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Things to do in Thailand

What to do in Thailand? Get a massage, watch Thai kick boxing, take a bike ride, or play a round of golf. Thailand has a little something for everyone.

You'll never find yourself with nothing to do in Thailand. It boasts fascinating sights to see, tranquil places to relax and offers an endless array of fun and activities that even the hardest to please would find hard to complain about. Below is our top things to do in Thailand.

Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Bangkok

For a stunning religious experience and a chance to witness historical Thai architecture at its most magical there is nothing quite like this sacred temple. Located on Rattanakosin Island and next to the Grand Palace, it is intriguing to watch the native Thai people observe age-old Buddhist rituals as they come to pray.

Stroll along the famous Khaosan road

This road in Bangkok’s Little Bohemia offers a magical experience for the young traveller. It was made famous by the book “The Beach” by Alex Garland, and the subsequent film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Close by there are arty restaurants, chic bars and a riverfront park which hosts festivals of dance and music.

Witness the Thai classical Masked Dance

The Khon is a dazzling traditional dance which dates back to 15th century Siam. Each extravaganza of movement and cultural dress tells the story of how Hanuman the white monkey warrior came to serve the good King Rama.

Discovery and Adventure in Pai

This tiny rural village in Mae Hong Son has become a centre for visitors who like a little adventure, and eco-explorers alike. Travellers can try white water rafting, trekking, mountain biking and staying over at the mountain villages overnight. This little town offers the visitor classes to dabble numerous New age disciplines from Reikki to traditional massage.

Ride an elephant in Thailand!

The Elephant is sacred to the Thai people and most Thai Islands offer Elephant rides. But probably the most scenic rides are found in Northern Thailand in the Forest of Lampang. Not only will you be taught how to “drive” your elephant to climb hills, ford streams and haul logs, you can even take them for a bath! You can even sleep with your elephant in the jungle!

The Majestic Waterfalls of Khao Yai

The Khao Yai National Park has been made a World Heritage site due to its diverse eco-systems and 800 different varieties of fauna. But its real attraction is the glorious waterfalls which range from 15 to 50 metres high. This is a paradise for those who love trekking, abseiling and kayaking.

Krabi Province

This beautiful beach areas of Krabi offers everything for the holiday-maker whether you are looking for adventure, or an isolated corner to soak up the sun. There are water sports from jet skiing to parasailing, banana boats to marine fishing and kayaking. Just want to take in those breath-taking horizons? Why not take a paddling guide to "James Bond Island".

Learn the compassionate ways of the Buddha

In Wat Suanmok in Surat Thani province you can join classes to learn the secrets of serenity from real Buddhist Monks. These moving lessons which go into depth on principles such as tolerance and compassion, reflect clearly why Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the modern world.

Revitalise your body in a Thailand spa

Thailand is the centre of the spa business in Southeast Asia. Thai spas' will rejuvenate all of your senses as they strike a balance between the physical and the spiritual. From facial treatments to holistic treatments relax, and do your body a massive favour!

Learn to cook Thai–style!

The wonders of Thai cooking are becoming a global experience now that Thai restaurants are available in most western countries. But as you travel this fascinating country you can not only enjoy a traditional Thai feast, you can learn how to cook it too! Half and one day courses allow you to prepare the dishes with a real Thai chef. Also you can choose whether your kitchen is a plush hotel kitchen or a traditional wooden rice barge!

Experience Songkran Festival

This festival celebrates New Year and takes place in mid-April. It reflects the importance of water to this agrarian community. The resultant antics of the natives can be both endearing and funny as water wars take place on the street, Buddha images are bathed, and mischievous children pour water over the heads of their respected elders.

Join in the Romance of the Loi Krathong Festival

This festival is a tribute to the Water Goddess and is traditionally a romantic time for couples. The most stunning place to see it is at the Sukhothai Historical Park where the couples float their Krathongs (tiny rafts) together.

Re-live the days of the Opium smugglers!

The famous Golden triangle in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai was once an infamous lawless area dominated by Opium smugglers. Today you can get a sense of what it must have been like to live in those times at the magnificent museum, “The hall of Opium”.

Walk with the Dragons!

The Museum of the Descendants of the Dragon recounts 5,000 years of Chinese and Thai history. Built in the shape of a giant dragon descending from heaven on a cloud, the mere external view of this extra-ordinary museum is spectacular in itself.

The Ratchadamneon Market – Chiang Mai

You won't get much closer to the everyday culture of Thailand than by visiting the Sunday Market on the Rathchadamneon Road in the northern city of Chiang Mai. This huge market spreads over streets and alleys and is totally free from all vehicular traffic. Shop till you drop!

