Thailand is truly captivating! The country of sandy beaches and light blue sea, colorful jungles, vibrant cities, delicious cuisine and lovely people. It offers something for everyone, great beaches if you’re there just to relax, vibrant cities to get your groove on and great adventures places like Elephant sanctuary parks, where you can contribute to the cause of helping animals in captivity and spending some time with them. If you’re not a big fan of crowds, Thailand offers many remote places to unwind as well.
Here are 25 things you need to see and do to experience a layer of Thailand culture.
1. Explore the capital city Bangkok
One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster! The capital city is fully packed and comes to life at night. It’s known for its chaotic streets, low prices and great nightlife and the beautiful historical sites that will amaze you.
Buddhist temples in Bangkok you don’t want miss:
– Wat Saket – The Golden Mount – great view over the city of Bangkok
– Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn
– Wat Trai Mit – Temple of the Golden Buddha
– Wat Po – Temple of Reclining Buddha
Other things to see in Bangkok:
– explore The Grand Palace
– take a walk through Chinatown
– shop at the Patpong Night Market
– go paddling in Lumpini Park
– have fun on the Khao San Road
– take a long boat on the Chao Phraya river
2. Visit at least one Buddhist temple
Thailand has around 31,000 Buddhist temples, every one of them special in a different way.
3. Take a ride in a tuk tuk
Prepare to barter, the prices can sometimes be bananaz, they can smell a tourist from miles away, but this is a great way to hop around from attraction to attraction. If you have the option, open a navigation app and measure the distance to your destination, it will give you a better idea on the bartering price.
4. Try Thai street food
Thai street food is cheap and delicious. You’ll see stalls all around the cities, with many different options, just enjoy the smell and dive in. Your taste buds will scream of joy and, well, because of Chili 🙂 How to know a particular stall is a good food choose, just follow the locals and tourists, look around where the most locals eat and you will not be disappointed.
5. Ayutthaya – Explore the Historical Park
Ayutthaya is a UNESCO world heritage site. Originally it was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand) from 1350 to 1767. The ruins of the old city are well preserved in the Ayutthaya historical park, here you can find breathtaking Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues.
6. Explore Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand. It’s much more relaxed than Bangkok. There are a lot of things you can do in or around the city.
Some of Chiang Mai beautiful temples:
– Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
– Wat Suan Dok
– Wat Chiang Man
– Wat Buppharam
– Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – 12 km outside of Chiang Mai, a mountain 5400 feet (1645 m) high, with a beautiful view over Chiang Mai. There is a chance, if there is high humidity, that the view is not all that great.
Chiang Mai’s markets:
– Chiang Mai Night Bazaar – 0,6 mile (1 km) long road at dusk transformed to a shopping paradise, prepare to barter, it’s open every day, from dusk till midnight, regardless of the weather
– Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market – 0,6 mile (1 km) long street from Tha Phae Gate to Ratchadamnoen Road, offers everything from souvenir, Thai silk, great food and more, open every Sunday from 4 pm till midnight
– Warorot Market – a variety of clothing, spices and food on 3 levels, open every day during the day
Other things to see/do in Chaing Mai:
– see the Three King’s Monument
– walk through Tha Phae Gate
– get lost on the San Kamphaeng Road
– zip line through The Jungle
– take a trip to Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls
7. Visit an Elephant Sanctuary Park
To experience one of the most memorable and beautiful things you can do in Thailand, spend a day in Elephant Nature Park or another similar park in the country. It’s amazing how friendly and gentle the rescued elephants are. We spend the whole day in the sanctuary, feeding and bathing the elephants, our favorite experience hands down.
8. Go to a cooking class
Want to return home with a few new cooking skills? Take a Thai cooking class, there are cooking classes spread through the whole country. You’ll get great insights on how the food is made and which ingredients to use. Your tummy will be grateful when you’ll know how to prepare the best Pad Thai when at home.
9. Go Snorkeling/Diving
Explore the beauties of Thailand under the sea. Thailand offers amazing places for snorkeling and diving. If you’re up to it you can take a diving class. You can explore the sea, it’s truly amazing.
10. Phuket – explore Thailand’s biggest island
Phuket offers a specter from overpopulated beaches and streets, to secret places, without crowds. Here you can relax on the many of beautiful beaches or go on an adventure like snorkeling and sightseeing.
Things you don’t want to miss when in Phuket:
– take a trip to Big Buddha
– party on Thanon Bangla street
– go swimming at Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Laem Ka Beach, Ao Sane Beach, Nai Harn Beach…
– enjoy a sunset at Promthep Cape viewpoint
– explore the colors of Thanon Talang street
– visit the shrine of the Serene Light
– enjoy a great view at Karon viewpoint
11. Have a Thai Massage
There are Thai massages shops almost on every corner. For 200-300 Baht you can get a variety of massages, which is a great way to relax and get to know one more thing about Thai culture.
12. Take a trip to Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi islands are one of the most popular islands in Thailand. Great beaches, from famous Maya Bay from the movie The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio to Monkey Beach, with amazing snorkeling spots and vibrant party scene. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
13. Drive like a local
Thai traffic is something special. Driving with a scooter motorbike is very popular, not just among the locals. It’s a great way to move around while exploring the country. It is an experience that you don’t want to miss and although, at times, it can be very chaotic, just remember to expect the unexpected and become the crowd while driving.
14. Visit Phang Nga Bay
Take a trip to Phang Nga Bay where you’ll explore alluring lagoons, caves, island different shapes and sizes, go swimming and snorkeling. You can visit the James Bond Island, where the Man with the golden gun starting Roger Moore was shot, the scenery is just delightful.
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