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.

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.

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.

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.

GEO

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.

MRT

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.

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.