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Best things to do in Thailand

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Where in the world: Asia  /  Thailand
Things to do in Thailand range from diving into Bangkok's busy streets and markets to exploring the country's sun-kissed coastlines. You can spend your entire vacation visiting Buddhist temples of Chiang Mai, or take part in cooking classes and ride elephants at the city's many animal sanctuaries. The eastern and western coasts of the country feature many white beaches, allowing visitors to choose from the secluded sands of Koh Tao to the more populated spots of Ko Lanta or Koh Pha Ngan.

Thailand is best known for its Sacred & Religious Sites, Beaches, and Gift & Specialty Shops.

Top 15 things to do in Thailand

1. Wat Pho, Bangkok

Visit Wat Pho, one of the six main Buddhist temples in Thailand. Admire the 46 m (151 ft) long Buddha statue and its memorable pose, and explore the wide range of temple buildings displaying rich and intricate religious designs and a history dating back to the 16th century. Vital to the spiritual and architectural heritage of the city and the country at large, the site houses the largest collection of Buddha depictions in Thailand. Said to be the first public university in the nation, the temple also has an illustrious educational history and still runs courses on traditional Thai massage and medicine.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $42 › Learn more about Wat Pho

2. Scuba & Snorkeling, Koh Tao

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $24 › Learn more about Scuba & Snorkeling

3. The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Explore the famous complex of ornate buildings at The Grand Palace, a gem in the country's architectural and political heritage. Established in 1782, the palace grounds have been added to over the centuries with eclectically designed buildings, halls, and pavilions. The official home of Thai monarchs until the abolishment of the absolute monarchy in 1932, the site remains open to visitors, with its well-maintained grounds and monumental architecture providing great photo ops and an immersive cultural experience.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $30 › Learn more about The Grand Palace

4. Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

FROM $58
Take a personalized tour in and around Bangkok for a unique look at Thai culture and lifestyles. Your personal guide works with you to tailor a full-day itinerary to the city's top attractions, such as the Grand Palace and Floating Market. Explore distinct neighborhoods, browse the shops, and see key sights all in one day.
Suggested duration: 8h
Tours from $58 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. C&M Learn Thai Culture, Ko Pha-Ngan

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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6. Nature & Wildlife Tours, Chiang Mai

Explore rural Thailand and enjoy an up-close encounter with local wildlife by taking a nature tour from Chiang Mai. This exciting outdoor adventure will take you to a number of the area's top attractions, which include the country's highest peak and one of its oldest tea plantations. As your journey continues, you will have a chance to visit an elephant nursery, zipline through the jungle, learn how to pick tealeaves, climb an ancient staircase on the way to a sacred temple, ride a mountain bike past paddy fields and rural villages, and much more. You can choose between half-, full-, and multi-day tours.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $29 › Learn more about Nature & Wildlife Tours

7. Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), Bangkok

Admire the grand and evocative design of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), a towering Buddhist temple located in the heart of Bangkok. Established in the 1600s--but gaining its distinctive porcelain-clad prangs (spires) during the reign of King Rama II in the early 19th century--the temple represents an apex of religious architecture and is one of the best maintained of all buildings commissioned by the Thai monarchy. Open to the public as a place of worship and tourism, the site contains prized artifacts relating to the religious and royal history of Thailand.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

8. Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

Likely to sell out FROM $73
This night tour was awarded TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice "No. 1 Experience in Thailand" in 2018 & 2020, and for good reason. Exploring at night and by the iconic tuk tuk is a great way to discover Bangkok and learn about the local culture. On this 4-hour tour you will: • Whizz around Bangkok in a tuk tuk • Visit The Flower Market, the grounds of Wat Arun, and Chinatown • Explore the historic part of Bangkok, and see famous temples and sights illuminated at night • Enjoy snacks, dinner and a dessert! This is considered a cultural tour with food. However, it should not be considered an in-depth food tour. This tour is available in 2 options: • Small group join in tour with maximum 10 guests (available Wed / Fri / Sat / Sun) • Private Tour for just yourself. NOTE: We are now regularly running this tour after almost 2 years disruption due to COVID. We are regularly reviewing the route and may make changes as needed.
Suggested duration: 4h
Tours from $73 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Khao Yai National Park, Pak Phli

With its evergreen forests, grasslands, and cascading waterfalls, Khao Yai National Park offers abundant scenic beauty and numerous hiking trails. Along your trek, you'll cross paths with some of the 300 species of birds and mammals common to Thailand, like elephants, bears, otters, and monkeys. If you don't manage to see everything in one day, consider spending the night on one of the campgrounds.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $72 › Learn more about Khao Yai National Park

10. Scuba & Snorkeling, Ko Pha-Ngan

Sail to popular dive spots and discover the astounding variety of species calling the Southern Gulf of Thailand their home on a guided snorkeling or scuba trip from Ko Pha Ngan. Once you satisfy your desire for swimming with all kinds of exotic fish and gentle whale sharks, you'll be able to stretch out on the boat deck and spend some time sun tanning and munching on a few classic Thai dishes. The duration of these tours spans from 4 to 10 hours.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $49 › Learn more about Scuba & Snorkeling

12. Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

FROM $69
Visit the Ayutthaya temples on a cultural day trip from Bangkok, it's a highlight of any Thailand visit. The tour to the ancient capital of Siam includes a trip by riverboat, a must-do activity when you're in Bangkok, with close-up views of the temples and historic sites that line the Chao Phraya River
Suggested duration: 9h
Tours from $69 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Phi Phi Sea Frog Diving, Ko Phi Phi Don

Suggested duration: 6 hours
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14. No Gravity Dive Center, Chalong

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15. Best Seller! Doi Inthanon National Park, Waterfall & Royal Project - Chiang Mai

FROM $46
Small Group 4 - 9 people only :D - Be escorted by our professional and friendly Tour Guide - See the Twin Pagodas (The King and The Queen pagoda) - Visit highest spot in Thailand (Roof of Thailand) take a short walk by the nature trail - Be in awe of the Wachiratharn Waterfall's (Diamond waterfall) beauty - Visit White Karen Hilltribe Village (Not Long Neck) and Hmong market where you can see a lot of products from the Royal projects. This tour is including; Insurance, Lunch, Guide, Round trip transportation (Minivan with air-con) ** Not include Entrance Fees (400THB/person) you will pay to the government officer ** Pick up: 08.00 - 08.45am & Drop off: 6.00 - 06.30pm Free pick up & drop off for any hotel from/to Chiang Mai City centre (not more than 2 km away from the old city).
Suggested duration: 8h - 9h
Tours from $46 › More about this tour at viator.com ›