The land of smiles is one of the most popular destinations because there is so much to do in Thailand. No matter which city you visit, you have a plethora of activities or places to visit that are perfect for holidays or vacations with family and friends.
Whether you have to lay back and sunbathe at the beach, do adventure activities, visit historic and ancient temples, or even seek solitude with monks. This South Asian country is one place that you will want to keep visiting. However, when planning your trip you must create an itinerary so that you make the most of your time in this wonderful nation.
In this article, we will explore some unique things that you can do as tourists in Thailand:
The Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho
When you are exploring this country you will notice several types of Budhha statues all over the land. These versions where the Budhha is shown walking, sitting, standing, and sleeping, represent the different stages of his life.
The Reclining Budhha in Wat Pho is one statue that you must not visit because it is 15 meters high, 46 meters long, made of pure gold, and has 108 bowls around it. It is a sight of wonder! So when visiting make sure that you witness this intrinsic and massively detailed statue.
You may have visited many sanctuaries but the elephant sanctuary in Thailand is one opportunity you must not miss. The elephant is considered the national animal of the country and the people of Thailand have created rescue parks, rehabilitation centers, and so on to protect these majestic animals from being held captive.
These parks or reserves create a healthy wild environment where tourists can visit these animals and even spend time feeding, bathing, and playing with them. Keep in mind, visitors need to adjust to the animals so if they don’t feel like interacting during your visit you might want to try again another day.
The Songkran festival is one of the most unique experiences that you can ever have when visiting the country. This traditional festival is celebrated in April when people all over the country have one huge water fight to celebrate the Thai New Year.
The locals believe that during this time if you are walking the street you will get soaked in water and there is no escaping. This tradition initially began as a way to wash away sin or any bad luck for the year to come and today the locals welcome tourists too in their tradition and celebrate it together.
There are several water attractions in Thailand but you need to check out waterfalls around Phuket to experience one of the best amongst them.
When you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is exactly where you need to go.
It is one of the coolest things you can do, while it gives you a feel of Venice but it is packed with locals in slender boats selling fruits, souvenirs, vegetables, and even cooking street food.
For you to reach this place you need to get hold of a boat or might find private tours that take you to different floating markets in and around Bangkok.
Buddhist Hell Temple
Wat Mae Kaet Noi also known as the Buddhist Hell temple is a unique and one of the most bizarre temples in all the land. If you have been visiting some of the most beautiful and ancient temples, this temple may come as a shock to you.
While the others focus on peace, tranquillity, and happiness, the Buddhist Hell temple shows you the consequences of worldly sin after death. During your visit, you will witness gruesome acts and punishments in life-sized statues all over the temple. So be prepared as you visit this gruesome yet unique temple.
The Golden Triangle
Another great destination lies in the Northern portion of Thailand known as the Golden Triangle. This location is where three countries Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand diverge or meet and was earlier infamously known for growing opium.
However, when you visit this place you will learn about its rich history and when you explore the areas around you will find some beautiful scenic views that can be a great addition to your trip.
We all love shopping during our vacations or holidays because you get to dive into the cultures, food, and so on. After you have explored various places during the day during the night you can experience the night markets of Thailand.
Almost all the cities in the country have these markets that offer different street cuisines, souvenirs, clothes, live music, massages, and so much more. During the weekends these markets are packed with locals and tourists as there are rows of vendors.
Make sure that you carry cash and learn some bargaining tips or else you will get cheated.
These are just some of the unique plans that you can add to your itinerary when visiting this beautiful South Asian Gem!