be a bit more out of the way and up on the hills. Since you have to walk around everywhere, it makes it a lot easier to stay somewhere right by the beach and the main area.

PP Charle Beach Resort is one of the nicer hotels in the area and a great value. Though the rooms are nothing spectacular, the accommodations are clean and more on the quieter side. We enjoyed the pool and easy access to the beach.

coolest places to stay in Thailand - Where to stay in Koh Phi Phi
  • Address: 104 Koh Phi Phi, Moo 7 Tambon Ao Nang, Muang, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand
  • Location: Conveniently located on the main "road" on Koh Phi Phi island
  • Perfect For: Couples, Solo Travelers
  • Budget: $$

We hope that this list will help travelers visiting Thailand decide where to stay based on their travel and budget needs.

If you've stayed at any of these places or know of any other cool places to stay in Thailand, leave a comment below and share you experience with us and fellow readers.

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Hi! I'm just a California girl addicted to travel and adventure with a passion for art and dance on the side. Born in Iran, but I consider myself a citizen of Earth, adhering to the belief that "The world is but one country and mankind its citizen." I strive to make a positive impact on everyone I meet and learn as much as possible from them. My degree out of college is in Marketing. However, I entered the hospitality business at an early age and worked my way up to hotel management. After about 13 years in that industry (5 of which I was a hotel assistant manager), I made the decision to move to Thailand and leave the 9 to 5 grind behind. My husband and I set off for a life of living abroad and hopes to continue traveling the world, just 3 months after our wedding. It all started with the two of us, along with our cat, together in Thailand. Can't wait to see where life takes us next!

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Kimi Soni

Really Thanks alot for this informative Post with images. I have no any idea about these places but after reading this post and see images I feel wow its amazing place. And really I will go there in these places.

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    glad I could show you something new!

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mayuri patel

helpful post for staying in thailand
bookmarking it

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    Thank you! Glad it is helpful for your planning!

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Suma

Wow, all of the properties are gorgeous amd I would love to stay here. The treehouse is my top pick as it looks amazing. Saving this post for future reference as I’m planning a trip to Thailand soon.

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    Hi Suma! Thank you! Hope you’re trip to Thailand is fun! The treehouse is awesome to stay at!

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Samantha Sparrow

I would absolutely want to stay in all 7 of these places (eeeek a treehouse! So cool!) but if I had to pick, I’d select Aonang Cliff Beach. That view from the infinity pool is just spectacular, and watching a sunset from there would be a true bucket list moment!

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    Those sunsets in Ao Nang are pretty epic!

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Bruce Schinkel

Wow! I’ve never had Thailand high on my list, but after seeing these places I can see why so many people rave about loving it! Looks like i’ll need an extended stay to make sure i visit each of them .. how can you choose just 1 🙂

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    Well, you can go for a couple of weeks and not have to choose one but try all of them!

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umiko

The tree house surely is #1 in my list if I get a chance to visit Chiang Mai again. I’m sure my son will have a blast to stay in a tree house. Now, if only daddy can change his tree house at the back pasture like that. 🙂

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    it would be cool to have one of those treehouses in your backyard!!

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Zoya

Wow! You’ve covered a lot of great places to stay in Thailand. I would love to stay in that treehouse! It looks so peaceful and I simply love the idea of being surrounded by nature…minus the bugs tho! Lol

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    haha! The nature part is great and they give you stuff to help with the bugs!

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Amrita Sen

This is a great list of places to stay in Thailand. Each place is beautiful in its own way. I would personally like to stay at one of those island resorts. They look so cool.

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    They are all special in some way like you say. The island ones are great for a week vacation, in my opinion. I enjoyed one or two nights in the mountain resorts.

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neha

Each one of these are so beautiful places. Particularly Panviman Resort and LaLantana look very attractive to me. I love the tropical greenery around and the proximity to the beach. When I plan my trip to Thailand, I will recheck your post and select couple of these places to stay at least for a couple of nights each.

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    Awesome! I also love the jungle scenery around those two places! Hope you enjoy time there when you go!

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Nathan

Lovely views from each of the accommodation options offered here! I’m not one to splurge on hotels, as I’d rather see new things, try new cuisines and have new experiences. Nevertheless, staying in a treehouse looks interesting and would be something to share when you’re back home! 🙂

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    Yes! That one is a great experience!

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Louise

This is a great guide you guys, thanks! We’ve never been to Thailand before so definitely pinning this post for when it comes time to look for accommodation.
I especially love the first hotel you described – the treehouse resort! So cool! And that Panviman Resort sounds like the ultimate relaxing getaway.

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    The treehouse is very unique and fairly priced for the experience you get! I hope you have a chance to visit Chiang Mai. It’s a very special city in the north of Thailand!

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