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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand was in the top 10 international vacation destinations worldwide. Now, tourism rates are on the rise again, with more than 28 million international tourists visiting the country in 2023. There are endless unique things to do in Thailand, and quite affordably. The country offers visitors a captivating look into Southeast Asian traditions, Buddhist culture, and famous cuisine among some of the world’s most stunning rainforests, beaches, and mountains.

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Bangkok is the capital and most populous city in Thailand. Though it has its fair share of grand palaces and ornate temples, plenty of other experiences await. Kick off a day in Bangkok by hopping on a ferry to reach the island oasis of Bang Krachao. This urban jungle is a little off the beaten path for most tourists, but it’s worth the visit. Located in the middle of the Chao Praya River, the “Green Lung of Bangkok” is the perfect place to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. It has old Buddhist temples, bike paths, a floating market built around the canals, and even an eco-resort with tree house accommodations. Once you’re back in the city, take a ride in a tuk-tuk for a three-wheeled food tour. These foodie guides are your key to Thailand’s best cuisine. They’ll take you to all the best street food spots and help you get around the city in comfort as you take in the views and chow down.


If you’re interested in history and viewing some of Thailand’s best temples, Ayutthaya is a must-do. This historic city was founded in 1350 and was previously one of the world’s biggest and most popular urban areas in the world. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps one of the most unusual things to see in Ayutthaya is found near the Wat Mahathat temple. Here, visitors can marvel at a large stone Buddha head that has become lodged inside tree roots. Though no one knows exactly how this came to be, theories believe the roots grew around the Buddha’s head after the temple where the statue was displayed was destroyed.

Khao Sok National Park

Located in the southern part of the country, Khao Sok National Park is the epicenter for unique experiences in Thailand. This rainforest is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, insects, and reptiles. It’s also where guests can get up close and personal with wild Asian elephants or catch a lucky glimpse of rare endangered tigers. The park offers jungle, jungle lake, and nature safaris, including multi-day excursions with accommodations available. These trips take visitors out into one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Excursions also include personal cooking experiences and dance performances. Aside from these tours, guests can kayak on Cheow Larn Lake and hike through the park.

Phra Nang Cave Beach

Thailand has its fair share of beaches, but Phra Nang Cave Beach is certainly one you should have on your list. This beach is known for its towering limestone mountains and cliffs, pristine white sands, a secluded cove, and crystal-clear turquoise waters. To access this beach, you’ll need to take a 15 to 20-minute longtail boat ride from Ao Nang Beach. Swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing are very popular here. However, it’s worth the time and effort to take a kayak ride over to Phra Nang Cave. Inside the cave is a sacred shrine beautifully adorned with colorful flowers and offerings.


Pai is a small city nestled in Thailand’s northern mountains. Known for its free-spirited, Bohemian vibes, Pai is becoming more popular with tourists looking for unique or unusual things to do in Thailand outside of the big cities. If you do go to Pai, make sure you rent a scooter, as this is one of the best ways to get around. Start your day early at Pai’s natural hot springs before crowds arrive. Then, take a ride over to Pai Canyon. These red sandstone cliffs provide an unforgettable panoramic view of the surrounding area, especially during sunrise or sunset. Pai also has a lively Walking Street Night Market. Try some street food or purchase souvenirs from local artisans.

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