Our Thailand itinerary lists all of the things you could do when in Thailand but what is really worth seeing and doing in the country? Here is a list of things we think you a must-see or must-do when in the alluring world of Thailand. These are listed in no particular order.
1. Bathe and play with elephants at Elephant Nature Park
Elephants are such beautiful creatures but have been severely abused and mistreated in Thailand, mostly for entertainment purposes and human ridership. Help care for these creature at Elephant Nature Park. Elephant Nature Park is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for elephants in Mae Taeng District of Northern Thailand, approximately 37 miles from the city of Chiang Mai. You can visit, bathe, play, and help care for the elephants or do a long-term volunteer project with the park. There is a variety of different visits that you can choose from. To see all the available options, click here.
2. Explore Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is a dense rainforest with great diversity of wildlife and plants. It is famous for its iconic limestone hills, waterfalls, floating bungalows, caves, and its beautiful man-made Cheow Lan Lake. Though Khao Sok National Park is a two-hour drive from Phuket or Krabi it is well worth the experience. Check out our review of the tour here.
3 . Visit a floating market in Bangkok
- Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (14.8km)
- Taling Chan Floating Market (9.4km)
- Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market – Reported closed
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (100km)
- Amphawa Floating Market (88km)
Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market of all five and Amphawa is the 2nd most popular. If you decide to go to either make sure you get there early to avoid hordes of people and bumper-to-bumper boat traffic. Yes, that’s a thing!
4. Go outdoor rock climbing at Railay Beach
Take a 1/2 day or full day beginner’s rock climbing course with Real Rocks Climbing School Outdoor Tours. Not for the faint of heart if you’re terrified of heights like I am! I only got through two climbs but it was great conquering my fears 🙂
5. Experience fine dining in a tree house
The Tree Top Sky Dining & Bar at the Anantara Lawana Koh Samui is a unique dining experience set (literally) amongst the tree tops overlooking the beautiful water of Koh Samui. It is a romantic, quiet atmosphere with superb service in which the staff makes you feel like royalty. The menu is a late carte with the option of two tasting menus. Some dishes were delectable while others needed more flavor. Nonetheless, this is an incredibly unique and romantic dining experience that is worth experiencing with your significant other. Read our full experience here.
6. Hike the Kew Mae Pan Trail in Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon National Park is part of the Himalayan mountain range with its highest peak at Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. The park is famous for its spectacular views, hiking trails, waterfalls, bird watching, and the Great Holy Relics Pagodas.
The Kew Mae Pan Trail is a short, 3km hike that will provide you beautiful panoramic views of Thailand. The trail is suitable for beginners but will require some slight hiking uphill but nothing too tiring of painful.
Due to the high altitude of Doi Inthanon, the park experiences high humidity and cold weather all year round. The average temperatures are normally 10-12 degrees Celsius. When we visited in December, it was 2 degrees Celsius, so be prepared and bring a warm jacket!
7. Eat khao soi
8. Enjoy a seaside massage
Cyan Span in Koh Samui offers seaside view massages. This was one of the most relaxing and better massages we’ve had in Thailand. Did we mention that it’s right over a beach? Bophut Beach to be exact.
9. Sunbathe at Phra Nang Cave Beach
A popular beach known for its fine-grained sand, towering limestone rocks, and amazing blue-green waters, Phra Nang Cave Beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and kayaking. This was one of our favorites beacges in Thailand.
10. Eat and shop your way through one of the world's largest night market
Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is the largest market in Thailand and one of the largest in the world. The market spans 35-acres and is home to 15,000 stalls divided into 27 sections. Here, you will find a variety of times ranging from food and drinks, clothing, antiques, souvenirs, housewares, plants, and even pets!