Top 10 Best Things to Do in Thailand

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Thailand, also referred to as “Land of Smiles”, is one of the most famous destinations in the world. The friendliness and hospitality of people, Buddhist temples, diverse culture, tropical beauty, amazing cuisine are reasons why you should visit Thailand once in a lifetime. If you find yourself wondering what to do in this Southeast Asia country, here is the list of the best things to do there.

1 Ph Haa

Visit Wat Arun Temple

Thailand is famous for its splendid temples since Buddhism is the dominant religion among Thai people. Whether you enthralled by the impressive and magnificent ancient architecture or you are desire of solitude and peacefulness, you’ll want to make the trip to Thai temples at least once. Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is an amazing sight for you to visit. It is located along Chao Phraya River, Bangkok.

In 1768, King Taksin rebuilt the temple and named it Wat Jang. After a long time of having abandoned, the temple was renovated and renamed Wat Arun which connected with the Indian Aruna God (God of Dawn). Inspired by Khmer architecture, the central massive tower of Wat Arun is the most iconic highlight, with a height of around 80 meters. It is surrounded by four smaller spires with four spiritual god statues.

You can climb up to the main spire and enjoy a spectacular view of Chao Phraya River at sunset time. Moreover, visitors may rent traditional costume of Thailand here and take beautiful photographs with the dazzling temple. Since it is a religious site, you should dress and behave in a respectful manner.

158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand.
Opening hours:
Daily from 8.30 am to 5:30 pm
Ticker price
: 100 Baht/ adult

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2 Ph Haa

Experience Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai

Yi Peng Lantern Festival, also called Yee Peng, is a culturally significant activity of Lanna peoples in Northern Thailand. Yi Peng in Thai language means “the second full moon” of Lunar calendar, on which the celebration is held. It usually falls on a different date of November each year. The event originated in Lanna Kingdom, an ancient kingdom, to express gratitude and worship to Buddha.

To celebrate Yi Peng Festival, people will come to Chiang Mai on the full moon night of the twelfth month and join in plenty of activities. The most appealing practice is lighting up and releasing the lantern into the night sky. Thousands of lit lanterns flying into the night sky create a stunning, magnificent sight will remind you of the Floating Lantern Festival famous scene in “Tangled” movie. You sure will be amazed by how magical and glorious it is! Launching lanterns is also thought to be an activity to let go of misfortunes as well as negative energy and wish for new year’s luck.

In Chiang Mai, you can seek some popular spots for releasing floating lanterns such as Nawarat Bridge and Iron Bridge. Besides lantern releases, there are other activities during the celebration like traditional Thai dance performances, flower garlands workshop,… that you can join in.

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3 Ph Haa

Shop at Siam Paragon

If you are a shopaholic, you definitely need to check out Thailand's heaven of shopping - Siam Paragon. Located in Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Siam Paragon is one of the most bustling and popular malls in the country. It is a part of the Siam Shopping Malls Complex along with Central World, Siam Center and MBK Center. You can get there by BTS sky train or by taxi.

On the ground floor, Siam Paragon offers wide range of upmarket brands flagship stores like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, etc. A number of famous brands including Zara, H&M, GAP, Armani, etc, are on the first floor in case you want to find more affordable clothing brands. Leisure and Lifestyle area is on the second and third floor of the mall. In addition, it contains a huge bowling alley, karaoke center and movie theater for entertainment. Especially, when you shop here, you will get a tax refund at the airport.

One special thing about Siam Paragon is its food court. It has a wide selection of local and international dishes at a reasonable price and everything is fresh and well-prepared every day. Pad Thai and curry are must-try dishes when coming here.

Address: 991 Rama 1 Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

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    4 Ph Haa

    Try Thailand food

    Eating specialty food is a way of embracing the culture when you are traveling aboard. Therefore, there is no reason for you to miss trying Thai cuisine when you visit this country. In fact, Thai cuisine is healthy for you overall as well as for your taste buds because the main ingredients contain many medicinal values. Their specialty food is a perfect mixture of different elements which will leave you with a mouth-watering and flavorful taste.

