A Backpacker's Tale

Tips for Planning
A Trip to Thailand

Backpacking Thailand is a must for travelers and a place they long to see. It conjures up images of pristine islands, temples in Bangkok, soft beaches, and delicious food. But it is also a country rich in its offerings for tourists. Read on to hear some of the best things to do while abroad in this diverse Southeast Asian country.

Beaches

Without a doubt, one of the things Thailand is famous for is the islands and beaches. If you’re going to Thailand, you have to see its beaches. Thailand boasts some of the world’s most beautiful tropical spots. If you only have time for one, we recommend visiting Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi Ley. Encapsulated by limestone cliffs and only accessible by boat day trips– this beach offers some of the best views in Thailand.

And while it may be crowded during tourist season, it is a must-see for anyone looking to experience a quintessential Thai beach.

If you aren’t the tanning type, and are looking for a more active place to enjoy the sand and the sun, check out Railey Beach in Krabi. Again, this one is only accessible by boat, but offers some great activities for those who can’t sit still on a beach. Check out the rock climbing, swimming and snorkeling spots, and enjoy the secluded island feel of this gorgeous location.

Classes

If you’re going abroad, why not learn something new? Thailand is a country that caters to its tourists and offers an abundance of great workshops and activities for them. Take a sailing class or try snorkeling and see Thailand’s rich underwater ecology.

Sign up for a cooking class at one of the many culinary schools that specialize in one-day classes for tourists, and make sure you leave knowing how to cook at least one Thai dish better than your neighborhood restaurant.

Food

If you’re going to visit Thailand, you have to enjoy its rich variety of cuisine. For seafood, try Somboon in Bangkok, a busy little market-style restaurant famous for several of its dishes.

For something a bit fancier, head over to Nahm, a world-renowned restaurant famous for the very unique way in which the chef has revived ancient and traditional Thai dishes, not typically found in other restaurants. Being as highly rated as it is, plan on making a reservation for this unique foodie experience.

And as far as your restaurant tastes may wander, don’t forget to partake in traditional Thai cuisine and try their many delicious (and inexpensive) rice and noodle dishes. Bangkok has unique and authentic cooking classes.

Explore

Dive into the culture on your trip by exploring all of the novelties that make this Southeast Asian country so charming. Explore one of the many street markets, like the Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok. Bangkok isn’t my favorite city is Thailand, but it is worth visiting, even if you only have 24 hours in Bangkok

Known as one of the world’s largest markets, visitors can find everything from souvenirs to local commodities. One famous place to visit is the floating market of Damnoen Saduak

Looking for a night activity?

Check out the famous Chiang Mai night bazaar, which carries on the traditions of ancient trading routes with its many caravanned vendors. There are also some beautiful waterfalls in Chiang Mai.

You also have an adventure by cycling around Thailand

Thailand has endless ways to explore, things to do, and places to visit in the north of Thailand as well as the south. 

Cool Places to
Visit in Thailand

With its stunning beaches, mouth-watering foods, and friendly atmosphere  Thailand has become one of the top countries to visit when backpacking Southeast Asia. During my life of traveling the world, I continually find myself lured back to the country over and over and still haven’t been able to conquer all the top places in Thailand.

While this Southeast Asian country has some major hotspots, like Krabi, visitors can still get off the regular tourist track and into the unknown. Here are some places to check out in Thailand if you are seeking to get off the beaten path while visiting some of Thailand’s most popular destinations. Hua_HinThailand has a massive nightlife scene that caters to backpackers especially on the islands.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is one of my favorite cities on the planet. The food is fantastic, the locals charming, and the cost of living for the quality is equal to none.If you are looking for a place to hang your hat for a few weeks and recharge your travel batteries, then I would highly recommend heading to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai is also a perfect home base for some small trips. You can easily head to Chiang Rai to view the glorious White and Black Temples, or take a road trip across the curvy mountains roads to get to explore the green hills of Pai.

Hua Hin

Parties like the Full Moon party, on Ko Phangan, are packed each month with tens of thousands of tourist. But you can also escape the crazy nightlife by heading to lesser-known beach destinations like Hua Hin. This resort area isn’t filled with the hustle and bustle of drunk tourist, while letting you have fun and enjoy the awe-inspiring landscape and take in the Southeast Asian sun.

Pattaya

If you are looking for a party destination, then Pattaya is a popular choice. However, this city offers a lot more than just a booming nightlife. There are many things to see in Pattaya such as Nong Nooch, Sanctuary of Truth, and Wat Yansangwararam. So if you are in Pattaya to party, there are still some excellent sites to see. If you are avoiding Pattaya because of the parties, it is possible to escape them and still get some Thai culture. Pattaya has earned a bit of a bad reputation for its nightlife and sex tourism. But there are a lot of wholesome things to do in the area as well. 

Thalang

The Thalang district of Thailand is close to Phuket. This means a variety of activities on your doorstep. Take your pick from beautiful beaches to resorts, to epic scuba diving and snorkeling. There is a lot to do and see around this area.

I’ve come to see that Thailand is a very rich country with multiple layers. In fact, I have spent around a year traveling Thailand, and I still feel as if I have just scratched the surface of what the country offers. It is a country I am continually falling in love with and one that I will keep visiting for the rest of my life.

Your trip to Thailand doesn’t have to be filled with crazy parties, and crowded touristy sites. These are some great examples of how you can visit Thailand’s hotspots and still get off the beaten path.

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