Thinking of traveling to Thailand? No matter where you’re headed, our list of 101 Things to Do in Thailand will keep you busy, awestruck, and well fed!
1. Spend the afternoon exploring the Grand Palace, Bangkok’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782, the Grand Palace is home to Thailand’s king, Royal court, and the administrative seat of government. We recommend dressing conservatively while visiting the palace and surrounding complex.
2. Within the Grand Palace, you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, locally known as Wat Phra Kaew, which contains the famous, but small, Emerald Buddha statue dating back to the 14th century.
3. Located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, you will find the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, or Wat Pho, which houses an impressive massive golden Buddha over 150 feet long. The Buddhas feet are over 16 feet long and elaborately decorated. For good luck, we recommend purchasing a bowl of coins at the entrance of the hall, which you can drop in the 108 bronze bowls which line the length of the walls.
4. Visit the Jim Thompson House and learn about the founder of the Thai Silk Company and his mysterious disappearance. The house is impressive with its art and silk collection on display.
5. Explore the Chatuchak Weekend Market, the largest in Thailand, which covers more than 27 acres and sells goods from all over the country.
6. Spend the day or evening shopping or exploring the food stalls along Khaosan Road, known as the “sleepless street”.
7. Explore Bangkok’s klongs and canals by long tail boat.
8. Visit the Wat Arun Temple “Temple of Dawn,” locally known as Wat Chaeng, one of the most spectacular temples in Bangkok.
9. Spend the day exploring the old Siamese Ayutthaya Kingdom, founded in c. 1350. The site is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
10. Take a day trip to visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the most popular floating market in Thailand, which is great for shopping, people watching, and tasting local delicacies and Thai street food.
11. View the largest collection of Thai art and artifacts in the country at the Bangkok National Museum located on the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace.
12. Spend the day at Dusit Palace Park. Considered to be a shrine by locals, the park includes a museum, in which you can view the cultural collections including the beautiful collection of traditional silks and cottons that make up the royal cloth collection, a display of regional handiwork crafts, and the lVimanmek mansion, the world’s largest golden teak building.
13. Take a Thai Cooking Class and learn to make a delicious Thai meal including the favorite dishes of Pad Thai, Green or Red Curry, and Tom Yum soup.
14. Have a sunset cocktail at the Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Vertigo rooftop bar located on the 61st floor of the hotel and offers excellent views of the city and its surrounding areas.
16. Spend the evening in the center of Bangkok, taking in an elaborate Thai cultural show at the Siam Niramit. One of the largest stage productions features 150 performers in traditional costumes displaying the culture and history of each region of Thailand through dance and song. The show includes a buffet of traditional Thai cuisine and dishes.
17. The huge, three-headed elephant statue standing upon its pedestal is the main attraction when visiting Samut Prakan’s Erawan Museum. Weighing 250 tons, cast in a pure copper, the statue took almost ten years to construct and depicts an epic image of Hindu mythology’s Airavata, the mythological three headed white elephant (although the statue is grey) who carries the Hindu god Indra.
18. Explore Bangkok’s Chinatown and the famous Pak Khlong Flower Market which is a kaleidoscope for the senses. A vibrant commercial area with shops offering traditional Chinese medicine, street food, gourmet Chinese food, and fruit stands. There is so much to see! Take in the many brilliant colors and fragrant smells of the beautiful varieties of tropical and domestic flowers lining the stalls and streets.
19. Spend your day eating your way through Bangkok by experiencing the best of Bangkok’s street food. We love the Thai boat noodles from Victory Monument. By the Ratchawa/Sriyan Market, take in some roast duck, fried wide rice noodles, or a variety of curries. In Chinatown, snack on dim sum, delish suckling pig, or delicate bird’s nest soup. The Shrimp Tom Yum noodles should not be missed near Bang Khun Non. With so many choices, we can guarantee you won’t have to eat the same thing twice unless you really love it!
20. Looking for a luxury dining experience with a view? See the Chao Phraya River at night as you dine on a delicious Thai meal aboard the luxurious Apsara boat. This romantic and scenic tour travels past the Temple of Dawn, Grand Palace, and the golden Rama VIII bridge.
