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Thailand is a vibrant country with a host of amazing things to do. One would need more than a day to explore all the wonders that this beautiful country has to offer.
A trip to Thailand will not be complete without visiting the royal residence. The exquisite gold-tipped series of buildings is the most popular tourist destination in Bangkok. More than 200 years old, the Grand Palace offers its guests a peek at the country’s rich history and grandeur.
The official residence of the royal family, Grand Palace is indeed a must-not-miss itinerary while in Thailand. While there, be sure to see the Emerald Buddha and Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. The Temple of Dawn and its intricate mosaic details is also a must-see.
If you have the time, stay until night time and see as the Grand Palace lights up, perfect for a romantic evening.
The Golden Triangle is the point at which Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. It is where the Ruak and Mekong Rivers meet. You can stand at the river bank and directly look at Laos and Myanmar. For a closer look, you can hire a boat. Once done, you can explore the many market stalls and Buddha statues, and elephant souvenirs dotting the area.
Since the place used to be known for growing opium, it has a Hall of Opium that offers informative local history and opium industry.
While the elephant is a revered animal in Thailand, cases of animal cruelty still exist today. So, no, it is not recommended to ride an elephant or watch them perform tricks. Instead, it is best to have a different kind of elephant encounter. The Elephant Nature Park is the place to go. Rescued elephants undergo rehabilitation here and visitors are often encouraged to participate in caring for the national animal. The park also offers luxury accommodations, Elephant Hills, a tented camp where guests can interact with the elephants.
Home to more than 5,000 miles of coastline, Thailand is a majestic place worthy of exploring. Hire a long-tail boat and go about exploring numerous beaches and islands. Don’t miss the Phang Nga Bay and its limestone rocks.
While you are enjoying the waters, you can also have fun by kayaking along the coastlines of Koh Phan Ngan, Koh Samui, and Koh Tao to bask at the picturesque views at your own pace.
North of Thailand is home to the tribes of Lisu, Akha, and Karen. Move away from the tourist trail and instead immerse in the Thai culture by living with a local family. It is best to do this with a reliable tour guide. Make sure that they are keen on preserving the culture of the villages.
Thailand is a colourful country. They have lots of events and festivals that celebrate their local traditions. To truly experience Thailand, join them as they celebrate Naga Fireballs (October), Songkran Water Festival (April), and Loi Krathong (November).
The colourful floating markets of Thailand is definitely a must-not-miss activity while visiting the country. To avoid crowds, be there early. Don’t forget to bring your camera for some iconic photoshoot.
Thailand is a country home to a wide variety of landscapes and its national parks are a true testament of this. Many of the country’s landscapes are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are also perfect for hiking and biking. While in the country, visit the national parks of Khao Yai, Doi Inthanon, Sai Yok, and Khao Sok.
Thailand is known for its bargain finds. While exploring the country, it is not unusual to find a bustling market catering to both locals and tourists. From the latest trends to local handicraft, you can find almost anything at the country’s night market.