7 Things to do in Thailand for first time travellers
The list of things to do in Thailand is endless. As a country blessed with some of the most outstanding beaches, rich, cultural attractions and one of the world’s finest cuisines, a visit to the Land of Smiles is both an enriching and exciting experience.
It can be quite overwhelming to plan your Thailand travel itinerary which is why we’ve compiled 7 best things to do in Thailand for first-time travellers to this Southeast Asian country!
Visit palaces and temples
As a place of worship and other cultural activities, palaces and temples are spread out across the country. But if you are to narrow down a few to fit right into your travel itinerary, the must-visit ones are the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Dusit Palace and Wat Arun.
Watch Muay Thai
Muay Thai also known as Thai boxing is a cultural martial art in Thailand with rich history dating back to several hundred years ago. This close-combat sport utilizes the whole body as your weapon and has gained popularity even outside Thailand.
For avid fans of the sport, there’s no better way to enjoy your Thailand vacation than watching a boxing match live! There are places to visit in Bangkok if you want to witness the action live so check out these popular locations:
Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium has fights every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm and Sunday 5 pm to 9 pm.
Address: 1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd., Pomprab, Pom Prap Sattru Phai Bangkok 10200 Tel: 02 281 4205
Lumphini Ramintra Boxing Tournament is held every Tuesday, Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm and Saturday from 5 pm to 12:30 am.
Address: Anuradet Bangkhen Bangkok 10220 Tel: 02 252 8765
Chanel 7 Boxing Stadium is open every Sunday at 12:30 pm to 3:00 am.
Address: 998/1 Soi Ruamririt (Phaholyothin 18/1) Phaholyothin Rd., Chomphon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Phone: 02 495 7777
Ride the Tuk-Tuk
Featured in most travel guides, one of the things to do in Thailand is experience riding the tuk-tuk! Tuk-tuk is a three-wheeled rickshaw-inspired mode of transportation in Bangkok before the BTS, MRTs and taxis took over. While it might not be the most practical way for your Bangkok travel experience, there’s no harm in trying it especially for first time travellers in Thailand!
Explore Thailand’s stunning beaches
It’s no secret that Thailand’s beaches are some of the world’s best. If you’re looking into spending your Thailand vacation basking in the sun, lying in soft white sand while looking at clear blue waters, then take a pick into one of Thailand’s beaches. Recommended spots are Phi Phi Islands, Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Tachai Island, Racha Island, Ko Chang, Khai Island, Pattaya Beach and Hua Hin Beach.
Visit elephant sanctuaries
Elephants are the gentle giants that have been part of the daily lives of Ancient Thai people. They’ve become a symbol of Thailand and are priceless creatures of the Land of Smiles. There are a lot of elephant sanctuaries that welcome guests who want to be up close with the gentle giants. Some of these attractions offer activities such as feeding, bathing and observing the life of these precious animals.
Go shopping at the floating market
Thailand shopping malls are popular tourist attractions, welcoming hundreds of travellers everyday. But if you want to experience Thai culture, haggle prices and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables in Thailand’s floating market. There are a number of floating markets to choose from: Chatuchak Market, Amphawa Floating Market, Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Eat Thai food
The popularity of Thailand food exceeds the country’s tropical surroundings. Even from across the globe, people are celebrating the uniqueness of Thai food culture. If you’re travelling to Thailand for the first time, you can never miss the chance to try the country’s local food! Popular dishes include Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Papaya Salad, Tom Kha Kai, Khao Pad and Pad Krapow Moo Saap.
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