With over 200+ countries to choose from, why should a traveler decide to visit Thailand?
A Private Boat docked at a white sand beach in Thailand
Every year, more and more travelers wander into the Land of Smiles. From the white sand beaches, to the rich heritage, to the mouth-watering delicacies, this tropical paradise simply has too much to offer! & if you are still not sold on the idea, here are 60 reasons why you must travel to Thailand:
1) The unusual resorts
Tree Pool Houses in Keemala Resort, Phuket
Each resort in Thailand is exquisite. The ‘cozy nests’ in the Bangkok Tree House where the rooms perched atop a jungle hill. The Anantara Golden Triangle Resort, where you can pet elephants. The woven tangle of birds’ nest design in Keemala Resort. Thailand provides an array of accommodation choices.
2) The quintessential Thai street food
Different kinds of Satays, Bangkok Market
Thailand’s cuisine is one of the most versatile ones in the world. With every new city, you can indulge in a new dish- helping you keep your food choices interesting! Pad Thai to Satays, Guay Teow to Khao Pad, Thai cuisine has an explosion of taste and aroma. And for the vegan folks? Fret not! Thailand has an abundance of options for you as well.
3) The lush and high-end restaurants
Fairytale style Mossy Garden Ground, Chom Cafe, Chiang Mai
Get the best of the gastronomical world at the Michelin Star holding restaurants. The chance at a photo-op at the Peter Pan Style garden at Chom Cafe attracts a lot of tourists. Other restaurants like Khao enhance experience by hosting cooking classes. Either way your meals will be supplemented with the best dining experience.
4) The white sand beaches
Maya Beach, Phi Phi Islands
With no shortage of a stunning coastline, Thailand has some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. The soft white sand meeting the sparking clear water, with a backdrop of the dense jungle adds to the visual magic at Maya Beach. Railay Beach on the other hand is particularly photogenic with the dramatic cliffs on one end, and the Andaman sea on the other. But if your choice is a peaceful and secluded beach, nothing comes close to Bottle Beach. Its peacefulness is unparalleled.
5) The lively beach bars
KUDO Beach Club, Phuket
There is no shortage of great choices when it comes to finding Beach Bars. The beach clubs vary from aesthetics to food to music. Every traveler gets their pick. If you’re one to love soul music and strong cocktails, HQ Beach Lounge is the place for you to be. If you’re one who loves to mull in the sun and eat a slice of pizza, Kudo Beach Club is for you. But, if you’re looking to party like Ibiza, Cafe Del Mar is going to get you in the mood.
6) The diverse Buddha statues
Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, Ang Thong Province
Big and small, standing and sitting, each Buddha statues in Thailand is unique in its own way. One of the most revered Buddha image is the Phra Kaeo Morakot. Housed in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this statue is made entirely from Green Jade. Amongst the diverse statues, is Phra Buddha Chinnarat, a golden Sukhothai style statue, whose name literally translates to “The King of Victory!” And then stands the 92 meter and 63 meters wide The Great Buddha of Thailand- Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin. This statue is the 9th tallest statue in the world!
7) The exotic wildlife
Elephants at Khao Yai National Park
Such a diverse country, it makes sense that the list of animals that can be found in Thailand is diverse too! Places like Elephant Jungle Sanctuary ensure that an adventure is possible while being ethical. The Tiger Kingdom follows the ‘conservation through education’ approach for an education experience. With the animal species on the brink of extinction, such practices are paving the way to a sustainable and fun ecological adventure.
8) The one of a kind intriguing train journeys
Mahachai Shortline Train,Thonburi to Samut Songkhram
If you wish to explore the views of Thailand in a fun and economical way, train journeys are the way to go. Mahachai Shortline Train journey begins rumbling through countryside filled with canals and farm fields, and then progresses towards the bustling market of Bangkok. If you are a history buff, the death railway train ride from Tham Krasae bridge over the Kwai river will surely intrigue you. Here, you get to discover the stories of the allied prisoners of WWII, and how the bridge was made. Apart from this, the “Floating train” excursions across Thailand’s longest dam from Bangkok to Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi province should be on your Thai itinerary.
