Thailand is a beautiful country that is blessed with pristine white sand beaches, spectacular tropical islands, azure waters of Indian Ocean and an exotic Thai culture that has survived the effects of 19th-century colonialism by European countries. Today, Thailand is a vibrant democracy and a thriving economy. This exotic country has plenty of amazing things to do and enchants its visitors with its cultural delights. Check out the top things to do in Thailand.
Tour of The Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw
An impressive sight of Bangkok, The Grand Palace is a dazzling cultural heritage that is the home to the Royal Family of Thailand for 150 years. Built in 1782, it used to the administrative seat of Thailand and included the erstwhile Thai War Ministry, State Departments and the Royal Mint. Today, the complex is the spiritual hub of the country. See the Wat Phra Kaew, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the key cultural hubs of the country and a fine example of Thai architecture.
Take tour of Thai Temples in Bangkok
Bangkok’s Thai temples are delightful cultural treasures of the country. These beautiful temples highlight the country’s rich Buddhist traditions and culture. In Bangkok, do visit the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).
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Enjoy a cruise on Chao Phraya River
River Chao Phraya is the lifeline of Bangkok and it still has a deep relevance in the modern day. Take a cruise in one of the cruise steamers or a traditional Thai boat to see the myriad shades of Bangkok’s culture and traditions. Try a cruise during the sunset for brilliant dusk photographs of Bangkok’s skyline.
Visit the photogenic Floating Markets
One of the most photographed landmarks of Thailand is its floating markets. Damnoen Saduak Floating market is a photographer’s delight and also shows a lot of the traditional aspects of Thai society. You can board a boat and float in the markets and see various merchant boats filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, gift items, flowers, eatables and several other goods.
Cruise in Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is a delightful highlight of Thailand. Located northeast of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay has emerald green waters, rocky cliffs jutting out of the sea and small islands made of local fishing villages built on wooden stilts. You can also see the James Bond Island that was featured in the movie ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’.
Check out the Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi islands located in the Krabi province are some of the loveliest islands in the Southeast Asia. These tropical islands are blessed with powdery white sand beaches, rocky cliffs and plenty of beach shacks. There are two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh and both of them are jewels of Thailand.
Visit the old capital of Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has a rich history of 400 years. The erstwhile capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya is used to be the power centre of the country. Today it’s a city in ruin but has enough heritages including temples, palaces and the iconic image of Buddha’s head in a banyan tree.
See the Death Railway
In the lush green forests of Kanchanaburi province, you will see the infamous Death Railway that connects Burma and Thailand. This railway line earned its nickname because of the death of thousands of prisoners of wars who perished while constructing the line under Japanese occupation. See the Bridge of River Kwai that also featured in the Hollywood film by the same name.
Enjoy a street food tour in Thailand
All the Thailand’s city boast of excellent street food that you must try. Thailand’s cuisine is rich and delicious. The street food markets include elements of Laotian, Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Indian cuisines. One of the top things to do in Thailand is to savour the delicious street foods of the country. Do opt for the amazing street food tours with the locals.
Catch a Muay Thai Show
Muay Thai is the national obsession in Thailand. There are several gyms and traditional schools that groom local fighters in the traditional Thai martial arts of Muay Thai. Then there are renowned arenas where Muay Thai competitions are held and bets are placed on fighters. Watch these exciting round of Muay Thai matches that includes the art of punches, elbowing, knee thrusts and kicking.