Your Go-To Thailand Travel Guide

By Victoria Robertson on October 15, 2019

When it comes to traveling, it can be difficult to assess what you should do, especially when traveling to a new country. That being said, there are plenty of places out there that you can visit, explore and enjoy as a tourist without really feeling like a tourist. Thailand is one of these places.

While there are a few things that every tourist does, there are many recommended locations, places to eat and adventures that are highly recommended. So, without further ado, here is your 6 part travel guide for your trip to Thailand!

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1. Visit Bangkok

It’s the main hub, and for that alone, you need to see it. While there are many people that believe all cities are the same, this one certainly will feel differently than any other you’ve ever been to.

Even if only for a day or two, this city is worth the trip, as there is plenty to explore and experience. So take a look around what the city has to offer and immerse yourself in the Thai culture, starting in the city and moving your way out towards the beautiful nature the country has to offer.

2. Visit Khao Sok National Park

Located in southern Thailand, this national park has been consistently rated as one of the best in Thailand, which is saying quite a bit. Not only does this park offer trails, camping, rivers and a lake, but it also offers some more challenging hikes and plenty of wildlife.

To get into the park, you’ll only pay about $6 USD, so not only is this an interesting and unique adventure awaiting you, but it’s also extremely cost-effective, ensuring you’re getting the most bang for your buck on this trip.

3. Relax on the Islands

Yes, Thailand has islands. Yes, you’re going to want to visit them. There are plenty to choose from, ranging from overly developed to hardly developed at all. So if you’re looking for more of a tropical, beachy destination, Thailand can certainly offer you that. Lounge on the sand in a new country, experiencing a new culture in the most relaxing way.

There are many islands that you can visit on your trip, but there are plenty of cities as well, so just make sure you are balancing your time effectively in order to ensure you’re seeing everything that you want to see on your trip.

4. Experience the Full Moon Party

This party, supposedly one of the best in the world, is a giant festival that, if you’re there while it’s going on, you’ll want to take a peek at. Just know before you partake that this festival is far more for the tourists than it is for the locals.

The festival has drinking and dancing, with loud music blasting outwards from every shop and bar, so you’ll likely hear quite a few different tunes. There are performers on the beach, including fire dancers, as well as pop-up shops on the beach where locals sell face paint that glows in the dark.

5. Learn to Cook

While there is going to be plenty of new food for you to try, one of the best things you can do while in Thailand is learn to cook their amazing cuisine. The Chiang Mai Kitchen Cooking School is the best place to do so, and it’s only going to cost you $24 USD.

There are other schools to choose from, and it’s said that the best places to learn are in the two major cities. So choose the class that interests you and get to learning so you can bring your brand new, amazing cooking skills back home!

6. Visit the Elephant Nature Park

One of the more touristy items is to ride an elephant. That being said, there is rumored abuse in these areas, which is enough to make you want to steer clear. However, that’s not to say that you can’t see an elephant on your next trip.

The Elephant National Park lets you see elephants up close without the abuse. The Elephant Conservation Center is another place in which you can see elephants and volunteer your time and money to play with them and raise awareness as to why elephant rides should be a thing of the past.

Again, traveling to a new destination can be a bit of a gamble, especially if you are showing up without any idea of where to go or what to do. While this travel guide is a good starting point, it’s by no means an exhaustive list of the best things to do in Thailand.

For this reason, make sure you are doing your research prior to your trip, but also feel free to ask the locals where the best destinations and places to eat are located. You’ll likely find yourself in a once in a lifetime experience that you couldn’t replicate, even if you tried.

Happy travels!

Victoria is a dedicated writer who graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She currently writes freelance pieces for various sites and works in Marketing for Myndbee Inc., promoting their current mobile app, Picpal.

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