101 Things to do in Thailand from my Bucket List

Oh there is so much to do in Thailand. I have been here for a year and I am still not able to do them all. And with time, I keep finding more things to do that I never knew existed here. I decided to put my bucket list here. And you are welcome to add on it. Here goes it.

1. Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Check out the grand architecture with signature Thai style at the residence of The Royal Family of Thailand. The palace grounds consist of buildings, halls, courtyards, temples, lawns, and gardens, and is one of the most visited places by the tourists.

Looking to visit the Grand Palace? Here is all the information that you need to know.

Grand palace Bangkok tourist attractions
View of the Grand Palace during evening hours in Bangkok

2. Party at Khao San Road

Loud and Bright, Khao San Road is the hub for tourists backpacking across Asia. Affordable hostels, beer bars, and clubs with street food promise you a hell of a night.

Khaosan Road during daytime
Khaosan Road during daytime

3. Watch Wat Arun at Night

While you cannot enter Wat Arun at night, the temple of the Dawn is actually even more spectacular after the dusk. Best viewed from across the river, the temple lights up in the dark and is a sight to see.

Planning to visit? Here is our Travel Guide to visiting Wat Arun

Wat Arun at night
Wat Arun at night

4. Dine on a cruise on Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

And if you want a more memorable experience, you can watch Wat Arun from a cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Various Cruise tours offer different cuisines for dinner options.

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Cruise on Chao Phraya River
Cruise on Chao Phraya River

5. See the Emerald Buddha Statue

The Emerald Buddha as the name suggests is a Buddha statue made out of pure emerald located in Wat Pra Kaew inside the premises of the Grand Palace. The people of Thailand associate prosperity and safety with it. It has been around the Siamese kingdom since 1434.

Emerald Buddha
The Statue of Emerald Buddha

6. Take a day trip to Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya was the old capital of the Siam Kingdom. The capital was destroyed by an invasion from the Burmese army. However, splendid temples still remain in the old capital and are a gateway to the medieval history of Thailand.

Book a day trip: Ayutthaya: 5 UNESCO Temples Small-Group Tour From Bangkok

Historical Park at Ayutthaya
Historical Park at Ayutthaya

7. Go to a Full Moon Party

All the things that make you go ‘holy moly’ about the full moon party is true. It really is! It is loud, bright in neon colours, people drink till dawn, there are fire loops to jump through and there is dancing on the beach. The best ones are in Koh Phangan next to the island of Koh Samui in South Thailand.

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Full moon party_Koh Phangan Thailand
Full moon party at Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan

8. Visit Soi Cowboy

‘Ahem’. You get that when you tell someone you went to Soi Cowboy. This is the Bangkok people talk about. And trust me the lights are literally red here. Even if you do plan to go home alone, I think this place is worth a visit.

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Soi Cowboy, Bangkok tourist attractions
Soi Cowboy, Sukhumvit, Thailand

9. Visit a Floating Market

South-East Asia is popular for its floating markets. Where else can you buy noodles from a boat? If you want to look at an authentic one, head over to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. You can find another great one in Pattaya.

Book a trip to Damnoen Saduak: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 6-Hour Tour

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

10. Visit a Night Market

Night markets are the specialty of Bangkok. No one does them better. And there are quite a lot of them around the town. You can buy t-shirts, souvenirs, hats, socks, sunglasses, and some fantastic food delicacies. Some of the popular ones are Talad Rot Fai, Patpong Night Market, and Srinagarindra Train Night Market.

Rathchada night market Bangkok tourist attractions
Aerial view of Ratchada night market from 4th floor Parking lot of Esplanade mall

11. Eat insects

If you don’t know already, some insects are a popular delicacy in Thailand. Although only a few locals eat them. If you are in the mood to experiment, grab some crunchy and juicy black scorpions, cockroaches, grasshoppers, and others that I cannot name. Night markets are a great place to find them.

Roasted Fried insects on Skewers
Roasted Fried insects on Skewers

12. Watch Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a combat sport and cultural martial arts in Thailand. You can closely relate it with kickboxing with different sets of rules. It is the National sport of Thailand. You can watch it at one of many boxing stadiums across the country.

