Things To Do In Thailand – 14 Incredible Spots To Visit
There are many things to do in Thailand that are both exciting and relaxing. Thailand is a beautiful country with so many different things to do. From the bustling city of Bangkok to the quiet town of Chiang Mai there are so many things you can experience when visiting Thailand.
It’s important to remember that some places have their own unique way of doing things and it’s best if you know what they are before your trip!
For example, in Thailand tipping is not mandatory or expected but is always appreciated by hard-working service industry employees.
It is also very common for people to eat with chopsticks instead of utensils when eating Thai food at home or in restaurants.
Here is a list of things you can do in Thailand.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
If you’re visiting Thailand then you must visit The Grand Palace in Bangkok. It is the country’s most celebrated attraction. It was once home to King Rama I, founder of Bangkok when he moved his court from Ayutthaya, in 1768.
The Grand Palace is situated on the Chao Phraya River in Rattanakosin Island, in central Bangkok.
One of the things you’ll like most about the Grand Palace is the way it is designed. There are four walls surrounding the palace with two gates, one on each side of the building.
The Grand Palace contains over 100 buildings inside its walled enclosure. These include throne halls, government agencies, and residential areas for royals.
Some of the things you can see when visiting the Grand Palace are Vimanmek Mansion, which was once home to King Rama V; Suphannahongse Royal Barge, which used to carry the king across Chao Phraya River; and The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), which has beautiful temples decorated with colorful ceramic tiles.
You should also visit Wat Phra Kaew or The Temple of Emerald Buddha, which contains a 50 cm tall jade statue of Emerald Buddha that sits on a gilded altar. You can’t enter the temple, but you can go around it and look at the many large stupas (pagodas) decorated with colorful mosaics.
The Grand Palace is open every day from 8 am to 3 pm for tourists. Be warned, however, that if you plan to visit Suphannahongse Royal Barge or Vimanmek Mansion, then you should contact a travel agent ahead of time because they are only open certain days a week.
The Golden Triangle in Thailand is another popular tourist attraction. Myanmar (Burma) and Laos are just across the river, and it is possible to go on a day trip to visit their markets and see elephants.
Looking over the riverbank of Myanmar is a sight to behold. The stupas are so colorful against the green foliage of the surrounding hills. Many tourists love to visit this area of Thailand because it offers a lot of history and culture.
Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai
When visiting the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai you’ll see rescued elephants and learn about their history and plight. It is a wonderful experience to interact with the gentle giants and learn how they are taking care of them. With each elephant tour, you’ll be helping this foundation.
The elephants are fed, given water, and bathed. It is a wonderful experience to interact with them and learn how they are taking care of these gentle giants.
Phang Nga Bay
In Phang Nga Bay you’ll find a number of islands. It is a great place to visit and explore the area. There are tours that you can take, kayaking or by boat, it’s your choice. You’ll also have a chance to swim with the fish and see the famous James Bond Island.
When you visit the Bay you’ll be left in awe by the beauty of this place. It is a wonderful experience to see what Thailand has to offer.
Visiting Northern Thailand is a wonderful experience. It is a commonplace of origin for many of the people who live in Bangkok. In this area, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the national parks and wildlife preserves.
In these reserves, you’ll see a number of different species including tigers, elephants, birds, and reptiles. These places are a great chance to learn about the animals that live here and what they do to survive. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some monkeys though that isn’t always possible.
While visiting Northern Thailand there’s also a nice mix of culture as well with many beautiful temples to explore as well as shopping centers right alongside them. This is truly a wonderful place filled with amazing experiences waiting for those who come here!
Chiang Mai is another destination in Northern Thailand with plenty of cultures to explore. Since this is the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, there are many different temples that you can visit in order to learn about their culture.
Another famous attraction found in Chiang Mai is the Night Bazaar which allows people to purchase lots of gifts for friends and family back at home. This place is best experienced during the night when all the lights are lit up!
You’ll also find a large collection of delicious restaurants in Chiang Mai. You’ll find many different options for food including vegan, vegetarian, or meat dishes. The prices are very affordable here so it’s easy on your wallet as well!
The Songkran Festival is one of the most famous and largest celebrations in Thailand. It’s a great place to visit if you love festivals because there will be lots of people around and it truly celebrates life!
During Songkran, Thais gather around and splash each other with water as a sign of purification. Eventually, the festival becomes more like a traditional water fight as tourists join in on the fun as well.
Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi
The Damnoen Saduak is a floating market in Ratchaburi that consists of a series of canals. It’s definitely a place worth visiting to see the Thai way of life and also, there are lots of delicious foods to be eaten!
To take part in the best experience, visitors should rent out one of those small boats where you can ride along the canal as you eat your food from each stand.
White Temple Wat Rong Khun
The White Temple is around 20 minutes away from Chiang Rai, so it’s probably one of the far-away destinations on this list but very much worth your time if you’re interested in art or Asian culture!
It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat and it takes inspiration from both Buddhist and Hindu designs. Free admission!
Chiang Dao Caves
This is a series of limestone caves located in the same province as the amazing Doi Inthanon National Park, which we’ll talk about later. According to some sources on Google Maps, it says that this is around 7 hours away from Bangkok by car, and not sure how accurate that is but I’d say you’re looking at 3-5 hours depending on how adventurous you like to get with your driving or if there’s bad traffic, etc.
The main highlight would be the Buddha inside these caves who has been sculpted into the cave walls. It looks very beautiful and it’s worth checking out! They also sell snacks here so you can munch down on them while exploring the caves.
Kanchanaburi is a province of Thailand, located on the west side of the country. It’s a 3-hour drive away from Bangkok and I’d say you can easily do it in 2-3 hours if there isn’t any traffic because let me tell you about Thai drivers…
Anyway, this place is where many World War II landmarks are located at. Some of them include the famous bridge over the River Kwai (which by the way was originally named Death Railway but has since then been changed to River Kwai Bridge), Hellfire Pass Memorial, JEATH War Museum, and much more!
Visting the Khmer ruins is something that I couldn’t recommend more for people who plan on visiting Thailand. This place is filled with impressive temples, Hindu carvings, and places of worship! Don’t forget to wear proper clothing when entering the site since you will need to cover your shoulders and knees (or else you won’t be able to enter).
Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park is a fantastic place to visit in Thailand. The park is filled with all sorts of trails, waterfalls, and animals! The best time to go is during the months between December and February when it doesn’t rain too much in this area.
However, if you’re planning on doing some hiking then I would recommend not going within this timeframe since it will be wetter due to the higher amount of rainfall at that time.
You’ll want to visit Chatuchak Market while you’re in Thailand. There are plenty of shops inside the market where you can find all sorts of knickknacks, clothes, and food products. This is a great place to go if you want to get souvenirs for your family and friends!
The best way to experience Thailand is by immersing yourself in the culture, meeting new people, and trying all of their delicious food.
Make sure you visit one of these spots before your trip ends! We hope this blog post has inspired you to plan your next travel adventure abroad! Did we miss anything? Let us know what’s on your bucket list for a future vacation.