Thailand is a magical destination that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. No matter if you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family who’s looking to let that stress melt away on the Thai beaches, this country has so much to offer. From pristine beaches to jungle temples to a rich history and culture to dive right into, you’re never going to be bored when you choose Thailand as your next destination of choice. Keep reading to learn more about the 24 top tourist attractions in Thailand that you’ve got to keep on your itinerary.
Check out the Grand Palace – you don’t want to miss it!
If you’re starting off your vacation in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, then the Grand Palace should be first on your itinerary. For over a century, this massive palace housed the entire government of Thailand, including the king. You are going to have to watch out for what you wear to this ancient palace, as there is a pretty strict dress code in place by the government. However, once you do gain entry to the palace grounds, you could easily spend hours wandering the vast compound.
1. Head over to the Mahawangchang Elephant Camp
If you went to Thailand and didn’t ride an elephant, you really wouldn’t have experienced this country in its fullest. When you get to this camp after your journey from Bangkok, you are going to be able to ride elephants all day long with your guide sharing information about the majestic animals and taking some photos for your Instagram feed.
2. Go get a Thai massage
This one is not much of an attraction than an activity you should partake in. Thai massages are world-renowned for being able to loosen up even the tightest of backs and shoulders. A Thai massage is going to really get in there and loosen up your muscles, so that when you head back home, you’re going to be feeling stress-free.
3. Take an afternoon at the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
One of the most famous floating markets in all of Thailand is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market outside of the capital city. You’ll be able to really experience a traditional floating market in Thailand and grab yourself some new fruits and Thai foods to try out.
4. Head out to Nana Plaza and Soi 4
Nana Plaza and more specifically, Soi 4, is something that everybody should experience when they go to Thailand. This is basically the Red Light District of Bangkok and will give you an in-depth look into another side of the capital city and of Thai culture. You can just sit back in a bar and spend the night watching the happenings go on around you.
5. Take the climb and see the heights from the Sathorn Unique Tower
If you’re not scared of heights, then head up to the top of the Sathorn Unique Tower in Bangkok for some great views. The building was actually never fully completed because of the global economic crisis in the 90’s. The unofficial way of getting up to the top of the tower is to pay a small fee to the guards at the bottom of the tower and make your way up to the top. This is going to give you unparalleled views of the city below, but be careful on your way up!
6. Koh Phi Phi has got to be on your list
To spend some time on one of the most amazing islands in all of Thailand, you’ve got to head up to Koh Phi Phi. Once you get to the island, you’re going to be pretty isolated from the rest of the world – there’s not much going on here besides the most beautiful beaches you will ever lay your eyes on. Bring that sunscreen and your bathing suits to be ready to have a great time!
7. A Ping Pong Show should definitely be on your evening itinerary
If you want to see a show that you simply can’t see anywhere else in the world, then you have got to go see a Ping Pong Show in Bangkok. These shows take place in the Red Light District of Bangkok (as discussed earlier) and the main event are when the ladies at work use their pelvic muscles to shoot out ping pong balls (and other objects) into cups. Sure, this might not be the exact evening that you imagined, but it’s sure an experience that will make for a great story!
8. Hop on a scooter for an afternoon or evening ride
Acting like a local and experiencing a culture through a local’s eyes is something that every tourist should keep in mind. And as driving by scooter is absolutely huge in Thailand, this is something that will really put you in the shoes of a local. You are going to be seriously put out of your comfort zone when you drive on these roads that seemingly have no rules to guide vehicles around. If you don’t feel comfortable driving, you can always see what tour companies are offering scooter rides.
9. Eat some kind of street food every day
If you don’t want to spend much money at all and you want to really experience Thai culture, then street food is definitely the way to go. No matter where you go in Thailand, you’re going to be able to take advantage of the delectable food on the streets. There’s so many street food stalls because so many Thai’s find that eating outside on the street is way cheaper than cooking your own food at home. Take advantage of this and get some of the best food of your life!
10. Go to Thailand during Songkran
One of the largest and most important events in Thailand that happens during the year is Songkran. This is the Thai New Year in April. One of the best things that happens during New Year are the water gun fights and that happen across the country. Thai’s will go out into the streets during the New Year with water guns and other water-filled devices blazing to wash away all of the bad luck and sins from people around. You’ll definitely have a great time with this one.
