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What to See & Do in Thailand

Touring all of Thailand's temples could take years, but make sure to save time for the museums, theaters, parks and natural wonders, too.

Tips to get the most out of your Bangkok vacation with children
How to get the most out of your family vacation in Bangkok

Places in Bangkok where small children can play
Places in Bangkok where small children can play.

Phuket Rainy Day Activity Guide
Phuket Rainy Day Activity Guide

Phuket Activity Guide
What to see and do in Phuket.

Fun places to take children in Bangkok
Bangkok destinations strictly for kids.

Where to take children in Bangkok
Sights children will love and ways to keep everyone happy at the city’s most important cultural sights.

Bangkok's Top Museum and Attractions
Bangkok's best tourist attractions.

Bangkok's Top Temples
Bangkok's most important and most beautiful temples.

Thailand's Desert Islands
Find your secluded island paradise in Thailand

Top 5 Other Beaches in Thailand
Weekend Beach Getaways from Bangkok

Top Chiang Mai Temples to Visit
There are hundreds of interesting Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai. Some are historically significant, some contain beautiful artwork, some are popular with local Buddhists and some offer foreigners a chance to learn about Buddhism. Here are five worth a visit.

Thai Cooking Schools
Thai Cooking Schools all over Thailand.

Guide to Rock Climbing in Thailand
Railey Beach in Krabi is surrounded by amazing karst rock formations and, over the years, has become a very popular rock climbing destination.

Pranburi
Pranburi, about thirty minutes south of Hua Hin, is an up and coming beach area on the Gulf of Siam. Though it's not as popular as Hua Hin, or as easy to get to as Pattaya, it offers reasonable resorts, beautiful beaches, nice views and a very relaxed environment.

Elephant Nature Park
Thailand's Elephant Nature Park just outside of Chiang Mai is the only place in the country where you can visit elephants in an environment guaranteed to be free from exploitation and abuse. And, if that doesn't make you feel good enough to go, it's beautiful, a lot of fun and one of the highest rated day trips from Chiang Mai on Trip Advisor.

Cha-am
Cha-am, a beach town on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand, is lesser known internationally than Hua Hin just 20 miles to the south, but is still very popular among local tourists and European visitors to the Kingdom. It’s also not as developed as Hua Hin (which means you won't find a Starbucks or many crowds, but many visitors consider a big...

Free Things to do in Thailand
Free museums, beaches, temples and other activities in Thailand.

Guide to Thai Massages
Thai massage is one of the most popular things visitors try when they come here on vacation. Many spas and massage parlors in Thailand offer oil massages (like Swedish massage) and aromatherapy massages if you want to stick to something familiar. But if you’re looking something a little different, consider Thai massage.

The Mae Sa Loop
The Mae Sa Valley, just outside of the city of Chiang Mai, is one of the region’s most scenic areas and it’s a popular destination for travelers who want to get out into the countryside but don’t want to travel too far out.

Thailand's Hill Tribes
The so-called “hill tribes” are essentially groups of ethnic minorities living in Northern Thailand. Because of their colorful traditional dress, dramatically elongated necks in the case of the Paduang, and different customs and languages, they’ve long been considered a tourist attraction.

Khantoke Dinner
Another popular way to explore Northern Thailand's flavors and traditions is by attending a khantoke dinner

The Dusit Zoo
Bangkok's zoo is small but offers visitors everything they need for a nice morning or afternoon.

Guide to Phuket's Museums
Phuket doesn’t have the same breadth or depth of that you’ll find in Bangkok's museums but it does have a few interesting ones that are worth an hour or two of your time if you would like to learn about the island’s history.

The Chiang Mai Zoo
Thailand’s largest and nicest zoo has everything from a celebrity baby panda to a walk-through aviary, plus all the other attractions you’d expect in a zoo.

Phuket Town
Historic Phuket Town offers visitors a look at the island's history.

Scuba Diving in Thailand
Look for PADI-certified scuba diving companies across Thailand.

Guide to Snorkeling in Thailand
Thailand has some amazing places to dive, but if you don’t want to take the plunge or just don’t have time to go through a certification course, consider snorkeling instead.

Guide to Thailand’s National Parks
Looking for a Thailand adventure? Thailand has more than 100 national parks scattered across the country and along the coast (some are marine national parks and encompass islands) with plenty of activities for nature enthusiasts. The parks vary in size from massive ones such as Khao Yai in central Thailand to the small but lovely Sirinat National Park in Phuket.

