Thailand is one of the most exciting countries to visit. No matter what time of year you visit, or for how long, there is an infinite number of unforgettable and unique things to do in this magical country.
Elephants in Chiang Mai
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Visiting the elephants in Thailand is definitely a must, but do some research first to ensure you are going to an ethical sanctuary. The Elephant Rescue Sanctuary in Chiang Mai takes in abused and mistreated elephants and retires them in comfort.
Riding elephants at the sanctuary are completely forbidden, but you can feed them, go into the river and bathe with them, as well as go on walks with your new big-eared friends. Start your tour at the poo park, where you will learn about how the dung is recycled. Trust us, it’s the start of an amazing adventure.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
While you are still in Chiang Mai, the one thing you need to do is get up really early one morning, before the sunrise. Once you are awake, you should definitely take a hot air balloon ride to watch the sunrise over the city.
Watching the sunrise in Thailand is one of the most beautiful things you will see anyway, but watching it while up high in the air makes it even more unforgettable. Enquire at your hotel about the trips and make it one of the first things you book.
Thailand is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters in the world. A holiday here isn’t complete without a trip to the beach, and once you get there, snorkelling is a must.
Koh Tao is the go-to location for snorkelling, and there are many tours available to let you explore everything hidden underneath the water. The tours are very budget friendly, and equipment is incredibly cheap to buy or rent.
As a strongly Buddhist country, there are thousands of temples and shrines spread across the country, with hundreds of them found in the main cities. There are many of them that are incredibly unique and if you aren’t sure where they all are, you are going to miss some.
A temple tour is the best way to see and explore some of the best temples in the country. Whether you are in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or any of the other major cities, you can book a temple tour and have a guide walk you through some of these magnificent structures.
In the Northeast of Thailand, there is a spectacular surprise that you may miss if you didn’t know it existed. The north of the country is known for its wide expanses of rice fields, but hidden away amongst the tall elephant grass, is the Lotus Lake.
Lake Nong Han looks like it comes out of a fairy tale. Covered with thousands of lotus blossoms, this lake is a favourite for visitors during Valentine’s Day, but this unique lake is an absolute must-see for any visitor to the country.
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun is one of many temples found in Thailand, but it is also one of the most unique temples. It is all white, designed to represent the purity of Buddha. Designed by the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, there are some unusual murals to be found inside.
There are glass and mirrors on the outside of the temple, that reflect light in the most beautiful way. But, the best time to see the temple is at night, when the moonlight makes the temple look almost otherworldly and ethereal.
As a country with the best street food in the world, there is never a shortage of something to delicious to find and eat. You can find everything from unusual fruits, noodles, meat skewers, and of course, insects.
Deep-fried locusts or scorpions can be found in almost every market and on every street corner. Considering they are incredibly tasty, don’t be put off by the legs or stingers. They may not all taste like chicken, but Thailand is the best place to explore food.
Join a Muay Thai Camp
Many people may not think working out is the most fun thing to do while you are trying to relax on holiday, but since Thailand is home to Muay Thai, you do have the chance to join a training camp.
Thailand has produced some of the best Muay Thai fighters to ever live, and have also perfected the training methods, so joining the camp will give you a very tailored and unique experience. Plus, many of the fighters stay at the camp, giving you the chance to see how local Thai’s live.
Full Moon Party
The Full Moon Party, on Koh Phangan, is a party not to be missed. Celebrated every full moon, tourists and locals alike gather to dance and party the night away. Be prepared for a ton of people, great music, and an unforgettable experience.
Usually a party for the younger generations, it is open to anybody and everybody. There are many boats that Travel to Koh Phangan for the party, as well as the island itself has many hotels and places to stay if you want to enjoy the island after the party.
Yi Peng Lantern Festival
If you are in Thailand during November, the one thing you cannot miss is the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. The festival usually takes place in mid-November in Chiang Mai and happens before the Festival of Lights.
Releasing the thousands of lanterns symbolises letting go of misfortune and bad luck from the previous year, and Buddhists believe making a wish when you release your lantern, will make your wish come true in the new year.
Thailand is the home to spectacular scenery, incredible people, and some of the most unique experiences you will ever discover. Whether you are in the city, at the beach, or in the vast countryside, you will find something special to do.