Do you fancy a self-indulgent, artistic, stress-free, beyond beaches and an economic vacation this year? Thailand is where you must head to. Not just Bangkok, but you see Pattaya, Phuket, and other parts of the country. Of course, be ready for a little traffic, a maze of packed bazaars, traditional shops and eating joints. The best time to visit Thailand is throughout the year if the hot temperature, moisture, and showers do not daunt you.
With so much to experience a small quick vacation is not enough to see it all. Kesari put together a list of 10 best things to do in Thailand. Read on to know…
Island Hopping in Thailand: Home to nearly 300 islands, make time to visit at least the top few. You can choose from islands in the Andamans or in the Gulf of Thailand. If you go the Andaman route, then you can island hop from North to the south or vice versa. Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, and Koh Lipe are some of the best islands on this route. The best time to visit these isles is from November to May. You can plan day trips that are a ferry ride from Phuket.
If scuba diving excites you then make a trip to one of the Similan islands. Offering some of the best open water courses in Thailand and Southeast Asia, these isles are perfect for an adventurous day out. They are off the coast and you can reach them using dive boats available from Phuket or Khao Lak isles. Don’t miss out on the well-known Elephant Head Rock and Richelieu full of marine life that includes manta rays, barracudas, even whale sharks. If you love coral reefs or swimming in the clear azure sea, these islands are the best.
Watch a Muay Thai Fight: Did you know Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport? Well, if you’d like to watch then make time for it on your holiday to Thailand. Muay Thai is Thailand’s version of boxing, it is a full-contact sport known as the ‘art of 8 limbs’ as it involves your knees, elbows, shins, and fists. Though you may find such fights all over Thailand, Bangkok has some of the best and Lumpinee Stadium is the best place to see it. If it catches your fancy, you can also take a few lessons in the martial art form.
Visit the Grand Palace: On a visit to Bangkok, the Grand Palace is a must-see. Home to the king of Thailand for 150 years, the palace boasts of a 218400 sq.mt area with stunning architecture to see for yourself. Remember, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. If you cannot fulfill the dress code needed, you may gain entry. Other places to visit in Thailand are the Sathorn Unique Tower, Songkran, Phang Nga Bay, and others.
Floating Markets: A unique attraction in Thailand, floating markets are where you can find everything from fresh produce to wood carvings, local cuisine and not to forget a ride in the canals. If you like shopping for a few gifts, then you can also check the shops lining the markets. You can either plan a private tour or pick a ticket as the locals do. One of the best floating markets is the Khlong Lat Mayom in Bangkok.
Chiang Rai’s White Temple: Not visiting a temple in Thailand is like sleeping through the panoramic view over the mountain. The White Temple as Wat Rong Khun temple in Chiang Rai is known as among tourists. Known for its white edifice, a local artist bought the temple and restored it at a price of 1 million USD. This temple is a must-visit.
Sak Yant Tattoo: In the mood for Ink on your body? Well, we don’t mean just a regular tattoo, locals believe the tattoo has magical powers. Not tattoo artists, but monks create the design and they don’t use a tattoo gun but a metal rod to place the design. The monks decide on the design based on what you need protection from the most before making it. So, if needles scare you, but you still want a tattoo, then a Sak Yant Tattoo is the best bet.
Sunset Watching from the Sky Bar in Bangkok: If sightseeing in Thailand becomes hectic, take a break. Have dinner at the Sky Bar in Bangkok. But before dinner, make time for the amazing sunset you get a chance to see from the Sky Bar. Bangkok is home to several Sky Bars, but the Red Sky Bangkok is one of the best. What’s more, make the most of the happy hours from 5-7 pm. Do remember, most fancy restaurants and bars have a dress code.
Elephant Nature Park: Do your bit for nature. Check out the Elephant Nature Park that is outside Chiang Mai. The nature park rescues and rehabilitates elephants. The park has places where you can spend the night and have an enjoyable time.
Experience an Overwater Bungalow without going to the Maldives: Do you believe you must visit the Maldives to experience an overwater bungalow? Well, not really. You can enjoy the same experience at the floating homes on River Kwai. If staying on water fascinates you, do plan for a stay in the bungalows on the river.
Traditional Thai Massage: Unlike other massages that work with hot oil, traditional Thai massages are different. If you are looking for a relaxing experience do, try the Thai massage. They usually use more pressure than regular massages. Don’t worry if you find the masseuse walking on your back. What’s more, it offers the best value for money.
If you’re still deciding on a place to visit, why don’t you try Thailand this year? Connect with Kesari Tours for more details.