Thailand, a nation in Southeast Asia, is in many travel lists.
The gateway to the tropical country is Bangkok, a modern and hectic city. For many, this is just a transitory stop to the relaxed beaches or mountainous back country.
With friendly culture and delicious food, one can see why Thai culture has spread through out the world.
Top Things to See and Do in Thailand
Bangkok, capital and largest city of Thailand, is cosmopolitan and intense. Traffic and heat make it challenging but it has many jewels waiting to be discovered. Visit Rattanakosin Island, where Old Town is located. Most famous temples, Grand Palace,Wat Pho and Wat Arun are first stops. Take a Tuk Tuk, a signature taxi here, and visit the back waters by canal tour, or Khaosan Road for a glimpse of Bangkok’s backpacker’s paradise and famous street night life.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island offering a plethora of adventures and beaches. Here you swim, snorkel, dive, windsurf, sail and more. It is commercialized, as many foreigners have set up tourism related shops to cater to the tourists nonetheless you find beauty at Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi Island.
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya just north of Bangkok is a city, formerly an ancient capital, once the largest city in the world. Grand Palace, Chantharakasem Palace, and Wang Lang are located here with many temples dotting the city and surroundings. As a great trading city, you can explore past settlements still in existence of Dutch, Portuguese and Japanese heritage.
Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North”, is green, lush and surrounded by mountains. In the north of the country it is cosmopolitan with some expats and Bangkok retirees. Here, you will visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a temple covered in gold, just outside the city.
Floating Markets like Damnoen Saduak are centuries old river markets and can be found specially in the Central Plain of Thailand. Here people are selling fruits, vegetables, and other delicacies. Make sure to try a fried critter, delicious! 😉
Muay Thai, combat sport of Thailand is a mixed form of martial arts which includes kicking, boxing and other strikes using eight points on the body for effect.
General travel advice for Thailand
- Do you need a visa? Citizens from these countries do not need one
- Language spoken: Thai
- Currency: Baht. Calculate the exchange here
- Electricity: 220 Volts
- Standard electrical frequency: 50 Hertz
- International calling code: +66
- Drives on the: Left