Thailand is certainly an exotic destination that people dream of visiting all around the world. When planning a trip to Asia, many have it as their first stop. It has been a top destination for years and it is increasingly growing in popularity.
It can be a little nerve racking exploring a different culture in a foreign land when you don't have an itinerary, so here are some suggestions of great things to do that are a little adventurous and off the beaten path.
Ralaigh Beach, Krabi. One of the most popular tourist areas in Thailand is Krabi Province. It is filled with beautiful beaches and lush green islands. Kharst formations jut out of the South China sea and in one spot in particular, you can climb them with the safety of a guide. Experienced and new climbers from all over the world flock to the sandy beaches of Ralaigh to climb their world class routes.
National Parks. Thailand is filled with national parks and one of the best is Khao Sok. It is not as popular as other parks in the north, but that is the charm of the place. Inner tube down the river, stay in a bungalow in the middle of the jungle and hire a guide to take you on a guided elephant trek. It will be the highlight of your trip.
Meditation Course in Chang Mai – If you manage to make it to Chang Mai, why not try something different rather than trekking to see Hill Tribes or taking a cooking course. Many multi-day meditation courses are offered in the area. Slow down and relax centering yourself for the rest of your journey. Learn tai chi, different types of meditation and cleanse your body as you eat vegan dishes.
In Kanchanaburi you can witness the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. Learn about the atrocities that took place here at the JEATH War Museum commemorating the men who died to build the bridge. Take a walk right on the tracks or hop on the short train ride that actually takes tourists over it. Stay in a floating river raft bungalow located right on the River Kwai, it is a nice change of pace to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
Bangkok has a great transit system and getting around is quite easy. From the subway to skytrain, river boats to taxi's. But one mode of transportation that will give you a thrill and memories to last for years will be to hire a tuk tuk. A famous sight on any postcard or photo of Thailand, these are small 3 wheel motorbikes that can carry 2 to 3 people and whip in and out of traffic at zippy speads.
Go to a waterfall. Thailand is full of them. Swimming in the pool below the falls and letting the water run over your head cools you off during a long hot day. Find your favorite waterfall in the country and spend the day sun tanning on rocks and cooling off in the fresh water.
Thailand is one of those countries that most people return to again and again. And with good reason. These were only a few off the beaten path suggestions, but to take in everything that it has to offer, you will have to give yourself months to truly discover the land. From scuba diving and jungle trekking to fine dining and nightlife, it has something for every travelers needs.