Thailand is one of the world’s top travel destinations. And while people gravitate towards Bangkok, the country’s capital, there is so much more to Thailand than just Bangkok.
Indeed, the country’s rich and vibrant culture ensures that there is always some form of adventure waiting around the corner. So, if you’re thinking of going on a trip to The Land of Smiles, why not take the road less traveled and check out some of the stops on our list of the most exciting activities to do around Thailand?
Get A Traditional Thai Tattoo
Cultures from all over the world have their traditional tattooing style. In our country, it is Whang Od’s traditional tattoos, but in Thailand, it is the sak yant. The sak yant is a form of Thai sacred geometry derived from Brahmanistic, Buddhist, and Pagan symbols.
It’s important to note that some people in Thailand still consider these tattoos holy. That said, make sure you understand what the meaning of a tattoo design is before getting it permanently etched onto your body. You can get sak yant tattoos all over Thailand, but some of the more popular spots are Panumart Tattoo in Chiang Mai and Ajarn Mee or Ajarn Non in Phuket.
Go Rock Climbing
While the island of Krabi is well-known for its pristine waters and beautiful beaches, it’s also home to magnificent limestone cliffs. Krabi is perfect for climbing as it offers something for beginners and more experienced climbers alike.
Krabi has a total of 631 climbing routes set against a gorgeous background that is its turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. Its routes are rich in limestone, which is one of the best rocks for sports climbing. Limestone’s natural composition makes it hard and durable, which means there’s little to no chance that rocks will fall out.
Try Out Sports Betting
Thais have a deep appreciation for football. In fact, they even have a tiered professional league similar to that of the Premier League. And with this rich football culture comes an equally exciting sports betting culture.
Betting is possible in sports bars all over the country, with famous ones like The Red Lion in Chiang Mai regularly showing both international and local sporting events. When betting with the locals, you’ll find that they prefer a no deposit bonus bet, since they’re less likely to lose money that way. This is the best way to bet when you’re in the country, as it also allows you to use what you know about the sports team when making your wager. As a tourist, you should avoid betting on Thai League 1 games, since the locals will surely know more about their teams, which gives them a key advantage over you.
Walk With Elephants
Elephant Nature Park is the country’s largest elephant sanctuary. It is run by people who rescue and rehabilitate elephants from all over Thailand. Unlike other elephant parks, it doesn’t allow its visitors to ride the elephants, nor do they use chains to restrain them. The caretakers in this park treat the magnificent creatures with the respect and care that they deserve.
Instead of riding an elephant like other tourists do, why not walk alongside one in this park? Walking with elephants along the trails will surely be one of the highlights of your Thailand trip.
There’s still a lot more to do in Bangkok and I can’t wait to share to you our 4-days itinerary. But for now, why don’t you try all of these when you’re heading to BKK? If you’ve done some of these, please share your experience in the comment section below!