    Seven Thai dishes were nominated as "World's 50 Best Foods" by CNN Travel in 2007, namely: Tom Yam Kung, Pad Thai, Som Tam, Massaman Curry, Green Curry, Thai fried rice and Nam Tok Mu. If you wish to taste all these foods, Bangkok seems like a perfect choice as it is a food paradise in Thailand. You can stop by either fancy restaurants awarded Michelin stars or street food vendors around the corners to find these amazing foods.

    Besides, if you are a person with a sweet tooth, there are many Thai desserts that are worth trying. Mango sticky rice, Thai sweet soup, red rubies dessert with coconut milk, banana roti, Thai milk tea, coconut ice cream,... In particular, mango sticky rice and red rubies are recommended as "World's 50 Best Desserts" by CNN in 2018.

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    5 Ph Haa

    Get around Bangkok by Tuk-tuk

    Tuk tuk is not only a means of transportation but also a symbol of Thailand. In fact, the original name of this vehicle is "sam lor", which means three-wheeled vehicle according to the shape and structure with only three wheels. Then, people realized it made a "tuk tuk" sound when moving so gradually this lovely name is adopted and replaced the original one. Tuk tuk is easy to recognize on the street as it usually has colorful paintings and funny sounds. A tuk tuk consists of a cockpit attached to the engine and a small front seat for the driver. Behind that is a compartment with a capacity of 2 to 5 people depends on the type of tuk tuk. The most interesting about this type of vehicle is that it only has a roof and seats and not a door, which means that visitors will completely feel the hustle and bustle of the street here!

    Riding a tuk tuk to explore the city is a fun activity for most tourists when traveling in Thailand. It is recommended that you only take it for a short ride to have a unique experience here because although it has the same price range compared to a taxi, tuk tuk is not as good as taxi in term of comfort.

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    6 Ph Haa

    Watch Muay Thai fights

    Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is the national combat sport of Thailand. Not only is it a sport but also a martial art that originated in the 13th century. The rule of Muay Thai differs from traditional boxing and kickboxing. Two Muay Thai fighters will compete against each other with a wider range of techniques by utilizing their fists, feet, elbows, knees and shins to attack in the game. During the match, both competitors must wear gloves and Muay Thai shorts. Shirts and shoes are not allowed. A Muay Thai match consists of 5 rounds with 3 minutes in length each round.

    As it is popular worldwide and a pride of Thai culture, you should watch a Muay Thai match when you have a chance to be in Bangkok. That would be a cool experience for your Thailand trip.

    Best places to watch a Muay Thai fight in Bangkok:

    • Lumpinee Stadium (Khwaeng Anusawari, Khet Bang Khen)
    • Rajadamnern Stadium (Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai)
    • Channel 7 Stadium (Phahon Yothin, Khwaeng Chom Phon, Khet Chatuchak)
    • Siam Stadium (Soi Phet Kasem 87, Om Noi, Samut Sakhon)
    • Rangsit Stadium (Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani)
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    7 Ph Haa

    Visit Phuket Island

    If you are trying to find a place to spend your vacation with family or friends, Phuket is an ideal destination for you. Phuket is a southern province of Thailand that consists of the country's largest island, together with 32 other islands.

    The beautiful island and many top-rated tourist attractions in Phuket are what make it a worthy place to visit. For the perfect balance between mind, soul and body, you can go to Phi Phi Island, Coral Island or Racha Island to enjoy the stunning scenery and relieve all your stress. White sand beaches with perfect turquoise waters that are strewn around the green grass and wilderness coast will please everyone who comes here. One more highlight is Phuket food. You may want to come to Phuket Old Town in order to grab some coffee and cake at the hipster cafes.

