Thailand is the number one tourist location in South East Asia, and it is easy to see why. Best known for its breath-taking beaches, its stunning temples, and the modern urban sprawl that is Bangkok, it is a country where getting bored is just not an option.
From the moment you step off the plane to the time you leave you will be surrounded by some of the friendliest, down-to-earth and genuine people that you could want to meet. It’s easy to see why Thailand is often called the ‘Land of Smiles’.
The problem for any visitor to Thailand is narrowing down your list of things to do, there are countless attractions and hot spots I could put on this list but I narrowed it down to the top four things to do in Thailand:
Visit the Grand Palace
Set in the heart of Bangkok this is probably the most famous attraction there is. For 150 years the palace was home to the king, his court, and the entire government of Thailand as well as the Royal Mint. With an area of 218,400 sq. meters, there is so much to see and do, that you will not be disappointed. In 1782 huge walls were built around the palace and offices to make it the attraction it is today, please note that a strict dress code is in place at the palace so you will need to dress in appropriate clothing or entry will be refused.
Have a Thai Massage
Thai massages are famous the world over, the style of massage is unique as it stretches your body as well as works on your body’s pressure points. The whole experience will leave you feeling invigorated and balanced. Every small town and city is guaranteed to have many massage parlors and the prices are very cheap compared to what you would pay back home.
There are several floating markets in Thailand but this one is the biggest and most famous, it is huge! There are boats everywhere going up and down the canals selling all sorts of foods and fruits. A visit to this market will give you a real insight into how things were many years ago. For those who love to take photos, the narrow canals and small wooden stilt houses are sure to give you countless opportunities. The market is situated about 100km outside of Bangkok but it is well worth the traveling time.
Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower
Situated in the heart of Bangkok is a humongous abandoned skyscraper known as the ‘Sathorn Unique’ it was being built during the late nineties but due to the global financial crisis, the building was never completed. This is not an official tourist attraction but a small payment to the security guards at the bottom will ensure you are allowed access. Not one for the faint-hearted, the 49 stories provide a difficult climb but one that offers some of the most breathtaking views of Bangkok from the top. Thai people believe the tower to be haunted and as you climb your way up you might just see why.