Are you considering a trip to Thailand but aren’t sure if the country is really your “beach”? Or, if you’ve already decided to travel, do you want to know if there’s anything to do in Thailand and what the attractions are aside from the beaches and temples? In this article, I will provide an “overview” of the country as well as discuss the top cities in Thailand to help you plan your trip.
Why travel to Thailand?
Because the country has “completed” itself. It not only has lovely beaches, but it also boasts amazing temples, lush landscape, delectable food, and a very intriguing and distinct culture from ours. In addition to all this, there is much more to do in Thailand, such as shopping, diving, rooftops, and partying. Furthermore, it is a safe and easily accessible nation for us.
Types of tourist Attractions in Thailand
Let’s begin our topic of what to do in Thailand by looking at the different sorts of attractions. At this first moment, don’t bother about understanding the names of the cities or islands, ok? I’ll tell you about the greatest cities in Thailand for your itinerary, where you may enjoy the sights I’ve described.
What to do in Thailand: Beaches
One of the first things that come to mind when we think about what to do in Thailand is the beaches and islands (and also the boat trips to visit them). I traveled to three different coastal locations of the nation. In all of them, the sea temperature was nice, neither hot nor freezing.
The sea in the Phi Phi Islands, adjacent to Phuket Town, is turquoise blue, translucent, and calm. The beaches are made of pure white sand. Some locations require a speedboat journey to reach. However, you may also choose the “long tail boat,” a typical Thai wooden boat decorated with bright ribbons.
On the other hand, several of the beaches have restaurants right in front of them and are easily accessible.
In the Railay Beach area, the sea’s hue is green but quite lovely. Similarly, some beaches can only be reached by speedboat and others that are easily accessible and have restaurants.
I swiftly drove through Koh Lipe, another island in the country’s south. She also boasts a clear and tranquil blue sea. The beaches are easily accessible.
What to see in Thailand: Temples
Another thing that quickly comes to mind when we think of what to do in Thailand are the temples. There are several. I met six people in the country’s capital, Bangkok, in only a few days.
Gold predominates in several of them, notably in Bangkok. They have pointed hats and a lot of Buddha imagery. Some are enormous. They are not only lovely, but also incredibly tranquil. As a result, they are the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand.
However, some temples are not gilded but are truly worth the visit, like the stone temples of Ayutthaya, near Bangkok. Or the White Temple in Chiang Rai, or the Silver Temple in Chiang Mai, all in the north of the nation. These two places are distant from Bangkok and beach locations, yet they deserve to be part of your trip.
What to do in Thailand: Massages
Everywhere in Thailand, there is a massage parlour. Some are quite plain and even ugly, with many chairs set up next to each other, where you receive a massage and observe the action in the street simultaneously.
However, you may also massage on the beach or at actual spas. There are several sorts of massages, and rates vary depending on the location’s attractiveness and the skill of the masseuse.
What to do in Thailand: Visit the Mountains
There are locations to visit in Thailand for individuals who appreciate wildlife as well as beaches. I visited Doi Inthanon National Park near Chiang Mai (in the country’s north) and had a great time. I saw a stunning waterfall, jaw-dropping gardens (and even adjacent to temples), and a view of the mountains on a day excursion with a medium difficulty track.
What to do in Thailand: Shopping
Consider setting aside a few hours, or maybe a day, for shopping when determining what to do in Thailand. Even I, who have minimalist tendencies, could not resist the temptation 100%. In Bangkok, for example, there are numerous enormous malls, all in the same region of the city.
Malls are also said to be wonderful places to buy beauty and gadgets in general.
Furthermore, it is simple to get attractive and reasonably priced clothing in Thailand. In Bangkok there is a large fair where you may discover fantastic discounts. Even in other towns, tourist souvenir stores sell gorgeous items.
What to do in Thailand: Gastronomy
You can’t visit Thailand without sampling the country’s delectable food. Not everything is hot, I’ll get you started. I’ve eaten a lot of different foods, but my favourite is pad thai, which consists of rice noodles, bean sprouts, chestnuts, a fried egg, and either chicken or shrimp. You might believe the ingredients don’t belong together, yet they are great together.
Rest assured, however, that in addition to traditional cuisine, “western” food is available everywhere.
What to do in Thailand: Diving, Wrestling, and Sports
In turn, the Railay Beach area is popular for climbers since it offers suitable mountains for this activity, particularly on the beach’s edge.
