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Fri, 03/06/2011 - 07:44

Things to do in Thailand

It is impossible to discuss every activity which is available to people on holiday in Thailand, there are just so many options. In order to trim the list down we will ignore beach holidays, everyone knows there are stunning beaches in Thailand. We will also ignore anything which is not accessible to somebody on a modest budget, no five star attractions in this article.

 

Beautiful Bangkok

It’s not often Bangkok is called beautiful, this is one of the noisiest, smelliest, dirtiest cities in the world. Yet if you are prepared to look beyond this, there are some amazing things to do in Bangkok. Wat Pho and the Grand Palace make an incredible day out, where you will visit some of the most stunning Buddhist temples still standing. It’s cheap too, just a handful of dollars to enter.

 

Shopping in Siam

Who goes on holiday to go shopping? You don’t? You should! The shopping malls in Thailand are incredible. Well priced goods, many specific to Thailand such as home-made silk (and when we say home-made, we mean that an old lady sat outside her house in a tiny village, using an ancient wooden loom to make it, proper home-made). If you are into technology then visit one of the specialist computer malls such as Panthip Plaza, five floors of only computers and associated technology.

 

Have you seen a Wild Tiger Lately?

No? Then jump on a bus and visit one of Thailand’s stunning national parks such as Kaoh Sok, where there are still thousands of rare wild animals walking freely in the jungle, including several hundred tigers! You might need to take an inexpensive hiking tour for a chance of seeing them, but they are there.

 

Not Interested in Wild Tigers? How about Elephants Playing Football?

Hidden away in rural Northeast Thailand is a small provincial city named Surin. An unremarkable place for most of the year, but for one week each November it hosts the Surin Elephant Roundup. Hundreds of elephants put on a show for the visitors, playing football, re-enacting ancient battles and generally amazing the crowds. Entry is just $10; bring some bananas to feed the elephants!

 

Sports Fishing for Less

Thailand is one of the only places in the world where you have a chance of catching a Black Marlin. In Australia, a day out on a charter boat after Black Marlin on the Great Barrier Reef can cost $1,000 or more. In Thailand, certain areas such as Rawai on Phuket, have locally skippered boats offering charters for far less. The Marlin are there. Bring fresh wasabi and eat the tuna you catch, fresh, while you wait for that big old billfish run.

 

There are so many things to do in Thailand you really are only limited by your own imagination. Costs in Thailand are far less than in the Western World; you can spend just a little extra cash and have a fantastic time in the Land of Smiles.