Things to do in Thailand for 2023

  • Apr 25, 2023
  • Jyoti Karki

Thailand is a destination that offers a diverse range of attractions and activities that cater to all kinds of travelers. Whether you are a nature lover, beach bum, foodie, or culture enthusiast, Thailand has something for everyone. One of the main highlights of Thailand is its beautiful beaches. The country is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, such as Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, and Pattaya. These beaches offer crystal clear waters, soft sandy beaches, and a range of water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing.

Thailand is well known for its distinctive floating marketplaces where you can shop for local handicrafts and fresh produce while floating on a boat, such as Damnoen Saduak, and Amphawa. Thai cuisine is well known throughout the world, and the country's wonderful street food makes it feel like heaven to foodies. To enjoy a variety of Thai specialties, like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, and Green Curry, you can stroll around the neighborhood night markets and street vendors.

Thailand is home to several historic temples and ruins that can be explored by individuals who are interested in history and culture. Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun in Bangkok, as well as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, are a few of the temples that must be seen. And for those who love exploring nature, you'll find breathtaking national parks in Thailand, such as Khao Yai and Doi Inthanon, where you can go hiking, camp, and observe animals as well.

There are innumerable attractions and activities to conduct in Thailand. So the issue for any guest to Thailand is to reduce their list of activities. Here are some of the top activities that you should not miss at any cost in Thailand.

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Thai Massage

Thai massage is one of the must to-dos for visitors in Thailand. Thai massage is a traditional massage that relaxes and soothes your body. Thai massage focuses on the circulation and pressure points which stimulates internal soundness and muscular flexibility. This message will calm your body with other various health benefits. Some of the godsends are:

  •  Beneficial for headaches 
  • Eases back pain 
  • Expansions in flexibility  
  • Soothes Anxiety 
  • Boosts Energy 

Diving in Thailand

Thailand offers some of the best diving spots in the world. You will get delighted with Diving and snorkeling in Thailand. There are various types of Diving that divers can accomplish according to their will. Some of the famous must-dos are: 

  • Reef Diving 
  • Scuba Diving
  • Wreck Diving 
  • Drift Diving 
  • Liveaboard Diving

If you wonder which location is best for the Diving, here are some of the best sites: 

  • Ko Tao-1.5 hours away from Ko Samui (best for Scuba diving) 
  • Ang Thong National Paark- towards Ko Samui 
  • Similan Islands- lies to the west of Phuket and Khao Lak 
  • The Surin Islands- near to Similan Islands 

Try Local Thai Cuisine 

While you are on a Thailand tour, do not forget to discover Thai Cuisine, especially the local street foods. Thailand is regarded famous as the best food destination among the foodies. Thailand is also popular for its local and street food. Every street all over Thailand has various stalls selling their specialties. From Salad to a grilled items, it is all available at any time of the day. Even simple dishes are always meat-based, come with noodles or rice, and are always topped with veggies and seasonings.

Some of the famous local Thai dishes that you can enjoy in Thailand are: 

  • Fried Rice- Sauteed rice is served with veggies and the toppings of your choice; chicken, beef, or shrimp. 
  • Pad Thai- Fried noodles mixed with eggs, shrimp, etc.
  • Yam Nua- Tangy and Savory Beef Salad. 

Floating Market Shopping

The Floating market is full of wooden boats are stacked with local wares. Most of the floating markets are open only on weekends. Before lunchtime is considered the peak time as most visitors show up in the market. It is ingenious to reach the market early in the morning to avoid the mobs of visitors.

There are various floating markets that you can explore and do shopping in Thailand. Some of the notable floating markets you must dwell are: 

  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market ( about an hour outside from Bangkok). 
  • Bang Kachao ( 6 miles away from Bangkok city) 
  • Amphawa Floating Market ( 50km outside of Bangkok city)

Explore a night Market 

The night market is a different concept than of regular market. In the traditional market, we have to shop during the daytime, and don't want to miss out on the quality goods before the sunset. Around the night market roads are only a common street in daytime loaded with sightseers, shops, lodges, but as the sun sets there occurs a transformation.

Everything is available for sale including different designer (specifically fake) items. You are expected to bargain with the market vendors for anything you decide to purchase which all adds to the fun of the night market. It doesn't make any difference what the climate is like or whatever the day is, the market will be open all of the time. Some of the famous night markets in Thailand are:

  • Rot Fai Market (Bangkok) 
  • Rong Kluea Market ( Aranyaprathet)
  • Tha Pae Sunday Walking Street (Chiang Mai)
  • Chiang Rai Night Bazaar (Chiang Rai) 
  • Phuket Weekend Market (Phuket) 
  • Krabi Town Walking Street (Krabi) 

Visit the Train Market 

The train market is one of the unique attractions of the Thailand tour. Train markets are general markets selling fish, veggies, organic products, meats, and other varieties of merchandise. The market stick to the railway route. At the point when each sign of them showing up train rings, disarray occurs: merchants will hurry to shut their parasols and materials. When the train passes, parasols and material will be returned as products are again placed into their ideal spot near the railroad. The pattern is common for merchants and locals, yet not for vacationers who will observe the scene energizing and pleasant at each visit. Some of the major Train Markets in Thailand are: 

  • Rod Fai Night Market ( Ratchada) 
  • Rod Fai Srinakarin Market (Srinakarin) 
  • Rod Fai Thonburi Market (Thonburi) 
  • Maeklong Railway Market

Island Hopping in Phang Nga Bay

Thailand is known for its incredible beaches and islands. The Phang Nga Bay is one of the must-visit islands in Thailand, Phuket. It is the basin cabins in the area of 40 tiny islands that come straight out of the quiet ocean. There are countless caverns, mangroves, and lagoons to visit while you are here that you won't ever have sufficient opportunity to see everything. The ocean in this space is extremely calm and the basin by its natural structure is shielded from a significant component during the rainy season meaning there is never a bad time to go. The most effective way to explore is to go with a local Thai tourist guide who will bring up the things you would rather not miss. 
The tranquil ocean and clear conditions are ideally suited for kayaking, as well. It's an incredible way for exploring the islands without the masses of other visitors or yachts and taking the chance to troll the site at your swiftness. 

Some other majors islands in Thailand for hopping are: 

South to West of Thailand :

  • Koh Lanta 
  • Koh Rok 
  • Koh Libong 
  • Maya Bay 
  • Krabi

South to East of Thailand: 

  • Koh Tao 
  • Koh Phangan 
  • Ko Wa Talap 
  • Koh Samui

East of Thailand: 

  • Koh Chang, Lonely Beach
  • Koh Chang
  • Koh Lan Island 
  • Koh Kood

* Bonus things to do in Thailand (Attend Thai special events): 

Many special events and festivals are going on every year in Thailand. Here are some major events that you should not miss whenever you're in Thailand: 

Enjoy Water fight during Songkran (Thai New Year) 
Songkran, Thai New Year held in April. It is celebrated as a huge water battle in every city.

Loi Krathong Festival 
Loi Krathong is the festival of lights. It is also known as the lantern festival. It is celebrated at the end of November.  

The International Kite Festival 
The international kite festival is celebrated all over the country in March.

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Jyoti Karki

Jyoti Karki

Jyoti Karki is an expert travel blogger. She has been writing blogs for a long time. Along with writing about diverse locations. She personally travels to many different places, went hiking and trekking in Nepal, and has also visited several areas of India and enjoys writing on her blogs about them.