Muay Thai, Traditional Martial Art in Thailand
Muay Thai, Traditional Martial Art in Thailand

13. Trek to the top of Erawan Waterfalls

I think they are one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. Erawan waterfalls are a set of 7 waterfalls with azure water believed to have healing properties. They are located inside Erawan National Park, a 4-hour journey from Bangkok.

Considering the trip? Know everything you need to about Visiting Erawan Waterfalls

Erawan waterfalls Fifth Level
Erawan waterfalls Fifth Level

14. Take a Thai Cooking Class

If you love the food in Thailand, consider taking a Thai Cooking Class. Not only they are informative, they are absolutely fun. It last a day to even a week. You make five different dishes every day and then, you get to eat them! Worth every penny spent!

Love Thai Food? Read more on my Tales of a Thai Cooking Class

Experience of a Thai Cooking Class
Experience of a Thai Cooking Class

15. Spend time with an Elephant

There are hundreds of camps across Thailand that have popped up for tourists who want to enjoy the company of an Elephant. Most of them are unethical and are treated badly to train them to be friendly with tourists. If you want to see and spend time with one, try and find a sanctuary that keeps them in their natural habitat.

Baby Elephant in a Sanctuary
Baby Elephant in a Sanctuary

16. Camp in a National Park

A rarely known fact is that Thailand has 127 National Park and each one is more beautiful than the next. Most of the national parks are tourist-friendly and have camping grounds. You can even rent camping gear at their gates and enjoy a happy day in the jungles.

Camping site in Erawan National Park
Camping site in Erawan National Park

17. Get a Thai Massage

You cannot go back without a Thai Massage. But I have heard people with stories of shitty experience. Do look up places recommended by others. Or try taking a foot massage first. Remember to say ‘bao bao si’ if you want it to be done more softly.

Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage

18. Visit Cabbages & Condoms in Bangkok

Cabbages and Condoms is a unique restaurant in Bangkok. Apart from the excellent food they have sculptures and artworks completely made out of colorful condoms. You can even get a complimentary one when you leave!

Mannequin dressed in Condoms.
Mannequin dressed in Condoms. Courtesy@Flickr

19. Explore Sukhothai by Bicycle

Sukhothai was the empire that ruled most parts of present-day Thailand between the 13th and 15th centuries. It was the capital city of the empire before Ayutthaya in central Thailand. Most of the ruins of the ancient glory still stand preserved.

Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park

20. Watch the Siam Niramit Show

Siam Niramit is an extravagant show that captures the history and culture across 7-centuries of the Siam Empire. Lavishly dressed artists and setups with acrobats and dancers create a spellbinding performance dedicated to delight the tourists.

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Siam Niramit show in Bangkok
Siam Niramit show in Bangkok

21. Visit The White Temple in Chiang Rai

The White Temple or Wat Rong Khun is a temple in Chiang Rai that can be defined as splendid in eccentricity. The temple is the work of a popular Thai painter and artist. It took several years to be at this stage and still more to go.

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White Temple at Chiang Rai
White Temple at Chiang Rai

22. Gaze over Myanmar and Laos borders at The Golden Triangle

A little ahead of Chiang Rai is the place where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos coincide. The place is called ‘The Golden Triangle’ and the borders are separated by a river body. You can look over the buildings and forests from across the border.

Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos coincides

23. Party on the Walking Street in Pattaya

This is the place where bad boys come to the party. From Night clubs, strip clubs, ping pong show, pole dances, pubs, bars, and more, you can find everything that Pattaya is unpopular for on this walking street.

Walking Street in Pattaya
Walking Street in Pattaya

24. Trek to the Tiger Temple in Krabi

The tiger temple and caves on the outskirts of Krabi leads to an aerial view of the city and surrounding paddy fields, a golden Buddha statue, and layers of unique rock formations that are found only at Krabi.

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Aerial view of Wat Tham Sua
Aerial view of Wat Tham Sua or Tiger Temple, Krabi

25. Drink from a Bucket

You haven’t partied if you did not drink from a bucket. Found at most beach parties a bucket comes with alcohol and a mixer. You can choose or even mix and match. Pour it all in the bucket and get a straw for some convenience.

Alcohol bucket at Full Moon Party, Thailand
Alcohol bucket at Full Moon Party, Thailand

26. Take a Thai Language Class

It is easy to come to Thailand, live here, and not know anything about the locals. But if you are here long, try taking a language class. Locals love it when you try to learn Thai and go out of their way to be friendly. It is also far easier to navigate.