9) The hanging-in-a-tree dining experience
Treepod Dining, Soneva Kiri
Soneva Kiri is taking fine dining to new heights. It seats its diners in a bamboo pod and hoists them up into the Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. A personal waiter zip-lines his way to serve you. They offer an extensive collection of wine and savory gourmet delights while watching the sunset in front!
10) The vibrant local markets
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
The markets in Thailand are like no other in the world. Especially the ones in Bangkok. Visiting these markets is the best way to explore the local culture. The Chatuchak Weekend Market is considered to be the ‘Ultimate’ Bangkok market. Spanning across one kilometer consisting 15,000 stalls, this market sells just about anything- from arts & crafts to food to apparel! Another must-visit market in Bangkok is the Sampeng Market located in Chinatown. This Chinese market sells typical china stuff like tea and lanterns and porcelain items, along with some delicious street snacks!
11) The lively night markets
Artbox Night Market, Bangkok
The night brings a whole new life to the country! The Artbox Night Market has a more trendy and hipster vibe with chic picnic tables. Talad Neon is a youthful lively bazaar which prides itself in a flea market setting. It is into selling retro fashion and homeware. Rot Fai Night Market, falls on the opposite side of the spectrum, championing itself for its vintage memorabilia!
12) The scary Death Railway ride
Death Railway on the Kanchanaburi Hellfire Pass
The Death Railway has a harrowing historic past which takes place during WWII. Nearly 100,000 laborers died during the 16-month construction period owing it mainly to exhaustion. In spite of this past, this Thai- Burma railway takes one through a scenic route beginning with an overview of River Kwai, heading to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and then to the Hellfire Pass Museum & the Walking Trail. This railway shows a blend of the Thai history along with its culture!
13) The romantic sunset bars
360 Degree Bar, The Pavilions Phuket Resort
The turquoise water and the dramatic cliff tops are designed to bring out the hopeless romantic in you. Fantastic oceanfront restaurants capture this magic view while you feast to fit this mood. The 360 Degree Bar is the most desirable sunset hotspot in Phuket. The upbeat tunes and the vivid sky is the perfect way to end your day! Joe’s Downstairs Bar is another such gem. It is the go-to place in Patong Beach to enjoy excellent cocktails with a view of the Andaman Sea. If talking about sunset bars, The Surface Bar by La Flora Resort & Spa cannot be left behind. This affordable yet classy sun downer spot plays Top 40 Classics that pair well with the waves breaking on the beach!
14) The floating markets
Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market
It is surreal when you visit the Thai floating markets. Slender canals crammed with boats and canoes selling goods and food- it is one of the best experiences one can have. Damnoen Sadauk is one of the most popular floating markets. One can find small knick-knacks as well as tasty food to try along the docks. Amphawa Floating Market boasts of authentic Thai feel. This market is famous for its seafood. The Best way to beat the heat? Hit these markets early morning!
15) Unlimited opportunities to Island Hopping
Melati Beach, Koh Samui
Why explore one island when you can hop on to the next one and get the best of more worlds? Thailand and its many islands gives you the opportunity just that! Koh Samui’s broad appeal to all travelers makes it a must-visit on one’s itinerary. Its idyllic beaches set it apart! Next on the list is Koh Pha Ngan. It is extremely well known for its tropical paradise of hilly hinterland covered with lush vegetation and fringed coconut trees. And of course, the Full Moon Party! Just a ferry ride away is Koh Tao. This is the island where you get connected to nature through the vibrant coral reefs to the sea turtles!
