Top 10 things to experience in Thailand
Cities to visit
Chiang Mai - The ‘Rose of the North’ is surrounded by mountains and lush countryside.
Kanchanaburi - Home to the Bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi is incredibly beautiful with easily accessible waterfalls and national parks.
Bangkok - Thailand’s capital city is full of hidden gems to explore, including temples, palaces, vibrant markets and nightlife.
Phuket - At 48km long, it’s one of Thailand’s largest islands and famous for beautiful beaches and the party destination Patong.
Ko Samui - An island of great natural beauty and variety. A perfect place to hang out on the beach all day with a cold drink.
Thai street food
Thai markets and busy shopping streets sell an array of street foods. Here’s some treats for the brave:
Larb Mote Daeng - Prepared with red ants and their eggs (it’s said to be delicious!).
Durian - This popular fruit is found everywhere — and it’s known as one of the smelliest fruits in the world.
Deep Fried Insects - Usually crickets, grasshoppers, worms and sometimes small deep fried frogs.
With so many festivals to celebrate it’s little wonder that Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles.
Songkran Festival - Hugely popular with tourists, it involves splashing water between friends and relatives. During April you will see people with water guns and buckets ready to playfully splash a passer-by.
Loy Krathong - A beautiful festival, usually held in November, where people head to the water at night to float flowers and candles or lit lantern balloons.
Phi Ta Khon - Thailand’s most colourful festival, held in the Dan Sai district, is better known as the Ghost Festival. Locals dress up as spirits in bright costumes and masks and dance the night away.
Hundreds of beaches
Fields and jungles
A country of temples
You cannot go to Thailand without visiting one of the estimated 400,000 Buddhist temples that are spread around the countryside. A Thai temple is known as a wat and usually consists of a collection of buildings, shrines and monuments enclosed by a wall.
Wat Phra Kaew | Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Located in Bangkok, this temple is in the grounds of the Grand Palace and holds a Buddha carved from a single jade stone.
Wat Pho | Temple of the Reclining Buddha - Holds a golden Buddha that measures 46m long and 15m high.
Wat Traimit | Temple of the Golden Buddha - Houses the world’s largest gold seated Buddha, measuring five metres high and weighing five and a half tons. The statue was discovered by accident when it was dropped, revealing the solid gold Buddha hidden under a plaster casing.
Wat Samphran - This unique temple is 17 stories high with a giant dragon spiralling to the top. Inside, there are sculptures of other beasts and a bronze Buddha.
Watch Muay Thai boxing
Witness the most popular spectator sport in Thailand as professionals take each other on in the martial art of Muay Thai. Muay Thai attracts a mass of visitors and tourists who come not only to view the passion of the fighters but to hear the musical and ceremonial aspects that accompany the fight.
Upon entering the ring and performing prayers, competitors commence the ram muay, which is a personal ritual appearing like a dance. It is usually accompanied by music, providing a rhythm to the boxer’s movements. Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok is considered the home of modern Muay Thai and is the best place to watch a fight.