Top 10 Things to do in Thailand – Arzo Travels

Top 10 Things to do in Thailand (Also Great for Solo Travelers)

This Post was Written by Denise from Chronicles in Wonderland

Thailand – the land of smiles, temples, night markets and wonderful adventures. If you’re planning a trip on your own, Thailand is the place to be!

What makes Thailand a great destination for solo travelers? It is not only popular for short trips but also popular for nomads who love the low living costs – but of course there are many more reasons why to visit Thailand.

People over there are not only friendly, but also extremely helpful and welcoming. You will meet a lot of travelers on your way, with whom you are about to share amazing adventures with!

Don’t want to miss out on some epic experiences?

Here you go! The Top 10 picture-worthy life experiences

Best Things to Do and See in Thailand

#10 Explore the Capital – Visit Bangkok

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The one and only place to start out with! It’s loud, dirty, messy and just as colorful and happy as you would imagine it to be. The streets reflect the beauty and the misery of Thailand’s most important city – there is a lot to do in Bangkok.

If you want to get some souvenirs or fake passports KAO SAN ROAD is the place to be.

The passports look pretty decent and with your newly found international driving license you can get anywhere you want now!

Or you laugh at my suggestion and head on to buy souvenirs. Both is worth it – I can guarantee! Just make sure not to stock up your bags with too many things to shop in Bangkok, as you can always come back for a day right before you head home.

Kao San Road is also packed with other travelers, just go get in a bar or the nearest hostel and you will meet a lot of new friends.

Kao San Road in Bangkok as a female solo traveler
Kao San Road in Bangkok as a female solo traveler, Pic: viewfinder / Shutterstock.com

#9  VISIT SOME HILL TRIBE VILLAGES

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Pic: MangPor Photolista / Shutterstock.com

The north of Thailand is less touristic and the landscape is breathtaking.

If you’re around, make sure to visit LONG NECK VILLAGE, a small hill tribe that consists of Burmese refugees that have settled in Thailand.

On rainy days the village is a bit hard to reach as you have to cross a river on a scooter. But who said this is going to be a boring bus ride?

I definitely did not! So get on your grip on the scooter and off you go towards Long Neck Wonderland.

You might have seen them on pictures as they are wearing large golden rings around their necks, which makes them appear to be long. They are actually not – it is only their shoulders being pushed down.

You want to look the same? Try some on, too – don’t miss out on that one!

If you come early in the morning you can have a chat with them and walk around the village without being amongst too many tourists.

I would also recommend to sit down and chat with them. Let them talk about their life experiences and what has brought them here. If you get along with them you might as well be a little bit more critical and ask them why they are still here. Watch out for the answers, they might surprise you …

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Long Neck Women in Thailand, Pic: Phuong D. Nguyen / Shutterstock.com

#8  HANG OUT IN PAI

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Pai, Thailand, Pic: De Visu / Shutterstock.com

Pai! Oh yeah, how much I loved this small hippy lane!

Everything is made out of wood and colored beautifully. You are about to enter Hipster Wonderland with good coffee and smiling men in beards. Nice looking smiling men in beards.

The village lies in between the mountains and makes you feel as if you had entered a new world. Everything is calm and everyone seems to be happy in their hammock.

If you’re looking for some relaxing time in a breathtaking atmosphere, Pai is the place to stay

#7 EXPERIENCE RESPONSIBLE ELEPHANT TOURISM

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Chiang Mai, Thailand @shutterstock

You have probably seen people riding on elephants. Don’t be fooled – those elephants are not as happy as they look like.

But there is another great way to encounter those amazing animals: You can visit Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. It is an elephant conservation project in the north of Thailand, where mistreated elephants have been rescued to live happily ever after.

You can walk along with the elephants, see them bathe, touch them and get some great close-up pictures.

It is a great experience you should not miss out on.

P.S. Another fun thing to do in Chiang Mai is to visit the Bo Sang Umbrella Village. 

#6 SEE DIVING MONKEY IN KOH LIPE

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Koh Lipe beach @shutterstock

Yes, you’ve heard right! There is indeed a diving monkey in Koh Lipe.

The island is located in the south of Thailand, close to the Malaysian border. It takes some time and a small boat to get there. Once you arrive, make sure to pack your backpack in a plastic bag as you will have to carry it on shore. And here you go: you are about to enter a small remote paradise, you do not want to leave anytime soon.

Go and find the first Italian Restaurant on your way and talk to the owner. He is Italian and has a small monkey living with him, who just loves to jump into the water and dive. A must-see for every Thailand traveler- and where else can you dive with monkeys? I haven’t heard of any other place yet!