16) The super luxurious hotels
Private Villa with Outdoor Deck, Four Seasons Koh Samui
More and more travelers want to make their trips even more memorable through lavish settings overlooking beautiful landscapes. And as luxury is in the details, Thailand houses certain hotels that go the extra mile to give just that to its guests! Set on a tropical hillside that unfurls into the ocean, Four Seasons Koh Samui blends in perfectly with its surrounding. Loaded with an infinity pool and private beaches, this hotel offers exclusivity to its guests. The Siam Hotel in Bangkok boasts of plush furnishings and super-sized king beds with lofty ceilings. Every villa is awash with lush internal gardens and open-air roof terrace, perfect for private sunbathing or evening cocktails. One of the world’s most exclusive brands- Aman, has its first hotel in Phuket- Amanpuri. The Thai style pavilions and villas along with overlooking the Andaman Sea, makes this one of the most insanely beautiful hotels.
17) Eating on water
Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise, Chao Phraya River
Why enjoy delicacies on land, when we can get it on water? Travellers now can experience the luxury of Dinner Cruises. The Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise has stunning decors and delicious Thai & Western food. This massive 3 floor cruise has options for candle-lit dinners as well! Another amazing riverboat cruise is the Chao Phraya Princess. As diners pass well-known landmarks, including the Grand Palace, they are serenaded by the singers and a saxophonist on board. What a lovely way to enjoy a meal, isn’t it?
18) The picturesque waterfalls
Mae Ya Waterfall, Near Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
The beauty about Thailand lies within its ability to hide water oases almost in every region! Some of the most incredible waterfalls can be spotted here. Just like the Erawan Waterfall in Kanchanaburi. This 7 level waterfall has three distinct tiers where one can snorkel and even walk in the space behind the flowing water! Tucked away in the northern part of Thailand, Mae Ya waterfall is a great place to reconnect with nature. This 800 feet tall waterfall roars in its full glory during the rainy season. And yes, both these waterfalls are extremely photogenic!
19) The exhilarating water sports
Kitesurfing, Koh Pha Ngan
For all the daredevil travelers wanting a chance to conquer the sea- Thailand is the perfect place to be! From Jet Skiing to Wakeboarding, Kitesurfing to Windsurfing and river rafting to banana boat ride; Thailand beaches have all of these activities. There is a sport for every level of expert. The best part is, for most of these activities, one does not even know how to swim! All you need is a little courage to just do it.
20) Explore the sea
Scuba Diving, Chumphon Pinnacle, Koh Tao
A lot of people flock to Thailand due to its ridiculously stunning beaches. They offer a fantastic marine and reef life for underwater enthusiasts. Whether an expert or novice, Thailand is the best place to scuba dive! Krabi with its diverse marine wildlife, right from squids to black-tip reef sharks, is one of the best diving sites. Chumphon Pinnacle in Koh Tao is considered an excellent dive site due to its underwater boulders and unusual marine life. If you’re lucky, maybe you spot a Whale Shark!
21) Fun-filled Family escapades
Rope Bridges, JungleXtrem Adventure Park
An adventurous experience with your children, amusement parks in Phuket are sure to give your family an adrenaline rush like never before! One such exhilarating park is The JungleXtrem Adventure Park. You can swing through the forest with speedy zip lines, swinging walkways, rope bridges, and web-like nets at this must-visit! For a more refreshing adventure, visit the Splash Jungle Waterpark and let your kids delve into the enjoyable wave pool and water slides while you rejuvenate with a quick drink on the pool bar.
22) The Scenic Viewpoints
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint overlooking Phang Nga Bay
Feel on top of the world while the charm of a picturesque Thailand unfolds before your eyes. Set foot on Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon and capture the most gorgeous skylines. A kaleidoscope of green forests subtly folding mystic waterfalls and the Twin Pagodas. Another breath-taking viewpoint is the Samet Nangshe Viewpoint. Easy to reach and worth the drive, this place is a true Selfie-playground – overlooking Phang Nga Bay (aka the James Bond Island).
23) The Hip Nightlife
Full Moon Party on the beach of Koh PhaNgan
The country takes a whole new avatar at night under the pitch black skies filled with sparkling stars. A different energy takes over the place when the infamous night-parties commence. Notorious foam parties in Pattaya have a pool filled with water & foam. Along with that, there is lighting and loud music and a private cabana at your service. What is even more famous than this is the Full Moon Parties held from dawn to sunrise at beaches during a full moon night. Dress yourself up in neon colors and shine under the night sky while enjoying cocktail buckets and a lot of music!
