What do fresh curries, smooth cruises and white-sand beaches all have in common? They are all essential components of Thailand holidays! If your kids want to ride an elephant and you would like to meditate in an ancient temple, Thailand is a versatile country to offer visitors anything from inexpensive shopping and street food to the ultimate in luxury and 5-star comfort.
Top 10 things to do/places to visit during your Thailand holidays:
A holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without a relaxing massage. In Thailand you can get a massage a day – or more! Using your exclusive My Thailand Wine, Dine and Spa credit at selected resorts ensures you’re getting at least a little pampering! Still wanting more? Massages, spa treatments, wraps, facials and the lot can be booked with award-winning spas or stumbled-across in the busy streets of Bangkok and Phuket. You’ll be as loose as a jellyfish by the time it’s ready to come home.
Become a PADI certified diver by taking classes in some of the cheapest accreditation centres on the planet. Not feeling like Jaques Cousteau? Float above the sea life as you happily snorkel through the high-visibility waters. Outside of the main tourist centres and definitely on the islands you will encounter some of the world’s greatest waters in which to swim. If SCUBA has always been on your bucket list, now is the time to book your My Thailand holidays and give it a go!
Whether it’s a speedboat to Phi Phi or a longboat to Koh Yao, complete your Thailand holidays with a visit to some of the local islands. Whether it’s a day trip that gets you face to face with the fishes or a few nights on a secluded beach so you can unplug and unwind, the friendly welcome you will receive from the local residents makes the whole My Thailand experience come to life.
Once the capital of Thailand (then known as Siam), the city was founded in 1350 but sadly destroyed in 1767, however the ruins of the old city are covered by the Ayutthaya Historical Park and can be visited in a day trip from Bangkok. With monasteries, pagodas and temples that are reflective of a distinct Thai art and architecture, a visit here is well worth some time for reflection.
Day or night, big or small, Thailand is known for its markets. Haggle over a pair of Prada sunglasses or a Coach handbag, try some local delicacies at the food stalls or simply marvel at the colours, sounds and smells of a crowded marketplace. Chatuchak Market in Bangkok is the largest market in Thailand and definitely the real deal – well worth a visit, even if it means a My Thailand Bangkok add-on to an existing package.
Red curries, yellow curries, green curries, mild curries, tear-inducing curries – these are not the only things you can eat in Thailand. Try some tom yam (very spicy) soup, fried rice or Pad Thai. Dig into fried crickets washed down with freshly made juice, or just snack on local fruit like mango and papaya. Don’t be afraid to close your eyes, point to something in a market stall, and gulp it down – more likely than not you’ll be asking for seconds.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most important temples, but it is one of hundreds of sacred Hindu sites across the country. As of 2004, there were over 40,000 Buddhist temples, about 34,000 of which are currently in use. There’s the Tiger Temple, Wat Arun, or the Giant Bodhi Tree, all temples scattered throughout the country. Whether your My Thailand holidays take you to Bangkok, Phuket or Chiang Mai (or all three!) there is bound to be a temple nearby to inspire, calm and rejuvenate the spirit.
Muay Thai has become a popular sport outside of Thailand in recent decades, however it has been prominent within the country since the late 1800s. Known as “the art of eight limbs” because of the combined use of fists, knees, elbows and overall being a very high-contact sport, muay thai fights can be found from Bangkok to Phuket. This event isn’t suitable for everyone, though, due to the extreme nature of the fighting.
Find yourself in another world as you enter Thailand’s third-largest national park. With 3,000 species of plants, 66 mammal species and over 300 species of birds, this park credits its diversity to the land on which it lies. The area of 300 square metres changes in altitude from 400-1000m, providing habitats from evergreen forests to grasslands. Waterfalls, kayaking trips and even a trek to see an authentic dinosaur footprint all lie within Khao Yai.
Modern dramatic performances or spectacular colour and brilliance, dances, nightclub entertainment, fire-walking or a muay thai fight – just some of the many forms of entertainment with which to fill your nights in Thailand. Depending on when you go, you might come across a local festival providing more choices. Even if your My Thailand holidays are all about the flop-and-drop experience, don’t pass up the opportunity to see some authentic Thai shows during your visit.