Our Favorite Things to See and Do in Thailand. Come explore with us!
The Reclining Buddha – Bangkok
Wat Po, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a lively and lavish temple complex in the Phra
Ayutthaya – Bangkok
About an hour away from Bangkok sits the grand complex of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand, founded in 1350. Once one of the wealthiest cities in the region, Ayutthaya’s gilded temples and treasure-laden palaces sparkled from miles away! Dozens of ruins, many of which have been at least partially restored, offer a tantalizing glimpse into Ayutthaya’s rich past.
Elephant Camps – Chiang Mai
Enjoy the day at a local Elephant camp in the Chiang Mai area. Visit and interact with elephants, help prepare their food and feed even learn to your elephant. Later in the day, you will practice using commands to ride and control your elephant.
By the end of the day, you will be able to take your elephant for a ride
Cooking class with a local family – Chiang Mai
Visit the home of a local Lanna family and learn about their culture, their
Wat Rong Khun – Chiang Rai
A striking temple complex in Chiang Rai is better known as the White Temple for a reason! It is contemporary, unconventional and well worth a visit! At the end of the 20th century, the complex was in a terrible state of repair. A local artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, decided to rebuild the complex and has to date spent more than THB 40 million of his own money on the project. It is a surprising and beautiful complex. It is dark and light all at the same time. The artwork is phenomenal and something not to be missed if you are in this part of Thailand.
Hiking in the Hill Tribe Villages – Northern Thailand
Akha, Lisu, Hmong and Karen tribes are found throughout northern Thailand. You can spend one day or several, walking through the beautiful rainforests of northern Thailand to immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of numerous hill tribe villages. Experiencing their way of life will be a transformative adventure for everyone in your family!
Sea Kayaking – Phuket
A distinct feature of Phang Nga Bay in southern Thailand is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green water. Leave Phuket by boat then grab your sea kayak and paddle around and through the dramatic karst formations. The birds and wildlife are almost as stunning as the cliffs themselves. A spectacular way to spend your day!
Khao Sok National Park – Southern Thailand
Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand is a place of wonder. It is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, with huge limestone mountains, deep valleys, breathtaking lakes, exciting caves, wildlife, and birds galore! Situated between Phuket and Krabi, it is easily accessible and the perfect place for jungle trekking, canoeing or truck safaris. The accommodations are moderate but the experience is
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As the capital and largest city in Thailand, Bangkok has some of the most amazing sites. Although it might be difficult to navigate via car during rush hour, it’s worth the effort. Remember
And given the time, here’s what you need to see: Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), The Grand Palace, Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), Jim Thompson House, Wat Traimit (The Temple of the Golden Buddha), The Chao Phraya River and definitely take a trip out to Ayutthaya!
Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, was number 24 in Trip Advisor’s 2014 “25 Best Destinations in the World”. With easy access to the hill tribe villages in the north, rainforest hikes, several elephant camps, beautiful bike rides, and a growing emphasis on sustainability and eco-travel, Chiang Mai is an adventure seekers dream.
Two of the most famous Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai are Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (which dates from 1383 and is the city’s most famous landmark) and Wat Chiang Man (the oldest temple in Chiang Mai that dates from the 13th century). A must see is the famous Night Bazaar where vendors
The city of Chiang Rai, the northernmost large city in Thailand, was founded by King Mangrai in 1262. The city is 530 miles north of Bangkok and 120 miles northeast of Chiang Mai. Just north of Chiang Rai is the Golden Triangle – the area where Thailand, Burma, and Laos come together.
Chiang Rai has a population of about 1 million people but many locals say it is much bigger due to the ever-increasing metropolitan spread. One of
12.5% of the population belongs to hill tribe people including many Karen, Akha, Lisa, Meo and Hmong tribes. Chiang Rai is the jumping off point if you want to do a hill tribe village trek. It’s a fascinating city with much to see and do!
Thailand has over 5,000 miles of coastline just waiting to be explored! Travel by long-tailed boat, sea kayak, ferry or swim but let us help you discover these magical islands! The spectacular limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay; beautiful, albeit bustling, Phuket; the white sand beaches of Krabi; snorkeling off the coast of Ko Phi Phi – all of this magic in one place! How could it be?
Hope to see you in Thailand soon!
All my best,
Bambi Wineland is the mother of two internationally adopted children, a traveler, the