24)The Energetic Muay Thai Fights
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Bangkok
Referred as the ‘Art of the Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai is a Thailand original and is widely recognized worldwide. Dating back to the 1860s, witnessing an enthralling Muay Thai fight is a must when exploring the culture of Thailand. The Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is perhaps the most popular and busiest sporting arena in Thailand. It is a great option to experience the electrifying energy of the locals and the fighters. Apart from this, the 1945-built Rajadamnern Stadium hosts a number of in-house championship titles. It is the apt place where you need to be to live the thrill of Thailand’s sporting culture.
25) The Spiritual Places
Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave Temple, Krabi
Thailand is home to numerous sacred sites that boast of its spiritual heritage and religious following. Get in touch with your divine self at the Wat Tham Suea or the Tiger Cave Temple. Aside from teaching “Vipassana” which means insight meditation, stone tools, pottery remains and the mold for making Buddha footprints have been excavated here. In addition to this, the Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a fascinating place of worship known for the gold-leaf covered & 46 meter long reclining Buddha. You can also enjoy the traditionally decorated 91 stupas in ceramic pottery flowers and colorful tiles in Wat Pho’s courtyard.
26) The iconic historical landmarks
Phra Pathom Chedi, World’s tallest Chedi
Though many cities have been modernized with urban decor, everywhere one looks, they can find glimpses of Thailand’s interesting and rich history. Some cities like Sukhothai have their ancient ruins dating back to 1238! The Phra Pathom Chedi, meaning the ‘Holy Chedi of the Beginning’ is recognized as the world’s tallest chedi, towering at 127 meters. This site marks the introduction of Buddhism into Thailand over two thousand years ago. The antiquated Memorial Bridge also known as the ‘Death Railway’ built over the Kwai river, which passes over to Pai has become a fascinating tourist attraction. It was built by Japanese soldiers during WWII to transport weapons and provision to Burma.
27) The colorful marine life
Yellow Boxfish found in Koh Tao’s diving point
One of the best deciders of the perfect diving sport is what you see once you enter the waters. Exploring the marine life in Thailand is a wonder for all those diving into the water for the first or the umpteenth time! Yellow Boxfish, Banded Sea Snake, Nudibranch, Dancing Shrimp, Hawskill turtle, Scribble Fish and the Whale Shark are just a few to name. Oh, and the dolphins. Just imagine swimming in the ocean and encountering this majestic & smart creature!
28) The wacky museums
The Tilleke & Gibbins Museum of Counterfeit Goods in Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand houses some unique museums in the world, apart from the obvious historical and art ones. One such museum is the Doll Museum in Bangkok. Set up in 1956, this museum has a collection of over 400 hand-made Thai dolls. Moreover, they also have a collectors section where there are dolls in traditional costumes from almost every country, including India! Just when you thought a museum could not get anymore wacky, Thailand presents you with The Museum of Counterfeit Goods. This museum displays more than 4,000 goods with trademark infringements. From a simple pencil to an automotive part, just about everything counterfeit is here.
29) The tranquil forest parks
Khao Sok National Park
For a country deeply immersed in greenery, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Thailand’s national parks are breathtaking. Giving a stark contrast to the city decorum, these parks have acres of unspoiled wilderness and wildlife. Khao Sok National Park in the Surat Thani Province, consists mainly of rainforest and jungle. It is, in fact, considered the rainiest spot in Thailand, which helps to support a wide diversity of plants and animals. You can also find one of the world’s largest flowers here, the increasingly rare Rafflesia Kerri. But if you’re a wildlife enthusiast who wants to see the cheeky monkeys of Thailand, there’s no better place than Khao Yai National Park. Apart from spotting waterfalls, if one is lucky, a tiger or a family of elephants can be spotted!