20. Looking for a luxury dining experience with a view? See the Chao Phraya River at night as you dine on a delicious Thai meal aboard the luxurious Apsara boat. This romantic and scenic tour travels past the Temple of Dawn, Grand Palace and the golden Rama VIII bridge.
21. Experience Bangkok like the locals do and try out the different forms of transport across the city. Rickshaws and tuk tuks are excellent modes of transport for shorter trips. Bangkok’s elevated mass transit system is known as the Skytrain and is easily the best way to beat traffic in the city. Klong boats and ferries are useful during rush hour from Siam Square.
22. Whether you are left dazed or simply confused, the famous Thai Ladyboy cabarets are an incredible blend of glittering costumes and delightful musical acts. Regardless of what you have heard, the performers do what they do best – looking and acting like the real thing. Whether it be Marilyn Monrow, Michael Jackson, or even Carmen Miranda, these performers sing their hearts out and it makes for an entertaining night out.
23. For families traveling to Bangkok, the Dream World Amusement Park features a variety of heart stopping roller coasters and rides. The Siam Ocean World is one of the largest underground aquariums in Southeast Asia with exhibits featuring over 30,000 aquatic creatures and fish. Take in a shark, ray, or water rat feeding during your visit. Both are great choices for families visiting the area.
24. Take a historical tour of Kanchanaburi and the nearby famous WWII landmark, the bridge over the River Kwai and the Death Railway. Today, the Death Railway is one of the most scenic rail routes in the country. Most tours make a stop at the local War Cemetery where visitors can pay their repects.
25. Visit all that remains of Ayutthaya, the former second capital of Siam, which was once the trading capital of Asia. By 1700, Ayutthaya was the largest city in the world with over 1 million residents. Visitors from Europe and the rest of the world depict the city in ancient descriptions as one of grandeur with golden palaces. Not much remains today after the Burmese invaded the city in 1767 and almost completely burnt the city to the ground. Visitors can reach the city by train in around 2.5 hours or by day long boat ride.
26. Take in the panoramic views from the mountains of Doi Suthep and Doi Pu. Doi Suthep is apart of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park which houses the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the holiest shrine in Northern Thailand. Doi Suthep’s golden exterior literally glows in the sunshine over the city.
27. Perhaps one of the most well known and unique temples in Chiang Mai is Thailand’s White Temple located in Wat Rong Khun–A project born from the vision of artist Chalermchai Kositpipat who is known for his religious themed Buddhist paintings.
28. Visit over 400 species of animals, including elephants, tigers, chimpanzees, hippopotami, and rhinoceroses at the Chiang Mai Zoo. The stars of the zoo are the well known Chinese pandas, Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui (or Thewan and Thewee as they are known to the Thais), which were sent to the zoo in 2003.
29. See wild animals up close after dark at the Chiang Mai Night Safari. Guests have the opportunity to view a variety of wild animals or even pet or feed a tiger by hand!
30. Visit Chiang Mai’s massive Wat Chedi Luang chedi which was once home to the Emerald Buddha, Thailands most sacred religious relic. Although damaged by an earthquake in 1545, the temple is still one of the tallest structures in the old city.
31. Located on a few short miles outside of the city lies the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam, which dates back to the 8th Century. Explore the ruins of the ancient city by horse drawn carriage and discover ancient stone tablets and Buddhist sculptures among the ruins.
32. Visit the fascinating Karen Long Neck Tribe of the Padung Village, where women from the tribe elongate their necks by wearing brass rings. As you learn about their culture, purchase a few souvenirs from the tribe to help support their economy and show respect.
33. Explore the wonders of nature as you descend into the Chiang Dao Cave, an intricate limestone cave complex, into a well lit chamber where you will find a shrine with several Burmese style Buddhas on display. The caves are located about an hour’s bus ride north of Chiang Mai. The area is surrounded by serene valleys and mountains.
