Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination, and with cultural riches like impressive temple architecture, secluded beaches, and ethnic cuisine, it’s easy to see why. Whether your preference is beaches or bustling city life, there’s a host of things to see and do—but here are the musts.
Go to Railay Beach in Krabi, an isolated peninsula accessible only by boat because of the high limestone cliffs. Its crystal-clear waters make it a perfect destination for swimming and snorkeling.
Take a tuk-tuk (three-wheeled taxi) to the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai, a half-mile-long stretch of vendor stalls selling everything from pots and pans to handmade jewelry and designer lamps.
Experience the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, but beware of the “buckets” (a potent mix of whisky, cola, and Red Bull). Wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet from broken bottles, and leave your valuables at home so you can dance up a storm without a worry in the world.
Eat! Take a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai, and taste the street food in Bangkok. Truly authentic pad thai will change your life.
Stop for a traditional Thai massage while you’re shopping for souvenirs on the streets of Khao San Road, in the backpacking district of Bangkok. Don’t be shy about bartering!