27. Visit Wat Samphran

The bizarre building with a giant dragon encircling it looks out of an oriental fairy tale book. And surprisingly, very few people know about the place. In fact, it is a bit of a task to reach it. But if you got some time in your hands consider taking the trip to Wat Samphran, the Dragon Temple.

Wat Samphran near Bangkok
Wat Samphran near Bangkok

28. Watch a Thai Movie

Spoiler Alert! It probably is more dramatic than what you would have expected. It is definitely emotional with maybe a heart-breaks and an unbelievable (or totally believable) climax. But it is surprising how much it can tell you about the people and their culture.

Movie Theatre in Bangkok
Movie Theater in Bangkok

29. Go Snorkelling

Thailand is one of the best places to go snorkeling. It is also one of the cheapest. With shallow water across dozens of islands down south, snorkeling comes with almost every outdoor activity.

Snorkeling in Krabi
Snorkeling in Krabi

30. Eat Mango & Sticky Rice

Mango and sticky rice is a desert in Thailand that I have never seen anywhere else. And it is so simple. It comes with a freshly cut mango with some glutinous or sticky rice in sugar syrup with coconut cream. Btw, it is mostly available during the summer season.

Mango and Sticky Rice
Mango and Sticky Rice

31. Cross the Bridge on River Kwai

‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ is a dramatic war movie that shows true events that took place in Thailand during WWII based on the same novel. The story revolves around a bridge that is laid down on the Kwai Bridge at Kanchanaburi using forced labor in dismal conditions.

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Bridge on the River Kwai
Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi

32. Get in a Water Fight in Songkran

Songkran is the Thai New Year and also the biggest festival in Thailand, Laos, and a few other neighboring countries. It is celebrated by throwing water at each other accompanied by great food, street dancing, and more. If you can, do not miss this. Songkran is celebrated for 3 days in the 3rd week of April.

Water Fight in Songkran Festival
Water Fight in Songkran Festival

33. Dress up in Traditional Thai Clothes

It is easy to forget that there were ever any traditional clothes in Thailand. But you may find some in photographs or museums. There are a few places in the old cities where you may spot some people wearing them. Dress up in them if you get the chance, just for the memories.

Thai Traditional Clothes
Thai Traditional Clothes

34. Eat a Durian

I hate Durian, most people do. And some who love it are nuts about it. But it stinks like nothing you can imagine. It is the ‘King of fruit’ in Thailand. Either way, if you have the balls for it, try and taste a durian. Most hotels and all flights don’t permit you to bring in Durian because of its smell, so beware.

Durian in Thailand
Durian in Thailand

35. Take a Scuba Diving Class in Koh Tao

The best place in Thailand to take a scuba diving course in Koh Tao. It is a turtle-shaped island just off the coast of Koh Samu and Koh Phangan in South. The waters are best suitable for diving and there are a lot of schools with great diving instructors.

Book a Diving Course: Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

Koh Tao Island in Thailand
Koh Tao Island in Thailand

36. Take a Dip in the Hot Springs

Eh… Why would you want to take a dip in a hot spring in such a hot country? Well, the locals believe that they have therapeutic properties and I have heard that it is good for the skin. From Pai to Krabi you can find hot springs all over the country.

Emerald Pool Hot Springs in Krabi
Emerald Pool Hot Springs in Krabi

37. Take a four-island Tour in Krabi

Krabi has some of the loveliest islands off its coast. A four or even a seven-island day tour is a great way to cover so much in a short period of time. My favourite was the chicken island, because of this piece of rock shaped like a chicken.

Book a tour: Krabi: 4 Islands Day Trip by Speedboat Including Lunch Box

Koh Gai shaped like a chicken, hence known as Chicken island
Koh Gai shaped like a chicken, hence known as Chicken island

38. Visit a Phallic Shrine

The phallus is a symbol of fertility that comes from the Hindu god Shiva. It is not uncommon to see a phallic shrine in Asia. You may find souvenirs, murals, key chains, or even charms displayed on top of the door to ward off evil spirits as you enter.