34. Discover the playful elephants at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, a conservation center for approximately 70 domesticated homeless elephants acquired from around the country. These gentle giants will surprise you with their learned abilities to paint, play football, and even perform a little show. The camp’s attentive staff will teach you about the elephant’s biology, body language, and how they understand commands. You can even purchase an elephant painting as a souvenir!
35. Visit Doi Inthanon National Park and take in the views from the highest peak in Thailand– over 8000 feet above sea level. The park is known for its diversity of plants, animals and especially birds. The park is home to approximately 362 different species of birds, many found nowhere else in Thailand.
36. Discover a traditional Thai village and the simplicity of their people when you visit the Hmong Tribal Village, located a short distance from the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. You will learn about the local culture and will get to see a collection of their traditional musical instruments and their silver embroidered costumes and crafts.
37. Visit the Bor Sang Village which is well known for its great variety of hand-crafted paper umbrellas of all colors and sizes. From tiny cocktail umbrellas to large parasols, each umbrella is carefully crafted from sa paper, produced from the bark of a mulberry tree. Choose a few elaborate designs to bring home with you.
38. A trip to Chiang Mai would not be complete without tasting Northern Thailand’s most famous dish khao soi, a spicy noodle dish in a pungent intense curry broth topped with crispy noodles. You can have this dish with chicken or beef and typically it is served with a side of pickled cabbage, lime, and chili paste. Cool down with an iced Thai coffee to quench your thirst!
39. After a day of shopping at one of Chiang Mai’s weekend markets, indulge in a relaxing massage for your weary feet. Massage ladies lure shoppers with the enticement of the $5 an hour foot massage – a bargain hard to turn down!
40. Celebrate a local festival. You will find there are many festivals taking place all year in the province. One of the most famous is Songkran, the Thai New Year, which is celebrating by throwing water on others and yourself, as a symbol of washing away and forgetting bad experiences and welcome the new year.
42. Journey down the Mae Kok River through banana groves, rolling mountains, natural hot springs, and ethnic hill tribe communities. The entire journey from Chiang Rai to Tha Ton takes approximately four hours.
43. Discover Chiang Rai’s Fish Cave Temple, locally known as Wat Tham Pla and also called Monkey Temple, which is situated on a steep hill behind the main temple building. Climb the 200+ steps and you will come upon large chambers inside the cave which house a Buddha image with jewels. As you exit the other side, you will come upon a panoramic view of the jungle bordering the Golden Triangle.
44. On the bank of the Kok River, discover the Buddha Cave, locally known as Tham Phra, which houses a Buddhist shrine with over 80 ancient Buddha images.
45. Spend a day, or even stay overnight, visiting the local and simple Akha and Yao hill tribe villages. The Akha, originated in Tibet, and the Yao originated in China, are heavily influenced by Chinese traditions.
46. Take a trip to visit the Hall of Opium Museum in Chiang Rai. Built to educate people about the dangers of the drug, the exhibit traces opium’s history from its first use 5,000 years ago to current issues of drug abuse and addiction. Many regard this as one of Thailand’s best museums.
47. Visit the Tham Pa Asha Thong temple, located on a very remote hillside area in Mae Chan District. Local villagers use ponies to travel to and from the Temple and carrying supplies up to the resident monks.
48. Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Chiang Rai, is a border crossing between Burma and Thailand. The area is known for its huge open air market for local and exotic goods.
49. Travel into the mountains north of Chiang Rai, into an area famous for its tea plantations. Visit local Yunnan Chinese villages in an area that sees few tourists, and enjoy the spectacular views the area has to offer. See the terraced tea plantations and sample some local tea. If prearranged, it is possible to include a visit to a local school.
50. More than just seeing the Golden Triangle, experience it as you cross into Burma and spend the day exploring local Burmese life in a nearby village. Your rickshaw awaits your arrival and will take you to a local temple, side streets, and makes a stop at a typical Burmese market for shopping.
51. Visit the Khao Kheow Open Zoo, which is home to some of the most endangered animals in the world. With over 8000+ animals, the zoo features a night safari, elephant trek, and zoo tram rides around the park.
53. Explore Pattaya by ATV/QUAD, or by buggy carts, as you drive through the stunning Thai countryside. Enjoy your chance to see the local jungles and farms and get dirty!
