In our previous post we added a list of the things that we love to do in Thailand that are a tad on the adventurous side. Rock Climbing, Elephant Trekking, Kayaking.  We love them all and enjoy trying new and exciting things.

While these activities aren’t considered adventure or extreme travel, we still find them exciting. Walking around the maze of a big city, trying new food or taking public transit in a place that you don’t know can all be adventures in their own right.

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Thailand, Period.

Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

1. Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho – A visit to Thailand would not be complete without seeing these Great Temples. The former Royal Residence covers and area of 218,400 sq. metres; It is Grand indeed and houses the Emerald Buddha (which is really made out of Jade)

Wat Pho is home to the Reclining Buddha at 46 metres long and 15 metres high. This golden beauty is Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha in the oldest Wat in Bangkok. It is the first thing that most people see and do in Thailand and I can understand why, it is magnificent.

Wat Arun on the Chao Praya River in thailand

2. Take a boat ride on the Chao Praya River- Many of the best things you can do in Thailand are on Chao Praya River. Many of Bangkok’s major tourist attractions are along the river. Besides the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, there is China Town, Temple of the Dawn, (Wat Arun) the National Museum, The Gem Stone Market and 5 Star Hotels. You can hop on and hop off for the low price of 20 baht (less than 1 US dollar ) for the tourist boat or 8 baht for the local boat. You can even get a day pass to hop on and off as many times as you like for 100 baht.

You can take the boat right to the Taksin bridge where you can catch the sky train back to downtown. Bangkok puts Toronto’s transit system to shame.

Chang Mai Night Market a must do

3. Shop at Chang Mai’s Night Market-At night the streets of Chang Mai come alive with rows and rows of vendors. The prices seem to be higher here than anywhere else in Thailand, but once you know what to pay for things, you can get them down to the proper price. Half of the fun is the bargaining anyway. With everything to choose from, it is your one stop shopping for every souvenir and piece of clothing that you need.

The Slow boat to Thailand on Mekong River

4. Take the Slow Boat to Thailand - Ride along the Mekong River from Luang Prabang Laos, to Chang Rai – See the Mekong River and meet the local people that live along its shores. Share the slow boat to Thailand with locals going home from the market and watch life unfold along the Rivers Banks for this two day ride. Bring your own food and drink with you though and a book or some entertainment because it is a bare bones way of traveling. You can take a high speed boat, but what would be the fun in  that?

See a poi dancer spin Fire in Thailand

5. Relax on a beach in Kho Samui, Kho Lanta, Kho Lipe, Krabi… the list goes on and on. We have wasted away weeks relaxing on the beach, sleeping in our bungalow, playing frisbee in the warm water and then going to find a great restaurant for some fresh seafood at night while we are entertained by fire-spinners on the beach. Thailand’s beaches are the most beautiful beaches in the world. Unfortunately, we always compare other beaches to Thailand’s and other countries just don’t have a shot at matching Thailand’s beauty in our opinion. When you visit Thailand you must go to an island.

eating seafood in Thailand, tops on any list

Try the excellent seafood in the South of Thailand

6. Eat. Thailand has my favorite food in the world. My favorite is Green Curry Chicken. No matter how many times I have it, I still love it. I can eat it 5 days a week. Dave’s favorite is Pad Thai and he always seems to fall back on his regular staple as well.  But Thailand has a huge array of food to choose from.  Fresh seafood, Street Vendors, open markets, merchants selling fresh corn and fruit on the beach and fine dining. It has it all. We love just going to the market and grabbing fruit, getting some chicken takeaway from a vendor and chillin’ out in a quiet corner. The best thing you can do in Thailand is sample their amazing food.

Favorite Thai food besides the ones listed above…Tom Yum Soup, Cashew Chicken, Green Mango’s with chilies and salt, meat satays, Coconut Soups. Mmm, I am getting hungry just writing about it.

Water flies at the Songkran Festival

7. Take part in the World’s Largest Water Fight - We were lucky enough to be in Thailand on one of our trips during Songkran Festival. It is the hottest time of the year and what better way to cool down than to throw freezing water at each other for days on end? It is a festive time ringing in Thailand’s ancient New Year. If you plan a trip to Thailand, try to schedule your vacation around Songkran, it is worth seeing.

Longtail Boats in Ko Lipe Thailand

8.Take a long tail boat out to an island. When people envision boats in Thailand, they think of the long tail boat. A long hull canopied boat.  The propeller juts out into the water creating a (you guessed it) long tail look at the back of the boat. It is one of the most photographed images of southern Thailand.

Traffic at MBK Centre and Siam Square, Bangkok

9. Catch a flick at the MBK Centre. We can’t help it, we love movies and wherever we go, we always go to a movie. We have been to the cinema all over the world and many times when I think about a particular movie I have seen, I remember where I have seen it.  In Bangkok you have designated seating and you must stand before each movie while watching a montage of the King.  Seeing a movie in Thailand or any country is a unique and fun way to spend an afternoon.

