Top 10 Things to Do in Thailand

Thailand is best known for its tropical shorelines, lavish palaces, ruins and temples. Appreciate the lively cosmopolitan city of Bangkok or travel north to Chiang Mai for encounters with native culture like no other. Experience Thailand’s raw beauty and limestone precipices in the south. There is something for everybody in this wonderful nation.

1. Admire The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace of Bangkok (Wiki Commons)

The extravagant Grand Palace is arguably the most important site in Bangkok. As Thailand’s capital’s most renowned attraction, the Grand Palace keeps on awing guests with its shocking style and intricate details. Constructed in 1782, this was the home of the Thai King for more than 150 years. It is recommended that guests dress cordially when going to the Grand Palace as admission can be declined to those dressed inappropriately.

2. Find Souvenirs at Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street

Hand made soap at the Sunday Walking Street (Flickr)

The Sunday Market, or Walking Street, is a huge market situated in the middle of the old walled city of Chiang Mai open each Sunday from 4pm until midnight. Ratchadamnoen Road closes to activity during the Sunday Market and permits customers to peruse merchandise, deal with sellers, and meander without restrictions. The Sunday Market is a feature of neighborhood workmanship and craftsmanship of the Northern Thais. This is one of the best places to find that perfect gift to bring home and remember your vacation by.

3. Get up close and personal at Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park Herd (Wiki Commons)

Elephant Nature Park is a refuge and safe place for elephants in Northern Thailand. The haven offers a look at country life and teaches guests the elephant’s extraordinary significance in Thai history. The group at the nature center has been protected from logging and trekking camp proprietors. Spend the day nursing and getting very close with the elephants.

4. Party on Phi Phi Islands

Maya Bay off Ko Phi Phi Don (Flickr)

There is a reason the Phi Phi Islands are known as the most fantastic in Southeast Asia. Heaven is found in these flawless islands and is an incredible tropical getaway. Spend the day on the island's spectacular beaches and snorkeling in the turquoise water. Once the sunsets, the island transforms into celebration and partying with its bars and clubs loaded with youthful and joyful partygoers and fire whirling performances.

5. Relax on Railay Beach

Once a quiet unknown beach, Railay is one now of Thailand's most desirable seashores. Reachable only by boat, Railay presents a quiet and special place. Here you’ll discover stunning white shorelines, rising limestone precipices for rock climbers, caves and a tidal pool buried inside the bluffs, molded and sustained by the evolving tides. Without any streets and no bother, Railay offers a peaceful getaway and relaxing nights.

6. Shop at the Floating Markets

DamnoenSaduak Floating Market (Flickr)

Bangkok's bright floating markets are recognizable to many through the endless photographs in visitor guides and travel books. The floating market is heaped high with tropical foods, crisp coconut juice and local dishes cooked on the boat. Consider a tour through Damnoen Saduak Market.

7. Take in the history at Ayutthaya National Park

Ayutthaya (Flickr)

Ayutthaya, the old capital of Siam, was once one of the world's wealthiest urban communities. After the Burmese attack in 1767, the empire gave way leaving a large number of its fortunes plundered and natives oppressed. What was once one of Asia's significant exchanging ports are now ruins of sanctuaries and empty royal residences loaded with rich history and a remarkable World Heritage Site. Many visitors take a day excursion to Ayutthaya from Bangkok.

8. Experience true culture in Hilltribe Villages

Long neck hill tribe woman (Flickr)

Akha, Lisu, Hmong and Karen tribes are found in northern Thailand. Spend a day or an overnight with a neighborhood family in Thai country to learn about their lifestyle. Match this with a trek through the wilderness, and you will leave having great appreciation for the beauty and graciousness of this nation and its people.

9. Enjoy Breathtaking views on a boat tour of PhangNga Bay

PhangNga Bay, Thailand (Flickr)

Found north east of Phuket, PhangNga Bay is a standout amongst the most one-of-a-kind places on the planet. Limestone precipices protrude into the sky out of emerald green water. One of the most ideal ways to encounter PhangNga Bay is by boat, where you can stop at both James Bond Island and KohPannyi. The view is fantastic and it will be a life-changing experience.

10. Take a Thai Cooking Class

Making Pad Thai (Flickr)

Thai cooking classes can be found in many spots, however a great city to do it is Chiang Mai. You can spend an entire day in Thai country or in an urban kitchen, figuring out how to cook some of the best local dishes. Leaving with a cookbook of great recipes is an extraordinary memento to bring home.


Guest Post by Jessie Dalton

Jessie Dalton has traveled around Southeast Asia, Europe and the US. She is a contributing member at Guidester, a US-Italian dual citizen, and has an innate thirst for knowledge. Originally from the ‘Show Me’ state, today Jessie lives in Denver, CO. She balances growing the business with a rich home life with husband and adventure partner Dan, an overall passion for travel and local culture, and the drive to continue to encourage others to exchange routine for a rich, engaging experience.

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