Offkey things to do in Thailand
1. Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho
The royal palace of Thailand was built by King Rama I in the late 18th century and is the official residence of the current royal house (though he no longer lives there; it is now used only for ceremonies). It is replete with several temples, including Wat Pro Keo, which houses the 15th-century Emerald Buddha. Nearby Wat Pho is famous for two things: a large-to-life golden Buddha statue and a very relaxing massage school.
2. Visit Khao Sok National Park
Situated in the south of Thailand, Khao Sok National Park is consistently ranked in Thailand with the best trekking, camping, limestone karst, cooling rivers and a magnificent lake. You'll find semi-challenging walking tours, tons of wildlife, walking trails and incredible sunsets. The entrance to the park costs 200 THB (6 USD).
3. Hop around the ancient capitals
Thailand has three ancient capitals between Chiang Mai and Bangkok - Sukhothai, Lopburi and Ayutya. On your way north, there is a unique route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You will get to know ancient Thailand and see rural life at its best. My favorite is Ayutthaya.
4. Relax on the tropical islands
Thailand has one lakh and one beautiful tropical island. Some are underdeveloped, while others have only one bungalow. You will find everything here. Some of the best islands here are - Ko-samet, Ko Taruato, Ko Lanta, Ko Chang, Koo, Kom, Koop, Koi Pip, Koi Fei, Phuket, Similan Island and Ko Samui.
5. Take part in a full moon party
If you like to party, there is no better party in the world than the famous Full Moon Party. The Full Moon Party is a huge celebration-like party with lots of drinks, dances and drugs. Each bar has its own sound system, so you will hear different music playing loudly every few feet. The beach is lined with people selling alcohol, dancers setting the show on fire, and small booths selling glow-in-the-dark face paint. Sure, it is super touristy but that does not mean that it is not a lot of fun and it is something else as part of Thailand.
6. Go Jungle Trekking
Northern Thailand has some great jungle trekking opportunities. Be sure to go on a multi-day hike. Short journeys are not as good and the hill tribes you visit are like a trip to the rural debilitated Disney World. The biggest departure points are Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Do not book any tour ahead of time, you can take such a walk through hostels or hostels, which you live nearby. If you make online booking ahead of time, you will pay more. If you want to know the best time to visit Thailand for jungle trekking, visit our page about FAQs on Thailand.
7. Do Scuba Diving in Similan
Island Scuba diving is a popular activity due to crystal clear water and majestic marine life. The cheapest place to learn is on the island of Ko Tao, which caters specifically for dive trips. Most people do not go unless they plan to dive. When you can dive all over the country, the Similan Islands offer the best diving. If you take a dip in Similan Island, do check out Elephant Head Rock, and the reef has plenty of fish, snapper, rays and turtles. The day trip starts at 3,700 THB (110 USD).
8. Learn to cook
Thai food is delicious and it is relatively easy to cook. Across the country, you will find places to teach, although Chiang Mai and Bangkok are among the best. Even if you don't plan on cooking back home, at least you get to cook a day's meal and eat a fabulous meal.
9. Explore Khmer Temples in Isan
Numerous temples are built throughout the region, all connecting Angkor with other villages along ancient roads. The largest of these is Fimai, which lies at the end of the ancient highway. Two other magnificent Khmer temples in Buriram province are just a few kilometers away. Phenom Rung is built on top of a hill and Muang Tu which is at the base of the hill.
10. Leave the trail in Isan
One of the most visited regions of the country, Isan is a country of mostly farms and villages. It is a great place to escape the frenzied tourist atmosphere of the rest of the country. It is not overgrown by tourists, and you get a chance to experience Thai culture in a different, more personal way. I think it is one of the most interesting places in the country.
11. Take the day train
Taking a day train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is not only cheaper, but it is better to see the countryside than a night train. Sure, you waste a day, but you look at the countryside, you experience the way Thais takes the train, and for the vendors coming to you and for 15 THB (0.45 USD) Selling food is stopped. The day trip is one of my favorite experiences in Thailand. Just make sure you have a good book!
16. Ko lipe
Located in southern Thailand, this semi-map map is one of my favorite places in the world. Here on the lip, super friendly locals daily catch amazing seafood. The beaches are beautiful, water warm and the islands are cheap. I came for three days and then lived here for a month. Over the years, it has grown a lot and is not the sleepy little island it used to be but it is still less developed than many other destinations in Thailand. In addition, you are near an ancient and undeveloped national marine park where you can enjoy some beaches and enjoy yourself!
17. Shop in the floating market
Thailand is full of markets. Perhaps the most eccentric of these are temporary markets, which can be found throughout the country. Some of the best are in Dattoane Saduk, Ratchaburi, and Talling Chain Weekend Floating Market in Bangkok. You will be able to stack high boats with colorful accessories and food. You will get lots of great photos! (Although it is the prime tourist destination to visit the floating markets, you will not want to miss the morning shopping from boat to boat.)
18. Backpack in Kanchanaburi
Province Here you will find a lush forest for trekking, though the history of the region is bleak. The infamous Death Railway is located here, connecting Burma and Myanmar, built during WWII by prisoners of war. This is also where you will find a bridge over the Kwai River, built using the theme of POW labor and a film and a book. While it is a disturbing reminder, it is an essential part of Thailand's history.
19. Motorcycle Through Northern Thailand
There are lots of great routes around the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai regions. Many people rent bikes and watch the scenery. You can take a day trip, or you can take a few days - whatever suits your schedule. Mai Hong Son Province offers a spectacular loop that you can start in Chiang Mai and end in Pa. Note: Make sure that if you are renting a motorbike, you are comfortable with driving it and never (ever) drink and drive.
20. Comfort in Pai
Pai has developed as a tourist destination in recent years, but it is still a great place to escape the madness of its big cities. It is a true backpacker city, located in northern Thailand. It is surrounded by lush green mountains and waterfalls and incredible hiking trails. Be sure to take a day trip to the Tham Lott Caves, where you can stop to swim in waterfalls and hot springs on your way. Stay in a beautiful bungalow on the outskirts, rent a bike, cross the hills, and bathe in the cold areas.
21. Go to Phuket
The island is the largest destination for tourism in Thailand. You will find spectacular beaches and amazing activities on this island, and if you live far away from the Patong beach, you can avoid most of the growth and crowds. Phuket attracts a lot of tourists, and if you really want to enjoy the area, get out of the main places.