22 Amazing Things to Do in Thailand

Thailand is a dream destination for many people, and when it comes to planning your trip, you’ll find there are a lot of exciting things to do in Thailand. From shopping in floating markets and night markets alike, visiting the many islands, going on a culinary mission, getting a tattoo to even playing and feeding elephants, Thailand has a plethora of activities on offer. So it’s easy to get mixed up with so many things to do and places to visit. Here in this article, we address that dilemma by listing out the top things you should do on your next trip to this wonderful nation.

Here Is the Ultimate List of the 22 Things to Do in Thailand -

  • Go Island Hopping Across Thailand
  • Visit The Grand Palace
  • Explore the Golden Triangle Region
  • Get a Thai Massage
  • Float in the Floating Market
  • Ride a TukTuk
  • Have a Blast at a Full Moon Party
  • Go Ecological at the Wonderfruit Festival
  • Watch a Muay Thai Fight
  • Get Inked the Traditiaonl Way - Sak Yant Tattoos
  • Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower
  • Experience a Ladyboy Cabaret Show
  • Eat a Scorpion
  • Be a part of “The Beach”
  • Take a Street Food Adventure
  • Go Scuba Diving
  • Eat the Durian Fruit
  • Explore the Night Markets
  • Visit the Train Market
  • Get Soaked at Songkran
  • Visit Khao Yai National Park
  • Play with and Feed the Elephants at Sanctuaries

1. Go Island Hopping Across Thailand

Island Hopping

This is an obvious one. Thailand has over 300 islands, and most of them are tourist attractions. So if you are going to Thailand, make sure to visit some of the popular islands, finding new beaches and bays in longtail boats.

You can also rent a Kayak and tour through the karst formations, coves and the beaches at your own pace, away from the masses of tourist boats and passenger ferries.

Here are the most beautiful islands in Thailand that you can visit. 

2. Visit The Grand Palace

Grand Palace

Located at the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace is a beautiful gold-tipped series of buildings and probably one of the most famous attractions in Thailand. The official ceremonial residence of the Royal family, it houses, Wat Phra Kaew, an important Buddhist temple which houses the Emerald Buddha.

At night, the lights of Grand Place put on a show for the visitors. There are also museums and souvenir shops which cater to tourists.

3. Explore the Golden Triangle Region

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is a place where three countries meet, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. Divided by the Mekong and Ruak River, Golden Triangle was originally famous for growing opium. And the Hall of Opium in Golden Triangle Park gives an introduction to the history of the Golden Triangle and Opium Industry.

If you go a little deeper in the neighbourhood, you will find market stalls, big Buddha on a boat, elephant statues where you can take photos and tons of signs stating that you are in the Golden Triangle.

4. Get a Thai Massage

Get a Massage in Thailand

A trip to Thailand would be incomplete without getting a Thai massage. Thai massages are unique and famous all over the world for inculcating yogic and natural practices and elements for healing and rejuvenation.

A massage includes a variety of postures, stretches with even the masseuse walking on your back too. The aim of these massages to relieve you of any physical and mental stress.

5. Float in the Floating Markets

Float in the Floating Market

Want to get a feel of Venice? Thailand has got you covered.

The floating markets of Thailand, especially those in and around Bangkok, adorn many magazine covers and posters, regarded as an iconic representation of the country. These markets along canals are mostly jam-packed with slender boats brimming with fresh produce, fruits, souvenirs and even food.

Check for the best floating markets in Bangkok when in Thailand.

6. Ride a TukTuk

Ride a TukTuk

Tuk-Tuk - Thailand's very own automated rickshaw is another popular magazine cover staple. Found throughout the country, they are the cheaper mode of transport as compared to taxis.

You can't miss riding on one while getting from one place to another as it makes for great photographs, fun conversations with the driver and it saves money too!!

7. Have a Blast at a Full Moon Party

Full Moon Party

Approx 30000 travellers from all over the world travel to the beaches of Koh Phangan to celebrate the full moon with a blast. It is said that a group of tourists first realized, that from the beaches of Koh Phangan, the most beautiful view of the full moon could be seen. And to celebrate the view, they threw a party. And over time it became a tradition.

Today these parties are full of lights, colours, music, dance and nonstop alcohol. And if you’re tired of dancing, go for a swim in the warm water of the sea or relax in the surrounding bar.

Read more about the Full Moon Parties in Thailand and be sure to put it on your bucketlist.

8. Go Ecological at the Wonderfruit Festival

Wonderfruit Festival

The Wonderfruit festival is a relatively new festival in Thailand which focuses and promotes sustainability and change through positive impact. It first started in 2014 and is a mix of extremely versatile programs like musical performances, talks, workshops, activities and even banquets hosted by renowned chefs.

From adults to young children, this festival attracts everyone alike. Apart from the Full Moon parties, few other events or festivals attract tourists in large numbers such as the Wonderfruit festival.

Read about the Wonderfruit festival of 2019 to see why you shouldn't miss it the next time.

9. Watch a Muay Thai Fight

Muay Thail Fight

An integral part of Thai culture, Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a form of martial art which emphasises on the use of punches and kicks.

Be sure to watch an exhibition of traditional fighters have a go at each other, showcasing why this traditional art form is one of the deadliest and most refined in the world.

Read more on Muay Thai to know about its origins, implementations and cultural significance.