Mui Tai Kickboxers in Thailand

10. Watch a Mui Tai Match – One day we would like to do some Mui Tai training, but for now, we have enjoyed watching matches. We were lucky enough to see an international match while we were in Thailand a couple of years ago. I am saddened to say that Belarus dominated over the Thai Kick Boxers, however…We felt that the ceremony at the beginning of the match was far better presented by the guys from Thailand.

That is our top 10, we have already done two posts about our favorite things to do in Thailand and I feel that we could do a third.  The list is endless of amazing things to do in one of the most beautiful, unique and spiritual countries in the world.

Tell us what your think are the best things to do in Thailand. We would love to hear them!

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  1. Amy @ The Q Family

    You are killing me! You make me so homesick reading about all these Thailand posts. :) Well, next year we will be home bound soon.

    Oh. I miss those fruit stand in Bangkok. The salt, sugar and chilies mix is the best, isn’t it?

    It took me a while to get used to the idea of movie theater here that there is no designated seat. I think assigned seat help the theater to get the show with full house.

    As native, there are a few things that I’m looking forward every trip back home. Shopping and Eating are the top two on the list. Well, visiting friends and relatives is probably another one. :)

    MBK is great for overall shopping and hanging out

    Pantip – well, don’t wanna say much let’s say geeks like us love it there.

    Platinum – great wholesale price clothing. A great alternative to Pratunam (across the street) for the easy to navigate and A/C. A bit higher price but worth it when I shop with kids.

    Lumpinee Night Bazzar – great alternative to the famous JJ (Chatuchak) market. Again, not as cheap or as big but perfect when traveling with kids.

  2. Liz

    I took the slow boat from Thailand to Laos, and it was a once in a lifetime experience…emphasis on the “once!” :) Amazing experience, but those narrow wooden seats were killer.

  3. Thailand beaches

    Nice pic. Enjoy thai massages on thailand beaches.You will find good shopping areas, hotels on the pattaya beach.One can undertake numerous adventure sports like parasailing, snorkelling, and surfing.Night life is amazing on the pattaya beach.For food enthusiasts Coral island is the best place. Tourist will enjoy the Pattaya Festival in mid april.Experience snorkelling or deep sea diving in phuket beach.ride on the speedboats is amazing. For more details refer http://www.journeyidea.com/enchanting-thailand-beaches-pattaya-beach-phuket-beach/

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  5. marta

    i would include in your list of islands also Koh Tao, it’s just amazing with great beaches, nightlife (but not too much as the nearby party islands), yet not so touristy and with wonderful marine life. reading your posts i am seriously thinking to go back asap
    .-= marta´s last blog ..Our escape to the Whitsundays =-.

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  8. Jodi (legalnomads)

    Fun list! My additions: (1) a Klong boat in Bangkok – these tiny boats ply the narrow rivers in downtown Bangkok, zooming their way from Democracy monument all the way to Siam in minutes, fastest and cheapest way to get around. (2) Take a boat out to Ko Kret for the day, a tiny island nr Bangkok proper. in the Chao Praya. It’s full of narrow bike trails to explore, Burmese pottery (it serves as a refuge for Mon tribes and they are known for their pottery and woodcraft) and it’s a lot of fun to discover. And, (3) Get out of the tourist areas and go to the Nan and Prae provinces. Gorgeous scenery, friendly people and almost no other tourists in sight. Rent a moto from Nan and get to it!

    Aw, and now I want to go back….
    .-= Jodi (legalnomads)´s last blog ..Help Me Get My Travel Memories Back =-.

    1. davendeb

      Thanks, the next time we are in Thailand, we will definitely go to Isaan. We might be stopping in this winter!

  9. Aaron @ Thailand hotels blog

    Did you know that you can even take a short (15 minute) cruise along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok for free?
    While 8 Baht is very cheap, free is even cheaper!

    I’m talking about the two boats that ferry passengers between the Taksin Bridge and the Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, a little down stream.

    You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to ride the boat, and they even hand out scented and chilled hand towels to wipe off the Bangkok grime. We often take this boat down to the resort to enjoy the Thai BBQ buffet, which is absolutely fantastic.

    I admit that it may not be as adventurous as getting a local commuter boat, but it might be a nice option for people who really want to know where they will end up.

    Also, if you take the trip at night, it is really romantic, especially if you sit on the bow. :)
    .-= Aaron @ Thailand hotels blog´s last blog ..Loy Krathong 2010 Hotel Packages =-.

  10. Khon Kaen

    You pretty much covered it all. Temples, markets, and the beaches are my favorites. Then there is the daily food. I don’t know how you managed to just have 10 – there could be another 1000 favorite things.
    .-= Khon Kaen´s last blog ..Kosa Hotel =-.

  11. Lauren Schaad

    Awesome photos, and I love the suggestions! If only I had known about the water fight last time I was in Thailand. Definitely something to put on the list for next time.

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