Thailand for First-time Visitors
From beaches and bustling shopping hubs to exotic spa treatments and delicious food, Thailand has something for everyone. It also attains a convenient distance from India, making it a popular tourist destination for many people. If you are planning a trip to Thailand for the first time, here is a comprehensive itinerary that helps you get the best experience this holiday destination has to offer.
Fly into Bangkok and be filled with novel experiences for a day as you prepare to explore the city. The Thai capital, formerly for a time in Thailand, is known for its magnificent temples, vibrant markets, street food, and beautiful views of the Chao Phraya River.
Start your day with a guided tour of the ornate Grand Palace, the erstwhile residence of the kings of Siam, dating back to the eighteenth century. When you are here, spend time in the museum, take a stroll in the royal gardens, and soak in the grandeur of the courtyards. Enjoy delicious desi food for lunch at the 'Test of India' restaurant, located about 10 minutes from the Grand Palace.
In the evening, reach Wat Arun in time to catch the breathtaking sunset view from there. The temple is made up of colorful spiders elaborately intricate with small pieces of glass and Chinese porcelain. The temple of Wat Arun or Don enjoys a stunning riverbank location, making it one of the most photographed attractions in the country.
Later, enjoy a fun time at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, where you can have breakfast at local street food and shop for souvenirs.
Whether you are traveling with friends or family, Chinatown is a must visit! If you are a nature lover, from here you can go to Safari World, as it offers a marine park as well as a wildlife park. Wildlife Feeding Show, Jungle Cruise River Ride, Tropical Rain Forest Aviary, Dolphin Encounters and Crocodile Gardens are some of the attractions.
Alternatively, adventure enthusiasts can travel to Bangkok Ocean World, the largest aquarium in South East Asia, boasting over 30,000 sea creatures. You'll love walking through the underwater tunnel, admiring the various exhibits, and spending time in the tactile pool here.
End this exciting day by indulging in a therapeutic Thai massage.
A short flight from Bangkok will take you to the beautiful island of Phuket. In the first part of the day, opt for a city tour, such as Big Buddha, Wat Chalong, Old Town Phuket and Patong Beach. You can spend days relaxing on the gorgeous beaches of Karon or Kamala.
Phuket's vibrant bungalow road is a great place to experience the city's nightlife. You can party for wee hours at many nightclubs and pubs here. There are many good restaurants on the street, which serve authentic Thai food and local seafood.
Phuket offers several half and full day trips including popular island hopping tours. Visit the famous James Bond Island as part of a morning boat tour, which also offers lunch.
Return to the city early in the evening so that you have enough time to rest before you can catch the extraordinary Simon Cabaret. Amidst the most luxurious and glamorous setting, the cabaret presented Ladyboy with mesmerizing performances. It is one of the top things in Phuket. However, if you are planning to go for this show, make sure you book the tickets in advance.
Head to Pattaya for the next two days to experience another side of Thailand. Start with visiting Sanctuary of Truth, an intricately carved wooden edifice and a place of immense religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. A symbol of the city of Pattaya, it often hosts local plays, Thai dances, fencing and Thai boxing competitions.
Other top attractions in Pattaya include Underwater World Pattaya, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and the iconic Big Buddha Temple. The unique Pattaya floating market is also on your journey for your waterway location and a range of Thai artifacts and handicrafts, which can be found here.
If you are missing home food, try the delicious dishes before you retire for the day at Punjabi Tadka, Indian Flair or Karma Indian Restaurant.
If you love the outdoors, you will love the trip to Jomtin Beach in Pattaya today. Indulge in a series of water sports, or simply enjoy some peaceful moments while building sandcastles on the beach. While you are here, you can have a relaxing massage at the Oasis Spa.
If you're looking for more adventurous activities to get your adrenaline pumping, plan a walk to Coral Island, which offers exciting underwater sea trails nearby, parasailing, banana boat rides and Looking forward to more.
Since this will be your last evening in Thailand, don't forget to go towards Pulsating Walking Street. If time allows, you can go for a pub-crawl in many nightlife gents on Soi 7 and Soi 8. to experience the nightlife of Pattaya.
In the morning, plan a quick trip to the Central Festival Pattaya Mall or the beautifully designed Mimosa (inspired by the French city of Colmar) for a round of shopping. Before you prepare for your flight back home to the airport, get souvenirs from the markets, home decor, jewelery and other such local delights from the markets.
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