30) The breathtaking marine parks
Ao Phang Nga National Park
Thailand is breaking all the stereotypes with national parks. The biggest one being National Parks are on land. Thailand boasts of multiple Marine National Parks giving you the best of both- land and water. Ao Phang Nga National Park in Southern Thailand encompasses a number of beautiful beaches, dramatic limestone cliffs, caves and lagoons to explore. Mu Ko Similan National Park is another of Thailand’s marine parks. It contains 11 islands where the white beaches are fringed with coral reefs & the waters so clear- you can see your own reflection!
31) Cycling tours on the zig-zag terrains
Cyclists on the Bangkok Sunset Ride Route by Spice Roads
Coupled with dizzily varied natural landscape and scenic routes, Thailand makes for an adventurous and satisfying cycling tour! Spice Roads Cycling offers various categories to cover each and every distinct cycling route. You can choose to take the Bangkok Sunset Ride which shows the city’s historical sites under the gleaming sun, or you can go for the off beat path and cycle along the Mae Hong Son Hills which takes you to the tallest and toughest peaks! If you want to explore the “Green Lung” of Bangkok, you can take up the Bangkok Jungle! Cycling on these landscapes can be a challenging & rewarding experience.
32) The new & innovative wineries
Monsoon Valley Vineyard, Hua Hin Hilltops, vineyard under the bright sun
In recent years, this beautiful country has ventured into the Regional Wine Destination. Situated at the Hua Hin Hilltops are some of the best vineyards of Thailand where ripe grapes are hand cultivated. Even with Thailand’s tough climate, they managed to innovate techniques that resulted in their wines gaining international recognition. Monsoon Valley is perhaps the country’s most innovative and expertly run winery whose efforts repeated in them winning “Brand of the year” in 2017. The first Thai Wine to win this. Silverlake, is another stellar example of a beautiful vineyard. It is set alongside a mesmerizing lake scene, against Central Thailand’s rolling hillside and the nearby Buddha Mount. Tours of the vineyard grounds and winery are available!
33) The mystical caves
Phraya Nakhon Cave, the temple gleaming under the sun
The caves are just another addition to this Asiatic Paradise! They truly make you wonder the splendors of nature. Tham Khao Luang cave is one of the best caves to visit in Thailand. Converted by King Rama V to honor its predecessors, the Buddha statue illuminated as the sun rays directly fall onto its face! If it’s mysterious caves you like, Phraya Nakhon Cave is just the place to visit for you. The mystery for this cave lies in the fact that this place is a little hard to reach. It has two chambers with open ceilings to allow sunlight to penetrate through and give a surreal effect!
34) The prettiest pink lakes
Pink Lilies in full bloom in Red Lotus Sea
Located 50 KMS south of Udon Thani in Northeast Thailand, Red Lotus Sea is a rather unusual lake and complete misnomer. For as far as you can see, the lake is completely immersed in pink! Beautiful pink lilies blooming in all their might attracting the birds, who are gently playing with these flowers. As the long boats pass through these lilies, it’s almost as they are giving way to travellers. Ah, what a sight! This magical aquatic garden is in full glory during the cold season & at dusk!
35) The picture-perfect Greek getaway
Village Zone in Santorini Park with rest bench and eatery
What if you could get a slice of greek heaven in Thailand? The classic whitewashed buildings, the colorfully painted windows, the stone paved pathways and the blue dome towers. The Santorini Park gives you just that. This park is split into 5 zones ranging from shopping to eating to arts to adventure. The Village Zone has more of a chilled-out coastal vibe with plenty of rest stops where you can replenish your energy for the flea-market style shopping experience. There’s something for each one of you to do!
36) The remarkable festivals
Thousands of people at the Lantern Festival- Loy Krathong.
Thailand has an innumerable amount of festivals based on the lunar calendar. It seems that there are festivities throughout the year! One thing that stays common is that all of them are uniquely fun and provide an insight into the Thai culture. Songkran, their very own water festival, uses water pistols and a giant fight erupts all over the city where even adults become children! On the other hand, you have the beautiful Lantern Festival- Loy Krathong. Thousands of people gather along the canals and rivers and release these floating lanterns into the sky. Such an incredible sight to behold!