Cave temple worshiping phallus at Railay beach
Cave temple worshiping phallus at Railay beach

39. Shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak is the single largest market in Thailand. You can find almost everything under the roof here. From clothes, knock offs, sneakers, bags, home décor, utensils, candles, fragrance to even pets. The full market is open only during the weekends.

Shops at Chatuchak Weekend Market
Shops at Chatuchak Weekend Market

40. Celebrate the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai

The dreamy picture of hundreds of lanterns in the sky draws thousands of people to Chiang Mai every year in November. You can participate to float a sky lantern in the sky that is supposed to bring good luck for the next year.

Yi Peng festival celebrated in Chiang Mai
Yi Peng festival celebrated in Chiang Mai

41. Watch a Ping-Pong Show

Ping Pong show is an iconic show performed in the AGoGo Bars in Bangkok and Pattaya. The show showcases a set of women who perform acrobatics using their private parts. Now it is one of a kind, quite weird in its own way, but you cannot count it as sexy.

Ping pong show, AGOGO Bar, Thailand
Courtsey @imgur; Ping pong show, AGOGO Bar, Thailand

42. Visit the Train Market

The train market is a market that literally runs on a live railway track. The vendors shuffle their stuff and get them out of the way as soon as the train arrive (that’s two times a day). And then they go back to the routine once it passes.

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Maeklong Train Market
Maeklong Train Market

43. Try Chang, the local beer

Now there are many locals beer in Thailand. The popular ones are Chang (means Elephant), Singha (means Lion), and Leo. But the most popular one is Chang and I support it with all of my heart. Make sure you try it once. I don’t know what is with the animal name thing though.

44. Visit Ancient City in Samut Prakan

This is another one of the places that very few people know about. But I think it is one of the most elaborate and lavish parks ever made. It was established by a Thai millionaire who wanted to make a small version of Thailand with miniatures of the best architecture of the ancient Siam Empire to preserve its culture.

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Aerial view of Mount Sumeru inside Ancient City
Aerial view of Mount Sumeru inside Ancient City

45. See a Cabaret Show

Cabarets are a thing in Thailand. The most unique feature is that most of them are performed by an all-ladyboy crew. The stories can range from tales from China, Korean dances, American sequences to a lot more. I would say the best one is Alcazar in Pattaya but Calypso in Bangkok and some in Phuket are also worth going to.

Cabaret Show in Pattaya
Cabaret Show in Pattaya Courtesy@alcarazthailand.com

46. Visit Asiatique in Bangkok

Sure there are great malls in Bangkok. In fact, the best one is the Siam Paragon. But I will prefer Asiatique more since it is open-air and its location at the riverfront. Also there are both luxury and the street section in it, so you can have the best of both worlds. Plus you can catch a show of Calypso Cabaret of Muay Thai while you are here.

Asiatique waterfront Bangkok tourist attractions
Asiatique riverfront view from across Chao Phraya river

47. Watch Thai Traditional Dance in Chiang Mai

Culture in different parts of Thailand also tends to vary with the region along with food and dialect. When in Chiang Mai, don’t miss to catch the Traditional dance in the area. The music and the pace are much slower than that down south. You can find open-air dance performances across the town in most night markets.

Street Dancing in Chiang Mai
Street Dancing in Chiang Mai

48. Take a Photo With the Hmong Village Tribe

The people from Hmong Village Tribe fled from Laos and China to set up their villages in the high lands near Chiang Mai. The most accessible by tourists is one at Doi Pui inside Doi Suthep National Park. You can take a tour with a friendly local and take some pictures with them.

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Girls from the Hmong tribe village, Chiang Mai
Girls from the Hmong tribe village, Chiang Mai

49. Visit the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan

The Erawan Museum is another landmark by the Thai billionaire who also built Ancient City. The museum along with artifacts from his personal collection makes up the museum. It is also one of the most picturesque and Instagramable places in Bangkok.

Here is more! How to Visit Erawan Museum, Bangkok

Erawan Museum
Erawan Museum

50. Touch the Highest Peak of Thailand, Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon lies inside the Doi Inthanon National Park near Chiang Mai. It gets seriously cold at night. The National park has beautiful waterfalls and has an option to camp for the night at the camping grounds.

