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.
Many beaches in Southern Thailand are overrun with Western travelers, but the quiet stretch of powdery sand known as Rai Lay, on Krabi Island—only accessible by boat—is an exception.
A new bohemian-style bar and gallery.
Le Fenix hotel's rooftop bar has hammocks and tables in a garden setting.
Stop by the open-air market and the historic park in the nearby town of Phimai.
Basheer Graphic Books is a prominent bookseller in Southeast Asian markets, including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.
Racha Noi is an island to the sound, and on its leeward side is a sheltered cove that's a great place to spend the day completely alone.
This jewelry shop specializes in whimsical baubles
A tubular wonder, Bed resembles, from different angles, a sleek flashlight, a robotic eye, or the beginning of a Martian invasion. Once past the bouncers, you are in a painfully minimalist white barn headed for outer space.
A pioneering household accessories shop that also sells clothes, and jewelry from up-and-coming local designers. The eclectic store also offers house and garden gadgets, handmade picture frames, and leather binders - most of them chosen by celebrated editor Sakchai Guy.
Open for more than 30 years, Siam Leather Goods sells handcrafted leather shoes and accessories. The store, located in the River City Shopping Complex, houses an inventory of shoes and handbags, some of which are crafted from the skins of farm-raised crocodiles.
Skip city traffic by using the MRT (a new underground rail system), which makes central downtown stops.
Got handicrafts and natural Thai beauty products from brands such as Harnn and Thann.
Playground! is a three-story shopping emporium located on the bustling Sukhumvit Road. The store is divided into zones, each filled with a specific type of merchandise, from clothing to housewares, even music.
Founded in 1992, Almeta sells high quality silk products from its boutique and showroom in Bangkok. The brand has silk in more than 1,000 colors crafted using Thai hand weaving methods, and its silk à la carte program offers color matching services for clients.
Koh Nang, in the Similans Nature Preserve is paradise, with fine-white-sand beaches and a turquoise lagoon.