A Guide for First Time Travellers
Experience some of the most wonderful places to explore in Thailand.
There are endless ways for the intrepid traveler to make the most of their visit to Thailand. Ranging from stunning temples brimming with rich cultural heritage to frolicking by the gleaming waters of the many visceral beaches, Thailand has the experience to offer anyone who visits the land.
1. Visit Buddhist Temples
Thailand has over 40,000 magnificent Buddhist temples, some dating back centuries. Some of the most famous temples are the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), etc.
Wat Arun, Bangkok
There is no better way to experience the authentic Thai culture than visiting the Buddhist temples, especially if it’s the first time you are visiting Thailand.
During the visit to any of Thailand’s beautiful temples, you’ll need to have the proper attire. It is considered disrespectful to show up in clothes that show a lot of skin, and you won’t be allowed to enter.
Please read our blog on do’s & don’ts in a Thai temple to know more about that here.
2. Go Island Hopping
While travelling to Thailand, island hopping is something one should definitely consider. Some of the most famous islands you could visit are Koh Samui, Koh Yao islands , Koh Tao, Phuket , Islands of Krabi etc.
Koh Phi Phi Don Viewpoint, Krabi
These islands provide you with excellent weather, azure blue oceans and palm-fringed beaches. An array of islands with each possessing a distinctive personality & filled with sights ranging from busy markets, temples, swimming spots, beach bars & even coral reefs. If you’re keen on kayaking, surfing and snorkelling or just want to relax with a drink in hand, you’re sure to find an island that can let you do just that!
3. Try the Local Cuisine
Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
If you’re a foodie, Thailand is the best place for you to be. The streets are lined up with an endless assortment of delicious options ranging from fish, shrimp, soupy noodles, chicken beef, roast duck, vegan options and so much more.
4. Get a Massage
While Visiting Thailand one thing you must definitely consider is getting a Thai massage.
Anywhere you go in Thailand you’re bound to stumble across an authentic massage parlour. Thai massage is an ancient art still practiced today, it’s believed that it can heal injuries and rejuvenate your body.
The massages are quite affordable too, so travelers can take their time to relax here after a day of exploring the sights of Thailand.
5. Visit The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, an ancient architectural complex in the city centre of Bangkok. Since 1782 the palace has been the official residence of Siamese royalty.
Grand Palace, Bangkok
It features several magnificent buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains a beautiful Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. The premises of the palace are indeed very impressive filled with exuberant buildings that makes it an ideal place for tourists to visit.
6. Go Shopping at the Floating Markets
A unique sight to behold at Bangkok are its floating markets. A trip to the floating market can be a fascinating glimpse into the Thai culture.
Don Manora Floating Market, Samut Songkhram
Don Manora in Samut Songkhram & Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi province are few of the most renowned floating markets in Thailand. All the commodities that you find in the floating market are locally sourced. Some products you may find on the market include handicrafts, tropical fruit, fresh vegetables, and coconut water. You may also find local foods that are extremely delicious.
7. Loi Krathong festival
Loi Krathong is held in the traditional Thai lunar calendar on the 12th month’s full moon evening. Loi simply means ‘floating’ while Krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle. The festival is usually celebrated in November every year.
A Krathong is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, three incense sticks, and a candle. On the night of the full moon, these Krathongs are launched on a river, canal, or a pond, making a wish as they do so.
8. Rooftop Bar
You should definitely visit a rooftop bar to experience Thailand in a new light. It is a perfect place to find good live music, delicious food and breathtaking views. If you want to just relax after your packed trip and do nothing but soak in the calm ambience, a rooftop bar would be the best choice.
Here is a list of some of the best rooftop bars you should definitely visit in Bangkok. Check them out here.
Now you’ve read up on some of the fantastic things to experience for yourself in Thailand. There is much to see & do that one can truly appreciate when they visit, from mesmerizing sights, enthralling celebrations, to delicious local food. Come, experience it all. Come, experience Thailand.