These days, beautiful Thailand is one of the world’s most appealing and coveted tourist destinations. Because this exciting nation, which is situated in Southeast Asia (close to the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand), offers visitors access to a distinct culture, as well as unparalleled natural beauty, it provides a holiday experience that is truly second to none.
Top 10 things to see and do in Thailand
Whether you’re craving city lights and vibrant nightlife or out-of-doors adventures, you’ll find that Thailand definitely delivers. Now, let’s talk about some awesome things to see and do in this scenic part of the world…
10.) Attend the Full Moon Party – Does a beach party which lasts the whole night through sound like something that you’d enjoy? If so, you need to check out Thailand’s infamous Full Moon Party! This joyous event happens every month, when the moon waxes full (or the night afterward), and it’s a guaranteed good time. Located on the gorgeous island of Ko Pha Ngan, this traditional Thai party is a perfect way to meet locals and tourists alike.
9.) Experience Buddhist Culture in Koh Samui – Most of the population of serene and lovely Koh Samui Island is Buddhist, so dropping by this part of Thailand will be a perfect way to learn more about this peaceful religion. An assortment of palm-flanked beaches (you’ll love the fragrant tropical breezes!) make this island a must-see for backpackers (or any other types of visitors). One beach to check out is Mae Nam, on the north coast.
8.) Enjoy Wild Nightlife in Bangkok – A famous song features the lyrics, “one night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster”. That’s because this city is world-renowned for its spirited nightlife and its plethora of exotic pleasures. If you’re there by day, explore glittering temples, ornate palaces and fascinating museums, and then experience the city’s bars and fine dining by moonlight. Alongside this, there are loads of free things to do in Bangkok that will help your budget stretch that little bit further!
7.) Get Back to Nature at Khao Yai National Park – Founded in the 1960s, this national park is the second-biggest in the country. Known for its lush foliage (it is the home of a dizzying array of plant life!), the park offers total serenity to those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Bird-watchers will adore what this park offers, as over three hundred bird species populate the area.
6.) Shop at the Floating Markets – To live the life of a typical Thai, be sure to do a little shopping at one of the nation’s distinctive, floating markets (such as Taling Chan Market). There are a variety of these markets near Bangkok, and they offer charms galore to newcomers. From coconut juices to local cuisine, these markets provide access to some delicious and authentic flavours.
5.) Make New Friends at Chaweng Beach – Located in Samui Island, this pristine, white-sand stunner is the perfect beach for tourists. Because the beach is close to a range of deluxe resorts and backpacker’s accommodations, it’s an ideal meeting place for people from all walks of life.
4.) Enjoy Outdoor Adventure in Krabi – If you love rock climbing, you’ll discover that Krabi, Thailand provides exquisite options for outdoor adventure. When you visit, you’ll also be able to drink in some amazing sights, including caves and scenic waterways. In addition, Krabi-area beaches are close to plenty of exciting guided tours, eateries and boutiques.
3.) Prachuap Khiri Khan – Located about one hundred and fifty miles from Bangkok, Prachuap Khiri Khan is the home to exceptional Hua Hin beach, which was the preferred locale of generations of Thai royals. In fact, a summer palace for a Thai king was built in the area.
2.) Swim with Turtles at Koh Tao – If you love to scuba dive or snorkel, you’ll find that the Koh Tao region provides wonderful access to superlative diving/snorkeling. Also known as “Turtle Island”, Koh Tao is the perfect place to experience inspiring underwater wonders, up close and personal. Aside from charming turtles, you may expect to see plenty of other forms of marine life (and lots of pretty coral).
1.) Shop ‘til You Drop at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar – No trip to Thailand is complete without a jaunt to Chiang Mai night market. Situated in the north of the country, this celebrated shopping mecca covers many city blocks. Explore walkways, shop inside of buildings and wander temple grounds as you check out a rainbow-riot of traditional Thai wares.