Enjoy the Ko Samet Beaches

This T-shaped Island only a few hours away from the capital offers glorious national park grounds as well as luxurious beaches covered in white sands. This is where you can really isolate yourself away from the crowds and enjoy a taste of paradise on a deserted beach. But everything comes alive at night, so don’t miss the White Sands Beach!

Jungle adventure with the Flight of the Gibbon!

You want to explore and savour the jungles of Thailand? Of course you do! The Flight of the Gibbon Park in Chiang Mai or Chonburi, turns a walk of discovery into a ride of adventure as you travel safely through the beautiful undergrowth and tree tops on a Zip wire!

Stroke a Tiger!

The people of Thailand love and respect the tiger. The monks of Kanchanaburi live openly with tigers. Various tours allow you to watch the monks taking the tigers for a walk or you can sit and stroke a tiger. This really is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.

Relax with a real Thai Massage

Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work. The benefits are relaxation, a reduction in stress, improved circulation, and it is also supposed to centre the body and mind.

Take a step back in time

A lot of Thailand has been modernised now but the Ban Khok Kong Phu-Thai village in Kalasin province in North Eastern Thailand has clung onto the historic language and culture which goes back thousands of years. The friendly villagers welcome you to their home to witness their traditions, music, dance and wonderful cuisine.

Relax in Doi Mai Salong

This stunning little village is situated on a secluded mountain top. It offers enchanting scenery, a tranquil atmosphere and an all year round cool climate. Here you can taste the scintillating Chinese dishes along with home grown tea and fresh coffee. If you visit in December or January you will be rewarded with a remarkable sight of the budding cherry blossoms.

Return to the River Kwai

This majestic river continues to roll silently by but it still holds heroic memories from before the 1920's. This is a chance to take a memorable train trip across the notorious River Kwai Bridge at Kanchanaburi, which was notoriously built by Allied prisoners under the direction of the Japanese during World War 2.

Experience the floating Markets

The floating markets can be found all over Thailand in such places as Bangkok, Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak. Colourful and noisy and lots of fun, these traditional trading places are full of haggling and are totally chaotic! Watch as the small flat canal boats jockey for a place at the side of the canal in order to get your custom!

Afternoon tea with Royalty!

The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It is the place to be for many celebrities and was once the haunt of writers like Somerset Maughan and Joseph Conrad. Nowadays it is also frequented by royalty. So watch your manners when asking for the sugar!

Take a crazy Tuk-Tuk ride in Bangkok

They say driving in any city centre is dangerous but Bangkok is a law unto itself. And the little motorized Tuk-Tuks can take you to your destination. But beware, this is going to be more like a roller-coaster ride than a comfy journey in the back of a taxi, as the Tuk-Tuk driver swerves, plays chicken with the traffic and try to get you to your destination in one piece if possible. Scary? Yes! Missable? Absolutely not!

Dance the Night away in a Thai Nightclub

What is different about a Thai nightclub? Probably the fact that there is no dance floor! But that is what makes them so wonderfully spontaneous and cosy. Customers claim there table and chairs and then get up to dance whenever the feeling takes them. Enjoy the great mix between the recorded music of the Dj and live music. Because Thais are so friendly this is a great place to meet new people!

Eat insects!

Well, you have seen it on "I'm a celebrity", now you can try it yourself! From locusts grubs and beetles there is a whole new pallet of food ready for you to try. These little appetizers are sold in stalls around Bangkok and other Thai cities.

Scuba diving in Phuket

Phuket is rated amongst the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world. Spectacular reefs, unusual underwater rock formations, and a huge variety of marine life provide great opportunities for divers at all levels in the Similan Islands, Racha, Koh Phi Phi, and Hin Daeng.

Paradise at Koi Samui

This is one of Thailand's most famous islands and offers nothing short of paradise for tourists. White sandy beaches, amazing diving, some of the world's best coral reefs and clear blue water make it a sea and sun worshipers heaven. And for those who like nightlife, the famous Full Moon Party held on nearby Koh Pha-Ngan every month is a must do!

Spend an evening at Phuket Fantasea

Fantasea is theme park and entertainment complex the whole family can enjoy. Buffet dinner is included as you sit back and appreciate a charming traditional show depicting Thailand's rich and exotic heritage. The theatrical show boasts state of the art technology and special effects to bring to life, local myths, mysteries and magic, in a fascinating extravaganza.

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