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18 Things You Should Do In Thailand This 2018

After shopping, of course!
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If there’s one country that comes close to the Philippines when it comes to having a lot of tourist spots, it’s Thailand. Thailand has breathtaking beaches, picture-perfect temples, and one of the richest cultures in Asia. Visiting the “Land of Smiles” soon? Here’s a list of things that you should do to make the most out of your stay there.

  1. Shop around the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

    The country’s capital, Bangkok, is known to be a mecca for cheap, fashionable clothes. Visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market, and be amazed by the assortment of items you can buy there—including your pasalubong! Pack light because you’ll probably need extra space for all your shopping finds.

  2. Don’t leave out the Grand Palace from your must-see list.

    A trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without visiting its most famous tourist attraction, The Grand Palace. This place served as a home to the king, his court, and the entire government of Thailand for 150 years. Aside from its colorful history, its beautiful architecture and intricate details are Instagram-worthy. Feel like a royalty while you pose for your daily #OOTD here!

  3. Have an authentic Thai massage, duh.

    After a day of non-stop touring, a relaxing massage is just what you need. Thai massages aren’t famous all over the world for nothing. Get ready for an hour of intense stretching; feel your joints and muscles loosen up with every touch. You’ll have no trouble finding a massage parlor, because there’s literally one in every corner.

  4. Spend a few hours at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

    Thailand has several floating markets, and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the biggest of them all. The world-famous attraction is about two hours away from Bangkok, but it’s worth the effort. Feel like a legit Thailander as you ride a paddle boat, traverse narrow canals, see stilt houses, interact with locals, and buy the floating shops. Don’t forget to practice your “Sawasdee Ka” greeting!

  5. Experience the nightlife at Nana Plaza.

    Dubbed as Bangkok’s Red Light District, Nana Plaza is the place to be if you want to experience the exotic (and erotic) nightlife. Not for the faint of heart, Nana Plaza is the home of beer gardens, pubs, and adult bars. If you want something unique to talk about back home, we suggest you go here for a night to remember.

  6. Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower.

    The once abandoned Bangkok skyscraper, Sathorn Unique Tower is now an official tourist attraction. Get an amazing view of the city and of the Chao Phraya River as you climb  up 49 steps. A word of caution, though, the place is called “The Ghost Tower” by the locals, so if you’re not ready for a somewhat scary adventure, better skip this one. But if you’re game for some creepy fun, go for it—just don’t look down once you reach the top!

  7. Bask under the sun at Phi Phi Islands.

    If you’re planning to head to the southern part of Thailand, don’t forget to visit the Phi Phi Islands in the province of Krabi. Phi Phi Islands boast crystal clear waters, white powdery sand, and lush greenery. Choose from six islands: Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi Leh, Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai, Koh Phai, and Koh Young. Activities available in each island include snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, cliff diving, fishing, rock climbing, and more. Or if you just want some R&R, simply stay by the shore, read a good book, and get those tan lines!

  8. Of course, you have to try the street food!

    Thailand is home to many different kinds of street food. From grilled meats, exotic insects, to all-time favorites like pad thai and som tam (papaya salad), these delicacies are available all over the country Bangkok. Some spots to include on your street food journey are Chinatown, Bang Rak, and Old City. As for the food, aside from those mentioned above, you should also try khao mun gai (steamed chicken on rice), sai krok issan (sour issan sausage), sen yai (rice river noodle), and bah mii.

  9. Stop by Khao Yai National Park.

    This place is paradise for anyone who loves being around nature. Dubbed as the first national park in Thailand, Khao Yai has more than 3,000 kinds of flowers, 250 kinds of birds, and over 60 kinds of animals—all waiting to be Instagrammed! Mountains and waterfalls are there as well, so you better get your dry bags ready!  

  10. See the Wat Arun.

    One of the most stunning temples in Thailand, Wat Arun is named after Aruna, the God of Dawn. The 79-meter tall temple majestically sits on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. You can marvel at the temple from afar, or you can also enter and climb it for one spectacular view from above.

  11. Ride a tuk-tuk.

    The tuk-tuk is Thailand’s favorite mode of transportation. If it’s your first time in this country, then this is a definite must-try!

  12. Marvel at the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.

    Wat Pho, where the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is, is another must-see for first-time visitors. The Buddha is 15 meters tall and 46 meters long and is covered in shining, shimmering gold leaf. After taking a picture beside the Buddha, take time to wander around the area. See other temples, murals, courtyards, statues, and several attractions that’ll make you appreciate the country (and its culture) more.

  13. Go on a mini cruise along the Chao Phraya River.

    Experience the “Venice of the East” as you ride a boat and explore the magnificent Chao Phraya River. Experience a new dining experience by booking a dinner cruise, with a gorgeous sunset as your backdrop.

  14. Visit the Phang Nga Bay.

    Phang Nga Bay in Phuket is another beach-lover’s paradise. Enjoy the quiet beaches, cruise through limestones, or explore all the beauty found under water. Ready your swimsuits as you’ll have no shortage of spots for your #travelgoals snaps here.

  15. Explore the Jim Thompson House.

    Jim Thompson (who mysteriously disappeared in 1967) is a popular entrepreneur and founder of a Thai silk company. After his disappearance, his house became a tourist attraction, art center, souvenir boutique, and restaurant. Inside his house, you’ll see some of his works and collections, which will take you back to Thailand’s intriguing past. 

  16. Spend a few hours in the Bangkok Forensic Museum.

    Another museum that should be on your list is the Bangkok Forensic Museum. It’s for people who are fans of weird things! Displayed here are babies’ bodies, dissected adult bodies, and other morbid stuff that’s not for those with weak stomach.

  17. Catch a movie at Scala Cinema in Siam Square.

    Experience a vintage movie screening at one of the oldest theaters in Thailand. Feel as if you’ve traveled back in time as you enter and see the domed-ceiling, gigantic chandelier, and retro chairs.

  18. Don’t forget the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya!

    Last but not the least, never leave Thailand without visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ayutthaya. The place is filled with ancient monuments, Buddhist temples, monasteries, and statues that’ll leave you in awe. This is a must-visit for history buffs and admirers of archaeology.

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