11. Khao Yai National Park will give you a whole new appreciation for nature
When you go to Thailand, you’re going to find yourself with a whole new understanding of the natural environment and our planet. Thailand is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world with all of the rain forests around. This national park was the first one to ever be established in Thailand, which means that you’re definitely going to be impressed with it.
12. Head out to Wat Arun
Buddhist temples are incredibly numerous in Thailand, thanks to the history of Buddhism in the country. If you want to learn more about the culture and history of the Thai people, then Wat Arun is where you should head. This sacred temple is incredibly tall and covered in the most beautiful porcelain. You can sit on the banks of the river and awe at how incredible this temple is. If you enter the temple, remember to be respectful and follow the rules set out by priests.
13. Check out the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
The Chang Khan Road in Chiang Mai might seem like nothing special during the day time, but once the sun goes down, you’re going to be stunned by the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar that takes its place. You’re going to be able to walk through the bazaar and buy literally anything that your heart could desire – fake designer clothes, new and strange fruits, any kind of food, and so much more. See what souvenirs you can find from the venders that you can take home with you to share with your family and friends.
14. Stick a Full Moon Party into your itinerary
Make sure that you center your vacation around a full moon and you’ll be in for a surprise if you take a trip to Koh Phangan while you’re there. Every single full moon, there are huge parties that happen on the beaches of Koh Phangan and they are definitely ones for the record books. You can dance the night away, drink some great cocktails, and take a swim in the beautiful water.
15. Phang Nga Bay is going to leave you awe-struck
If you haven’t thought about heading over to Phang Nga Bay on your trip to Thailand, then you are sorely mistaken about that. This bay in Phuket is home to tons of small islands and rock formations jutting out of the ocean. Make sure to find a local guide who can take you through these islands and you’ll have the time of your life.
16. Check out Doi Suthep while on your trip
Heading out from Chiang Mai, be sure to make the next stop Doi Suthep. Towering over the surrounding countryside at 5,400 feet tall, this mountain is not only going to be your leg-day workout for a couple of months. Once you reach the top, you can have a great cultural experience at the temple that stands at the summit. Be sure to allocate a lot of time for this excursion because you’re going to need it.
17. Take a day and spend it at Railay Beach
Head out to Krabi in the north of Thailand and you can spend a day (or longer!) at Railay Beach. This beach is super unique because of the immense cliffs that separate it from the rest of the country. You’re going to have to find a boat that will take you to the beach since there are no roads leading into the beach. You’re going to be completely isolated from other tourists or any signs of civilization while you’re relaxing on the white sand and in the blue water.
18. Head to Koh Lanta and do some diving in the crystal clear water
Diving is something that you’ve got to do while you’re in Thailand. The waters are teeming with sea creatures that you can view while swimming around in your diving gear. Koh Lanta is a pretty tiny island, but has some of the best diving spots in the entire world that are at your disposal.
19. The Loi Krathong Festival
If you really want to have a great time, then be sure to schedule your trip to Thailand along with the Loi Krathong Festival. Otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, this annual festival is going to see tons of floating lanterns let off into the sky by the Thai people. It’s pretty breathtaking to see!
20. Take a trip to the small town of Pai
No, this is not the pie that you have during Thanksgiving. Pai is a small town in Thailand that’s a pretty great romantic getaway for all you lovers out there. You won’t be bothered by many other tourists, as not that many people are aware of this small town’s beauty and grace.
21. The City of Ayutthaya is awaiting you
Make sure to set some time away in your itinerary to take a trip to Ayutthaya. This is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, so this has got to be on your list. This used to be the capital city of the country back in the day and now the ruins are preserved by UNESCO. You can easily spend hours walking through the ruins.
22. Take a trip on the Thai-Burma Railway
This incredible railway is one that you should take, if nothing else because of the history. Over 300,000 people died during the building of this bridge and is one that has incredible importance to the history of Thailand.
23. Be sure to get a coconut to drink from
Of course, if you go to Thailand and don’t have a fresh coconut, then did you really go to Thailand? You can easily grab a coconut from any stall in the capital city of Bangkok or from any seller anywhere in the country. These are going to be super refreshing on the hottest days of the year.
24. Erawan Falls is calling out to you
The last item on this list is one that you will definitely regret missing out on. If you head to Ewaran National Park, you can take advantage of these amazing waterfalls (there are seven of them!). You can either just spend some time wading at the bottom, or you can release the daredevil inside of you and jump from the high cliffs.