Let’s be honest. You’re not going to run out of things to do in Thailand. With every island having countless opportunities for fun and adventure, as well as the thriving cities, you’re never going to be bored. But with so many things to do there is the danger you might miss the real highlights the country has to offer. Below is a guide to five of the most fun and memorable activities you need to seek out during your time in Thailand.
Travelling in Style
With so much to see and do in Thailand, why simply explore the country on foot or by public transport? How about taking the country in from a different vantage point – say, on an elephant. The Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang cares for over fifty Asian elephants in a forest near Chiang Mai. Rides up to an hour are available, and your conscience can remain clear thanks to the excellent treatment the centre offers these magnificent creatures. For the most adventurous, an overnight trek is even available, where you can even camp out in the forest with the stars of the show – the elephants themselves!
And once you’ve seen what Thailand has to offer on land, why not take to the water and visit one of Thailand’s floating markets? The most famous of these is Damnoen Saduak, 100km southwest of Bangkok. Here, you can experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional Thai market – from your own canoe – and bargain with traders for fresh fruit and vegetables, in one of the most colourful environments Thailand has to offer.
And staying on the water, there’s plenty more of Thailand to be seen beneath the surface. Head to Koh Tao to enjoy the best diving experience in Thailand with Koh Tao Divers. Their team will first teach you everything about diving, in a variety of languages, and then you will go off with a professional to explore the underwater tropical paradise, and its range of stunning coral and fish.
Once you’ve visited the tourist hotspots, you might enjoy finding your own little secluded island to relax and enjoy yourself on. Thailand has tens of islands to explore across 5,000 miles of coastline, and you can discover as much of it as you like by island hopping. You can go at your own pace in your personal kayak across the calm seas, and once you reach your destination you’ll find plenty of breathtaking views, crystal clear water and white sand to take advantage of, whether in Phang Nga Bay, Ko Phi Phi Lee or any one of these stunning locations.
And if you’re really in the mood to let your hair down, Thailand has plenty of full moon parties where you can party hard for as long as you want – day or night. The Full Moon Party in Ko Phangan is particularly notorious and attracts crowds of revelers from far and wide. Where better to enjoy a drink and a dance than in the stunning surroundings of a beautiful Thai island?
Once you’ve done all this there’s still loads more to enjoy in Thailand. But hopefully the above five trips will provide some of the highlights of your trip, and great memories you can look back on fondly forever.
Jeffery Glenn is the Founder of the Professional and Technical dive training School based in Koh Tao- Go Pro Asia. Jeffrey has a wealth of experience in the divining industry and is one of the finest PADI IDC Instructors in Thailand.