For many, visiting Thailand is a no-brainer if you’re going to travel the world. Be prepared to experience many awesome activities – there really is something for everyone here, and many of them are necessary for your bucket list! Here are some of the top travel picks for 9 things you must do in Thailand.
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Visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market
This is one of the largest markets in the world and you’re sure to spend hours traipsing through it because it contains various goods and more than 8000 stalls! The market is divided into organized sections so there are many different things to see. You can find everything, from pets and pet accessories, to clothing, books and gardening tools.
While you browse for gifts and interesting purchases, enjoy some snacks and drinks from the vendors. There are also some great restaurants on the outskirts of the market, so it’s a perfect place to spend a shopping day out.
Take a Flight of the Gibbon
Situated in Chiang Mai, this is the longest zip-line tour in Asia, soaring through the rainforest canopy 1300 meters above sea level. Follow the branch-to-branch route a gibbon might take down the mountain – it’s a great way to explore the region in a more hands-on and adventurous way.
Sail Away on Bangkok Floating Markets
Imagine boats packed with tropical fruits and vegetables and local food cooked from floating kitchens right on the boats. Sounds out of this world, doesn’t it? Well, it’s a reality and the Bangkok floating markets are a must-see during your trip. In the canals, hundreds of boats even sell items other than foodstuff, such as clothes, incense and other trinkets.
There are many companies in Bangkok with whom you can get a guided tour of the floating market. If getting on the boat doesn’t appeal to you, you can still see everything from the sides of the canals – and perhaps even buy something because many boats conveniently set up shop there.
Get Connected to Nature
This is Thailand’s third largest and one of the most visited national parks, which also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park amazingly spans four provinces – Saraburi, Nakon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Prachinburi.
The highest part of the park, located at Khao Rom, is about 1300 meters above sea level. Enjoy viewing the amazing waterfalls, mountains and valleys, situated just three hours from Bangkok.
Go Shark Diving
Bangkok’s Siam Ocean World is a beautiful and modern aquarium where you’ll be able to see penguins and sharks. Don’t leave before diving with the sharks, though. This is an amazing experience to have during your stay in Thailand and it comes at a reasonable price, too.
You get the chance to be up close and personal with various sharks, such as Tiger Sharks and Leopard sharks, and make your trip something you’ll never forget.
Treat the Elephants in Lampang
The Lampang province in Thailand is great for nature enthusiasts. At the Thai Elephant Conservation Center you get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help care for one of the 50 elephants that live there, for a few days or a month. This is a wonderful way to do something good for conservation during your stay in Thailand.
Get Island Happy
You can’t go to Thailand without checking out its magnificent beaches. The South eastern province in Thailand, Trat, is known for its lovely sand and shore. Visit Mu Ko Chang National Park that is a marine area. Here you’ll get to visit 52 islands of various sizes to enrich your trip with spectacular sunset photos.
Another idea is to head to Ko Tarutao National Park, a UNESCO ASEAN Heritage Park, where you can view some of the most stunning beaches in Asia.
Go Cave Canoeing
Just the idea of canoeing through caves is sure to get you interested, right? Explore Phang Nga Bay by navigating its every spot with local guides who will enable you to explore the amazing limestone cliffs, bewildering azure waters and secret hongs (lagoons surrounded by towering cliffs). Enjoy panoramic views from the boat and even enjoy some swimming.
Relax with a Meditation Session
After all the adventures, fun activities and sightseeing, perhaps a bit of a winding down session is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re looking to add a bit of restfulness and spirituality to your vacation, try some meditation. You can find many temples and meditation centers all over Thailand that offer vipassana or insight meditation.
This is a great way to dig deeper into your soul while scoring a bit of relaxation after a surreal day of floating markets and shark diving.
Christoffer is the Chief Travel Ninja behind Travel Tips & Hacks, sneaking about various countries and continents. When he’s not busy being a ninja, he enjoys reading, consulting businesses in marketing and chilling out with his friends (while eating amazing food and drinking wine).
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- Chiang Mai Street Food Tours
- Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai
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- Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai
- Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree
- Private Tour: Ayutthaya Day Trip from Bangkok
- Koh Samui Brunch and Snorkeling Cruise
- Krabi Sunset Cruises
- Bridge on River Kwai from Bangkok
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Nice info. Thank You. Happy Travels.
Thanks for the great tips! We’re headed to Thailand in November.
Not a problem Jennifer 🙂
I wish I was going too! I think we might head back in June 🙂
Hey Sam and Pete. This is a wonderful post! There’s so much to see and explore in Thailand, and you’ve put together some great tips here. Shark diving is a must for adrenaline junkies!
Best wishes, Alex
Great post. I’d love to go shark diving, scary but what an experience! I’ve heard the beaches are absolutely stunning, though we do have some nice islands in Indonesia 🙂
i am tempted to try it myself but terrified of sharks !
I would love to try shark diving, any idea how much it might cost?
Sorry not 100% sure it depends on the company you go with.
Great tips, thanks! I’m headed to Thailand in 6 weeks for a few months…I’m so excited to try everything on your list 🙂
look forward to reading all about it!
Pretty cool list. A few things we have already done but fortunately we have 1 more year to handle more points. I discovered your blog on thailand-bloggers.com.
Since this year I live in crazy Bangkok and blog about it too
Very probably heading for Thailand in November so very useful tips!
Good tips Christoffer. I think spending some time at the Elephant Conservation Center would be a very rewarding thing to do. Never made it up to Lampang province when we were there but next time I will check it out.
Thanks for the tips! I’m heading to Thailand in about two weeks and can’t wait to explore and get down with some nature! Looks like your trip was amazing! Great pics!
If you want to check out some of my trips so far, check out http://www.explorelikeagirl.com