    Trying to find something cool to experience? You can go kayaking, surfing or diving on the islands here. Moreover, you can visit the Big Buddha statue and other Buddhist temples here. Enjoying nightlife at Bangla Road or watching the Siam Niramit show are also recommended because the lively, bustling setting and the dazzling colors are sure to delight you.

    Phuket is a place that you should absolutely consider visiting if you're seeking for a destination. Get outside, go exploring, and enjoy Phuket's delights!

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    8 Ph Haa

    Enjoy Alcaza Pattaya show

    Alcazar show is a kind of cabaret performed by professional ladyboys. Alcazar Cabaret show in Pattaya has attracted thousands of visitors every year because of its outstanding and stunning performances. Beautiful performers will dress up in dazzling, festive costumes with lots of glitter and feathers on them when they offer the audiences a wonderful display of cultural dances from China, Japan, Vietnam, and India,... You can tell that they are trying to create a storyline throughout the show by their acting, dancing and lip-syncing. The background music, choreographies and light effects on the stage will not leave you disappointed. Trans-gender performers are always full of energy with their graceful movements which make the show artistry. So don't miss the chance to spend a night experiencing the show when you come to Thailand.

    An Alcazar Cabaret show usually takes about 1 - 2 hours. Booking online is recommended as the ticket is usually sold out quickly and seats with the best view are already taken. Although the recorded video is prohibited during the show, you can buy the DVDs at the end of the night.

    Address: Alcazar's Theater, 78/14 Pattaya sai 2nd Road, Pattaya City, Thailand.

    Schedule: Daily at 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm

    Price: ranging from 20 USD - 40 USD per adult

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      9 Ph Haa

      Discover Chatuchak market

      Chatuchak market has been recognized as the world’s largest weekend market because of the large number of visitors every year. All stalls are only open on Saturdays and Sundays, which is why it is named weekend market. The market has more than 15,000 fixed and 300 mobile stalls divided into 27 distinct zones.

      All kinds of products are sold here, including jewelry, essential oils, shoes, fashion accessories, or even Buddha statues, feng shui stones, peace charms and so on. There are many stylish, high-quality clothes available here. It is good if you have bargaining power so as not to be charged more than necessary just because you are a first-time tourist. If you are tired from spending the entire day for wandering all around Chatuchak, you may try some street food here. There are numerous dessert options available in Chatuchak Weekend Market, including brownies, crepes, and bananas dipped in chocolate.

      There are many different means of public transportation to get to the market. You can follow the crowd or the signs to Mochit by using the BTS Sky train or by MRT Subway and get off Chatuchak Park. Also, a cab driver ought to be aware of this location.

      Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

      Opening hours:

      • 7:00 am - 6:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday
      • 6:00 pm - 12:00 pm on Friday
      • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday
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      10 Ph Haa

      Camp in Ang Thong National Marine Park

      Ang Thong National Marine Park is located in southern Thailand with a total of 43 islands and an area of more than 100 square kilometers. White sand beaches, clear sea water, green forests and limestone cliffs make it one of the most ideal places to do Koh Samui's nature exploration activities.

      The best way to appreciate Ang Thong National Marine Park's natural beauty is undoubtedly to spend a fun-filled night camping with your tents put up right on the beach and some delectable local cuisine by the campfire. You can find rentable tents for camping at the Park Headquarters on Koh Wua Talab at the price of 250 Baht or you can bring your own and stay at the campsite. During the day, you can go snorkeling and explore sea species such as sea turtles, pythons or see huge well-preserved corals. The underwater environment here can be the most interesting and diverse, apart from the stunning topside surroundings. You can also plan some kayaking to visit the national park from the water and then be picked up at the following beach.

      February through September, when it's sunny and dry, is the ideal season to visit Ang Thong National Marine Park and the adjacent islands. If you want to discover the dreamlike scenery of Ang Thong National Park and have a cozy night on the island, a camping night is an absolute recommendation!

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