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Things To Do In Thailand
Thailand is the number one tourist destination in South East Asia. With its numerous sun-kissed beaches, beautiful monasteries and temples, delicious street food and various shopping destinations, it is impossible to experience Thailand in one visit.
There are numerous things you can do in Thailand. Here are our top picks of the things you must do when in Thailand.
Visit the Grand Palace
The main tourist attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace is a former royal residence. The visitors are allowed to take a survey of the palace grounds and four palace buildings. The Grand Palace Hall, or Chakri Mahaprasat, makes for one of the largest palace buildings. It was established back in 1882 by British architects. Today the Grand Palace represents a unique combination of Italian Renaissance and traditional Thai architecture.
Borombhiman Hall, located at the eastern end is a French-inspired structure. It used to be the residence of King Vajiravudh, from 1910 to 1925. The palace can be viewed through its iron gates.
Amarindra Hall, a palace building to the west used to be a justice hall. It is now used for coronation ceremonies. Dusit Hall, another palace building to the west initially served as a venue for royal audiences and later as a royal funerary hall.
Visit The Floating Markets
Your Thailand experience is incomplete without paying a visit to the floating markets. The floating markets are lively and colourful and make for a picturesque experience. It's a must do for those who want a sneak-peek into the local way of life and commerce. There are five floating markets in Thailand:
• Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (located around 100 km away from Bangkok)
• Amphawa Floating Market (located 90 km south-west of Bangkok, it is the second most popular market in Thailand)
• Taling Chan Floating Market (located 12 km from downtown Bangkok and is open all day)
• Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (a relatively smaller floating market close to Bangkok)
• Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market (located about 20km from Bangkok, it is the smallest floating market)
Experiencing Street Food
The best way to try authentic Thai cuisine is by sampling street food in Thailand. The culinary experience you'll get here is at par with expensive dine-in restaurants. Try the Papaya salad (Som Tam), Khao Mun Gai (steamed chicken on rice), grilled chicken and pork skewers, Sai Krok Issan (fermented sausage made with pork and rice), Pad Thai Kung (noodles with shrimp), and more. The options are endless here and your vacation will surely prove to be a culinary delight.
Indulging in Water Sports
If you are adventurous in nature and always yearn for a high adrenaline rush, then don’t miss out on indulging in water sports while in Thailand. One of the prominent water sports destination, there's plenty of options to explore here. Seek thrill on jet boats and speed boats. Try your hands on Kayaking and get close to the world beneath the ocean with scuba diving and snorkeling.
Shop Till You Drop
There is never a dull moment while shopping in Thailand. From handicraft stalls to bustling markets to big shopping malls, you will be spoiled for choice. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Wualai Walking Street Saturday Market and every corner of Bangkok are some favourite shopping destinations. You need to hone your bargaining skills to get a good deal.
Mahawangchang Elephant Camp
Want to get real close to nature? Head to the Mahawangchang Elephants camp. The best place to see Elephants in Thailand, the tourist guides here help travelers get close to the animals, safely. Get into the river with the elephants and give them a bath. Later you can also ride on their backs. Totally what memorable experiences are made of, make sure you ask the guides to click your pictures.