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At the highest point on Doi Inthanon
At the highest point on Doi Inthanon

51. Visit the Royal Agricultural Station in Chiang Mai

A Royal Agricultural Station was set up by the Late King Bhumibol to help the local tribes to earn an ethical living. The agricultural station where products like mushrooms, orchards, vanilla, and caviar from the sturgeon fish are produced.

Greenhouses in Royal Agriculture Station
Greenhouses in Royal Agriculture Station

52. Visit the National Museum of Royal Barges

The museum is home to the Royal barges that take part in the Royal procession on the Chao Phraya River. It was earlier a dock for warships under the Royal Household of Thailand.

Royal Barges in Thailand
A Royal Barge in Thailand

53. Celebrate Loi Krathong with the Locals

Loi Krathong is another popular festival celebrated across Thailand that can be literally translated to ‘to float a basket’. It comes from the tradition of a floating decorated basket called Krathong made of banana leaves with a candle into the water.

Loi Krathong
Krathong (decorated basket) in a waterbody

54. Watch a Fire Show at Koh Phi Phi

The beaches of Koh Phi Phi light up at night and there is usually a fire show performed outdoors at one of the clubs at the beach. It sure is a performance to see. In fact, you can also find this at a few other beaches like Koh Samui and Koh Samet.

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Fireshow at the beaches in Koh Phi Phi
Fireshow at the beaches in Koh Phi Phi

55. Visit the Maya Bay

Maya Bay got crazy famous from the movie ‘The Beach’ featuring Leonardo Di Caprio. Off the shore of Koh Phi Phi the bay is as lovely as it gets. However, overtourism has lead to considerable degradation of the ecology. The bay is currently closed to tourists but may open in the future.

Aerial view of Maya Bay
Aerial view of Maya Bay

56. Ride a Tuk Tuk

The iconic tuk-tuk ride is loud, fun, and a must-have in Thailand. But make sure the divers don’t take you for THE unpleasant ride and negotiate the prices beforehand.

Tuk-Tuk in Thailand
Tuk-Tuk in Thailand

57. Visit the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya

The Sanctuary of Truth is the third structure established by the Thai millionaire who built the ancient city and the Erawan Museum. It is insanely intricate and made completely out of wood, a wonder of architecture.

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Sanctuary of Truth, things to do in pattaya
Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya

58. Zip Line in Chiang Mai

If you up for some adventure, check out the Jungle flight zip line that is the longest single 1000 meters long ride. It gives you a fantastic aerial view of the jungles and nearby mountains. With steep drops and 360 degree turns, it is also a roller coaster.

Zipline in Chiang Mai
Zipline in Chiang Mai Courtesy@Ismael Alonso, Flickr

59. Chat with a Monk

For someone who is curious about a monk’s life, here is a chance to be able to talk to a monk. There are a few temples in Thailand where you can enter at some time in the day and request to chat with a monk. It is an experience of a lifetime. Make sure you are respectable and dressed properly.

A monk in Thailand

60. Get a Sak Yant Tattoo

A Sak Yant is a sacred tattoo made by a monk with a needle that offers some kind of spiritual protection to you. You need to buy your offering but the monk decides the design. Gather some knowledge about some unethical practices that surround this like using snake venom in ink etc.

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Figure of Hindu deity Ganesha as a Sak Yant tattoo
Figure of Hindu deity Ganesha as a Sak Yant tattoo

61. Drink Thai Tea

Thai tea is different from other types of tea in South-east Asia. The tea has a bright orange color and a particular taste I found native to Thailand. Plus it comes with ice. Take care if you are not used to drinking iced drinks where ice is more than the drink in quantity.

Thai Milk Tea
Thai Iced Milk Tea

62. Visit a Cat Café

Thai people love their cats and thus also have a lot of cat café. You can visit Caturday cat café in Bangkok, Catmosphere cat café in Chiang Mai, Neko cat café in Phuket amongst many others.

Cat Cafe in Bangkok
A Cat Cafe in Bangkok

63. Visit China Town in Bangkok

China Town in Bangkok is a bustling street with red lanterns, big warehouses with Chinese ingredients, numerous tea houses, and a row of delicious street vendors. The best place in China Town to visit is Yaowarat Road.

