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Thailand should be in every person’s travel bucket list. It’s an absolutely amazing country, and the locals are the friendliest. It’s a paradise for beach lovers, food enthusiasts, and history buffs. For the top things to do for the ultimate Thailand experience, read on until the end.
In this article, I present a comprehensive list of the three things you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting the beautiful Siam. Of course, you shouldn’t limit your visit to only these three activities because there’s a lot more things to experience and love in this country.
Thailand is famous for its islands’ pristine and cozy beaches. Not to mention the wonderful activities and ultra-cheap Thai food and accommodations.
Waves crashing into the stones at Banana Beach in Phuket, Thailand
Not sure where to start with your beach hunting? Let me help you. The first thing you need to do upon landing in Bangkok (if you don’t plan on touring the city) is to fly or take a bus to Phuket. However, the months of May to October may present unpredictable weather, so it’s best to avoid these months.
Phuket is a popular beach destination among tourists because of its stunning beaches. It’s always summer in Phuket! Did you know that there is a total of 35 beaches in Phuket alone? Yes, in Phuket alone. How about for the other Thai regions? You see, you’ll never run out of mesmerizing places to visit in Thailand.
Experience the tranquility of life in a white sand beach at Phuket, Thailand
Every beach in Phuket offers a unique experience. You can also choose which beach suits you according to the type of person you are and the kind of experience you seek.
If you seek tranquility, there’s quiet beaches of Ao Sane, Haad Sai Kaew beach, Banana beach, and Bangtao beach. If you live for the busy nightlife, the Karon beach, Kata beach, Patong beach (most famous in Phuket), Surin beach, and Ya Nui beach will surely live up to your expectations.
Beach hopping in Phuket is accessible through ferry and boat rides. It’s relatively easy to go from one beach to another because there are rental boats almost everywhere on the island.
For a comprehensive list of the beaches on Phuket, visit https://www.phuket101.net/beaches-phuket/
Thailand is not only abundant in beaches and pristine waterways, but it is also a rich cultural heritage as well.
I bet most people catch a glimpse of the cultural heritage of Thailand through the photos of the ancient ruins and majestic palaces of the country circulating on the web, magazines, and books. They are a reflection of the prideful and avant-garde civilization of Thailand.
To start off, Thailand has three top-rated ancient ruin attractions, namely Ayutthaya, Lopburi, and Sukhothai. It will seem like you’ve taken a step back through time as you pass beyond the walls of these ruins.
Ayutthaya and Lopburi are historical landmarks that are both included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site whereas Lopburi is an ancient city in the Lopburi province.
The stunning Wat Phra Si Sanphet Temple at Ayutthaya Historical Park
The Ayutthaya historical park was once home to the highly respected Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 12th century before it fell into the hands of the Burmese. Nowadays, the place is a sight to behold for tourists and locals alike because of the impressive structures such as the Wat Phra Si Sanphet Temple, Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, Wat Ratchaburana crypts, and the Wat Mahat That edifice.
If you’re in Bangkok, it will take you just less than an hour to go to the park. Also, the park is swarming with tourists during the daytime so it’s best to arrive early to maximize your time.
The Sukhothai, another UNESCO Heritage Site, will take a five-hour trip from Bangkok. It’s quite far, but it’s definitely worth the time. You’ll only be in Thailand a few times or so, so it’s best to see every tourist spot the country has to offer.
The grand Wat Mahat That Hall in Sukhothai, Thailand
The Sukhothai flourished during the golden civilization of Thailand, thus the name “Sukhothai” which translates to “Dawn of Happiness.” It’s best known for its classic art, architecture, and splendid past. The classic art pieces of the ancient kingdom were uncovered by archaeologists not long ago. Among the other historical artifacts excavated in the old city were the 200 temples and 21 wats (Buddhist temples) which were immediately rebuilt to preserve their architectural significance and make their existence known to people across the globe.
Lastly, we have the historical and equally stunning old city of Lopburi. It’ll take roughly 3 hours from Bangkok to reach the Monkey Town.
Lopburi has earned such a name due to the mischievous monkeys menacing all over the place. Monkeys are fun, aren’t they? Maybe they’re way more fun when they don’t startle passing tourists or steal snacks. But hey, it’s still a great experience though!
The ruins of the Wat Phra Phang San Yot Temple in Lopburi province
Fret not over the monkeys because there’s more to Lopburi than just the menace. The province is swarming with gigantic gold-toned Buddhas and luxurious palaces. Among the famous attractions in the region is the Wat Khao Wongkhot temple which features an enormous Buddha statue enshrined at the foot of a mountain. Near the temple, you can find the largest bat cave in Lopburi so make sure to be there in the afternoon to witness the flight of the bats.
Another famous temple in the province is the Wat Khao Wong Phrachan which rests at the highest mountain in the area, the Wong Phrachan Mountain. You’ll surely enjoy the picturesque view of the city and the relaxing atmosphere of the temple.
Lastly, you shouldn’t miss paying respect to the great statue of King Narai in honor of the good king who advocated modernity, peace among countries, and welfare of the whole nation.
Capture the real, exotic picture of Thailand by walking along the riverbanks where floating markets thrive.
Thailand , like Venice, possesses a great number of canals dotted all over the country. The Thai people utilize the canals as a means of transportation and also as a unique market. Vendors sell a broad range of products directly from their boats. You can buy raw meats, fresh seafood, souvenirs, trinkets and even cooked food off the boats – vendors hand out your food by extending their fishing poles or sticks!
You’ll never run out of floating markets in Thailand because they are ubiquitous in nature. Tourists and locals frequent the floating markets on weekends and holidays.
The Amphawa market riverbank bustling with vendor boats
Since there are a ton of floating markets in Thailand, it’s impossible to stop by all of them. Hence, here are a few suggestions. First, you have to see the Amphawa floating market near Bangkok. It’s one of the oldest floating markets in the vicinity. Most stalls serve authentic Thai cuisine and fresh grilled seafood. Don’t forget to try the grilled squid!
The colorful souvenirs sold at the Damnoen Saduak floating market
Next, we have the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market. You can reach it within one a half hours from Bangkok. The Damnoen Saduk floating market is the most toured – foreigners flock to the market every weekend. Similar to the Amphawa market, the general commodities sold here are fresh produce, fried snacks, grilled seafood, trinkets, and souvenirs.
It’s easy to see why Thailand is the leading tourist destination in Asia. They have the most beautiful attractions and a ton of sumptuous food that astonish visitors from around the globe. What makes a Thailand trip well-treasured and remembered by people is the rich cultural heritage of the country manifested in their well-preserved ruins and temples. Thai people reinforce and preserve their heritage while keeping up with the modern era.
You can’t just leave Thailand without having the ultimate Thailand experience. It’s not every day that you wake up and see the lovely Siam so it’s best to accomplish the top three things that you can only do in Thailand for the ultimate Thailand experience!
Author: Jessica Kim Author Bio:
I am an ultimate travel enthusiast and the founder of ‘Justanomadiclife.com’. I am a 26 year old-something, fun, passionate and free-spirited individual who set up ‘justanomadiclife’ blog as my public diary to document all of my amazing personal travel experiences which hopes to provide answers to your travel questions and (hopefully) inspire you to go places.