Top 10 things to do in Thailand – Part One

by Travelbag on 19 November 2015, 09:11AM

If you’re planning on going to Thailand for your next holiday then this blog post is a must-read as we list ten great things to see and do during your trip. We haven’t included festivals and events as we included them in our earlier blog post Top 6 Thailand Festival and Events. [link to blog]


After reading this guide you might want to check out our When’s the best time to visit Thailand blog if you haven’t got round to booking your holiday yet.

The Grand Palace


No visit to Thailand would be complete without a trip to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. It’s a top tourist attraction so you should expect it to be crowded. If you can, visit in the morning and hire a guide at the palace or through your hotel.
You’ll need a good few hours in order to see everything the palace has to offer. It’s a very beautiful place and your guide will be able to explain its interesting history to you as you walk from room to room.

You may also want to go and see the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), which is nearby on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. There are over 30,000 temples in Thailand and many are free to visit but this particular temple is stunning and well worth the 30 baht entrance fee.

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The Golden Triangle

The place where Burma, Thailand and Laos meet and where the Ruak and Mekong rivers join is called the Golden Triangle. This region in North Thailand was given its name by the CIA as most of the opium in the world was produced here at one time.


If you’re interested in learning more about the Golden Triangle’s opium past then there’s a great exhibition at the Hall of Opium that you won’t want to miss. This museum is located in the Golden Triangle Park, north of Chiang Ra.

If you can, why not go for a stroll in the hilltop village of Doi Mae Salong and admire the coffee, oolong and fruit trees before visiting one of its wonderful teashops? Or perhaps visit the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park, near Chiang Rai, to pick up a present or two for your relatives back home?

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National parks

If you want to see the best of Thailand then it’s essential that you visit a national park or two during your stay. We recommend:

• Sai Yok National Park. This park has stunning waterfalls and caves to explore. As you cycle or hike through the forest you’ll be able to see elephants, wild pigs, tigers and a whole host of other rare animals in their natural habitat. If you visit the Mae Nam Noi village you’ll be able to see the red, white and blue queen crabs if you hire a boat and a guide. Kitti's hog-nosed bat cave is great if you bring a torch with you so you can pick out the bats flying above your head.

• Khao Sok National Park. This park is known for being the most beautiful in Southern Thailand. It’s covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world and you’ll be blown away by its stunning limestone mountains, valleys and lakes. Jump on-board a truck safari and your guide will show you all the must-see places in the park. You’ll love watching the Spectacled Langur monkeys interact at Cheow Larn Lake and if you want to, you can go for a swim in its crystal clear waters.

• Khao Yai National Park. This park is an Unesco World Heritage site as its one of the largest monsoon forests in Asia. It’s also home to 200 elephants and a whole host of other creatures, such as leopards, bears and pythons. There are almost 400 different varieties of birds living here, including the great hornbill with its distinctive yellow beak.

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For more ideas on your holiday, click here for part 2


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