Choosing the things to do in Thailand can be overwhelming, especially for first time visitors to the region. Thailand has for long been considered as a haven for backpackers. This sees thousands of tourists both local as well as foreign visiting the region every year.
This is driven by the beautiful climate and weather, panoramic landscapes, budget top hotels/hostels, pristine environment, unique culture, warm and hospitable people and more.
The following are the top things to do while in the region:
1. The Grand Palace
Visiting the Grand Palace should be priority for anyone planning to go Backpacking in Thailand. The amazing palace was built more than 200 years ago and housed the rulers who reigned over the region.
It has been the official residence of the Kings of Thailand (formerly known as Siam) since 1782 and is undoubtedly the most famous attraction in Bankok as well as beyond.The palace features rich history and culture of the people and at night the place is well-illuminated and bringsout a unique yet romantic appeal.
2. The Golden Triangle
Visiting the Golden Triangle is one of the top things to do in Thailand. This attraction is symbolized by the meeting of two of the greatest rivers in the region; Mekong River and Ruak (Sop) river.
It is also the point where Laos, Myanmar/Burma, and Thailand coverage hence the name Golden Triangle.
Here you get a chance to stand in the middle of two mighty rivers, three regions, as well as enjoy beautiful statues of elephants, Buddha, as well as market stalls.
3. Elephant Trekking
A visit to Thailand can never be complete without Elephant trekking. In fact, this trek is regarded as one of the most unique and amazing tour in the region. The elephant which is the national symbol of Thailand is revered for its might, stature, and grace.
Visitors get a chance to learn more about the large mammal, or even train to become an elephant handler (mahout).Top locations include Thai Elephant Conservation, Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and others. After a day of learning and trekking you can stay at a luxury hotel such as Elephant Hills or Anantara Golden Triangle.
4. Island Hopping
During backpacking, one of the things to do in Thailand is island hopping. Did you know that Thailand has a coastline that stretches more than 5,000 miles?
Also, are you aware that they are many islands both small and large scattered all over the region? Using the long-tail boat is the perfect way to hop from one island to another.
Krabi, Andaman Sea off of Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Don are some attractions worthy of a tour. While at it you can discover unique limestone rocks or take part in snorkeling, scuba, or deep sea diving.
Visiting the Hill tribe villages, taking part in cultural festivals, shopping in floating markets, taking a tour of the Kanchanaburi forest, touring the Ancient ruins, visiting national parks such as Doi Inthanon National Park ,Khao Yai National Park ( UNESCO World Heritage Site),Sai Yok National Park are other things to do in Thailand while backpacking.