15 Things You Should Do While Visiting Thailand

They call Thailand “The Land of Smiles”. Now, that says a lot about the Thais and about the beauty that awaits you in this amazing country.

It’s a destination that offers a new perspective of the world – one of simplicity, generosity, and kindness. Also, it’s a country where getting bored is just not an option.

So, whether you’re planning a vacation there or you landed a teaching job in Thailand, be sure to do as many of the following things as you can.

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1.Visit the Grand Palace

This is probably the most famous attraction in Bangkok. Set in the heart of the capital, this beautiful gold-tipped series of buildings is over 200 years old. Its grandeur is breathtaking!

Grand Palace

Please note, though, that a strict dress code is in place at the palace.

2. See the Golden Triangle

This is the point where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River and where the countries of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet.

Different Worlds In 'Golden TriangleHire a boat for a bit of exploring or visit The Hall of Opium where you can see the exhibitions about this once prolific opium-growing area.

3.Go elephant trekking

If you’re going to see elephants in Thailand, then you should do so in their natural environment. The Mahawangchang Elephant Camp is situated about four hours from Bangkok.

Elephant TrekkingThere, you get to swim in the river with the elephants or ride them. Do not miss this unique experience!

4. Have a Thai massage

Thai massages are famous all over the world. The style of massage is unique as it stretches your body as well as working on its pressure points.

Thai MassageMassage parlors are everywhere and the massages are very cheap. The whole experience will leave you invigorated yet balanced!

5. Shop on Khao San Road

Khao San Road in Bangkok is internationally known as the center of partying. The shops there sell handicrafts, clothes, local fruits, used books, a wide range of fake IDs… This is also where tons of “street food” are sold for astonishingly low prices.

Khao San Road ShoppingYes, it’s a bit dirty and strange, but so much fun!

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6. Visit a floating market

It’s an incredible sight: canals crowded with rickety wooden boats piled high with colorful local produce. A perfect opportunity for an amazing photo!

Floating MarketThere are several of these floating markets, but the most famous one is Damnoen Saduak.

7. Take a trip to Koh Phi Phi

This stunning island became popular after the movie “The Beach” and is well-known for its incredible parties and staggering beauty.

Ko Phi Phi Le BeachThe island has no roads, so you’ll have to do a fair amount of walking, but it’s definitely worth it!

8. Eat authentic food

Authentic Thai CuisineThai food is simply amazing! To find the authentic, off-the-beaten-path restaurants – simply ask! It can be hard to navigate through all the tourist traps. Ask a local, or an experienced friend, or do some research online.

9. Take a cooking class

Why not learn how to make some of that amazing food? There are cooking classes in almost every city in Thailand and also on the islands. You should probably do some online research to find the best one for you.

10. Go island hopping

Thailand has over 5,000 miles of coastline waiting to be explored. Travel by longtail boat and discover as many beaches and islands as possible.

See Phang Nga Bay and its famous limestone rocks or the white sand beaches of Ko Phi Phi Leh. It’s an unforgettable experience!

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11.Do a water activity

Crystal blue water is abundant it Thailand so the country offers a range of water activities: deep-water soloing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, canoeing… Be careful and enjoy the excitement!

12.Visit the Khao Yai National Park

This park comprises rainforests and grasslands which adds up to the large number of animals you can see. There are about 300 bird species in the park, as well as elephants, gibbons, macaques…

13.Take the Thai-Burma railway

Kanchanaburi province, an area of lush forests, has a dark past. Here, you’ll find the start of the infamous Death Railway and the bridge over the River Kwai. Both are haunting relics from WWII, constructed by prisoners of war.

14.See Wat Arun

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple named after Aruna, the god of dawn. Its tower is 79 meters tall and covered in colorful porcelain and ceramic tiles. A truly mesmerizing sight!

15.Do something unique

Step out of your comfort zone and enjoy the way of living. Eat a scorpion, get a hair wrap, let a monk tattoo you while visiting a temple, drive a scooter like a local… There are so many things to experience in this country!

Thailand is a country that never disappoints and always shows its most welcoming side. It’s a land of beauty, excitement and fun. A truly fascinating place!

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