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9 Things To See & Do In Thailand

Thailand isn’t just a mecca for backpackers, it’s a nation that is fueled with every kind of traveller. With its incredible beaches in the south and its untouched mountains in the north it really does have something for everyone!

How long you spend in Thailand really depends on what you plan to achieve, if you desire is the chill on the beach and maybe experience a little hustle and bustle of the city then a couple of weeks in enough. If you plan to do everything above plus the mountains in the north and try your hand in a little Scuba Diving in one of Thailands many diving spots you may want to add another 10 days to your trip!

How about you take a look over my 9 Things To See & Do In Thailand and maybe this will help you decide;

#1 – Khao San Road

Khao san road is the perfect start to any travellers experience in Thailand. With its rows of market stalls and countless street food vendors, it’s a fun an exciting way to settle yourself into the hustle and bustle of South East Asia. Be sure to try your hand in bartering with the locals during your first few purchases

‘TIP: As a rule of thumb go 50% of the original price and then meet somewhere in the middle! GOOD LUCK!’

#2 – Visit Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon)

Wat Pho also known as the Royal Temple is my favourite temple in Bangkok. First of all, it’s way less crowded than the Grand Palace and is only 20% of the cost! With an entry fee of 100THB it’s an absolute must-see during your stay in Thailand.
Wat Pho is the home to the huge reclining Budha as well as 95 pagodas 4 of which stand towering above the main temple where the reclining buddha is housed.

If you are interested in Thai Massage and would like to experience the most authentic Thai Massage in this incredible country then look no further the Wat Pho. Wat Po is the home of Thai Massage and you can spoil yourself with a 60 minutes massage for as little as 400THB/£8 per person or you can get a 30 minute for 250THB.

#3 – Spend a night in the Khao Sok National Park

If the busy streets of Bangkok are not your thing then head south to the Khao Sok National Park and spend and the evening floating in one of Thailand hidden gems. You will be surrounded by what can only be described as something from Jurassic Park, the huge limestone cliffs and dense jungle make it an absolute pleasure to explore. This place is completely detached from the outside world, generators giving you power during the hours of sunset bedtime, no wifi and absolutely NO TRAFFIC other than the odd longboat bringing in supplies. During your stay try and get yourself on a trek and bamboo raft experience up into the caves! (Unfortunately, this is only possible limited times of the year due to rainfall)

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#4 – Full Moon Party 

Head across to the Gulf of Thailand and get yourself to Koh Phangan for a party that you will never forget! The Full Moon Party has an international reputation for being once of the craziest parties on the planet. Some say there has been a maximum occupancy of 100,000 people attend this party of crazies!! Haad Rin in the South East corner of the island is the home of this cocktail of chaos, get yourself covered in neon paint, throw on a singlet and head down to the beach where you’re be welcomed by Beach Buckets filled with alcohol, fire skipping ropes and some of the craziest people on earth! 

#5 – Learn to Dive!

If learning to scuba-dive is on your bucket list just like it was mine then head over to Koh Tao where you can learn to dive for a little as £200. Koh Tao is the perfect location to learn to dive due to its still and comfortable waters. The island is surrounded by beautiful corals and an abundance of marine life including Whale Sharks, Turtles, Reef Sharks and even the odd octopus.

Check out my ‘Becoming a PADI Certified Diver’ post for more info on exploring the BIG BLUE! 

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#6 – Visit a Hill Tribe

If culture is your thing and trekking your way to untouched beauty is on your to-do list then be sure to head up north to Chiang Mai. Don’t let it scare you as it is Thailand’s 2nd biggest city because compared to Bangkok it appears to be a small little town. Head over the S.K.House 2 and ask to speak to the travel guru Nick and he will send you on an adventure you will never forget. You will get picked up and taken in a 4x4 to the mountains where you will be dropped off to meet your local guide! We then trekked with him for 2 days, 1 night we spent in the hill tribe and the 2nd day we trekked from the village to a waterfall where we cooled off after the sweaty journey!

#7 – Dive with a Manta Ray!

Learning to dive is 1 thing! But swimming with one of the most majestic animals of the ocean the Manta Ray is an experience that I will not forget in a hurry! Luckily for me I was able to dive with Manta’s in the Komodo National Park – Indonesia but if it’s on your bucketlist and you’re in Thailand then there is the need to skip your visa and head to Indo when you can just head to the west side of Thailand and do it there. Khao Lak is the access point to an abundance of Liveaboards heading to the Similan Islands.

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#8 – Erawan waterfall

Erawan waterfall is located just outside the small town of Kanchanaburi, to get to Kanchan you will be looking at getting a train from Bangkok north or you can do a chartered trip arranged from a tour desk. I would highly recommend getting on the train and then exploring the area by motorbike as the drive up through the country is incredible!

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#9 – Yoga Retreat

Koh Phangan isn’t just a party island that is fuelled by bucket bars and fire shows. It’s an island surrounded by luxury resorts and pristine beaches. If relaxing on the beach and finding your inner self is on the agenda then you should head over to Haad Tien and book yourself on a yoga retreat. Unlike other yoga retreats around the world Koh Phangan is an extremely affordable place to ‘Find your Zen’. Check out ‘The Sanctuary – Haad Tien’ for the best of the best on the island!

If you feel like I missed something on my ‘9 Things To See & Do In Thailand’ feel free to add a little comment below!

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