We all know Thailand is a wonderful country to visit, with the number of tourists to the Asian nation increasing substantially over the years – from 10.13 million in 2001, to 29.88 million in 2015. Today we’re going to look at six of the best things for you to try when you’re on your Thai adventure.
Wildlife Friends of Thailand Nature Park
Who doesn’t love animals? If you want to get a up-close and personal experience with some of the most exotic creatures Thailand has to offer, this nature reserve is the perfect spot for you. The pinnacle of the park is arguably the elephant sanctuary, which sees the gigantic beasts roaming around in a vast area of forest and grassland the reserve has personally purchased.
The elephants are far from the only attraction however, with gibbons, bears and even slow Loris’ all also found within the refuge. If you have a soft spot for creatures who need extra care and attention, this might be the place for you.
Visit A Temple
Thailand is famed for the number of temples it possesses, with the country at one point serving as something as a hub for the Buddhist religion.
In reality it’s nearly impossible to single out one precise temple as a spot to take a nice trip to, with more than a dozen worth seeing in Bangkok alone. There’s no precise remit for a Thai temple, with each one offering its own unique blend of style and extravagance. To soak in the history and culture of one of these fantastic monuments, your best bet is to see them for yourself.
Scuba diving is something commonly associated with trips to more central American nations, but Thailand more than holds its own on that front as well, with fantastic opportunities to get to grips with the sea life of the region.
There are hundreds of spots to learn to dive, but some of the most common are Hin Muang, Hin Daeng and the Similan Islands. Plus, scuba diving is recommended as one of the top six things to take on in Thailand – so why not give it a go?
It’s particularly cheap to learn in Thailand compared to nations like Barbados or Bermuda, so if you’re looking to experience this at some point in your life – for affordable prices –this may well be your best bet.
Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn Beach can be found in the party city of Phuket, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a trip there because you’re worried about stumbling across a group of tipsy merrymakers.
This stretch of sand is quite different to the rest of the city, with it mostly traversed by the locals alone, and not hordes of party-goers. A note of caution however; while the sea there is amazing to swim in from November through to April, it’s best to avoid taking a dip between May and October – when a strong undercurrent can sometimes prove a danger. Regardless, the tranquility of the area more than makes up for that, with tourists able to enjoy the golden sands and relax under a beautiful blazing sun.
Chow Down On A Grub
Thailand is famed for its fantastic food – but you can get that stuff any day of the week. To truly make this a holiday to remember, why not instead step out of your comfort zone and try a completely different snack?
Like a lot of countries in south eastern Asia, Thailand is no stranger to consuming items that some westerners might find a little hair-raising. Grasshoppers and locusts might be a pest here, but for the Thai people they’re something of a delicacy. These crunchy bugs come fried in a delicious selection of spices and are a fantastic way to really get in touch with the true culture of the nation. You’ll be able to find these insects at most market stalls, so bite the bullet and plunge your choppers into one of these bad boys.
Take A Trip To King Cobra Village
If you suffer from Ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes) this is certainly not a trip you should be considering in a hurry.
Ban Khok Sa-Nga village have an unusual, yet fascinating, obsession with the slithery reptiles – with quite literally thousands of the creatures found situated throughout the area. The obsession with snakes started back in 1951, when a traveling salesman put on a show involving them to draw in customers. Now every house in the village has a pet one to show off to visitors. Each to their own, I guess.
When you next take a trip to Thailand, why not try your hand at one of these fantastic experiences yourself? Some of these things can only be tried once in a lifetime, so make sure you don’t miss out.