37) The naturally hot hot-springs
Emerald Pool, Krabi in Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve
While one can relax in a spa, an equally relaxing experience is the Hot Springs in Thailand. An award winning Thai hot spring spa, Wareerak is located in the tropical jungle in Khlong Tom, Krabi. Their hot springs spa offers innovative spa treatments using mineral water to cure and promote good health. The Emerald Pool in Krabi is a part of Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. It is a freshwater pond with an indistinguishable green hue. Packed with minerals from nearby limestone deposits, they leech the toxins out of you. These hot springs are a perfect day escape!
38) The bewildering street performances
Bangkok Street Show in Lumpini Park
Leave it to Thailand to wow you with their one of kind street shows- whether it is the Bangkok Street Show or the Annual Vegetarian Festival. BANGKOK STREET SHOW is the most successful outdoor festival in Lumpini Park, with active performances that include mime, clowning, acrobatics and more. The Annual Vegetarian festival is a whole another league. The unusual rituals attract thousands of spectators, with participants piercing their skin with all manner of unusual objects.
39) The home of illusions
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, Pattaya
What if what you see is not what you get? This is exactly the case with Ripley’s Believe it or Not & the Tuxedo Illusion Hall. While Ripley’s is notoriously famous for displaying more than 300 unique oddities that would trick you into seeing something else, Tuxedo Illusion hall conducts shows full of magic, illusions and trickery! Both these Houses of Illusion have mastered the trick of deception!
40) An adrenaline fuelled caper
Human Slingshot, Pattaya Bungy
Would you like to fly without wings? I thought so. Pattaya Bungy is just the place for you to be. Being the highest bungy jump in Thailand, Pattaya Bungy hits you with the shot of adventure. Adding a new touch to the original activity, they offer the Human Slingshot. It is a once in a lifetime experience to take your thrill and adventure needs a notch higher.
41) World class snorkelling
Mu Koh Surin National Park
Thailand remains a world-class snorkelling destination in the entire world. Its lush tropical coasts and colourful reefs & an abundance of marine life are a huge crowd puller. Koh Surin Nuea is one of the best snorkelling spots in the entire Andaman Sea. The wide variety of corals and the notorious clownfish (more famously known as Nemo) will not leave you disappointed. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are another fantastic spot famous for their soft corals and sightings of whale sharks!
42) The trekking excursions
Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, Doi Inthanon National Park
From lush, emerald rainforests to waterfalls, there is so much to see on the many trails in Thailand. These trails can further be explored through the amazing trekking excursions. The mountainous community of Ban Ruam Mit is located right next to the river making it one of the better trails to trek. One of the more stunning trails located in the Doi Inthanon National Park is the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail which brings you at a stunning overview affront.
43) Rent your own catamaran and sail in luxury
HYPE Luxury Boat Club, Phuket
The stylish and exclusive Hype Boat Club enables you to sail in luxury on the sultry waters around Phuket and its many many neighboring islands. Whether it is a Day trip you’re looking for, or your very own private cruise, they offer their guests an extensive food & drinks menu, while you dance to the tunes on the onboard DJ. This unique concept of setting sail in lushness is guaranteed to make you visit Thailand!
44) The excellent aquariums
Underwater Tunnel, SEA LIFE Bangkok
Get through the large clear acrylic 105 metre long underwater tunnel at the Underwater World in Pattaya. The tunnels have 4 zones- Coral Reef Zone, Shark and Stingray Zone, Giant of Siam Zone and the newest addition Jellyfish Zone. Similarly, the SEA Life Bangkok has a spectacular underwater tunnel. You can walk through this magical path surrounded by eagle rays, sharks and schools of fish. These tunnels are their own kind of Spectacle!