Yaowarat Road, China Town, Bangkok
Yaowarat Road, China Town, Bangkok

64. Take in a View from King Power Mahanakon, the tallest Building in Thailand

If heights don’t scare you, take a trip to the top of the tallest building of Thailand. Their special feature of a glass floor balcony lets you a view of the city skyline, but the view from the glass bottom has made shit in their pants in the past.

Book a ticket: King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk Discounted Admission Ticket

View from King Power Mahanakhon
View from King Power Mahanakhon

65. Visit the Black House or Baan Dam in Chiang Rai

It is a museum and is also considered a temple by some. Maybe, a dark temple of evil practices. Baan Dam was made by an artist from Chiang Rai. There lie sinister-looking sculptures and furniture made out of dark wood, bones, skulls, and skins of all kinds of dead animals that you can imagine.

Baan Dam Chiang Rai
Inside Baan Dam Chiang Rai

66. Climb the Sticky Waterfall

A little north of Chiang Mai is the sticky waterfall. Sticky because the mineral deposit from the water enables a human being to climb up the waterfall upstream on foot. The minerals create a suction effect and are not slippery at all in the flowing water.

Bua Tong or Sticky waterfalls, north of Chiang Mai
Bua Tong or Sticky waterfalls, north of Chiang Mai

67. Walk the Bamboo Bridge in Pai

The Bamboo Bridge in Pai is an 800-meter bridge in length built out of woven bamboo over the paddy fields. The locals made the bridge to help the monk cut their journeys short which earlier was 6km to reach the village to collect their morning alms.

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Woven Bamboo Bridge in Pai

68. Visit the Floating Temples in Lampang

The floating temples of Lampang or Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat are a set of white chedis built on top of a mountain range. At first it is unbelievable regarding how did someone execute it. And then it is unbelievable how few people know about it.

Wat Chalermprakiat or Floating temple in Lampang
Wat Chalermprakiat or Floating temple in Lampang

69. Visit the Karen or Long Necked Tribes up North

The long-necked tribes of Karen near Chiang Mai pop up repeatedly while looking to travel up north. The women in the tribe use ornamentals around their neck to help it elongate it. It is a symbol of beauty to them. You can join one of the many group tours to visit the Karen tribe village.

A woman from the Long Necked Tribes of Karen Village
A woman from the Long Necked Tribes of Karen Village

70. Go Rock Climbing in Krabi

Krabi has startling rock formations of limestone all across the city and on its shore. It presents a fantastic opportunity to rock climbers. Krabi has become one of the best spots for rock climbing with good agencies and schools providing infrastructure and gear for the activity.

Rock Climbing in Krabi
Rock Climbing in Krabi

71. Travel to the Similan Islands

Similan Islands is a national park and an archipelago of 11 islands on the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Thailand. The islands only entertain a limited number of tourists per day and is mostly popular among the local crowd.

Green Turtle at Similan Islands
Green Turtle at Similan Islands

72. Visit Sam Phan Bok, the Grand Canyon of Thailand

Sam Phan Bok is called the Grand Canyon of Thailand, although you really cannot compare the two structures. It is the biggest rock reef around the Mekong delta. The shallow ponds in the cracks of the rocks make them an interesting subject to visit.

Sam Phan Bok
Sam Phan Bok, Ubon Ratchathani

73. Eat Som Tam

Som Tam is one of the most commonly available and largely loved dish in Thailand. It is a salad made out of grated raw green papaya, mixed with carrot and tomatoes, dried shrimp, peanuts, chili flakes, and fish sauce. It is available in almost every local restaurant.

Som Tam, Raw Green Papaya Salad
Som Tam, Raw Green Papaya Salad

74. Visit the Buddhist Hell, Wang Saen Suk

Wang Saen Suk is a monastery garden in the Chonburi district of Thailand. The garden has some scary sculptures and depictions of humans and demons to show the life in hell or Naraka. Keeps people on their toes on the sin part!

Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden
Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden

75. Visit the Ocean World, the Underground Water Tunnel

If you haven’t already been to one, take a walk through the glass tunnel in Ocean World in Bangkok. It is an underwater structure that spreads over 10,000 square meters showcasing a wide variety of marine life around the water bodies of Thailand.

