Thailand

Things to do in Thailand

In Thailand, the calendar is crowded with festivals. The Flower Festival is a three-day celebration in Chiang Mai that begins in early February with exhibitions of flower arrangements along with performances and beauty pageants. For a less floral event, you can travel to Thailand in April to see the annual Thai-boxing competition. The exact location changes year to year, but the fights are always thrilling to see wherever they take place. Some of the country's major sights include:

The Grand Palace in Bangkok which actually consists of a number of palaces, pavilions, and temples, and is home to the famous Emerald Buddha.
Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's largest temples and has the largest statue of a reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in all of Thailand. Wat Pho is also the site for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine and is considered to be the country's earliest public education center.
Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand (not far from Phuket) allows travelers to explore its evergreen forests and limestone mountains by foot or atop an elephant. The park's residents also include tigers, gibbons, and a number of tropical bird species.

Located on the fifth floor of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the expansive i.Sawan Residential Day Spa covers 75,350 square feet.

This 2006 newcomer joins the nightlife nexus on Sukhumvit Road.

Destination Spa Spa-obsessed jet-setters, take note: Six Senses has brought the best of Southeast Asia’s healing arts to a speck of land off Phuket’s eastern coast. A 26-acre retreat houses four individual spas—yes, four—each dedicated to Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, or Thai traditions.

In a quiet garden abode, with hi-so (high society) maidens chirping quietly on their cell phones while waiting for their appointments, guests are served green tea with ginger and a mystery ingredient the staff claims to be pandan leafe which makes patrons relaxed.

Housed inside the Dutchess Plaza Building in the city’s bustling Thonglor district, Escudo is a two-story nightclub offering clubgoers two distinctive nightlife experiences.

This legendary bar is located along Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok's nightlife nexus.

Part of the Spring-Summer-Winter dining experience founded by Thai actor Phol Tansathien in 2004, Winter is an outdoor bar serving classic and housemade cocktails. Bargoers lounge on oversized beanbags spread across the lawn behind the 1950’s Thai home that houses Tansathien’s Spring restaurant.

Seventy-five miles southeast of Phuket are the Lao Liang Islands, a pair of pristine pint-size retreats in the Andaman Sea. Adventure lovers go here to kayak through limestone caves and dive with manta rays and whale sharks.

Owned and developed by Siam Future Development, J Avenue, at 88,000 square feet, is one of Thailand’s most comprehensive lifestyle centers. Located in the Thong Lo district, the center has become a shopping Mecca and houses such retailers as L’Occitane and the Apple Store.

You can find yourself on a beach in Phuket with literally thousands of people. Charter a boat from Tawan Cruises at the Yacht Haven Marina to go someplace special. Racha Noi is an island to the sound, and on its leeward side is a sheltered cove that's a g

Vibrant, chaotic, and packed with surprises, Thailand’s largest market—with more than 15,000 stalls tucked into narrow sois, or alleyways, on the city’s north side—peddles everything from rare orchids to block-printed textiles.

Tapas Room Club, with its friendly vibe, is a nice introduction to the lay of the land. Here, a disco ball is still a disco ball, and five dollars will buy you a whiskey.

Up-and-coming design duo Manisa Sakdiyakorn and Saitarn Karncharanwong sell their Japanese-inspired tailored shirts (think Thom Browne with a touch of Junya Watanabe) and multi-pocket canvas totes at this Bangkok boutique.

An upscale bar and restaurant located at H1 Place in Bangkok’s trendy Thonglor district, To Die For serves cocktails and wines alongside French and international-inspired cuisine. Executive chef and film director K.