There’s a reason that Thailand is so popular with backpackers. In fact, there are many! as well as white sand beaches, clear blue oceans and stunning Hostels and Hotels , the country offers off-the-beaten-track budget travel experiences and an epic party scene. Thailand is a rite of passage for most travellers, and usually the first port of call for any Southeast Asian adventure.
There’s just one problem – it’s too easy to accidentally spend your whole trip chilling in a hammock on the beach! We’re here to assist you out of that hammock by letting you in on 6 ridiculously cool things to do in Thailand.
No matter what time of year you visit, and no matter how many times you have been, Thailand is always a good idea!
1. Enjoy an ethical Elephant experience In Chiang Mai
Ask anyone what to do in Thailand and you’ll always get the same answer: Elephants! but it’s really important to do your research beforehand to avoid places that exploit and maltreat the animals. For an unforgettable ethical elephant experience, head to the Elephant Rescue Park in Chiang Mai, where ill-treated Dumbos are rescued and retired. It’s forbidden to ride the elephants here of course, but you can feed them, bathe them and even take a pleasant walk with your new big-eared pals. The tour begins with a trip to the elephant poo park, where you’ll learn how their dung is recycled into paper, trust us – it’s the shit! For more tips on travelling ethically, read our guide to a way to be a responsible tourist whilst travelling through Asia.
2. Chill out On Koh Nang Yuan Island
Koh Nang Yuan is no ordinary island, oh no my friends! Koh Nang Yuan is the answer to all of your tropical, jungle-covered, sand-strip island dreams! 2 gorgeous mountainous mini islands are connected by the stunning Nangyuan Island beach, accessible by a private boat from Koh Tao. The Island Viewpoint is a must and offers you the most breathtaking views over the fairytale islands and irresistible turquoise waters. we are officially obsessed!
3. Pump up the party with Slip n Fly in Koh Phangan
Did we just lose all credibility by saying ‘pump up the party?’ No? Ok, good. Anyways, Koh Phangan Island is known for its riotous nightlife *cough* and full moon parties *cough*. Slip n Fly brings a taste of this famous nightlife into the daytime and is one of the best things to do in Thailand for thrill-seekers. picture a huge water park with a body-boarding slide, splash pool, beer pong tables and the main attraction: the deep pool slide. This thirty foot water slide will launch you into the air like some type of feather-less eagle, before you plummet downwards with a splash… just try your best not to belly flop!
4. Watch The Sunrise Over Chiang Mai From A Hot Air Balloon
Watching the sunrise is great. watching the sunrise as you glide blissfully through the skies of Chiang Mai in a hot air balloon is downright glorious. Chiang Mai is wonderful from any perspective, but floating on top of the mountainous city because the sun begins to tickle the breathtaking temples below is, well, quite poetic really! choose a group or private balloon and let the engine fire keep you toasty warm while you bask in the calming early morning glow. The tour starts at 6am and lasts about an hour – trust us, it’s worth getting up for.
5. Discover Koh Phangan’s Secret Mountain
Life’s more fun when you stray from the path, and the Secret Mountain in Koh Phangan proves this perfectly. to discover this hidden gem you’ll have to navigate the steep and winding roads on the mountainside – we recommend leaving your scooter at home! Once you reach the top you’ll be met with an insane pool and funky restaurant bar. Oh… and an incredible view over Koh Phangan’s lush forests stretching for miles before you. the best bit is that this little treasure is totally free to visit, meaning you only have to fork out for food and drinks. You’re welcome!
6. Snorkel Your way Around Koh Tao
Snorkelling is the cheapest way to enjoy the famous underwater delights of Koh Tao. Tours are relatively cheap, but if you’re on a really tight budget it’s possible to buy or borrow a cheap snorkel and go it alone – just be sure to check weather and sea conditions beforehand, and let somebody know where you’re going and when you’ll be back. be sure to visit the exceptionally beautiful lighthouse and Mango Bays, where you’ll be treated to schools of rainbow fish and crystal-clear waters. always chat to locals and hostel staff before setting off for advice on must-sees as well as must avoids in your area…