What to Do in Thailand: 11 Top Must See Attractions
It never fails, people arrive at a faraway destination all excited about ‘experiencing something new’ and they end up seeing only a tiny fraction of what the place has to offer. Time flies quickly, especially when you’re unprepared. This is especially true of Thailand. The country has has so many amazing sights and attractions that it’s too easy to get overwhelmed and end up visiting only ‘tourist spots’ that don’t do justice to the true magic, mystery, and excitement the country has to offer.
If you want to make sure you truly get the most out of your trip here are 11 things you should do so you can experience for yourself why Thailand is called “The Land of Smiles.” First time to Thailand and not sure how to pack? Check out our guide here.
1.) Visit Freedom Beach on Phuket’s West Coast
Sun and Palm trees. Check! Surf. Check! White sand beach. Check! If you’re looking for a postcard picture perfect 3D depiction of all the ‘ideal’ tropical beaches you’ve imagined in the past, Freedom Beach will live up to your ideals of an awesome tropical beach experience.
2.) Spend the Day Boating Around Phi Phi Island
Located near Phuket, Phi Phi Island is actually an archipelago made up of several islands. They look like they are floating over the crystal blue and green water of the bay. The nearby waters’ coral reefs make for great diving. Phi Phi is a great place to eat a seafood buffet at one of the several beaches in the area, lounge in the sun, and enjoy the cool clear water.
3.) Watch a Live Muay Thai Fight at Patong Stadium
Phuket’s very own Patong Stadium holds several muay thai matches every week. Be sure to check out a match and see Thai boxing in all its guts, sweat, and glory.
4.) Take a Bangkok River of Kings Canal Ride
Not exactly a Venetian gondola ride but just as exciting, this boat ride on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River takes you through a route that gives you a great view of the Grand Palace as well as Wat Phra Kaew’s Emerald Buddha.
5.) Tour Bangkok’s Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple
If you want to get an inside look on two defining qualities of Thai culture, tour the gold-tipped Grand Palace-the Thai King’s official residence-and check out the Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaew Temple. After all, monarchy and Buddhism are the two key hallmarks of Thai life.
6.) Do an Island Tour of Phuket
Phuket is the small city in Thailand that acts as a gateway to some of the best seaside natural attractions the country offers. Riding a speedboat, you can take in the awesome views of Pha Nga Bay with its amazing limestone cliffs. From here you can go to the Khai Islands-little emerald islands offering all snorkeling and swimming.
7.) Check out the Grand Palace at Night
As awesome as taking in the sites at the Palace may be during the day, walking near the Palace grounds at night makes for a romantic experience. The Palace complex is lit up at night and gives the whole place an amazing other worldly glow.
8.) Visit the Wat Arun
Also known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun’s architectural shape is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower-made out of stone, of course. You get an amazing view as you climb up the stairs. You’re also treated to amazing mosaic artwork and detailing.
9.) Spend the Day at the Golden Triangle
Located on the soil where the Ruak river and Mekong River flow into each other, the Golden Triangle offers lots of riverside recreation and food in the spot where Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand intersect.
10.) Ride Elephants at the Elephant Nature Park
The elephant is central to historic Thai rural life. If you want to see them up close, make your way to the Elephant Nature Park and enjoy humane elephant rides. This nature park is distinctive for its humane and ethical treatment of its pachyderms.
11.) Shop at Damnoen Saduak’s Floating Market
Historically, Thailand had lots of floating markets. People bought all the groceries and produce they need daily by simply paddling from one boat market stall to another. Recapture this experience by going to Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi. Located around 100 km outside of Bangkok, this floating market recaptures the thrill and exotic excitement of floating markets of yesteryear.
Do the 11 things listed above to get as much value and memories from your next trip to Thailand. You’ll thank yourself for it!