This vibrant region of Southeast Asia has a fascinating culture. The following activities will help you taste it fully.

1. Go to the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle used to be an area of opium cultivation. Here you will find a market with many stalls, statues of elephants, and many other things. It is a very peculiar place and very marked by the Thai culture that few visitors get to see.

2. Visit the Grand Palace of Bangkok

Your vacation in Thailand will not be complete if you do not visit the most famous building in Bangkok. This palace has been the official residence of the kings of Siam and is more than 200 years old. The night lighting of the Grand Palace is spectacular.

3. Elephant riding during your stay in Thailand

This animal is the national symbol of the country. You have many ways to find elephants. You can visit the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, for example, or the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center. Take advantage of being on vacation in Thailand to get close to these huge animals.

4. Take the Phang Nga Bay by boat

Thailand has more than 5000 miles of coastline. Traveling by boat and discovering as many islands and beaches as possible is a stimulating and relaxing activity at the same time. The bay of Phang Nga is the right place: it is a real spectacle thanks to its limestone rock formations and the beautiful white sand beaches that you will find when crossing its waters.

5. Visit the tribal peoples of northern Thailand

You can find Akha, Hmong and Lisu tribes in northern Thailand. Get away from the most typical tourist attractions and spend a day or two with one of these families and immerse yourself in their way of life.

6. Thai floating markets

This you will not find anywhere in the West. Choose a market and go by boat to avoid the crowds. Do not forget your camera, these markets are very colorful. The most famous floating market is Damnoen Saduak, 100km south-west of Bangkok.

7. Kanchanaburi

The province of Kanchanaburi is a treasure for backpackers thanks to its lush forests. Kanchanaburi has a dark past, related to the Second World War. The Tiger Temple is located near this place.

8. Festivals in Thailand

Tourists are welcome at local parties. These festivals offer a unique perspective for those who are interested in Thai culture. One of the events that you can not miss is Loi Krathong, in November, famous for its floating lanterns. And don't forget to enjoy the Thai Classical Dance show in Bangkok. The Thai New Year is also very interesting.

9. Go shopping in the Thai markets

Thailand offers you the opportunity to buy things everywhere. If you are in Bangkok, go to any of the following markets: Chatuchak, Weekend Market or Asiatique Night Market. If you are in the north of the country, go to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and Wualai Walking Street Saturday Market.

10. National parks

Thailand has many unique landscapes, and its national parks are famous for their beauty and size. Go to visit some of these parks: Doi Inthanon National Park (where the highest peak in Thailand is), Khao Yai National Park (World Heritage of UNESCO), Sai Yok National Park (with several waterfalls, caves, and animals) ... any of them is a great option.

Published by Inder Singh