10. Get Inked the Traditiaonl Way - Sak Yant Tattoos

Sak Yank Tattoo

Are you looking for an experience in Thailand to last a lifetime? Literally? Get a Sak Yant Tattoo.

Sak Yant Tattoos are traditional tattoos done by monks with heated metal rods. It is believed that the tattoos are blessed and protect their bearers from ill health, injuries and also bring forth spiritual well being and good luck.

You can get safe Sak Yant tattoo in many major cities like Bangkok, Chaing Mai, Chiang Rai, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai.

11. Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower

Sathorn Unique Tower

If you are looking for a place to get a kick of adrenaline and feed the adventurous soul in you, the abandoned skyscraper ‘Sathorn Unique’ tower is the perfect place for you. Its located at the heart of Bangkok and was left incomplete due to the global financial crisis.

Climbing this 49 storied abandoned building is not easy and definitely not for faint-hearted. But from the top, you’ll get the most breathtaking views of Bangkok.

It’s not an official tourist attraction though, but a small payment to the security guards can ensure you allowed access.

12. Experience a Ladyboy Cabaret Show

Ladyboy Show

Thailand's cabaret shows stand out from regular cabaret shows around the world. The performers are ladyboys who are an accepted part of society and Thai culture. From elegant dances, songs and whirling acrobatics, these shows have it all. 

The Tiffany's Cabaret Show in Pattaya and Simon's Show in Phuket are two of the most attended cabaret shows in all of Thailand.  

13. Eat a Scorpion

Eat a Scorpion

Obviously, this isn’t the dish for everyone, but where else can you find this unique fried scorpion? And if fried scorpions are to your liking, there are also fried crickets and ant salads to try.

14. Be a part of “The Beach”

The Beach

After Leonardo Dicaprio's 'The Beach', Koh Phi Phi Leh became famous among international tourists. It's a stunning island located close to Krabi and Phuket and a must-visit on any trip to Thailand. The small cluster of islands has many amazing beaches and shallow lagoons surrounded by limestone cliffs.

If you are planning to visit the Phi Phi Islands, try renting a longtail boat, and visit really early in the morning, because the place gets packed up as the day proceeds.

15. Take a Street Food Adventure

Street Food Adventure

The best way to explore Thai delicacy is to take a street food tour in the markets. They offer a ton of tasty and affordable dishes, along with wonderful hospitality as well. Ranging from savoury to sweet, every dish in Thailand has something unique in its make.

Read about the Street Food in Thailand and about the many Dishes across Thailand which you will likely come across.  

16. Go Scuba Diving

Go Scuba Diving

If you came to Thailand and didn’t go for a dive, trust us, you are missing out big time. Thailand is heaven for divers, be it snorkelling or scuba diving.

Almost every island has dive centres and diving schools. You can get PADI certification here also. Some of the best diving centres are Ko Lanta, Similan Island, Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan.

Here are the Best Spots for Diving in Thailand so you fully prepared ahead of your trip. 

17. Eat the Durian Fruit

Durian Fruit

The Durian fruit has been named as the stinkiest fruit in the world. Its smell is so overpowering, it has been banned in many buildings, hotels, and taxis.

But despite its strong odour, this fruit is widely consumed as a delicacy in Thailand. It doesn't taste the way it smells. Once you chop through the spiky outer shell, the durian is a soft, creamy delight, that comes straight from heaven.

18. Explore the Night Markets

Explore the Night Markets

Thailand is famous for its night markets. Almost all the cities in Thailand have night markets. These markets are a great place to get a glimpse of local culture, foods, live music, and souvenirs.

Read More - Night Markets in Thailand.

19. Visit the Train Market

Train Market

You've probably seen this one on the internet or on television. Maeklong Train Market is unlike any other market in Thailand. A train literally comes through the market. And you will know when the train is coming because the vendors will start to pack their stuff from the rail-track.

It's crazy to watch. What's more impressive is how fast the vendors unpack there stuff and get back in business.

20. Get Soaked at Songkran


Songkran is the traditional new year of Thailand and its celebrated in the month of April. The festival partakes the world's largest squirt gunfight. Traditionally water was sprinkled to wash away bad luck and sins, but now it has become a huge water fight and brings entire cities and towns together.

This is literally the 'coolest' (pun intended) thing you can experience in Thailand in the month of April. Wherever you are in the country, be prepared to get soaked as there is no escaping the party.
Read more - Songkran Festival in Thailand

21. Visit Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park

Lying majorly in the Nakhon Ratchasima Province, north-east of Bangkok, is the first national park in Thailand, Khao Yai National Park. Covering an area of 2168 sq km, it is a huge park and the third-largest in the county. There are over 300 species of birds as well as bears, deers, elephants, gibbons, and macaques. There are a couple of waterfalls in the park too.

Boasting of rolling hills and many waterfalls, one can experience the rich widlife within the park's boundaries. There are also many hiking trails which will cater to adventure lovers.
Read more - Khao Yai National Park 

22. Play with and Feed the Elephants at Sanctuaries

Elephant Sanctuaries

Thailand's national animal is the majestic elephant. Across the country, there are many sanctuaries and parks where these gentle giants are cared for and open to interaction with visitors.

At these ethical sanctuaries and parks, visitors can choose to volunteer to bathe, feed and play with the elephants. Spreading awareness about elephant conversation is the primary cause which the sanctuaries work towards.

Read more - Elephant Conservation and Ethical Sanctuaries in Thailand

This post was published by Arnab Ghosh

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