Book a Ticket: SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World Admission Ticket

Bangkok Underwater Tunnel
Bangkok Underwater Tunnel

76. Ride an entire day through the canals of Bangkok

Surprisingly, Bangkok is also called the ‘Venice of the East’. It was because of the dense network of canals that run around the city. Although today much popular means of transport have taken over, you can easily travel an entire day of the boat through the canals of Bangkok.

Bangkok Canal
One of the many canals around Bangkok

77. Visit Jim Thompson’s House

Jim Thomson was an American businessman and an architect who settled in Thailand. He introduced the rearing of silk products at a large scale and has a lovely house designed by him in Bangkok. After his mysterious disappearance, his house has been converted into a museum that welcomes tourists to see his collection of artefacts.

Read more about Jim Thompson’s House Museum here

Jim Thompson house Bangkok tourist attractions
Jim Thompson House in Bangkok

78. Drink Yadong, the local rice street liquor

Yadong is a street liquor in Thailand that is infused with local herbs. It was once used as a tonic for good health and is believed to be good for the libido. It is served with salt, chilli and sugar dip on one side and raw unripe mangoes on the other, much like a tequila.

Yadong, Herbal infused Thai whiskey
Yadong, Herbal infused Thai whiskey

79. Try the Spicy Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum is another delicacy native to Thailand that consists of local herbs, vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and a LOT of chilies. Prepare yourself for a runny nose.

Tom Yum Soup
Tom Yum Soup

80. Dress up like a Ghost in Phi Ta Khon Festival

The Phi Ta Khon Festival is celebrated in the Loei province of the Isan region of Thailand. A procession takes place on the first day of the festival with people dressed up in colorful costumes masks and makeup as a ghost ascribed to religious scriptures of Buddhism.

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People in Ghost masks in Phi Ta Khon festival
People in Ghost masks in Phi Ta Khon festival

81. Taste the Thai wine in Silverlake Vineyard

Yes, Thailand is not known for its wine. In fact, there is hardly a wine culture in the country. But a few wineries around the country have popped up recently and most of the reviews have been good so far. Visit a Tuscan style vineyard near Pattaya for a relaxing day.

Silverlake Vineyard near Pattaya
Silverlake Vineyard near Pattaya courtesy@silverlakevineyard

82. See the Unusual sculptures from a local Folklore in Koh Samet

Koh Samet, apart from being an island, is also a national park. On top of that, the island is associated with folklore that talks about mythical creatures like mermaids and ogres. The interesting this is that you can also spot some lovely sculptures from the folklore across the island.

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Koh Samet Pier
Statue of an ogress from a local tale at Koh Samet Pier

83. Visit Wat Larn Kuad, a temple made by monks out of Beer Bottles

Exasperated by people throwing away beer bottles as trash, the monks in a town in Ubon Ratchathani decided to pick them up and make a temple completely out 1.5 million beer bottles. It is a sight to see but a task to reach.

Wat Larn Kuad
Wat Larn Kuad, a temple made out of glass bottles

84. See the Red Lotus Lake in Udon Thani

Contrary to its name, the Red Lotus Lake is actually a lake filled with Pink water lilies in the Udon Thani province of Thailand. You can catch them early morning every day during the winter months.

Red Lotus Lake in Udon Thani
Red Lotus Lake in Udon Thani Courtesy@Georgios Kaleadis, Flickr

85. Check out the Airplane Graveyard in Bangkok

The Airplane Graveyard is, in fact, a scrapyard. The landowner used to buy old airplanes and sell off the usable parts. Some locals have made these their homes, so make sure you don’t barge in their private space.

Airplane Graveyard, Bangkok
Airplane Graveyard, Bangkok

86. Stroll through Bo Sang, a village that makes paper umbrellas

Bo Sang is a small village 10 km east of Chiang Mai city. The civilians of the town are experts at making paper umbrellas with bamboo structure and oriental prints to supplement their post-harvest income.

Bamboo Umbrellas in Bo Sang
Bamboo Umbrellas in Bo Sang

88. Explore the Museum of Human Body, Bangkok

The Museum of Human Body in Bangkok is not for the faint-hearted. It consists of samples and prototypes of some really serious human parts like the brain, fetuses, and carcasses.

Pathalogical Fetesus at Human Body Museum
Pathalogical Fetesus at Bangkok Forensic Museum Coutesy@Curious Expeditions, Flickr

89. Taste some spicy Red and Green Thai Curry

Do not forget to treat yourself with the delectable curries of Thailand. The red, green, and yellow curries are made with chilies of complementary colors, roasted spices, and coconut milk.

