It will take you years to explore and experience everything that Thailand has to offer. If you only have a week or two to spend on your Thailand holiday, you can make the most of it by doing these ten must-dos in Thailand. They’re sure to make your holiday in Thailand truly unforgettable.
Visit The Grand Palace In Bangkok.
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most iconic landmark, as well as the country’s most visited attraction. Since the late 1780s, it served as the seat of the Thai government and home of Thailand’s royal family. The architecture of the Grand Palace is remarkable, with many buildings designed with both Thai and European influences. While the royal family no longer lives there, the Grand Palace remains Thailand’s most holy place because of the presence of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in the compound.
Travel Through Time In Ayutthaya.
Before Bangkok, Ayutthaya served as the capital of the Kingdom of Siam for more than 400 years. However, the Burmese sacked the city and burned it to the ground. Archaeologists have uncovered the city’s marvellous ruins, and Ayutthaya is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore The Khmer Ruins Near Isaan.
Much of the land now occupied by Isaan province was once part of the former Khmer Empire. Today, all that remains of that empire are magnificent ruins of pink, grey and white sandstone, and the town of Isaan is their gateway. It’s also the gateway to Khao Yai National Park, one of the best places for hiking through nature in Thailand.
See The Golden Triangle.
The Golden Triangle is where the great Mekong River cuts through the boundaries of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. One of the attractions of the place is you can sail along the river to a certain point, stand on the boat, and claim that you are standing in three countries. The Golden Triangle used to be one of the biggest sources of opium in Asia, and a museum there commemorates this heritage.
Go Island Hopping.
A good portion of Thailand’s natural beauty lies in the islands along its eastern and western coasts. Sandy beaches, karst formations, enchanting forests, and bewitching waterfalls are there for you to see and explore.
Trek The Hills.
The hills of northern Thailand have favoured destinations for trekkers and nature lovers. The hills are also the home of Thailand’s various hill tribes. You can spend a day and a night at one of their villages to experience their way of life and learn even just a little bit of their rich culture.
Send Up Lanterns During Loi Krathong In Chiang Mai.
Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated by the Thai in November, which is the twelfth month of their lunar calendar. The festival is marked by floating Krathong – baskets containing banana leaves, incense, a candle and coins – as offerings and wishes to the river spirits. Part of the festival is letting fly paper lanterns to the sky. This romantic festival is best experienced in Chiang Mai.
Shop At Bangkok’s Floating Markets.
Bangkok was once called “The Venice of Asia” because of its network of canals. Many of these canals have been filled in, but those that remained have become the purview of floating markets – boats selling anything from food to clothing and accessories. The atmosphere is certainly lively and uniquely Thai.
Eat Street Food.
Thai food is awesome, as we all well know. That includes street food. While you can certainly find tasty treats like pad thai noodles, spring rolls and pancakes for sale on the streets, you can also find a number of exotic items like sautéed grasshoppers, sautéed red ants, tadpoles, or raw dancing shrimp. Check out more authentic Thai’s food that you should try!
Try Muay Thai.
Muay Thai is more than just kickboxing; it’s an art form. In Thailand, it’s formally called “The Art of the Eight Limbs” because of its combined use of the fists, elbows, shins and knees. Muay Thai challenges not only your body but also your mind.
So, what are you waiting for? Begin planning your Thailand holiday today.