Beautiful, fascinating Thailand is global tourist destination. If you’re looking for miles of gorgeous pristine beaches, an ancient culture and modern cities, this is one place you won’t want to miss. If you’re headed to this part of Southeast Asia, there’s a number of experiences you’ll want to embrace and see in person.
This is a nation of festivals. Many festivals take place throughout the year so there’s always something going on. If you’re here in April, the Water Festival is everywhere. It’s a fun way to get wet and cool down. Have a water fight of your own. Early summer is time for Ghost Festival in Dan Sai Town. Every November brings in the Lantern Festival when people float lanterns on the banks of the Peng River. Visitors are encouraged to watch and more than welcome to participate. Chinese New Year is just about a national holiday and celebrated with great enthusiasm in many Chinatowns. The one in Bangkok is particularly not to be missed with fireworks and large, colorful parades. Read more
Thailand is a land of islands. With thousands of miles of coast and many offshore inlets, it’s easy to arrange an itinerary. Some of the largest islands are within easy reach of the mainland. Ask your concierge about options. They’ll help you decide which islands are closest and likely to offer the amenities you want. You can hire a private boat that will bring you on the waters complete with a full day of meal and a protected perch from which to hit the waters. Read more
Thai food is a fabulous melange of varied flavors and textures. Authentic Thai cuisine is a great pleasure. If you’re here, you’ll want to explore it fully. Head for a local street market and treat yourself to some street food. Sample refreshing Som Tam or pineapple salad after grilled meat. There’s also plenty of upscale cuisine options. Fine dining has lots of international flair here with a special emphasis on French specialties combined with local herbs and spices. Read more
No visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to one of the many temples that are part of Thai culture. You’ll find hundreds of choices in the cities and across the entire countryside. Temples are often beautifully, highly decorated with intricate structures and golden hues. One of the most famous is Wat Arun. Located along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is seventy-nine meters tall and a stunning site visible from miles away. It’s really beautiful at night when it’s lit up against the sky and full of shimmering elegance. Come here as part of an organized tour of temples. Or, make plans on your own and enjoy it with a group of happy friends. Read more
The floating markets of Thailand are world famous. Boats with colorful wares gather on the rivers and canals to sell goods to everyone from fellow locals to world travelers. Bring your cash and your bargaining skills. Perhaps the most renowned is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This one is the biggest one of them all. While it’s about a hundred miles outside of Bangkok, it’s well worth the trip to see an integral part of Thai culture. Read more
Elephants are a much loved Thai symbol. These magnificent creatures are a part of the landscape and used in many areas today to help with agriculture and transportation. If you’re here, you’ll want have an elephant encounter of your own. Many natural parks make these animals a centerpiece of the visit. You can also find lots of places to offer them a snack and even take a ride. Delight the kids with a chance to meet elephants and learn about how they behave. Read more
The nation of Thailand is dotted with national parks at every turn. Government officials want to make sure they pass the country on to the next generation. They’re lovingly tended and full of amazing vistas. You’ll want to take some time and enjoy them. There’s lots of choices to appreciate. One of the most beloved is the Khao Yai National Park. This is the third largest in the country and the oldest. You’ll want to devote at least a day or two. Three hundred species of birds make this their home so bring your birding gear. You’ll also see other native animals like bears, deer, wild elephant and many species of monkeys. Waterfalls make a great backdrop for selfies so make sure your camera is charged and ready. You can hire a guide and a rental car to bring you there in comfort and style from anywhere else in the country. Read more
Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Barefoot Luxury Villas. She regularly produces content for a variety of travel sites.