Thailand is a great country to visit, and is one of the most preferred destinations amid tourists all over the world, being considered the best place to start discovering Asia. It is one of the few countries where tourists come back again and again without ever getting bored, and without wasting a lot of money. It is a really interesting country, where you will get used to the chaos and madness of the big cities, while also to the peace and tranquility of the more isolated islands.
Here are some things to try out on your trip to Thailand, especially if you are on your first trip to Asia.
Visit the floating markets
One of the most important attractions in Thailand are, without a doubt, the floating markets which have become huge tourist attractions. Near Bangkok, two of these floating markets are Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa, both of which offer a wonderful display of fruits, vegetables, flowers and handicrafts.
Spend at least 3 days in Bangkok
The “City of Angels” is the most charming city in Southeast Asia. You can stay for as long as you want in this chaotic city, without ever getting bored. Here you can discover magnificent temples, plenty of picturesque palaces and colorful squares. Discover the city’s mesmerizing waterways on one of the small boats available. Make sure to check out the Royal Palace and Wat Pho, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.
Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride
Forget the taxi and take a tuk-tuk, a three-wheeled motorcycle that works as a taxi. This is a good chance to test your bargaining skills, negotiating the price with the local drivers. In some areas, the tuk-tuk rides are unbelievably cheap. If you fancy shopping, you can ask your driver to stop you to one of the prestigious jewelry shops!
Try out Thai massage
You just can’t leave Thailand without the experience of pure relaxation. After a day of walking and visiting the busy city places, stop for an hour at one of the famous Thai massage places — you’ll feel reborn!
Escape Bangkok for a day and head to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand between 1350 and 1767, one of the wonders of Buddhist architecture. We promise you’ll be fascinated by this beautiful ruin city that you can explore by riding on a bicycle. Do not miss Chan Kasem National Palace, which also houses a museum with a famous Buddha-carved tree near the Wat Mahathat temple.
Without exaggeration, the Koh Phi Phi Island in South Thailand seems like a true paradise. Many may not know that the scenes of the famous The Beach movie, starring Leonardo diCaprio, were filmed here. Time passes very slowly in this paradise, so three days might feel like a week! Many tourists ended up falling in love with this island and staying here for months.
3 days in Chiang Mai
If you have more time, make sure to also visit Northern Thailand. If you choose Chiang Mai, you can go hiking in the mountains, elephant riding or visiting temples like Wat Phra Singh, the largest temple in Chiang Mai.
Watch Thai Boxing
You don’t have to be a huge fan of boxing to go to see a Thai boxing match. This national sport makes for an amazing show here, very different than what you have seen before.
Take cooking lessons
If you fancy cooking, you might enjoy taking a course at a cooking school and finding the secret of herbs and flavors that make for the unique Thai dish flavor. Many of these quick courses designed for tourists are located in Chiang Mai.
Discover the life and customs of tribes in the north
In Thailand you have the opportunity to spend some time with the tribes living in the mountains. Discover their authentic lifestyle and make new friends among the Hmong, Karen and Akha tribes.
James Bond Island
In the far south, the Phangnga Bay hosts one of the most beautiful islands in the world, which has been featured in one of the most important James Bond movies, Tomorrow Never Dies. The island is uninhabited but full of vendors, and you can access it through many tours provided by tourism agencies.
Flowers Festival in Chiang Mai
Many tourists fly over to Thailand in February to attend this wonderful festival, when the Chiang Mai city is filled with flowers. Also in Chiang Mai, but in January, you can participate in the Winter Fair, which is celebrated with beauty contests, boxing competitions and lots of musical performances.