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Thailand – Things to do

Things to do in Thailand

There’s a wealth of things to enjoy and explore in Thailand, from its fascinating culture and history, to scenic landscapes and flavourful cuisine. Discover bustling street food stalls and magnificent palaces in Thailand’s opulent cities, or maybe the glorious turquoise seas and luxurious beach resorts of the country’s exotic islands are more your calling? Wander through picturesque mountain towns with their ancient hilltop temples, and traverse jungles teeming with wildlife. With so many places to go, sights to see and tastes to sample, the beautiful Land of Smiles has everything you need to create an amazing journey and lifelong memories. 

Ancient Ayutthaya by river cruise

Once the proud and powerful ancient capital of Siam - this is a wonderful opportunity to visit this magnificent site.

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Kanchanaburi - River Kwai float house tour

With a variety of activities and excursions, this is a great option for visitors who want to know more about the history of this fascinating area.

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Floating market

This is an exciting and fun way to see the local life and to go bargain hunting.

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Wat Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai's temples

The relaxed city of Chiang Mai, in the mountainous north of Thailand, is home to over 300 ancient temples – some over 700 years old. From remote clifftop chapels to lavish golden temples in the heart of the old city, there are countless beautiful Buddhist sites to explore.

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Snorkelling in Koh Talu

Fabulous opportunity to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at Yai Bay.

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Local life experience - Khao Lak

Take half a day to see how local Thai people live.

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Similan Island by speedboat

Experience some of the world’s finest beaches for snorkelling.

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Phi Phi Island by speedboat

Visit Maya Beach (known famously as the location of film ‘The Beach’) Monkey Beach and Viking Cave.

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Cooking class - Koh Samui

Learn all the skills you need to cook one of Asia’s most varied and fascinating cuisines with Thai expert chefs.

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Traditional Thai food

Thailand’s world-renowned cuisine offers a delicious variety of dishes to sample. Flavours and ingredients vary between regions but at its heart, Thai food balances salty, sweet, hot and sour flavours. Tuck in to aromatic curries, fresh salads, spicy noodles, hot soups and enticing rice dishes.

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Thai wildlife

Elephants, tigers, turtles, whale sharks – Thailand is home to a captivating wildlife population. Spot exotic birds in spectacular forest parks, dive beneath the waves to view marine life or spend time at a peaceful wildlife sanctuary where you can observe and help with day-to-day animal care.

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Thailand festivals

From traditional Buddhist festivals to wild Full Moon parties, Thailand celebrates a wide range of occasions throughout the year. Enchanting Loy Krathong (the Festival of Light) and playful Songkran (the Thai New Year Water Festival) are two of the best-known national events, but you can also discover some charming local festivals on your travels.

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Thailand island hopping

The tropical seas surrounding Thailand are scattered with an abundance of stunning islands – some beautifully unspoilt, others full of action. Hop from one to another, experiencing everything from white sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs to luxury hotels and indulgent spas as you go.

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Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island

Explore the natural beauty of Thailand's picturesque limestone cliffs on our Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island tour.

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Thai Elephant Care Center

Spend time with Thailand’s gentle giants at this peaceful elephant sanctuary to the north of Chiang Mai. Set within expansive forests, it’s a haven for rescued, unwell, and retired elephants. Enjoy watching these majestic creatures roam and take part with hands-on activities from feeding to bathing.

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Bangkok National Museum

Discover Thailand’s rich heritage at this fascinating museum in the grounds of the opulent 18th century Wang Na Palace. Home to a huge collection of art, architecture and artefacts, it beautifully tells the story of Thai history through the ages.

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Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Big Buddha, Koh Samui

Rising into the skies from a rocky outcrop just off the coast, this impressive 12 metre golden Buddha is one of the most famous attractions on the stunning island of Koh Samui. Built in 1972, it can be reached by causeway and is a symbol of resolute calm and enlightenment.

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Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle

Northern Thailand’s Golden Triangle is the area where the Ruak River meets the mighty Mekong. Sharing a border with Laos and Myanmar, it’s a spectacular region full of traditional Lanna culture, dense jungles, mountain villages, temples and rice paddies. Chiang Rai is a wonderful base from which to explore.

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Hilltribe Museum, Chiang Rai

Learn about the culture and history of Thailand’s hill tribes at this informative museum. Telling the story of six different tribes, through a mix of videos and anthropological exhibits such as clothing and weapons, it’s a wonderful way to gain insight into an ancient way of life.

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Bang Pa-In Palace

Sitting on the banks of the Chaopraya River, to the north of Bangkok, this spectacular royal palace, with its vivid colours and intricate decorative features, is a beautiful place to spend the day. Also known as the ‘Summer Palace’, it is surrounded by leafy parks and tranquil ponds.

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Thai street food

Explore Thailand’s vibrant street food scene and discover a world of relaxed eating and exciting flavours. With friendly food stalls on every corner, you’ll find a feast of down-to-earth dishes to sample from sizzling grilled meat skewers to spicy steamed dumplings.

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Grand Palace

Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Visit one of Thailand’s most sacred sites, Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it houses a beautiful 15th century relic carved from shining jade. The temple is set within the grounds of the imposing Grand Palace, royal residence of the King of Thailand.

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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Journey to the historic city of Phitsanoluk, 250 miles north of Bangkok, to visit this revered Buddhist temple. Inside the 14th century building, you’ll find a magnificent bronze Buddha statue, cast in the Sukhothai style.

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Koh Lanta National Park

Encompassing 16 exotic islands and a variety of different habitats, from jungles to coral reefs, Koh Lanta National Park protects some of the most stunning natural beauty in Thailand. Enjoy adventurous activities or simply unwind on golden beaches in this little piece of paradise.

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Floating markets

Bangkok by day and night

Start by visiting the dazzling Grand Palace, a truly incredible architectural collection of colourful royal buildings including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Not far from there you’ll find another highlight not to be missed - Wat Pho, the Temple of the reclining Buddha. Take in the bustling Chatuchak street market, then begin your nightlife adventure with a cocktail in a roof top Sky bar overlooking the vibrant city.

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South Island snorkelling and diving

The main island of Phuket is ever popular with tourists but why not explore the smaller islands? Each has its own special character, like the picture-postcard beach of Koh Chang and the smaller Koh Kood. Take a boat trip to the white sand and clear water of the rocky Koh Rang archipelago or head to Koh Yak Lek Marine National Park where you can explore the underwater paradise full of spectacular tropical fish and coral.