Essential Thailand Experiences

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I backpacked through this beautiful country called Thailand and absolutely loved it. The beaches, the mountains, the culture, the people, the ancient sites.. really it’s difficult to pack everything in one itinerary. And hey did I mention how stunning the beaches look in Drone photos! I have seen some great drone shots world over but let me tell you the pictures come out absolutely stunning.

Here are the essential Thailand experiences that must be on your bucket list:

1. Learn to cook delicious Thai Food

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

If you’re visiting Thailand for the first time, you’re going to fall in love with Thailand’s wonderful food very quickly. Thailand has some of the best food in the world, whether it’s curries, noodles dishes like Pad Thai, soups like Tom yum, or desserts like Mango Sticky Rice.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to leave Thailand one day and that means you probably won’t be able to get these dishes as easily and definitely not affordably. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to take a cookery class while you’re in Thailand and learn how to cook them yourself.

You’ll find cookery classes throughout Thailand, and there’s definitely no reason that you can’t do more than one cookery class. Most focus on traveler favorites like Pad Thai and Green Curry, but you can usually find a few that offer different and especially more regional dishes.

The classes are fairly inexpensive, and they can be a good opportunity to meet other people on the road. Many, like Cooking With Poo in Bangkok, give a portion of their proceeds to local charities. If you’re unsure of which cookery class to go with, finding a charitable cookery class is definitely a good way of narrowing it down.

By: James from thistravelguide.com

2. Explore the Wildlife and Temples of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Spectacled Langur At Khao Sam Roi Yot

Spectacled Langur At Khao Sam Roi Yot

Jungle Temple At Khao Sam Roi Yot

Jungle Temple At Khao Sam Roi Yot

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, near Hua Hin in southwestern Thailand is one of those rare places that seems to have it all. There is plenty of wildlife in the park, extensive beaches, limestone mountains, freshwater marshes, temples, caves, and even a temple in a cave!

The highlights of the park are the Hat Sam Phraya beach, Phraya Nakhon Cave and the Khlong Khao Daeng waterway.

Phraya Nakhon Cave is one of the most incredible caves you will ever see. Its roof has eroded in places and allows sunlight to steam in. As a result, ancient ferns and tall trees are able to grow inside the cave. The main chamber of the cave is home to one of Thailand’s most photographed landmarks – the Royal Pavilion of King Rama V placed in the cave in 1890.

In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Khlong Khao Daeng waterway and explore the wildlife-rich mangroves framed by the towering walls of limestone cliffs. Keep an eye out for the adorable and aptly-named Spectacled langurs – they really do look like they are wearing a pair of glasses.

Hat Sam Phraya beach is a large sandy beach where you will find accommodation, a restaurant and scooters for hire. So whether it is the temples, the wildlife or the beaches you are looking for, you will find it all in Khao Sam Roi Yot.

Blog: By Margarita from thewildlifediaries.com

3. Rock climbing in Railay

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Rock climbing in Railay was one of my favourite things to do in Thailand and is something that I can’t recommend enough when it comes to your Thailand bucket list.

Never tried your hand at rock climbing? No worries, there are plenty of talented instructors on hand to show you the ropes (literally) in no time. I’d been rock climbing a couple of times, but not for a while, so I decided to get a private instructor with a couple of friends to help us tackle the rocks and work on our skills.

We were walked through the safety procedures and watched as my instructor scaled the route – then I was off. It was tough, and there were a couple of times where I lost my grip, or others where I didn’t get my footing quite right – but it was so exhilarating that as soon as I came down, I set off again.

Railay’s a beautiful place: incredibly laid back and boasting incredible landscapes carved out of limestone that belong on a postcard. I’ve been a few times and each time I love it more than the last.

Not convinced? Climbing in Railay is extra-special as the higher you climb, the better the view! What more motivation could you want?

By Julianna Barnaby from thediscoveriesof.com

4. Cozying up with wild elephants in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Elephants

Chiang Mai Elephants

With more than 10 million tourist visiting Thailand everyone, Thailand is one of the most visited country in the world. This beautiful Asian country is known for its pristine beaches, sumptuous food and wild elephants. Yes, through several of the volunteering program in Thailand, you will not only see them up close but also spend quality time with those lovely big creatures.

Chiang Mai, the northern city of Thailand, is the no. 1 destination for experiencing the majestic wild elephants. There are volunteer programs that run here which involves working directly with elephants. The volunteer programs last from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six months. During the program volunteers get to stay in a local homestay or in a volunteer house. Of-course there are no luxuries here, but one gets the required amenities such as hot water, wi-fi and comfortable beds.

So, wherever in the world you are living and whatever field you are working, there are volunteering opportunities out there which anyone can explore. Let your inner spirit be free for there are adventures around the globe that await you!


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