Things to do in Thailand


Why do so many travellers visit this country every single year? It’s simple: there is so much to do in Thailand that you’ll struggle to fit everything in! We’ve compiled the 15 best things to do in Thailand for you, although we are sure you’ll find hundreds more when you are in this exciting and vibrant country…

  • Bangkok. Although there are things to do in Bangkok mentioned below, the city itself is quite simply the biggest attraction in the country. Vibrant, friendly, hedonistic and crammed full of character, this capital city has to be seen to be believed. Make sure you leave at least a week to explore what it has to offer.
  • Khao San Road. Khao San Road is where all the backpackers go, and for good reason. It’s crammed full of hotels, shops, street vendors and bars, and is the perfect place to meet people and begin your gap year in Thailand. Try not to stay for too long though – simply use it as a starting point.
  • The Grand Palace. Found in the centre of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is the official residence of the King of Thailand. It dates back to 1782 and is crammed full of history. It is also the home of the world famous Emerald Buddha, which is one of the highlights of the whole country. Make sure you cover up though, otherwise you’ll have to hire clothes.
  • Khao Yai National Park. Thailand is home to a number of spectacular national parks, however Khao Yai National Park is the most spectacular. You’ll get the chance to see all kinds of different animals and birds, plus the scenery is absolutely amazing as well. Get a tour guide to make the most of this experience.
  • kanchanaburiKrabi. Krabi is in the southern part of the country, and is the gateway to a number of great activities. You’ll find snorkelling and sailing along the coast, trekking in the national parks and climbing at Railay Beach, among other things. The town has an international airport too, making it easy to get to.
  • Kanchanaburi. You might not have heard of Kanchanaburi, but you probably have heard of the Bridge Over the River Kwai, which is located right here. Partially destroyed by the Allied troops, the remainder of the bridge stands as a tribute to those who were forced to build it, many of whom lost their lives in the process.
  • Koh Tao. If you are diving fan, Koh Tao is the place to visit in Thailand. With crystal clear waters and an abundance of underwater life, novices and experienced divers alike will love this place. Those who prefer dry land will love Kho Tao as well, thanks to the beautiful scenery, amazing beaches and great nightlife.
  • Chiang Mai. While Bangkok is chaotic and hedonistic, Chiang Mai is laid-back and relaxed. It’s a hugely popular tourist hotspot, and has a number of great attractions, such as many temples and the Night Bazaar (see below). It is also a great place to start if you are planning on venturing into the jungles of northern Thailand.
  • Elephant Nature Park. We’ve not included elephant trekking in this list, due to the bad treatment often suffered by these animals. Instead, why not pay a visit to the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai? You can help with the animals and get a much more hands-on experience here – all while really making a difference.
  • ko-phi-phiKo Phi Phi. If you’ve heard of Ko Phi Phi, it’s because the blockbuster hit The Beach was filmed right here. It deserves recognition for much more than this though, as it is an absolutely stunning island and more laid-back than most other places on earth. It has got more touristy over the years, but still retains much of its charm and beauty.
  • The Tiger Temple. This is the place to get the perfect holiday snap, as there aren’t many who get a picture sitting right next to a tiger! It’s a Buddhist temple founded as a tiger sanctuary, and is a favourite among tourists, especially those continuing on towards the border with Burma.
  • The Night Bazaar. Found in Chiang Mai, the Night Bazaar is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers during the night. You’ll find everything here, and it is the perfect place to stock up on souvenirs, as well as soak up the atmosphere of the city at the same time. Make sure you haggle, as everything is cheaper than it first seems…
  • elephants-in-ThailandAyutthaya. Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of Siam. It dates back to 1350 and some of the temples and palaces still stand, although not quite in their former glory. It is close to Bangkok, so can be visited on a day trip from the Thai capital quite easily.
  • Wat Traimit. The temple of Wat Traimit might not ring any bells, but inside it is the world famous Golden Buddha, which is the largest solid gold statue on the planet. What’s more, the temple is located in Bangkok, making it easy to get to for any traveller. This is, without doubt, one of the must-visit locations of Thailand.
  • Floating Markets. Found in Bangkok, the floating markets attract tourists by the bucket load. Despite this, the scene is spectacular, with various traders selling their goods from boats, forming an amazingly colourful scene. You can buy a few things here, or just simply soak up the atmosphere and take some great photographs.
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