It is without question a travel favourite.
A traveller and friend I have helped in the past, Josh, recently asked me about Thailand and my suggestions as he is planning a trip there in the next few months. I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and make a list for him but share it with all of you as well.
So, if you, like Josh are considering spending time in South East Asia and Thailand is a possible stop, here are a few of my favourite things to do in Thailand that I’d suggest you check out.
The Reclining Buddha
I mention this one first as it’s easily my favourite and top thing. I’ve seen it a few times and every time my jaw drops to the floor. At 43 m long and 15 m high, it is massive. What really blows it out the park though is that the Reclining Buddha is decorated with gold leaf. I could just stare at it for hours. If you’re going to be spending your holidays in Thailand, you’ll likely fly into Bangkok, where the Bhudda and the temple that houses it, Wat Pho, are located. Check out my Bangkok video to see what I’m talking about.
One of my favourite cities in the world, Chiang Mai offers up a lively night market. You can get lost in it each and every night, enjoy the street food, haggle with the vendors and have an all around good time. While it is a city, it’s not so big that you feel overwhelmed. You can easily rent a bike and peruse the streets, finding little surprises around each corner. I actually had my worst case of food poisoning ever during my trip to Chiang Mai and I still remember it fondly. Check out my Chiang Mai video Pt 1 and Pt 2 for a look into my first stop in Asia.
Wat Si Chum
Another one of my favourite Buddhas, Wat Si Chum is breathtaking. This one is a seated Buddha and towers over at 15 m. It is located in Sukhothai, halfway between Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and is a good stop over place for two nights if you’re travelling between the two cities. Despite the outrageous heat, I had a stellar day walking around the ruins and experiencing Buddha/Temple overload. My Sukhothai video gives a good glimpse of my adventure there and my experience with a monk and taking his photo.
If you can swing it, beach time is a must in Thailand. I ventured down as far as Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, the first of the two being my favourite. I rented a little hut on the beach and escaped from the world. I literally had the beach all to myself. Perfection. You may have heard of the full party, which takes places on the island of Koh Phangan. I didn’t attend myself but many do. Tip: Avoiding the full moon will mean less visitors in general and more beach all to yourself. You can take a glimpse into my visit there with Koh Phangan video. Not far away is Koh Tao which a lot of people also seem to love and visit to get their diving certification.
Patara Elephant Farm
There is a lot of controversy and opinion when it comes to elephants (and animals in general) in Thailand. Exploiting animals for the means of tourism is not ok and it is something you must remain very cognizant of in Asia where laws protecting animals are much loser than in other parts of the world. I did a lot of research before deciding to spend a day with an elephant at Patara Elephant Farm and turned out to be one of the best and most positive days of my life. The elephants here are rescued and they are treated properly and with respect. I took care of the majestic Dodo, from scrubbing him down, to feeding him, to riding him bareback through the jungle and even swimming with some baby elephants in the river. An experience I will never forget. Watch my Patara Elephant Farm video to see what Dodo and I got up to. You’ll find them just outside of Chiang Mai.
And, there you have it, some of my favourite things to do in Thailand. An honourable mention goes out to eating, floating markers, eating, a restaurant called Cabbages and Condoms, eating, and massages. Oh, and eating.
I hope that helps you out a bit Josh, and anyone else who is considering Thailand for a possible trip. If you have suggestions for Josh, by all means leave them in the comments below. We’d all appreciate it!
Kap Coon Khrap!!