Things to Do in Chiang Mai
You don't have to spend a lot to enjoy this popular city in Northern Thailand. Here five free activities in Chiang Mai.

What to See and Do in Thailand
Thailand is full of sights to see and things to do, from ancient temples to stunning beaches. Here are some of the best sights and attractions in Thailand.

Sukhothai
Thailand’s first independent state made its capital here in the Northern part of the country during the 13th century. Though power soon shifted south to Ayutthaya, well-preserved ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park are a testament to the Kingdom’s strength. The quiet park, in an otherwise sleepy part of the country, is a great place to explore...

Beaches in Pattaya
Pattaya’s beaches are abundant but aren’t as clean or quiet as the beaches in other parts of the country. They do offer great value and are very convenient if you’re coming from Bangkok. If you’re heading to Pattaya but want a quiet beach to relax on, the best bet is one of the resorts between Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach. Many of these have their own private beaches.

Koh Pha Ngan Beaches
Koh Pha Ngan is known for its backpacker scene and wild full moon parties, but that's not all the rugged island next to Koh Samui has to offer visitors. Whether you came to dance all night or just relax on a quiet beach, or both, you'll find the right beach on Koh Pha Ngan.

Koh Samui Beaches
The island of Koh Samui is ringed with beaches. Which ones should you visit? Use this guide to pick the best Koh Samui beach for you.

Where to See Khmer Ruins in Thailand
Explore stone temples built during the Khmer Empire hundreds of years ago in Thailand.

The Best Places to Visit to Learn about Thai History
These five places are the country’s top destinations if you’re interested in delving into Thailand’s history while you sightsee.

Things to Do in Chiang Mai with Kids
Looking for things to do in Chiang Mai with small kids? The city has plenty of options. Whether you just need a playground and some grass to run around on, or you’re looking for something a little more exotic and unique to Thailand to keep your toddler interested, you’ll find it here.

Where Kids Can Play in Chiang Mai
If you’re traveling in Chiang Mai and need a place for your children to run and play in between hiking trips and visits to temples, head to one of these places.

Top 5 Underrated Places in Thailand
Where to travel to escape the crowds.

Top Ten Free Activities in Bangkok
If you’re traveling on a tight budget, enjoy some of the best museums, activities and sights Bangkok has to offer, all for free!

Pattaya's Miss International Queen Pageant
Pattaya is known for lots of things, one of the more interesting is the annual Miss Tiffany Contest, an international transvestite and transsexual beauty pageant.

Plan a destination wedding in Thailand
What you need to know about picking Thailand for your destination wedding.

Thailand Tourism News
Find out what's going on in Thailand right now on this frequently updated government website.

Thailand’s Top National Parks
Whether you want a Thailand adventure that involves mountain climbing or whitewater river rafting, or you just want to relax on a scenic beach, Thailand's national parks deliver. Here are five of the country's most popular parks.

Staying at Thailand’s National Parks
Many of Thailand s national parks have campsites and bungalows available for visitors. Here s what you need to know about staying in one of the national parks.

Thailand’s Beach National Parks
If you re looking to combine a beach holiday with a Thailand adventure, consider staying at one of the country s coastal national parks. Each of the parks below has undeveloped coast and inexpensive camp sites to pitch a tent at or bungalows to rent.

Ayutthaya
Before Bangkok was founded, Ayutthaya reined as the Kingdom’s capital city for over four hundred years between the 14th and 18th centuries. Ongoing war with the Burmese put an end to what was then considered one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world but ruins of the city’s many temples can be visited on an easy day trip...

Thailand's Royal Elephant Museum
Find out about the role elephants have played in Thai history in this small and quirky museum.

Asiatique, Bangkok's Night Market
It's a casual street market, it's a middle class mall, it's an upscale riverside dining experience complete with entertainment.

Thailand’s National Parks
Find out about all of Thailand’s nearly 150 national parks - when to visit, how to get there, what you'll see and how to make reservations for camping or bungalows.

Celebrate the 2014 New Year in Thailand!
What to do on New Year's Eve.

Should You Cancel Your Trip to Thailand
Updated information about traveling to Thailand in light of ongoing political turmoil.

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