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Top 10 Things to Do in Thailand

Destination(s): Chiang Mai

Thailand is a place of contrasts where the best things you can do are as related to nature as they are to the urban culture in places like the capital Bangkok. All these things are unique and there's a very slim chance you'll get to practice them anywhere in the world, so make sure you don't miss on the authentic side of Thailand. If you are interested in the wilderness and in interacting with different species, the first thing you should do is ride an elephant through the jungle with the organized One-Hour Elephant Jungle Trek from Phuket or visit the advanced Phuket Aquarium. However, if you are looking for some souvenirs to take home and some authentic Thai spices to add to your personal kitchen, don't miss the Friday Morning Market in Chiang Mai or the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok. They are the best depositors of Thailand's culture exactly as it is, with all the traditional roots and international influences. read more about Top 10 Things to Do in Thailand

Wat Pho

Wat Pho

  • 2 Sanamchai Road
  • Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District
  • tel:+66 2 222 5910 / +66 2 226 2942 / +66 2 226 1743 / +66 2 225 9595
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200

Over 200 years old, Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's largest and oldest temple complexes. For an entry fee of 50 baht, visitors can roam the grounds with or without a guide, stopping along the way at numerous notable temples and sites. The most famous of Wat Pho's relics is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, wherein lies an impressive 46 meter-long gold-plated image of a reclining Buddha. A first grade royal monastery, Wat Pho is also Thailand's oldest learning center and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Take a Chao Phraya River ferry to Tha Thien (pier). The Grand Palace is a short walk from Wat Pho. You can also cross the river from the pier to see Wat Arun. Beware that scam artists (often tuk-tuk drivers) will try to claim that the temple is closed for the day. Don't believe it.

[Note: Pho is pronounced with a P like Paul not an F like a Vietnamese noodle soup]
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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

  • Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
  • East of the river, on Na Phra Lan Rd., near Sanam Luang
  • tel:+66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10500

Bangkok's Grand Palace served as the official residence of Thailand's kings from the time it was built in 1782 until midway through the 20th Century. Although the entry fee is considerably higher than most at 300 baht, the grounds are gorgeous and provide an unforgettable glimpse at Thai history and architecture. Sitting on over 215,000 square meters, the Grand Palace houses government offices, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and royal residences. A trip to the Grand Palace is worth combining with Wat Pho, its next-door neighbor of equal cultural importance. read more about Grand Palace

Vimanmek Palace

Vimanmek Palace

  • 16 Rajavithi Road
  • Dusit
  • tel:+66 2 628 6300
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  • Bangkok, 10300

Long used only as a storage place, Vimanmek Palace was converted into a museum in 1982 to commemorate King Rama V and has since become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bangkok. The world's largest teakwood mansion, the interior of Vimanmek Palace is breathtaking and displays Rama V's personal photographs, art and handicrafts. The expansive grounds of the palace also house a number of other restored structures turned museums, each important to Thailand's cultural and national heritage. Admission is 100 baht for adults who wish to escape into a sanctuary of history and beauty. read more about Vimanmek Palace

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

  • Bang Phae-Damnoen Saduak Road
  • Samut Songkhram
  • tel:+66 225 7612(Tourist Information)
  • Bangkok, 70120

For a taste of Thailand's past, head to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi province, about 110 kilometers west of Bangkok. Houses on stilts stand above vendors paddling boats around canals, evoking what once was the daily commerce routine throughout much more of Bangkok. Within this marketplace, visitors can purchase fruits, vegetables, mementos and souvenirs. Many tour operators can arrange an early morning trip to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, lessening the logistical burden. But for a cheaper, more do-it-yourself avenue, travelers can book buses from the Southern Bus Terminal. read more about Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Friday Morning Market

Friday Morning Market

  • Bang Phae-Damnoen Saduak Road
  • Samut Songkhram
  • Amphoe Muang Chiang Mai

Looking for a different kind of food and flavor with influences from Burma and an ethic group like the Shans from Burma?   Or are you looking for products you cannot find anywhere else such as Burmese curry powder, Burmese tea leaf salad, Burmese tofu mixes, Burmese Thanakar (natural make-up) or even Burmese music? This is the market you'd want to visit on Friday mornings. 

