Top Five Unique Thailand Experiences

Home to ancient ruins, breathtaking natural beauty and a rich and vibrant culture, Thailand is a ‘must see’ destination for anyone wanting to escape the familiar and experience the extraordinary. Beyond the treasure trove of world-famous attractions, an endless selection of hidden gems and unique experiences wait to be discovered. These are just a handful of opportunities that embody the country’s distinctive ‘Thainess.’

1) Chat with Monks

While Thailand is renowned for its many temples, the ones in Chiang Mai offer something a little bit special. A few temples in town have outreach programs called “Monk Chat” which allows visitors to shoot the breeze with genuine monks. The program is a fun opportunity to speak candidly with a real Buddhist practitioner about any topic your heart desires. The monk gets to practice their English, and you get to indulge your curiosity.

2) Fuse History with Outdoor Adventure

Transport yourself back in history with a bike ride past some of Thailand’s most magnificent ancient ruins. Throughout the country you’ll find cycling routes that weave through incredible sites like the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Thailand.

3) Walk Among the Elephants

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with one our planet’s most majestic creatures. Across Thailand a number of parks and camps allow you to take elephant treks along picturesque nature trails as well as observe these gentle giants at close range. At the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiangmai you can even become an “Elephant Owner for a Day!”

4) Learn the Art of Thai Cooking

Perhaps there’s no better way to get to know a country than to sample its many culinary creations, and in Thailand you are truly spoiled for choice. For those looking to bring home the ultimate keepsake, a cooking lesson from the Amita Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok — or one of Thailand’s other fine cooking schools — will ensure you enjoy the flavours of Thailand for years to come. At these schools you will learn the secrets of preparing popular Thai dishes such as Phad Thai and Khang Keaw Wan Gai (Green Curry Chicken in Coconut Milk).

5) Ease your Aching Muscles

If you want to soothe your mind, body and soul, nothing quite compares to an authentic Thai massage. Once reserved for royalty, today anyone can enjoy the health benefits and soothing qualities of this therapeutic service. Whether you indulge in a Hot Herbal Compress, a Thai foot massage, or Tok Sen Lanna Massage with hot herbal oil, unrivalled pleasure awaits.

Explore hidden beaches. Kayak in the Andaman Sea. Celebrate Thailand’s martial artistry with a Muay Thai lesson. Shop for souvenirs on the Floating Market. Partake in the water fight of the century during Songkran, the Thai New Year which it takes place in April.

There’s more to Thailand than you think. Create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Visit bookthailandnow.com to plan the getaway of your dreams.