The Top 10 of Thailand | Things to do

Posted on January 14, 2014Posted by Steve Williams

I was earlier asked to write my top ten things to do whilst in Thailand. I can tell you that is not an easy task. There are so many more that I wanted to include (Khao San Road, the national parks, Kanchanaburi province to name a few more!) but as the guy asking me had a gun to my head I suppose these are my top ten.

Originally I hadn’t planned to put them in any order, however having written it and looking it over, this could well be my order of priority. Now I take no responsibility if you try any of these and they are not your cup of tea. For me, they’re all great fun and things I’ve enjoyed on several occasions. I’m sure you’ll disagree with some and have your own ideas but hey, you’re not writing this, are you!

10. Take a boat tour through the canals of Bangkok

James Bond Style! This is awesome fun and gives you a completely new perspective of the city. View from below as the city passes you by and swap from boat to boat at the easy to use boat taxi stops. Seriously, you can get around the city easily, cheaply and without the insane traffic that Bangkok has in abundance.

1200 x 500 canal

9. The Stunning North

Yes, I know that Thailand has more than its fair share of idyllic sandy beaches but it also has so much more to offer. Take a cheap flight or comfortable overnight train to Chiang Mai. Clean air, stunning mountains, friendly people and great accommodation await you. From Chiang Mai it’s easy to discover the forgotten Thailand.

8. Hug an elephant

Unfortunately there are many camps in Thailand that are there to train the elephants as performers. If you’re considering taking in a day or more with an elephant please do your homework and search out those who let the animals thrive in their natural surroundings. Possibly the best place to do this in Thailand is in the north eastern province of Surin, known as The Elephant Province.

7. Koh Samui

This is a tourists island dream. Unspoilt, uncrowded beaches. Excellent value backpacker accommodation to the best 6* resorts. Easy to reach and fun. Make Koh Samui your island getaway if you’re looking for the ‘real’ Thai island escape.

6. Markets

Thailand has them everywhere. They’re fun, interesting and lively, offering everything from the latest DVD copies to fake brand name clothing to, well you name it and you can get it. Bangkok is also home to the worlds largest outdoor market – a bargain hunters paradise!

5. Street food

In this authors opinion, the best food you can buy is something that tastes good and won’t cost you a ridiculous sum of money. I give you the Thai Street Food Industry! On almost every street corner you can sample anything from deep fried scorpion to BBQ’d fresh fish, all for less than the cost of a Mars bar. What’s stopping you?

4. Full Moon Parties

OK, not for me anymore, too old now. But for anybody who likes to party, this is it. The original all-nighter with beach bucket (if you don’t know what one of those is, think sandcastle bucket full of a concoction of ice, alcohol and a mixer!), fluorescent paint, fire-breathing acrobats and the best sound systems on the planet! 50,000 people a month can’t be wrong. Right?!

3. Overnight Train

If you want to travel on a train, take an overnighter. Better still, take one close to a national holiday (if you can get a ticket!) Night trains are fun, comfortable and a great way to meet fellow travellers. They’re safe and clean, cheap and pretty much run on time. One of the best is the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai as it reaches the mountains of the north just as the sun’s beginning to rise. Unforgettable!

2. Tuk Tuk

Yes, they’re extremely clichéd, but hey, as a traveller aren’t you supposed to experience the culture and history of a country? Well tuk tuks, until recently, were the mode of transport. Still in operation but numbers are dwindling so ride one while you can. Oh, and fix a price before you get in it and accept a ride! NOTE: if a tuk tuk driver offers you a full day trip for a ridiculously cheap sum of money, it’s a con. Don’t accept!

1. The Grand Palace and the River of Kings

These are both a must-do in Thailand. Even if you ignore, or disagree, with the previous 9 points, you can’t disagree with this. The Grand Palace is a spectacle to behold. As it’s located so close to the River of Kings (or Chao Prayah to give it it’s real Thai name), to complete your day take a river boat taxi and watch one of Asia’s busiest shipping lanes in full swing.

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