Top 20 Things to do in Thailand
Anywhere you explore there is always the food: delicious and cheap. You are never far away from an authentic Pad Thai, Tom Yam, papaya salad or mango sticky rice, you’ll never again look at your favourite Thai takeaway the same way.
But the most enduring impression Thailand imprinted on me was simply the warmth and happiness of the people and the friendliness of the locals. It’s impossible to explore the whole of Thailand in one trip, but here are my must dos and the cities, coasts and activities you simply can’t afford to miss.
1. Shop in the famous Siam Square
2. Check out Bangkok’s legendary nightlife
3. Visit the Grand Palace and Phra Kaew
4. Admire the giant golden reclining Buddha in Wat Pho
5. Escape the chaos and enjoy a riverboat trip along the Chao Phraya
6. Eat the street food, follow your nose, don’t be afraid to try new things.
7. Peruse the arts, crafts and clothes at the 1km long Sunday market on Ratchadamnoen Road
8. Visit the impressive temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, built high on a mountain (take a moped up to catch an amazing sunset)
9. Practice yoga, take a meditation course, relax with an authentic Thai massage. The meditation centre Doi Suthep Vipassana is a popular one, providing meditation courses for all abilities
10. Take a cookery class and learn the art making the perfect spring roll
11. Spend a day with elephants, make sure to pick a farm where the beautiful animals are loved and looked after.
12. Hire a moped to explore the lush greenery that makes up Pai
13. Watch the sunrise at Yun Lai viewpoint whilst sipping freshly brewed tea
14. Take a cooling dip in the Mhor Phaeng Waterfall
15. Admire the views from Pai Canyon, take a trek along the rusty narrow paths if you dare
Coast and the Islands
16. Visit Railay a small peninsular between Krabi and Ao Nang, it’s a magical place not to be missed with the best white sand beaches
17. Make friends with monkeys
18. Take a rock climbing course and be prepared to sweat
19. Go scuba diving or snorkeling in the clearest waters
20. Eat an abundance of the fresh exotic fruit available, mangosteens and rambutans are delicious!
Remember on planning a visit that there are three seasons: hot (from March to May) cool (November to February) and the rainy season (roughly from May to October). In Southern Thailand and along the Andaman Coast the rain can hit hard and the seas can be rough, so if you’re planning a wet season trip, don’t forget to be prepared and pack your poncho!
Written by Sophie