54. Enjoy a stroll through the gorgeous Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, which are delicately landscaped with a variety of beautiful tropical flowers and plants. Guests can take in a show of local Thai dancing and demonstration of Thai boxing.
55. Discover the orchards of Rayong, where you will find a great variety of unusual tropical fruits native to Asia and Thailand including durian, mangosteen, star fruit, longan, rambutan, and many others. At the end of the tour, guests have the opportunity to taste and sample the fruits. We recommend a visit between May – July when many of the fruits are in season.
56. Showcasing a rich variety of marine life found in and around the region, Underwater World Pattaya takes visitors on an underwater voyage to the bottom of the sea. The journey begins at the sandy beaches and shallow rock pools, and descends until you pass brightly colored corals and different varieties of exotic ocean bottom dwellers. Long tunnels with windows allow visitors to view all types of fish and marine life without getting their hair wet! They also feature a touch pool and a display of coral, giant fish from Siam, as well as, jellyfish.
57. Spend a relaxing day on the island of Koh Larn, also called Coral Island, enjoying pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Enjoy snorkeling offshore or view sea life through a glass bottom boat tour. There are a great variety of activities offered including jet ski, hiking, fishing, parasailing, snorkeling, diving, and more.
58. Experience the beauty of Thailand’s rainforests from a different view point – high overhead at the Flight of the Gibbon! Located 50 minute from Pattaya Beach, you can experience views from high in the tree tops of a pristine national park at Khao Kheo from scenic sky bridges and with an exciting zip line tour – the highest in Thailand! This zip line tour is one of the longest in the world with a total of 24 platforms.
59. Enjoy a day on Paradise Island, Koh Samet, which can be reached by short boat ride and is famous for its powder white sands, delicious fresh seafood, many beach activities including swimming, snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, windsurfing, or riding on a banana boat. A perfect day trip from Pattaya!
60. Bordered by Myanmar to the west, Kaeng Krachan National Park is Thailand’s largest national park. The park is a nature lover’s paradise and many flock to the park for bird and butterfly watching. Adventure seekers can set up camp and spend the night in the park.
61. An adventurous drive and trek through the jungle will let you to the spectacular Pala-U Waterfalls. There are 16 different stages of waterfalls and those with the energy or seeking adventure can climb all the way to the top. For a more relaxing visit, bring your bathing suit for a dip in one of the falls located on the third step to cool off.
62. Enjoy a pleasant drive south through pineapple and coconut planations of Sam Roi Yod (Three Hundred Peaks) National Park and by fishing boat to the secluded fishing village of Bang Poo where you will begin your climb up to see the Phrayanakorn Cave. Reaching the cave you will find a beautiful “sala” or throne, erected by King Rama V, and have the opportunity to explore the area.
63. Venture to the famous Maeklong Market, a traditional Thai market full of exotic fruits and local goods & spices. This market is unique as it is situated right on top of train tracks. Watch as trains approach and the market will miraculously up and move to let it pass.
64. Explore the provincial capital of Petchburi. Visit the former summer residence of King Mongkut (Rama IV) and discover the huge stalactites in the Khao Luang Cave.
65. Hua Hin is Thailand’s top destination for kitesurfing, an exhilarating water sport. You will find several kitesurfing schools and board rental shops along the beaches servicing experienced surfers and novices alike.
66. Spend the afternoon galloping along the beachfront with horseback riding on the beach near Hua Hin and Cha Am’s beaches.
67. Hua Hin offers world class golf courses where you can test your skill. Caddies are available. For experienced golfers looking for a challenge, we recommend the Springfield Royal Country Club, designed by world famous golfer Jack Nicklaus.
68. Located on Nathon Bay, the picturesque Na Muang waterfalls are beautiful and serene. Both waterfalls empty into a natural pool where you can swim and cool off during your visit. The Purple Waterfalls, or Namtok Na Muang, are named for the deep shade of purple seen on the exterior of the rocks. These are by far the most striking waterfalls in the area.