Thai Green Curry
Thai Green Curry

90. Live in a hotel next to Kwai River in Kanchanaburi

If you are in Kanchanaburi, try and book a hotel or a homestay next to the Kwai River. A floating room that opens up to the lovely water body especially during the monsoon is rare to catch.

Hotel next to River Kwai
Hotel next to River Kwai

91. Go for Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo rafting is a popular activity along many routes in Thailand. One of the best places to do is north of Chiang Mai, around the dense tropical jungles with other activities like jungle trekking, zip-lining, and even white water rafting.

Book an Experience: Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

People on Bamboo Rafts
People on Bamboo Rafts

92. Take part in Boon Bang Fai festivities in Isan

The Boon Bang Fai festival in Isan region of Thailand is a bit peculiar Lao festival that includes music, dance, and performance the first day somewhere in May. On the second day, a competition is held to see whose ‘home-made’ rocket goes the farthest. Note that causalities are not unheard of.

Boong Bang Fai Festival in Yasothon
Boong Bang Fai Festival in Yasothon

93. Witness the Grotesque ceremonies of Phuket Vegetarian Festival

A month of fasting is held around the month of October, the end of which is commemorated with festivities. The celebrations see people do grotesque acts like piercing their cheeks, tongues, and body parts with sharp knives and skewers. Maybe leave your kids at home.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Phuket Vegetarian Festival

94. Try a Century Egg

A century egg is a Chinese delicacy where a chicken, duck, or quail egg is preserved for weeks or months in clay, ashes, and quicklime. It turns in various shades of brown depending upon the time and eventually black. If you skip it; I will say you did not miss much.

Century Egg
Century Egg

95. Visit the Blue Temple in Chiang Rai

You will never see a Blue Buddhist temple! Never! It was designed by the protégée of the creator of the white temple. Recently finished, the temple is an artistic statement in itself.

Inside the Blue temple, Chiang Rai
Inside the Blue temple, Chiang Rai

96. Spot some Monitor Lizards in Lumphini Park

Ewwww! I just put it here so that you know. If you want to spot a monitor lizard on an evening walk in Bangkok, you can find one at Lumphini Park. Just lazing around, going about eating other animals. They rarely harm humans unless you harm them.

Monitor Lizard in Lumphini Park
Monitor Lizard in Lumphini Park

97. Visit Temple in a Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park lies just south of Hua Hin and is famous for Phraya Nakhon Cave with its iconic royal pavilion and chamber. It also has a huge freshwater marsh that makes it one of the largest wetlands in Thailand.

Phraya Nakhon Cave
Phraya Nakhon Cave

98. Visit Khmer Temples in Phanom Rung Historical Park

Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is one of the many temples in the Historical park complex in the Isan region of Thailand made during the Khmer time. The temple imitates the traditional architectural style of Khmer with a temple like Angkor Wat and was dedicated to Hindu gods.

Prasat Phanom Rung
Prasat Phanom Rung

99. Bathe under Thi Lor Su Waterfall, the biggest and highest in Thailand

Thi Lor Su is the largest waterfall in Thailand, also considered to be the most beautiful. It is located in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is difficult to reach the waterfalls by yourself and can now only be done by tourist agencies.

Thi Lor Su Waterfalls
Thi Lor Su Waterfalls

100. Spot David Beckham in Wat Pariwat

The tale says that the head monk at Wat Pariwat was a devoted fan of Manchester United and consequently David Beckham back when he was still playing. After a request and approval from his senior monk he commissioned to change the head of winged Garuda at the base of the shrine. Pretty neat! Go ahead and hunt.

Wat Pariwat shrine
David Beckham as Winged Garuda beneath the Buddha statue at Wat Pariwat

101. Find Guilin in Thailand at Ratchaprapha Dam

Ratchaprapha Dam is a multipurpose Dam in Surat Thani used for irrigation, electricity production, and flood control. The Dam with Khao Sok Natural Park has astounding limestone rock formation with rich flora and fauna that makes the background similar to Guilin in China.

Ratchaprapa Dam in Surat Thani
Ratchaprapha Dam in Surat Thani

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