What to do in Thailand: Nightlife and Parties
Thailand is also a wonderful place to visit if you prefer nightlife and partying. Even for people who don’t want to go to clubs per se. It’s worth a drink on one of Bangkok’s trendiest roofs with a great view of the city. I even went to one with a glass floor.
In the Phi Phi Islands, I was treated to a free juggling and acrobatics display with fire on the beach sand at night.
Best cities in Thailand
Now that you’ve got a rough idea of what to do in Thailand, let’s speak about the cities you should visit. In 20 days of travel, I visited six of them.
However, I must warn you that the nation is large and vast, and you will need to fly or travel for several hours by train or bus to get to know these places, okay?
Let us begin with suggestions for the greatest locations to visit in Thailand based on the capital and its surrounds.
One of Thailand’s top cities to visit. You will visit several golden and stone temples in the country’s capital, but you will also learn about the magnificent Royal Palace. It’s also worth spending the night on a rooftop, such as the one with the glass floor I mentioned.
Because it’s near to Bangkok, I visited Ayutthaya on a day trip. I felt it could be done in one day since, in addition to the exquisite stone temples, there was still time to see the Bang Pa-In Palace, a cluster of mansions known as the Thai Royal Family’s Summer Palace.
In addition, we toured a renowned temple because a tree grew around a Buddha’s head and another that inspired the tale of the Street Fighter 2 character Sagat.
What places to visit in Thailand – In the North:
It is one of the country’s largest and most significant cities, with an international airport. If you adore temples, don’t leave them out while determining what to do in Thailand. But you must be asking “I’ll already have to go to Bangkok and there I’ll already visit temples”. Right. I admit that I opted to include Chiang Mai in my schedule since it would allow me to do two day trips that I really wanted: to Chiang Rai and to the Doi Inthanon National Park.
And in Chiang Rai, I wanted to see the White Temple, a very unusual temple. It resembles a temple and a piece of art, with sculptures of hands emerging from the earth. There are also some pretty strange sculptures.
Returning to Doi Inthanon National Park involves stops at gorgeous gardens, mountains, waterfalls, and temples.
But the temples in Chiang Mai are just stunning, okay? Especially the unusual Silver Temple. Furthermore, many of them are located within the old walled city.
In addition, in my trip I also included a visit to a park attended nearly solely by Thais, where we saw fields of flowers, pumpkins and different monuments.
Oh, the city has an airport and is close to two additional countries: Laos and Myanmar.
Best places in Thailand: Coast of the Andaman Sea
The beaches of Thailand are divided into two coasts. The beaches of the Andaman Sea are located on the country’s left flank. And those of the Gulf of Thailand on the right. And why is this relevant while determining what to do in Thailand?
For starters, regardless how close it seems on the map, crossing from one shore to the other takes time. It should take you one full day to one and a half days to get from an island on the left side to one on the right side. You will need to take a boat to the mainland, one or two buses, vans, or trains to the other side, and then another boat to the island on the left. And the other way around.
Ko Phi Phi or Phi Phi Islands
When considering where to stay in Thailand, I would definitely spend a few nights at the Phi Phi Islands, which offer the country’s most gorgeous beaches. The sea is blue, clear and quiet. The beach is pure white. There are fantastic boat cruises, by speedboat or long tail, to observe little fish. Monkeys released into the wild may be seen on one of the beaches.
There are also nighttime parties on the Phi Phi Islands, complete with music, drinks, and fire acrobatics. There’s even a Muay Thai match. To summarise: there’s a lot to do in Thailand for everyone seeking for things to do. Oh, she’s from the Phuket area, right? It is one hour by fast boat from Phuket and one hour and thirty minutes from Krabi, both of which have airports nearby.
Railay is a peninsula that can only be reached by boat. It takes around an hour to get there from Ko Phi Phi, as well as Krabi and Phuket airports. There are beaches with green and tranquil water, mountains, a cave with phallic statues, and climbing. You may also take boat cruises to adjacent beaches, some of which are blue and some of which are green. You may also swim among luminous plankton, which are creatures that shine in the ocean at night.
Koh Lipe lies located on the Malaysian border and features turquoise and translucent beaches with virtually no waves. The sand is also nice. The island is rustic, with sandy lanes.
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