Thailand is on everyone’s bucket list and for good reason. Be it the pristine beaches and cliffs of Phuket and Krabi or the majestic shrines and palaces of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, every island and province of the country abounds with treasures worth exploring. Presenting the luxury traveller’s guide to the top 7 things to do in Thailand.
Top 7 things to do in Thailand :
Indulge in exhilarating water sports
Popular water sports in Thailand include snorkelling, diving, swimming, fishing and sea kayaking. We recommend testing the waters in Phang Nga Bay in Phuket and Phi Phi Island in Krabi. At Chiang Mai, you can even go white-water rafting on the Mae Taeng River and zip-line through the forests of Mae Sa Valley.
Trek through the wilderness
An offbeat way to get to know Thailand is to hike through its scenic jungles and mountains. Chiang Mai is a good starting point for many hikes but there are also wonderful trails to be found in Chiang Dao, Chiang Rai, Nan and Soppong. You might encounter local village tribes and magical waterfalls on these treks.
Enjoy the night life
Bangkok is known for its night life but you’ll find great beach clubs, bars, night clubs and ladyboy caberet shows in most major towns including Patong in Phuket, Pattaya and Chewang Beach in Koh Samui as well. Above all if your visit is timed correctly, you’ll find yourself dancing the night away at the famous Full Moon Party in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan.
Pamper yourself with spa therapies
Luxury resorts in Thailand pride themselves on their lavish spas and well-trained masseurs. Don’t leave the country without experiencing the magic of an authentic Thai massage and several other beautifying and rejuvenating treatments at Santiburi Beach Resort & Spa, Koh Samui and Aleena Phuket Resort & Spa, to mention a few.
Shop to your heart’s content
Choose between floating markets, night markets, weekend bazaars and high-end malls to fulfil your need for retail therapy. Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Weekend Walking Street Market in Chiang Mai and the Ao Nang Market in Krabi offer great collections of souvenirs, handicrafts and accessories. In contrast Cicada Market in Hua Hin is a must visit for luxury shopping.
Marvel at beautiful temples
Thailand’s Buddhist temples (or wats in local language) are its biggest attraction. With gleaming golden exteriors and lofty Buddha statues, these temples are a study in intricate architecture. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet in Ayutthaya, Wat Pho in Bangkok and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai are among the most breath-taking Thai temples.
Meet elephants at national parks
The Thai elephant is one of the country’s national symbols and it can be a wonderful experience bathing with these creatures or helping to feed them. Furthermore support the animals by picking a place that believes in responsible tourism. Elephant National Park near Chiang Mai and Elephant Hills at Khao Sok National Park are good choices.
Other interesting things to do in Thailand include going on a river cruise and visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok. You can also learn to cook Thai and sample the local street food. Above all explore the historical ruins at Kanchanaburi and Phimai Historical Park and enjoying the Songkran water festival in April.