Home to picture-perfect white sandy beaches, intricately built temples, incredible street food, and a strong cultural heritage, Thailand is one of those places that has something for everyone. Whether you want to come here to explore more of its rich cultural heritage, or simply to bask in one of their many beaches and nightly parties, Thailand has easily become one of our favorite countries in Southeast Asia. After both traveling and living in Thailand, we’ve put together this travel guide, highlighting the best of what you can see and do in this country.
Animal Tourism in Thailand is pretty rampant with lots of tours promoting elephant trekking. If there is one thing we are passionate about, it is about spreading the word about the rampant animal abuse that happens in these establishments. A lot of tourists flock to the Tiger temple in Chiang Mai just to get a selfie with a tiger.
The tigers in these places are often mistreated and drugged up so they can be docile enough for human interaction. Same goes for elephant “sanctuaries” Bottom line is, do your research if you really must see them and only go to reputable ones (we recommend Elephant Nature Park), or better yet-just avoid any activity which involves animals.
As mentioned, Thailand is a country that has a little bit of everything for everyone. Despite being frequented by millions and millions of tourists every day, there is still a large portion of Thailand that remains largely unexplored. Here are a few of the best places things to do in Thailand.
This busy metropolitan city is the heart of Thailand and is one of the most chaotic, energetic, and vibrant cities in Southeast Asia. While some people head straight to the islands, spending a few days in Bangkok is a great way to ease yourself into this exotic country. In Bangkok, there are temples, shopping areas, and pretty much everything that you can imagine under the sun. A few of the most popular things to do in Bangkok is to visit the famous Wat Pho Temple and the Grand Palace. Shop in the widely diverse Chatuchak weekend market or many malls and eat some delicious street food available all over the city. If you’re looking for something more tailored, check out our article on cheap things to do in Bangkok which suggest an activity for every day of the week.
The food in Thailand is some of the best in the world which is why taking a cooking class is one of the best things you can do while in the country. When living in Thailand, we’ve done over 5 cooking classes and have enjoyed every experience! When looking for where to go, I suggest looking at Cookly which has loads of listings for cooking classes in Thailand which you can filter by location.
After you’re done exploring Bangkok, You can opt to venture towards the cities in Northern Thailand. Make the most out of the mountains in Northern Thailand and indulge in a few days trekking, whitewater rafting, exploring remote hill-tribe villages, or simply enjoying the cool fresh air in the mountains. In northern Thailand, you can also opt to do the Mae Hong Son Loop which is one of our favorite activities in Thailand. Apart from trekking, white water rafting down the rivers in Chiang Mai is also highly recommended.
From the exploring the unique White Temple in Chiang Rai to spending a couple of days relaxing in the sleepy hippy town called Pai, here are a few of our favorite things to do in Northern Thailand.
Known to have a very diverse and rich underwater marine life, Thailand is one of the best (and cheapest places) to learn how to scuba dive. Get PADI certified as you go diving in Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, or the many other islands. Whatever you do, if you are an underwater enthusiast, experience some of the best scuba diving in Thailand from doing day trips or from doing longer liveaboard dives in the Similan Islands. If you’re a diving enthusiast, going on a liveaboard boat in Thailand is an experience you will never forget!
Being an incredibly diverse country, people flock to Thailand for a variety of reasons.
One of our favorite things to do in Thailand is to go trekking up mountains like Doi Mon Jong or Phu Chi Fa or even explore a few of their many National Parks. When we used to live in Chiang Mai, we used to head up to Doi Inthanon or Doi Pui all the time to go camping. Similarly, places like Khao Sam Roi Yot are also excellent places to visit, given its close proximity to Bangkok.
Between the many islands to choose from, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches and underwater life in Thailand. Whether you want to party it up in the full moon party in Koh Phangan, visit Ang Thong Marine Park, or simply explore some of the best beaches in Thailand, a trip to the islands is a must. While visiting Phi Phi, Phuket, and the rest of the popular places are considered as musts, if you want uncrowded beaches which aren’t too touristy, Thailand has heaps of other islands that are worth visiting.
Thailand is home to some of the most amazing food (in the world) and is a big favorite of mine in Southeast Asia. This country features a cuisine full of fresh ingredients and bold flavors. If you’re only in Thailand for a short amount of time, here are a few dishes that you need to try:
Pad Thai: Readily available in almost every street food cart, this dish is something you can never go wrong with. Thick noodles topped with a variety of shrimp or chicken, bean sprouts, egg, and tofu, stir-fried together in goodness.
Pad Krapow Moo: A stir-fry made from minced pork or chicken dish cooked with lots of basil, garlic, and chilies served on top of a piping bowl of white rice and served with a fried egg.
Som Tum: Shredded papaya mixed with green beans, garlic and chilies marinated in a vinaigrette type of sauce topped with peanuts. Usually eaten as a side salad with grilled dishes.
Mango Sticky Rice: Coconut rice paired with a ripe sweet mango topped with a sweet coconut syrup that is to die for!
For more information on what to eat in Thailand, you can check out our Thailand street food guide as well as the full article on the best dishes in Thailand that you can’t miss out on during your trip.
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