Well, going to Thailand once may not be satisfactory because of what it has to offer us but believe it, if you’ve been there once and you’ve done it right, then there’s nothing going to be more satisfying than that. Immensely popular and crazily beautiful, the Land of Smiles or The Amazing Thailand as its slogan says, is truly a country that will make you believe that dreams do come to reality.
This South-Asian travel hub has been hitting the target of being one of the must and best places to visit, once in a lifetime. And for all those who have visited this country have genuinely called it one of their best experiences and by far their most favorite country of visit. There’s so much to see, and even more things to do here. The only problem for any visitor coming to Thailand is narrowing down the things to do list because there are countless and hotspots that could be topping your list. But, let’s just know things that the people have visited the country, have done and recommended for us.
1. Visit the Grand Palace
Set in the heart of Bangkok, this is one of the famous attractions of Thailand. There’s so much to see, that one cannot be disappointed. One needs to be dressed appropriately or the entry will be refused.
2. Elephant trekking at Mahawangchang Elephant Camp
Seeing the elephants in their most natural environment is the best thing to do. This elephant camp allows you to swim in the river with the elephants, or ride bare back on them while they’re swimming. It’s an experience not to be missed.
3. Thai Massages
Famous worldwide, are the thai massages. For years, massages have been a tradition in Thailand because of the techniques used while massaging along with the styles. The whole experience will leave you balanced and will make you feel rejuvenated.
4. Shop at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Thailand has abundant of markets, but the most famous one is this floating market. It is huge. There are boats everywhere and visitors have to shop while you boat. This market will give you an insight of how things were in Thailand, centuries ago.
5. Climb up the Sathorn Unique Tower
The heart of Bangkok and the abandoned skyscraper known as the Sathron Unique which was built during the late nineties but due to the global crisis the building’s construction was never completed. It is not an official tourist attraction but when you climb 49 floors up, you will be left astonished to see the breathtaking view of Bangkok from the top.
6. Visit Koh Phi Phi
Been a part of numerous movies, Koh Phi Phi is a stunning island and a must visit in Thailand. After you’ve visited Koh Phi Phi, no beach will ever feel beautiful than the ones here. There are no roads in the island so you will have to do a fair amount of walking, but that will surely not be disappointing.
7. Drive like a Thai Local
Traveling by scooters, is widely chosen by both, locals and the tourists. It is an experience that cannot be described but only felt and done.
8. Hog the street food
Home to different kinds of street food, Thailand is popular to have different food in every street and every city of the country. Thai’s don’t even cook as the cost of eating is relatively lesser than cooking at home.
9. Have a water fight during Songkran
Songkran is a traditional Thai New Year that is celebrated each year in the month of April across the entire country from 13th to 15th. The water is sprinkled throughout the festival as it is believed that it will wash away all your bad luck and sins.
10. Visit the Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park was the first national park to be established in Thailand. The park comprises of rain forests, grasslands that adds up to the large population of animals. There are also a couple of waterfalls in the park which are well worth a visit.
11. Take a holy trip to Wat Arun
Thailand has been home to Buddhism since years. Wat Arun is one of the Buddhist temples and is named after Aruna, the God of Dawn. The temple is one of the most stunning sites you will ever see. At the entrance of the temple you will see a pair of mythical giants that are said to be guarded the temples.
12. Go to a Full Moon Party
A group of tourists realized one day that the most beautiful view of the full moon was from the beach of Koh Phangan so they decided to hold a party. From that day it became a tradition. The parties are a riot of color, music and a nonstop drinking that would seem to last forever. If you want to take a break from the dance you can go to the bar or swim in the warm of Gulf of Thailand.
13. Go to the famous Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep is a mountain that stands over 5400 feet above. There are two reasons why people visit Doi Suthep; firstly, the overview of Chiang Mai and also visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep which is a temple that has high historical references that date back to the 13th century.
14. Scuba Diving off the coast of Koh Lanta
One of the most desired destination for scuba diving with some of the most beautiful diving in the world with around 17 diving sites.
15. Celebrate the Loi Krathong Festival
A festival that is celebrated on the night of the twelfth lunar month. You can call this a lantern festival that celebrates the Goddess of water for all the water that she has supplied over the last year. It makes the sky look like a procession of colors and lights.
16. Trip to the City of Ayutthaya
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thailand, has to be on you to-do-list. Originally, Ayutthaya had been the capital of the country until the Burmese army destroyed the city. Today, the ruins of the destruction have a story to tell its visitors and is preserved in the historical park which is worth your visit.
17. Sip on a coconut
Thai coconuts are famous. Just for a few baht you can enjoy the rich flavor of the coconut that will really quench your thirst.
18. Visit the Ewaran Falls
They are a group of seven waterfalls each having its own uniqueness and characteristics. It is situated in the Ewaran National Park where you can spend your day trekking from one waterfall to the other or stopping by and taking a swim in the pools to cool yourselves.
19. Step back in time at the Nightingale-Olympic
This was one of Bangkok’s most famous department store that was lost in time. However, it was redecorated, and well updated. Many of the items date back to 50 years ago which will make you feel that time travel is finally here.
20. Fly Boards in Koh Samui
Fly boarding is the new experience and the extreme sport that gives you aqua superpowers and is extremely famous in Koh Samui that is the best way to explore the southern shores.
Overall, Thailand just speaks for itself. Whenever you hear its name, you will already start thinking about beaches, food, beauty, jungles and exotic wildlife experiences.