An Insiders Guide to Thailand
What to do in Thailand
A continued list of handpicked activities and 'must sees' when in the Land of Smiles.
Thailand is the hotspot for scuba diving! With thousands of different colour and shaped fish, flush coral reefs and vibrant green seaweed, these crystal clear waters will feast your eyes with a view like no other. Be sure to do your research before your visit to ensure you book onto one of the courses and these do fill up fast. If you want to go more casual then you can always snorkel in the water too but be sure not to go out too far.
We recommend you do your research before you plan your trip to Thailand as Thai festivals are huge! You can experience the vegetarian festival in Phuket with the visit to the Chinese Taoist temples. Here you can take part in prayers, get blessings and witness "maa songs" on how they are preparing for the following day parades.
Songkran, Thai New Year, is the biggest festival in Thailand. People travel from all over the globe to be with their friends and family to involve themselves in week-long water fights and street parties to celebrate the past year. This takes place in April so don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with a water gun on your first step off the plane!
The second-best known festival in Thailand is the Loi Kratong, Festival of Lights. Usually around October/November this festival is one of the most beautiful sites you will see. The festival is planned on the full moon dates which is why this changes every year around the autumn equinox. With thousands of floating lanterns this is something, no matter how many sites you see, that you will never forget.
Explore the islands
No matter what your trip to Thailand entails, whether you’re going to Bankok for two week or purely island hopping for 3, be sure to explore all that the islands have to offer. There are hundreds of Thai islands that you can enjoy. Some of our favourites are; Koh Samui, Koh Chang, Koh Phayam, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yuk.
Northern Thailand, with its lofty jungle mountains, is truly a paradise for outdoor adventurists and trekking enthusiasts. Not only will you view amazing forestry but the wildlife you will come across will be worth your while. Be sure to wear your insect repellent though! If you’re visiting further down south then Krabi offers a rainforest trek to visit the natural hot springs and emerald pool which is something you must do whilst you’re there.
Star-gazing on the beach
Last but definitely not least, this isn’t so much a ‘must see’ but a ‘must do’! Spend the night on the beach with the real fire barbecue and star gaze until light. With Thailand boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world you’d be crazy to miss out on this opportunity whilst you’re there. After a long day of trekking through the jungle or scuba diving in the Andaman sea, relaxing under the stars will be the perfect end to the perfect holiday.
For those of you who have already explored and enjoyed what Thailand has to offer and think we have missed anything off, please let us know, we'd love to hear what you think.