69. Visit Koh Samui’s most popular landmark, the Big Buddha or Wat Phra Yai, is a huge golden Buddha statue, so vast it can be seen from many miles away.
70. Known as Grandma & Grandpa Rocks or locally as Hin Ta and Hin Yai, these rocks resemble the male and female genitalia – a racy natural rock formation! Although the beaches surrounding the rocks are not suitable for swimming, the views from the formations are beautiful overlooking the sea to nearby islands.
71. The pristine Ang Thong “Golden Basin” National Marine Park is a nature lover’s dream with thick lush jungles, white sandy beaches, hidden coves, caves, and waterfalls. Spend the day snorkeling, kayaking, diving, sailing, or hiking–a perfect day trip for the active couple. Visitors will see a wide variety of animals and sea life including monkeys, herons, sea turtles, otters, egrets, iguanas, and snakes. Visit between March to October for the best weather.
72. Experience a party like no other on the nearby island of Koh Phangan, which hosts the monthly “Full Moon Party” an all night beach party with music, art, bonfires, and dancing all night long.
73. King cobras and pythons are the stars of the show at the Koh Samui Snake Farm where you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of Thailand’s most fearsome reptiles and snakes. The farm’s show features king cobras, giant pythons, scorpions, centipedes, mongooses, warans, and cock fighting (a tamer version of the sport). A heart racing good time!
74. Wat Plai Laem, known as Big Buddha Beach, features a striking oversized 18 arm white statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, who is believed to be a source of unconditional love and protector of all. Make a donation to the temple and receive a bag of food to feed the fish nearby. Remember the temple is a place of worship; therefore we would recommend dressing conservatively.
75. Hidden away in the hills of the Koh Samui’s interior island is an unusual collection of statues known as the Secret Buddha Garden or Heaven’s Garden. The garden features a great variety of human, animal and deity statues. We recommend taking a guided tour to the garden as the road leading to the garden is steep and best reached by four wheel drive vehicle.
76. Check out Samui’s famous mummified monk, Luang Pordaeng, who died over 20 years ago and instructed family to place his body on display. Housed in the Wat Khunaram Buddhist temple, Luang is not Samui’s only mummified monk, but certainly the most famous.
77. Enjoy an afternoon exploring fish, sea life, and a variety of animals native to Thailand, Asia, and the Gulf of Thailand at the Samui Aquarium & Tiger Show. The aquarium allows guests who do not enjoy snorkeling to see up close the many beautiful varieties of tropical fish found in the nearby coral reefs, as well as varieties of sharks, sting and manta rays, catfish, and sea turtles. Monkeys, leopards, tropical birds, and sea lions are just a few of the many varieties of wildlife that you can see up close at the Samui Zoo and Tiger Show.
78. Enjoy a thrilling ride above the trees with the Sky Fox Cable ride. Climb high into the trees and clip into the lines as you speed through the air and trees with speed and freedom. After your ride, hike with your guide through the tropical jungle where you will discover the most beautiful waterfall on the island – a great way to cool off and relax!
79. Experience absolute relaxation with a full day spa treatment at many of the excellent spas on the island including The Spa at the Four Seasons Koh Samui and the Banyan Tree Spa Samui. Our favorite treatments include the Thai Herbal Detox Treatment or the Royal Banyan which includes massages, facials along with relaxation time and refreshments.
81. A day trip to the Phi Phi Islands is a must for all visitors. Spend the afternoon visiting some of the most gorgeous beach locations for relaxing and snorkeling, including Maya Bay where the movie “The Beach” was filmed.
82. Spend the day in Khao Lak and Khao Sok, located just north of Phuket, offering beautiful beaches, lush covered mountains, valleys, and mangroves. Experience elephant trekking or a white water rafting tour.
83. Enjoy a day on Phang Nga Bay marveling at the beauty of the limestone karsts which jut vertically from the water.
84. Take a boat day trip to visit James Bond Island, located in the Ao Phang Nga National Park, the island was made famous when it was featured in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”.
85. Depart on a long tail boat to nearby fishing village on Koh Panyee. You will find that the majority of the village’s homes and restaurants are built on stilts over the shallow seas. The community is largely Muslim, and it is recommended that women dress conservatively avoiding any outfits that expose the legs or shoulders.
