Traveling to Thailand: Things You Can Enjoy
Thailand is one of the most beautiful destinations for traveling among all the tropical countries in the world. With hundreds of holiday destinations, this country has an appeal, especially for the people of western countries. If you are planning to visit Thailand for the first time, there are tons of things to know before packing.
You cannot visit all the destinations on a single trip unless you are staying for weeks here. However, if you know where to head, what to do, you’ll make a fantastic trip to Thailand. I will introduce the places that you should visit and, more importantly, what NOT to do in Thailand.
Your first destination as a backpacker
If you are a backpacker and traveling to Thailand, the obvious destination you should have is Siam Square or Sukhumvit. Many people may suggest you go to Khao San Road as the most popular place for foreign tourists. I don’t suggest it because this place is overcrowded, the accommodations are dirty, and frauds are roaming around. However, the best option to stay in Thailand is to get AirBnB in the local areas. The staying might come a bit pricier, but the price worth the quality and service. If you’re not thinking about the budget, Bangkok has some of the best 5-star hotels in the world.
Taking taxis in Thailand can be easy if you know how to do the job right. Never bargain with a taxi driver, he will probably make a fool out of you and call an inflated rate. The best way to call a cab is to insist the driver run on the meter, and the meter will give you the reading. The driver cannot refuse to ride on the meter as it’s illegal in Thailand. However, Uber or Grab Taxi operates in Thailand, so you can just ignore the locals and summon an Uber!
Shopping in Thailand
Shopping in the local markets in Thailand is fun, but it can be a tricky job to get the right price for things. As a foreigner, you won’t know the real price of the piece you’re trying to get, and that’s okay. However, there are shop keepers who are not faithful to rely on. You can apply the usual tricks to get the price right, such as price-checking in several shops. Don’t bargain with too much difference, and it could sound offensive, sometimes abusive to the seller. The decent bargaining point could be at 50% of the price he’s asking for the piece. Visit the Talat Rot Fai train market to get amazing collections next to Seacon Square. Beware of the hipsters and keep your belongings safe and secure with yourself, especially your documents and cash.
Exploring the world of Elephants
Thailand is popular for its elephants, and you can explore a whole new world with the elephants here. However, there are some things to keep in mind while going for elephants. Never fund maltreatment of the elephant, it’s a recurrent problem here, which should come to an end. You’ll see elephants are walking around the streets and asking for money from the tourists to feed the elephant. Don’t give money to them for the elephant, and the money may get funded for mistreatment! Instead, go to the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand, Khao Kheow Open Zoo, at Pattaya, Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary.
Enjoy Muay Thai Fight
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand, which is called “the art of eight limbs” as it includes punches, knees, kicks, and elbows. Muay Thai in Chiang Mai is one of the most famous shows of this famous game. Make sure you watch a few matches to get a vibe of Thai ring fighting.
Enjoy some street food
To get the real test of Thai cuisine, you must take a walk and try the famous street food of Thailand. Thai street food carts have almost anything to eat within a very affordable price range. If you have a guide, ask him to walk you through the street foods around the markets of Thailand. You’ll miss a big thing if you come to Thailand but don’t taste the street foods. Don’t forget to get familiar with Streed food safety and ask the seller if it’s compatible with your food habit.
Visit the floating markets
Skip a launce and jump into a boat where there is a floating market. You’ll get a vibe of Venice in Thailand if you’ve ever gone there. The most famous floating market in Thailand is the Damnoen Saduak market, which is about 60 miles away from Bangkok. Get a boat for private tours, which will include the whole market and get a full landscape of Bangkok.
Visit the White Temple
The white temple is one of the spots you don’t want to skip visiting, which is located at Chiang Rai. A local artist bought the temple and restored it to a picture-perfect location to visit. He spent over 1 Million Dollars (40 Million Baht) to do the restoration. You will capture one of the best Instagram photos of you here in Thailand.
Visit the Grand Palace
If you list the places in Thailand to visit, you must keep the Grand Palace in number one; Hands down. It’s the main attraction for the tourists in Thailand, which will also give you the best Instagram photo for sure. This place is a significant one where religion and history come together. The Grand Palace is an introductory of Thai history and culture, which you shouldn’t skip if you’re visiting Thailand.
Visiting Thailand doesn’t only have a great potential of exploring a new culture and meet new people. It goes far beyond that. You can go to Wat Po and have a visit to the reclining Buddha to get stunned with the architectural massiveness. Go to a full moon party which is a monthly ceremony in Thailand. Make sure you visit the king cobra village in Ban Khok which has hundreds of reptile collection. You’re visiting Thailand but didn’t have a spa, that shouldn’t be a thing; visit a spa center and ger reclined for a while.