Your 'must do' list when visiting Thailand

What’s your first thought when you think of the Land of Smiles?


Is it the mile-long, white, sandy beaches, the gilded temples or the bustling night markets? If you’re thinking of visiting Thailand you’re going to want to read on! We have handpicked, with the help of our Thai team, the ‘must sees’ on your trip to the land of a thousand smiles.

Thailand is one of the most beautiful places in the world, that’s a fact! But there are many more things to explore than the beaches and monasteries. Here is the first half of our top ten.


Street Food Cooking Classes

Ok, we might be a little bias because here are Chaophraya we also do cooking schools but these are a must whilst you’re in Thailand (in Phuket these cooking classes take place on the beach!) Each class will be individual but during them you will learn how to cook up a storm with the freshest, most authentic Thai ingredients which are sure to give you an explosion of flavour and cooking skills that you can bring home with you.


Elephant sanctuary

You will most likely see an Elephant no matter where you go in Thailand whether you intend to or not but we want to make sure that you visit the sanctuaries! The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is a project which has set up ethical sanctuaries around Thailand. There are activities such as bathing & jungle walks with the world's largest land animal which are located around the country.

Big Buddha

Find your local Big Buddha! The official religion in Thailand is Theravada Buddhism, practiced by more than 95% of the population which is why it would only be natural for many Buddhas to be located around the land. These Buddhas are on hilltop locations and you no dout will spot them a mile off, but don’t let this deter you! Whether you walk or catch a lift up to the top you will not be disappointed, the views are incredible.



If you’re only going to choose a couple of our top ten, let this be one! It will be an experience of a lifetime and one that you will reminisce on years after. The temples in Thailand comes in all shapes and sizes but they never compromise a true sense of serenity. With breath-taking intricacy and an instant sense of belonging, these temples are a truly magical. In some of the temples you can receive blessings off the Buddhist monks.


Floating markets

There are countless shopping opportunities in Thailand with huge shopping malls and night markets but the floating markets are something more cultural for you to get involved in. Full of life and colour, you need to tick this off your bucket-list! From fresh fruit to fish and herbs to hats, these markets have everything to offer.


Keep your eyes peeled for the second half of our tour guide tips and best places to visit when going to Thailand!

Team Chaophraya