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Interesting things to do in Thailand.

Thailand is a stunning country, the sandy beaches, the blue oceans, stunning views, the nightlife make Thailand a must-visit country for most tourists. We will explore some of the things you can do when you visit Thailand, although do not be surprised if you spend the whole day snoozing away on the sandy beaches.

Visit the elephants.

Thailand is known for its elephants; get to experience these majestic creatures up-close in some of the elephant parks in the country. One of the best areas to visit is the Chiang Mai which rescues elephants and takes care of them for the rest of their lives. You will not be able to take a ride on their backs but you can walk side by side with them, pet them, feed them, and wash them among other fun things. The park also has a plant that recycles elephant poop and turns it into paper.

Snorkel.

Enjoy the underwater delights and get a chance to swim among the fish.  Snorkeling is quite cheap in Thailand and places like Koh Tao allow you to enjoy this delightful past time.

 The Thailand temple crawl.

There are so many temples you can visit in Thailand and they all have such fascinating architecture and delightful history. One of the best temples is in Chiang Mai. Doi Suthep Temple is an architectural wonder.  You will get to interact with the monks as well as marvel at their splendor of the 12 meters high Buddha that sits at the top of the flight of stairs. It does get crowded though, so you need to go early.

Go kayaking.

There are some companies which will give you a chance to experience kayaking where you’ll get a chance to see the caves and other interesting features like the lagoon on the Andaman Sea. You can also camp overnight on one of the uninhabited islands if you like the outdoors.

 Climb the mountains.

 One of the best climbing spots is in Railay.   It has so many routes that take care of beginners to professional-level climbers pointless. There are also many schools and instructors who are willing to teach you how to climb. The best part about it is the view at the top of the climb which is simply amazing.

Check out the monkey festival.

For this, you have to schedule your holiday to be in the Month of November. Locals who live near the temple of Pra Prang Sam hold a festival for monkeys where they share a meal with the creatures. All kinds of sumptuous delicacies are laid out for the furry dinner guests because monkeys are a sign of good luck and should be treated with respect. Now that would be something to talk about for years and years to come.

 Have a spa day.

How about you just pamper yourself to the best spa treatment Thailand has to offer. Thai massages are something you most definitely experience because they combine full body stretches with pressure point massage.

Interesting facts about Thailand.

Thailand is an amazing country to visit with beautiful coastlines and beaches. If you’re looking for a holiday destination, then this is definitely one place you should consider. There are so many interesting facts about Thailand and we will explore some of them below.

Thailand has never been under European power.

Thailand or Prathet Thai means ‘land of the free.’  This is the only country in Southeast Asia that the Europeans did not colonize.

Home of the first famous Siamese twins and Siamese cats.

 The first reported case of Siamese twins was in Thailand. Born in 1811, Chang and Eng Bunker were conjoined twins who led full lives, each marrying their own wives and going on to bear more than ten children each. Their wives were actually sisters and initially shared homes but due to quarrels, had to get separate households. The twins, therefore, came up with a system where they would spend 3 nights in each home. They died in 1874.

 Thailand is also the home of Siamese cats. The ancient Thai books describe at least 23 types of Siamese cats.  It was the tradition to present a bride with Siamese cats on her wedding day because they were thought to bring good luck to the home.

 Monkey festivals.

Monkeys are important in Thailand and in the month of November, an annual festival is held at the temple of Pra Prang Sam where locals share a meal with monkeys. The monkeys get to eat all kinds of delicacies including ice cream, sausages among others. The citizens believe that monkeys are good luck and if you treat them with respect, good luck will follow.  Good luck definitely seems to follow because this has become an annual tourist attraction bringing in a lot of revenue to the locals.

The Phuket vegetarian festival.

 Despite the seemingly innocuous name, the festival is actually a purification festival held in October, where people self mutilate with the purpose of cleansing themselves. They will use objects to pierce their bodies and walk around in trance like states, walk over hot charcoal and abstain from eating meat during the lunar month.  The locals hope that by doing this, they will get peace of mind and good health.

You cannot touch anyone in the head.

 Do not touch anyone at the head because this is the most important part of the human body. Even the old cannot touch people’s heads although younger people lower their heads as a sign of respect when they are talking or approaching older people. The feet, however, should not be seen when you are sitting and should never point out at a person of status or even at the statues in the temple.

 Home to Redbull energy drink.

We all know how refreshing Redbull is especially when you are feeling low on energy levels. But did you know that the drink has its origin in Thailand? The original drink was known as Krating Daeng but an Austrian entrepreneur undertook it through some modification to give it its present taste.

Traveling tips when visiting Thailand.

Thailand is a beautiful place to go for a well deserved holiday. There is so much culture and the sandy beaches promise you ultimate relaxation. There are, however, some things you need to know to make your trip more enjoyable and they include the following.

Currency

The main currency used in Thailand is the Thai Bhat.

 Visa requirements.

 People from the UK, the EU, and the US are given 30 days stay without a visa if you enter by air or 15 days if you enter overland. If you want to stay longer you can renew your visa. Any Thai embassy should be able to renew your visa for you.

 Thailand is generally safe but you should consider taking travel insurance in case anything happens like illnesses requiring evacuation or accidents.  

Language

English is spoken widely due to the interaction of the locals with tourists. You may, however, want to consider learning a few Thai words that can help you out if you meet a non-English speaking local.

 Celebrations and festivals.

There are a number of celebrations and festivals in the country that you may want to be part of for instance the festival of monkeys in November is a great tourist attraction where you get to eat a meal with monkeys.

Transportation.

The country has a well-developed transport system and you should make sure that your travel apps including maps are up to date so that you can schedule your movements easily as well as find your way around.

 Weather.

Thailand is generally warm although the northern part can be a bit cool. Check the weather updates before you travel.

Activities.

If you want to just relax, you can decide to enjoy the sandy beaches and the clear blue ocean. If you want to explore, there so much you can do including exploring the city which has temples and shopping areas that will give you a lot of interesting things to do during the day. You can also take cooking classes and learn how to prepare the local cuisine.

Thailand is great for backpackers because there are so many unexplored areas to go to. You can climb the mountains or visit remote villages. There is also a wide range of water-based activities like kayaking, white water rafting amongst others. The country also has a diverse range of marine life and you can snorkel or go scuba diving.

 The national parks offer camping facilities for those who want to experience sleeping under the stars. You can also visit the many islands around the country and even spend the night in some of the uninhabited islands.

There is so much to do in Thailand and boredom will never be an issue. For accommodation, there is a wide range that takes into consideration different needs. You can live in a fancy hotel or rent a bungalow or villa if that is your preference.  Do not be afraid to try out the local cuisine, actually, some of the best food is found in the food carts that line the streets.

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