Five Essential Experiences To Try In Thailand

Five Essential Experiences To Try In Thailand
Sharron Lynskey
Sharron Lynskey

19 Apr 2018

Yes, it's the end of April (gulp!) and it's time to start planning your summer.

If tropical beaches, elephant experiences and delicious food is something your game for, then Thailand should be top of your bucket list.

Here are the five essential experiences you need to try there:

1. Island Hopping

Thailand has over 8,000km of coastline just waiting to be explored! The islands are famous for their wonderful beaches, laid back vibe and once-in-a-lifetime activities like scuba diving. Relax under swaying palm trees and then jump into the crystal clear waters - what more could you ask for?

2. Meet The Elephants

Get up close and personal with these beautiful, gentle animals. The Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai is a great shout. The centre lets the elephants roam free and many of them have been rescued from labour camps. Experiences at the park include bathing in the river with the elephants and helping out at feeding time. A word of warning though - you will fall in love.

3. The Floating Markets

Experience the rickety wooden boats piled high with colourful local produce for yourself. Pick a floating market and make sure to arrive early to avoid crowds and bag the best bargains. 

4. Visit Ancient Ruins

Thailand's national parks are renowned for their beauty and scale. Expect UNESCO World Heritage Sites, superb hiking trails and plenty of jaw-dropping moments. 


Phimai Historical Park Phimai is the largest and most important Khmer temple in Thailand. It is situated bang in the middle of the small Thai town of the same name. There are quite a few Angkorian temples in Thailand, but the ones in Cambodia are better known and so, when we first entered Phimai in the early morning (your ticket is valid all day and you can return as many times as you like), we had the place to ourselves and even when the tourists did arrive, there weren’t that many of them and the majority were Thai. #phimaihistoricalpark #southeastasia #prasathinphimai #khmerarchitecture #thailand #thailandtour #thaiculture #thaihistory #traveltheworld #asianculture #temple #traveltheworld #thewaytoangkor #muangphimai #beutifulthailand #amazingthailand #landscapehunter #neverstopexploring #southeastasiatrip #backpackingasia #postcardsfromtheworld #travelphotography #roadlesstravelled #bbctravel #trlt #ig_thailandia #isan #isaan #escapethecrowds

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5. Take A Thai Cooking Class

A cooking class with a local chef is a fun and delicious way to immerse yourself into the Thai cuisine. Think plenty of fresh and tasty local spices, vegetables, herbs and fruits and of course, the mouth-watering dish at the end of it all. A cooking class is also great craic if you're part of a gang - decide once and for all who is the Gordon Ramsey of the group!

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