45) Feel like a Hollywood star
James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay
We often see extremely beautiful islands in movies and hoped that one day we would visit them. Well, the islands of Thailand are calling you out just for this! James Bond island (yes, it is really known as that) is a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay. This island received recognition when The Man with a Golden Gun was shot here! Maya Bay in Phi Phi became a crowd puller when Leonardo DiCaprio shot his film The Beach there. The crystal clear water of Maya Bay is just the icing on the cake!
46) The blissful and secluded locals
Railay Beach, Krabi
Away from the city, with no roads or cars or buses, just beautiful footpaths lie islands that help you reconnect with yourself and nature. At Railay Beach, all you will witness is the gorgeous white sand under your feet, soaring limestones atop, and the seemingly inviting lagoon ahead. The Ao Chom Lom Beach in Koh Kradan, near Krabi has the most vivid sunsets, that one simply cannot miss. Once you visit, you’ll know why it’s called the Sunset Beach.
47) Feel like royalty
The Grand Palace in Bangkok
For decades, people of Thailand have held their monarchs in high regards. They have dedicated special holidays and statues all over the country to pay their respects, so it is no surprise that Thailand has a few of the most stunning palaces in the world! Consisting over 100 buildings and structures, The Grand Palace shows a fascinating distinction between the reign of different kings through varied architecture.
48) The burlesque cabarets
Tiffany’s Show Pattaya Thailand
The cabaret shows in Thailand add more spunk to an already hip nightlife. If you are looking for some glitz and drama, Simon Cabaret in Phuket is the place. The combination of transgender performers, Thai music, dance & comedy routines will surely make you fall in love with the Thai culture. The Calypso Cabaret Show is a must visit in Bangkok. With colorful and dazzling performances, Calypso Cabaret is one of the oldest cabarets shows that celebrates human diversity and the spirit of tolerance. If you want to see a great show, head over to the Alcazar Cabaret Show in Pattaya for spectacular stage delights and a fun evening of entertainment with the stunning ladyboys. Tiffany’s Show has its performers dressed in Thai, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Russian and even Bollywood-style costumes! With the spectacular sets, ravishing costumes, it will surely be an unforgettable experience for you!
49) The relaxing health retreats
The Dhara Dhevi Hotel Chiang Mai- Wellness Resort and Spa
Known for its spa and wellness treatments, Thailand has made this field it’s very own niche. Dhara Devi Chiang Mai is one of a kind. The elaborate treatment menu is vast and equally luxurious. The Spa has been created in the image of a Palace with elaborate motifs. Alternatively, the feel-positive vibes are in abundance at the Kamalaya Koh Samui. Due to being located next to a cave where Buddhist Monks once prayed, the entire energy in this area is filled with good vibrations. Perfect little place for some quiet and peace. Thailand can be your very own soul-purifying getaway! — should change to other property ; THANN Sanctuary in Ayutthaya or Shiva Som in Hau Hin. Kamalaya is written below
50) The peaceful meditation retreats
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand- Health, wellness and spa resort
While Thailand is known for the parties, it is also known for its relaxing and peaceful meditation centers! Such an irony, right? The Kamalaya is an award-winning luxury meditation resort that specialises in only the best holistic packages and offers customized treatments by medical professionals. Retreats include private consultations as well.Dharana Meditation Centre and Retreat Centre offers one of the best meditation experiences, by combining a relaxing holiday with a truly authentic retreat program. They offer meditation classes, yoga, Qi Gong and even counselling services to their guests.
51) Swing it at the many Golf courses
Black Mountain Golf Club
It is reckoned that there are over two hundred and fifty golf courses in Thailand. These golf courses span from the most exclusive golf clubs to economical ones. Each of them immaculately maintained. Black Mountain Golf Course in Hua Hin, is the first course in Thailand to be included in US Golf Digest’s list of Best 100 Courses outside the US. Apart from the 18- hole golfing course, they have accommodation and dining options in their club. Santiburi Golf in Koh Samui stretches across a hilly terrain with its highest point at 290 meters. The hills in the backdrop and the creeks flowing adds to the appeal of this place. An unusual rule about Thailand is- Caddies are a must!
