Thailand can be divided into three main regions: North, Central and South, with each subregion having something distinctly special to offer. From the northern highlands bordering with Laos and Myanmar, through to the central plains of Bangkok and its surrounds and down to the south towards Malaysia with its abundant coastlines and archipelago of magnificent islands. The country offers adventure and intrigue mixed with a bit of chaos, where old meets new. Thailand attractions are plentiful. Its abundant landscapes of lush mountains and valleys, rice paddy fields, and powder-white fine sandy coastlines and iridescent aquamarine waters, alone make a visit unforgettable.
Family activities in Thailand come in all shapes and sizes. It’s a fantastic country for families to visit with so much to see and do.
Khao Sok National Park
Tour Bangkok by River and Canal
The top things to do in Thailand for couples are numerous. Here are some unique ideas:
Touring Phi Phi Islands
Shipwrecked Dining in Khao Lak
Discovering Railay Beach, Krabi
Exploring Koh Lanta
Hot Ballooning in Chiang Mai
Hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park
Jungle Canopy Dining in Koh Kood
Be sure to only participate in ethical tourism and avoid funding the mistreatment of animals such as elephants and monkeys. When considering transport, only choose metered taxis. It’s illegal for drivers to refuse to use their meters.
In Thailand, monks are highly revered so you should never make any physical contact with a monk as touching them is a sign of utter disrespect. Furthermore, avoid public displays of affection in general, as this is considered bad taste and disrespectful for the Thai people as well as patting another person on their head. The same goes for pointing with your index finger or gesturing with an open palm.
When visiting temples, always cover your shoulders and knees as these places of worship are considered sacred. Lastly never criticise or speak badly of the king or Royal family. This is considered to be highly offensive and may even lead to criminal charges due to strict Thai defamation laws.
Thailand is considered one of the safest countries in Southeast Asia. But from time to time there are political tensions and public protests in Bangkok, and it is advised to avoid some provinces in the southern tip of Thailand because of ongoing ethnic and racial conflicts. Check your home country’s travel advice on this. Thailand also has strict laws (lèse majesté) about defaming the monarchy, therefore its best to avoid discussing the Royal family altogether. It is recommended to exercise standard safety precautions such as keeping an eye on your belongings, not carrying too many valuables around and generally staying alert as you would in any new environment.
Avoid eating food that’s been sitting around for a while. The safest option is to pick food stalls that are popular with a high turnover of produce. Water and ice tend to cause more upsets than street food. Avoid drinking the tap water; it’s not treated and thus unsafe to consume. Make sure to only consume tubular-shaped ice with a hole through it. This type of ice produced in factories using only filtered water. Don’t eat raw foods because you will not know if it has been washed using clean water or not.
Theravada Buddhism is the most common religion in Thailand with approximately 95% of the population practising this religion. Other minority religions include Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Christianity.
Thailand has several airports connecting international and domestic flights throughout the country with the main Thailand airport in Bangkok having a direct rail link. Bangkok metropolitan area has an extensive rail network which extends throughout the kingdom to get you to some of the top Thailand destinations. Buses are readily available and travel cross country. Ferry services are used from the mainland to travel to many of the islands in the south. There’s also rental cars, taxis, motorcycle taxis, minivans, Thai local-style tuk-tuks (rickshaws) and songthaews (pick-up trucks).
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