Things to Do in Thailand: Thailand is one of the best places to visit for any traveler who may be exploring Southeast Asia for the first time. It is a country with very friendly people; it’s relatively easy to get around, has a mix of lush tropics and city areas, and has beautiful wats or temples everywhere. You’ll be able to stretch your dollar here with 60-minute Thai massages at 350 ฿, which is about $10 USD!
It’s hard not to like Thai food, as flavors are well-balanced with fresh greens, spices, savory sauces, and more. Domestic flights are also reasonable– from Bangkok to Chiang Mai for $57 (one way), Chiang Mai to Phuket for $75 (one way), and Phuket to Bangkok for $65 (one way). Read on for our guide on things to do in Thailand while you are in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. We also recommend you to check out these Thailand Packing List before aheading to Thailand.
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Things to Do in Thailand
- Feel the wind in your hair and the pulse of the city by riding in a tuk-tuk.
- Work out those knots you never knew you had by getting a foot, oil, or Thai massage.
- Awaken your inner chef by taking a Thai cooking class.
- Admire the remarkable handiwork and unique qualities of each wat (temple).
- Fall in love with mango sticky rice. Once that happens, learn to make room in your heart for durian sticky rice.
- Visit an elephant sanctuary
- Break a sweat and live out your Thai boxing fantasies through a class.
Things to Do in Bangkok
- Snap away with ample photo opportunities at one of the many floating markets in or around Bangkok.
- Get absorbed in the maze of chaos and noise on Yaowarat Road, also known as Bangkok’s Chinatown.
- Dance all of your cares away at Onyx or one of the many nightclubs in RCA (Royal City Avenue).
- Take a ride on the Chao Phraya Express boat and stop in the Thonburi district to explore temples, museums, and mini-floating markets. Hop back on the boat and northwards to the last stop at the Nonthaburi Market to wander in a local market free from tourists.
- Experience a real-life foodie wonderland by eating in one of the most magnificent food courts, Eathai, in the Sukhumvit area.
- Let the big city dissolve away by visiting the ko ratanakosin (the old quarters). You’ll also find the Grand Palace and Wat Pho here.
- Check out one of the world’s largest markets at the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Interestingly enough, this is also notorious for illegal animal trading.
- Find yourself with extra time for a day trip? Visit the floating markets of Amphawa just outside of Bangkok.
- A small emerald Buddha with a big story at Wat Phra Kaew.
- Let the cool night sky wash over you on one of the many rooftop bars in Bangkok.
Things to Do in Chiang Mai
- Inhale a bowl of Khao Soi (traditional cut noodles) as soon as you arrive. Why? You’re going to want more throughout your time in Chiang Mai, so it’s better to start early.
- Get the twinkle and charm of Chiang Mai by staying in the old city.
- Visit the food vendors at the North Gate and order a plate (or two) of stewed pork and egg from the cowboy hat lady (also visited by Anthony Bourdain).
- For a completely immersive experience, make some time to go on a one-night or multi-day trek.
- Witness standing history at Wat Chedi Luang, chat with a monk, or get a sacred white thread bracelet for protection during your travels.
- Gape in awe at the golden Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
- Contemplate the things that you need versus want at the Talat Warorot — the oldest public market in the city.
- Sway to the best live music venues at the North Gate Jazz Co-Op.
Things to do in Phuket
- Take a full-day excursion or even opt to stay overnight at one of the nearby islands: Phi Phi, Krabi, James Bond, and more.
- Get your tan on at one of the many beautiful beaches in Phuket! Karon Beach is a little quieter with more shade, and Kata is a lively place to be.
- Lay back in a hammock and devour baskets of mangosteens or longans on the beach.
- Rent a motorbike and cruise around town.
- For the climbers and daredevils, try deep water soloing at Tonsai beach in Krabi.
- Explore limestone formations at Phang Nga Bay.
- Canoe Cave Explorer Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket
- Go for a night out on Bangla Road in Patong.
Thailand is a country with an abundance of experiences and attractions for visitors to enjoy. From bustling cities to tranquil beaches, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to explore ancient temples, indulge in delicious street food, or simply relax and soak up the sun, Thailand has it all. Some of the top activities include visiting stunning national parks, experiencing the vibrant nightlife, shopping at bustling markets, and trying out adventures.
And, of course, no visit to Thailand is complete without trying out the local transportation staple, the tuk-tuk. With its rich culture, beautiful scenery, and friendly locals, Thailand is a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. So pack your bags and get ready to experience the magic of Thailand!
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