52) Thai Coconuts
Behind tourism, coconuts are one of the biggest acclaims of Thailand. Thai coconuts are absolutely delicious and can be used in many ways. Fresh coconut water has plenty of vitamins which can replenish you instantly. They also make an awesome hangover cure. Thai cuisine heavily incorporates coconuts, so when I say that coconut shakes are heavenly, you can imagine it. Apart from this, they even have coconut jams, ice-cream, oil, candy etc. And, do not get me started about Coconut rum!
53) The architectural wonders
The Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya
When you think about Thailand, the skyscrapers and Buddhist temples come to mind. But there is so much more for architecture lovers to see! Buildings like the Elephant Tower and Robot Building are just the tip of the iceberg. MahaNakon in Bangkok is built in a way to seem like it is moving downward. It has been dubbed the ‘Great Metropolis’ in thai. The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya is an unfinished Hindu-Buddhist temple made entirely out of wood. The construction began in 1981 and is slated to finish around 2025.
54) Immaculately landscaped gardens
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Chon Buri
Spending a day in the wonderfully maintained garden landscapes of Thailand is a perfect thing to do. The Nong Nooch Garden in Chon Buri is like a theme park with daily cultural shows and accommodations overlooking the entire ground. Best way to explore this garden is to rent a bicycle. Bang Krachao, popularly known as the ‘Green Lung’ of Bangkok City is a 16 square km area filled with mangroves. This is another popular location for cyclists as they have a separate lane for biking.— duplicate Destination
55) Floating in air
Chiang Mai Hot Air Balloon
Thailand’s magical landscape can now be explored aerially. With the Chiang Mai Hot Air Balloon, you can glide over the mountains and endless fields. It gives you a bird’s eye view of the countryside. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is usually at dawn, just as the sun rises ahead of you! You can even extend your balloon ride and explore Doi Suthep that stands tall at 1676 meters above sea level. This activity would be one of the most exemplary things you would have experienced!
56) Kayaking your way through the islands
Kayaking In Krabi
Kayaking in Thailand is a beautiful way of getting close to nature. You can admire the beauty from a respected distance. It is the perfect way to explore the unseen lagoons. Krabi is one of the most wonderful islands to kayak in. And even within Krabi, three places give you a fulfilling experience. At Thalane Bay, you can witness the most stunning sunsets. While at Bor Thor Village, you can cave kayak. This means you can explore the many caves and tunnels which would be otherwise inaccessible. Lastly, at the Talabeng Village, apart from sea caves, one can also witness limestone cliffs and the wildlife surrounding it.
57) The friendly people
An important aspect of every country is its people. And there is just something about the people of Thailand. This country is nicknamed very accurately- Land of Smiles. Every face on the street, known and unknown will greet you with a broad smile. Thai people are traditionally friendly. It can be due to their traditional greeting, Wai. If you’re lucky enough, you may even be able to join a family for a home cooked meal!
58) The tuk tuks
The best way to beat the city traffic in Thailand is through the Tuk Tuk! It has become the conventional way of moving out and about especially in Bangkok. Many restricted tourist spots can only be accessed through this three wheeler. Across Thailand, there is a variation in the designs of tuk tuks. But they all provide one simple service- quickly ensuring you reach your destination. Oh and if you want to feel like a local, haggle away about the fares with the tuk tuk drivers!
59) The weather
Thailand has three major seasons, all of which are suitable for travellers. During the hot season, tourists flock to the many dreamy beaches found along Thailand’s immense coast. Bangkok and northern Thailand are popular destinations during the monsoon season. Everyone is able to enjoy the country’s plethora of sunshine during their visit.
60) The golden triangle- Sop Ruak
The Golden Triangle is located in northern Thailand. It is the point where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. In thai it is known as the Sop Ruak, as it is where the mighty Mekong and Ruak Rivers meet. You can marvel at the great golden giant Buddha, and take a selfie with the Golden Triangle. You can also hop on a communal taxi and visit the surrounding villages to explore the charming towns of Phrae and Nan.