86. Enjoy a day of excellent snorkeling on Coral Island, known locally as Koh Hae, with impressive reefs rich with a great variety of fish and sea life. The islands two beaches, Long Beach and Banana Beach, are worth checking out. Long Beach is excellent for parasailing or a relaxing massage in one of the open air pavilions. Banana Beach is excellent for swimming November to May and offers a private and secluded atmosphere.
87. Discover the historical district of Old Phuket where you will find shrines, temples, shops, quaint cafes and restaurants. A walk around Krabi, Dibuk, and Thaland Roads will lead you to discover the beautiful Sino-Portugese houses, a reflection of the European influence during the 18th century when many Portuguese and British lived in the area during the tin boom.
88. Visit Phuket’s most important temple, Wat Chalong, featuring the Grand Pagoda which contains a splinter of the Lord Buddha’s bone and is decorated with wall panel paintings depicting his life and story.
89. Looking for the ultimate scuba diving experience? Spend the day diving in the Similan Islands, among the top 10 dive sites in the world featuring dense schools of big fish, coral gardens, drift diving, and drop offs. Snorkeling is also available off the island’s beaches between November – May.
90. Enjoy a day of big game fishing in Racha Islands where dorado, barracuda, and reef sharks are plentiful.
91. Enjoy a Phang Nga nature tour including a relaxing ride on a bamboo raft down the river or even watch and participate in an elephant bath in the river.
92. Built in a huge cave, Wat Suwan Kuha is a beautiful temple featuring several Buddha statues, including an impressive large reclining Buddha.
93. Spend the day testing your rock climbing skills at Railay Beach, offering climbing courses for all ages and skill levels.
94. Explore the islands surrounding Krabi including Koh Poda, which offers the softest white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. Visitors will enjoy snorkeling or kayaking along the beaches. During your stay, look for the rock shaped like a rooster on the limestone mountain at Koh Kai.
95. Located in the Thung Teao Forest National Park, the Crystal Lagoon or Emerald Pool is a must see for visitors who wish to swim in the pool’s water emerald green blue waters. The pool is surrounded a thick tropical rain forest which is home to a wildlife sanctuary including the rare Pitta Gurney bird which was once considered extinct. Visitors will enjoy hiking around the rain forest for additional scenery.
96. Located near Krabi Town, you will find one of the most famous caves, Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua. The cave and temple is home to many interesting relics including the “footprint of Buddha,” a historic site located 1200+ steps above a limestone tower offering dramatic panoramic views at top. The views are especially remarkable at sunrise or sunset. Remember to dress conservatively and take off any jewelry or sunglasses which may be targets and taken by the playful monkeys surrounding the location.
97. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the Klong Thom Hot Springs located in a jungle near the Khao Phra Khram Nature Reserve. The water originates from volcanic chambers located deep underground and contains minerals and salts which are said to ease a variety of ailments and health problems. Regardless of the health benefits, visitors will enjoy relaxing in the hollowed out stone “bathtubs”.
98. Visit the largest of the 52 islands in Krabi Province, Koh Lanta Yai is the largest and best known and the perfect destination for those visitors looking to getaway from the more popular tourist destinations of Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands. Some of the top attractions include the Koh Lanta Caves, Koh Lanta Waterfall, and Moo Koh Lanta National Park which features a beautiful mix of jungles, hills, beaches, as well as, an old lighthouse offering spectacular views of the island.
99. Spend the day exploring nearby Chicken Island or Hua Khwan offering a great variety of snorkeling in the surround warm waters, rich in coral and sea life. Chicken Island was named after the rock formation which resembles the head and neck of a chicken.
100. Guests can spend the day or even overnight exploring Bamboo Island, named for the lush vegetation including Bamboo trees which cover the island.
101. Koh Hong is the perfect day trip from Krabi, an island offering swimming, kayaking, fishing, diving, snorkeling, hiking, and daytime picnics. The island is part of Than Bok Khorani National Park and is known for its spectacular limestone rock formations.