Thailand is the perfect destination to start a trip in South-East Asia. Infrastructures are good and it’s an easy country to travel for beginners backpackers. Even if there is a lot of tourist, you have to visit Thailand once because the variety of things to see and do in Thailand is incredible: temples, beaches, excellent food…
So let’s see the 11 experiences you must do in Thailand:
1/ Explore Bangkok
Even if it’s polluted, there’s a lot of traffic and noise, Bangkok deserve at least two or three days if you are travelling in Thailand:
- Chatuchak Market: 8000 stalls where you can find anything, from cheap clothes to DVDs
- Wat Pho Temple, with it’s giant Bouddha
- Jim Thompson’s house
- The Wat Phra Kaeo, in the palace
- Go for a drink at the Sirocco Sky Bar and see the nightview of Bangkok
- Go buy second hand travelling gear and meet fellow backpacker in Khao San Road
2/ Island and beaches in the south of Thailand
Ko Lanta, Ko Kood, Ko Chang…
Very touristic but for good reasons… beaches in Thailand are among the most beautiful in Asia. Maya Bay is the beach from the same name movie, and deserve a visit.
3/ Visit Ayutahya
The best way to eplore the ruins of the ancient capital of Thailand is by bike or by boat. Ayutahya is a world heritage site. The old capital of Sukhothai also deserve a visit.
4/ Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is the ideal base to do some trekking and visit the sceneries of the North of Thailand and visit the hill’s tribes.
You can also do the followings in Chiang Mai:
- Take cooking lessons
- Learn Thai boxing
- The Night Market
- Visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple
5/ National Parks
The three national parks you absolutely must see are Khao Yai, Khao Sok and Kaeng Krachan. Erawan’s national Park also deserve a look, if you go near Kanchanaburi.
Famous for it’s World War II historical sites (the ‘bridge over the river Kwai’ and the ‘Death Railway’), Kanchanaburi was a strategic point for the japanese army. You can also visit Erawan National Park from there.
7/ Learn to dive
Thailand has many superbs diving spots and it’s the ideal place to obtain a PADI licence. For advanced divers, the Similan Island and Richelieu Rock on the West Coast of Thailand are famous diving spots. If you are lucky you can even see a whaleshark.
8/ Kayak in Phan Nga Bay
In my opinion that’s the place to visit in priority in Thailand. Located in the North-East of Phuket, you can see there a spectaculat scenery of vertical cliff emerging from the sea. The best way to explore this place is by Kayaking.
9/ Eat !
One of the main reasons to go to Thailand: eat, eat and eat ! And dont be scared to try the street-food which is delicious.
10/ The Full Moon Party
Even if you’re not crazy about partying, this place is a must-see to enjoy the music, make new friends and see the fire juggling. Who knows, maybe you will have fun there !
11/ Ride an elephant
Ok I this makes it 11, but just because it’s cool to ride an elephant, even if you’re 70 years old.