Planning Your Itinerary: Top 10 Activities in Thailand

Scenic bike trails descending down a mountainside, brightly colored coral reefs, mysterious hidden caves and fragrant, visually inspiring markets are just a few of the experiences that can be enjoyed in Thailand. If you're planning a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to this remarkable land, then no doubt you'll want to include some of the top Thailand travel adventures on your itinerary.

The Top 10 Things to Do in Thailand

No. 1 Take an Elephant Ride - Enjoy the view from up top on a popular elephant ride through the jungle or up the mountain to visit a secluded hillside tribe while on your Thailand vacation.

No. 2 Hiking - Believe it or not, Thailand is a hiker's haven. With many national parks to choose from, such as Khao Yai National Park, you can get up close and personal with nature during an exhilarating hike. Be sure to pack your hiking boots because no matter what your fitness level, Thailand has a trail for you.

No. 3 Get Some Old-World Healing - Thailand can heal not only your soul, but relieve many of your ailments as well. Many hotels provide natural wellness services such as massages and healing sessions. Or, you can plan your accommodations around your relaxation and spiritual healing needs. For example, Chiva Som Resort offers ancient eastern treatments that help heal the body, mind and soul in addition to comfortable, well-appointed rooms during your stay

No. 4 Cruise the "River of Kings" - Simply by taking a riverboat cruise down the River of Kings, you can get an incredible education in the history and lore of the region. In Thailand, the river is a source of life and it's clearly evident as you witness riverside life and culture in all of its splendor.

No. 5 The Bridge Over River Kwai - The world-famous bridge is a long-standing reminder of the POWs who lost their lives in World War II, and it can be an emotional visit. No visit to the bridge is complete without also visiting the war museum nearby to get a sense of the achievement and the tragedy of the time.

No. 6 Safari Around Phuket - A visit to an elephant conservation usually begins your safari. You'll also get to see trained monkeys harvest coconuts and later see how the coconuts are processed for milk and oil. You can even get to witness how rubber is tapped from local rubber trees.

No. 7 Shop the Floating Markets - Outside of Bangkok, you can ride a long-tail riverboat down the river to the Floating Market, where vendors have their wares for sale on hundreds of Thai canoes. As far as Thailand transportation, or how to get around the country is concerned, this is a real treat. Everything from sweets, meats, vegetables and fruits are on display in a dizzying array of appealing colors and scents. It's like no market you've ever visited before.

No. 8 Explore Caves by Canoe - These caves and "Hongs" were previously undiscovered until 1990. Along with a guide, traverse the hidden waterways past centuries old stalactites until you reach the secluded Thailand beaches where you can stop for a swim in the warm water.

No. 9 Tour Bangkok's Wats - One of the best ways to get a feel for the Thai way of life is to take a tour of Bangkok's Wats (Buddhist temples). You will no doubt be entranced by the architecture and artful creations as much as by the spirituality beheld within. No Thailand travel tour is complete without a visit to the Emerald Buddha.

No. 10 Snorkeling - With unbelievable views both above and below the water, taking a Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan Snorkeling Trip at Koh Samui will leave you breathless (in a good way!). Bright colors surround you as you dive below the crystal waters. Between the coral and the playful fish, you'll appreciate the brilliant hues and the ebb and flow of underwater life. Leave the comforts of your Thailand hotel behind and take a dive into the beautiful waters of the country.

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