4 Unique tips to make the most of a trip to Thailand!
by David D. Chait
Thailand is a beautiful country with a diversity of sites, activities, and culture, which makes it a top destination for travelers from across the globe.
I recently traveled there on my Honeymoon and had the time of my life with the perfect balance of beach, hiking, and culture. To make the most of your next trip here are my 4 unique tips to make the most of a trip to Thailand.
I say unique because everyone knows how beautiful and historically significant the temples throughout the country are. From Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in the mountains of Chiang Mae to the Gran Palace in Bangkok, you shouldn’t miss a single one.
1. Take a canal tour in Bangkok (time is running out!)
One of Bankok’s biggest attractions is taking a small teak boat ride through the city’s many canals. These rides are not only a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, but let you really take in the city as you pass countless temples, homes of all shapes and sizes, and other sites.
In the future, however, these rides will never be the same, with new home construction currently banned on the canals.
2. Take a Thai cooking class.
Thai food is delicious with so many flavors and layers of complexities. Nonetheless there are surprisingly many Thai dishes simple enough for novice chefs.
On my Thai adventure, we took a cooking class in Chiang Mae and learned to make Chicken Pad Thai, Green Beef Curry, and Prawn Soup all complete with a walk through a traditional Thai market. We learned so much about Thai culture from food alone and left with a new skill.
4. Try the street food. It’s delicious!
Although many travelers might be intimidated by street food, an important part of a complete Thailand experience is to eat like the locals, which means trying the diversity of street food available. From noodles to vegetables to various meats and seafood on a stick there’s a whole delicious world to explore.
My favorite food throughout the country was by far pork on a stick.
5. Visit with an elephant. (But don’t ride one.)
Another must-do activity in Thailand is to visit one of the many nature preserves and see Elephants. You can feed them, bathe them, and learn much about this beautiful and fascinating creature.
Although there are many attractions that allow you to ride elephants, there are plenty of humane rescues.
David Chait is a passionate traveler and founder of Travefy, a free online group travel planner.