It is located behind the Kalare night bizaar and in front of the Chiang Mai Islam Mosque.   If you can find the mosque (see map) you'll find the market.

Many of them only speak Thai, Burmese or Shan or combination of them.  Best to use a little bit of Thai like how much (ghee baht) and numbers.


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Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park

  • 119 Ban-Luang Chomtong
  • tel:+66 53 28 6728
  • Visit website
  • Chiang Mai, 50160

Standing at a height of 2565 meters, Doi Inthanon is the tallest peak in Thailand. Now named after King Inthawichayanon, who was also known as King Inthanon - the mountain has been had several names over the centuries including Doi Luang, meaning 'big mountain', and Doi Ang Ka, meaning 'crow pond peak', as there was once a pool popular with crows near the summit. Part of the mountain range that seperates Burma from Thailand (Loi Lar Mountain Range or Daen Lao Range), Doi Inthanon features numerous 'must see' sights, including cascading waterfalls, an abundance of hiking trails, some beautiful views and a pair of impressive chedis, built in honor of the contemporary King and Queen. When you arrive at Doi Inthanon head for the park's administration centre. Here you can find all the information you need to plan your day. There is also a food court where you can fuel up before hitting the trails. You may also notice another example of the Royal Project, where hill tribes are learning to sustain themselves through agriculture rather than poppy farming. Make sure you check out the beautiful waterfalls surrounding Doi Inthanon, the most impressive of which is Mae Yai Falls. There is also a Karen weaving village in this area, Ban Pha Mon that is worth visiting. To get to Doi Inthanon from Chiang Mai (about 90 minutes) take route 108 towards Chomthong. Follow this road for 57 km (35 miles) and turn right onto route 1009 (Chomthong-Doi Inthanon Road). Take this road for 31km (19 miles) and you will arrive at the park entrance. read more about Doi Inthanon National Park

Chiang Mai Biking

Chiang Mai Biking

  • Moo Baan Nai Fun 1 , Moo 3 , Soi 2 , 135/48, Pa-Dead , Amphur Muang
  • tel:053-282055, 081-0320011
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  • Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Biking offers one of the best ways to see Chiang Mai. The tour company takes a maximum of 8 people on cycling excursions around the city, where participants can see and learn about its rich cultural background. The route heads through the south of the city and includes quiet green land roads, temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years. The tour has some interesting stops along the way including a Chinese temple, a former leper colony, a special monk school, a local bakery and a candy factory to sugar-up for the ride home. Those with limited fitness shouldn't worry too much, the tour is more serene than strenuous and stops every hour for a short rest with drinks provided. Halfway through the trip, a small Thai meal is provided in a local restaurant. The bikes are imported from the US and feature 24 speeds and front shocks. Chiang Mai Biking's 'Colour's of Chiang Mai' tour is a good choice to discover parts of the city and the culture you might otherwise miss.
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One-Hour Elephant Jungle Trek from Phuket

One-Hour Elephant Jungle Trek from Phuket

  • Moo Baan Nai Fun 1 , Moo 3 , Soi 2 , 135/48, Pa-Dead , Amphur Muang
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  • Phuket
Khao Sok Full Day Jungle Safari from Phuket

Khao Sok Full Day Jungle Safari from Phuket

  • Moo Baan Nai Fun 1 , Moo 3 , Soi 2 , 135/48, Pa-Dead , Amphur Muang
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  • Phuket
Phuket Aquarium

Phuket Aquarium

  • 51 Moo 8, Sakdidet Road
  • Muang District
  • tel:+66 76 39 1126
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  • Phuket, 83000