How to Really Experience Thailand

Best ways on how to really Experience Thailand
The ruins of Wat Chaiwatthanaram at Ayutthaya

Travelling to Thailand might give you an impression of "just another ordinary holiday", but this post will give you some suggestions to make your Thailand holiday a memorable and remarkable one. This will provide a list of must-do activities, how to really experience Thailand and make the most out of you vacation.

1. Enjoy the sea breeze as you go island hopping

Thailand has over 5,000 miles of coastline that are ready to be discovered. You will surely enjoy the picturesque view from the coast, the calm and crystal clear water, and white-sand beaches. There are so much thing to do like snorkeling and kayaking. I recommend you to go in Ko Phi Phi Lee and Ko Phi Phi Don where snorkeling is abundant. Kayaking is also a perfect experience at Thailand since it is a great way to explore and discover the beautiful islands of Thailand at our own pace. You must also visit the Phang Nga Bay, where it is famous for its limestone rocks scattered in the area.

Best ways on how to really Experience Thailand
Floating Market in Thailand

2. Shop at the floating colorful markets

Yes, they are literally a floating colorful market. Some of you might be new to hear this, but in Thailand, they have floating markets where you can find good items and bargain loots. They are called floating markets because they are located at the rivers of Thailand, with rickety wooden boats loaded with local products. Just a piece of advice, arrive early so you can avoid the crowd and bag the best bargains. Floating markets are everywhere in Thailand but the most famous is Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi. You can also visit Amphawa Floating Market, Samut Songkhram and Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market, Bangkok.

Best ways on how to really Experience Thailand
Songkran water splashing festival in Chang Mai

3. Have fun and join their festivals

If you are fan of attending different kinds of festivals around the world, then consider attending Thailand’s festivals and join local celebration and fun-filled events. It might be hard for you to travel because of the crowd, and the limited capacities of transportation, so you might want to book earlier so you don’t need to take the rush in booking. Must see events and festivals in Thailand includes Sonkran also known as Thai New Year Water festival in April, Loi Krathong in November and my favorite, Naga Fireballs in October – a natural phenomenon that only occurs just once in a year.

4. Experience elephant trekking

Thailand’s national symbol is the elephant, and elephant trekking in Thailand is very popular. You can experience elephant trekking at Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and Thai Elephant Conservation Center. I personally tried back riding on a horse and a carabao, but never in my entire life with an elephant. They might be slow, but the experience for sure is totally awesome. To be honest, I want to try it too, and I know I will – soon. PS. If you are thinking about animal cruelty, don’t worry, sanctuaries have their own specialist in regards of taking good care with these creatures.

5. Stroll at the national parks and ancient ruins

Thailand boasts scenic landscapes and dramatic national parks that are renowned for their beauty and scale. These parks are iconic for having superb hiking and biking trails. Some of my favorite national parks include Phimai Historical Park, Khao Sai Dao Waterfall, Doi Inthanon National Park, Sai Yok National Park, Khao Sok National Park, Phanom Historial Park, Erawan Waterfall and Thilosu Waterfall.

Best ways on how to really Experience Thailand
The Grand Palace

6. Be amaze at the Bangkok’s most famous destination – The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is a 200 year old gold-tipped series of buildings located at the heart of Bangkok. It is indeed the most visited and remembered landmark of Thailand where every visitor must pay a visit for at least once in their lifetime. It was built way back 1782, during the reign of King Rama I, the founder of Chakri Dynasty. The Grand Palace is divided into three main zones: the Outer Court, Middle Court, and Inner Court. The major attraction at the Outer Court is the Temple of Emerald Buddha while Chakri Mahaprasat Throne Hall for the Middle Court. While the Inner Court is exclusively reserved for the king, his queen and his consorts.

Thailand is indeed a majestic place to visit, and surely a worth remembering experience. So, what are you waiting for? Search now for flights to Thailand and plan your trip ahead! There’s a bucket of things how to enjoy Thailand, all you have to do is explore.

This was written by one of our writers. The ruins of Wat Chaiwatthanaram at Ayutthaya photo by G2nfreeb, Floating market photo by Azchael, Songkran water splashing festival photo by Takeaway, The Grand Palace photo by Andy Marchand used under Wikimedia Commons.


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