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#5 ENJOY FESTIVALS IN THAILAND

Festivals in Thailand are crazy!

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Full Moon Party in Thailand and other places not to miss in Thailand, Pic: Vasit Buasamui / Shutterstock.com

Have you ever been to a proper full moon party? No? Alright – now is the time to go. Just head to Koh Phangan and get yourself painted in various neon colors, so you can party with thousands of people at the beach below the moon.

Another great festival is Songkran, the Thai New Year’s Festival. It starts April the 13th and will get you wet!

Just try and stay dry on that day – I can guarantee you it won’t work as the whole country will be out on the streets with water pistols and buckets to make each other wet.

Get your bikini on, prepare your water pistol and fight your way through the water until no dry person remains to be seen.

Chiang Mai China Town Festival 2016 at Warmrot Market (Kad Luang) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Pic: Aireo / Shutterstock.com

#4 DIVE BETWEEN NEON CORALS

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Koh Tao island, Thailand. @shutterstock

You heard right!

There are actually neon corals in Thailand, that glow underwater. On Koh Tao you can dive down and experience this amazing spectacle at night.

You don’t have a diving license? No problem! As you are already in Thailand, you can get one here. Koh Tao is said to be the cheapest place on earth to get your diving license and why not start with glow in the dark corals?

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Koh Tao island, Thailand. @shutterstock

#3 VISIT MARKETS

Floating Markets in Thailand, Pic: nimon / Shutterstock.com

Markets in Thailand are a must-see. Whether it is one of the floating markets around Bangkok or a night market in Chiang Mai, both will blow your mind.

The floating markets consist of small boats that are selling food on the water. This loud and colorful spectacle will stay in your mind for a long time. Head down towards the water and snack on some fresh fruit whilst smelling various spices. Welcome to Thailand.

The Night Market in Chiang Man is also an experience you should not miss out on. Night stands pile up next to each other and offer everything from bags to clothes and food.

There are also various stands with roasted insects. I dare you to try a grasshopper, but make sure to remove the feet before you eat it. It tastes a little bit like peanuts and will make you want to snack on more after.

#2 PARTY AT KOH PHI PHI

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Koh Phi Phi Island @shutterstock

The one party hotspot to meet new people.

Crystal clear water and a lot of travelers. Koh Phi Phi is the place to be.

Once you arrive on the island you will find yourself in the middle of a postcard panorama: White sand that blinds your eyes, light-blue water and palm trees waving in the slight breeze of air.

There are no cars on Koh Phi Phi, but you can use taxi boats to explore the island.

The party scene at night is also to be recommended. Various fire shows and Hula dancers will make your stay unforgettable.

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#1 RELAX AT “THE BEACH”

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Last but not least my absolute favorite: THE Beach (AKA Maya Bay, the main beach of Phi Phi Leh Island).

You’ve all watched this epic movie of Leonardo Di Caprio swimming towards this remote paradise. And guess what!

This is what you will do! You’ll get on a boat where you are dropped off right in the middle of the ocean to swim towards the island.

You can book a tour on Koh Phi Phi and it guarantees you not to be more than 25 people on there. The tour includes some snorkeling on the way, the drop off in the water and a night at the beach.

Don’t worry – the boat will come to the island and the island also has fixed bathrooms on it – but nonetheless, it is an adventure. I went there on my own and got to know so many people within that day. The remote location, the guitars and whiskey buckets brought by the tour guides will make you feel happy within minutes.

As you spend a whole day plus a night over there, this experience will bring you closer together as a group.

At night you can sleep at the beach or just float in the bay watching shooting stars whilst glowing plankton moves around your fingers and lights up the water.

There was no more wish left after the stars started falling off the sky.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise from Chronicles in Wonderland: A recent long-term student who has been traveling the world for the past 7 years after losing her memory in a downhill accident.

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Safe Travels, Arzo
Safe Travels, Arzo

World’s Best Beaches – Bucket List

20 of the Best Beaches Around the World

BEACH BUCKET LIST

We live in a beautiful world – if you still doubt it, I am sure these pictures will prove how gorgeous our planet is.

20 amazing beaches around the world - from Europe, to the USA, Australia, Africa, South America, Maldives and more.

 

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There are times I think I have done quite a bit of traveling and cannot believe how many great places I have seen already. Then I do some research, get inspired by social media channels like Instagram or Pinterest or blogs and realize: I may have seen a bit of the world, but there are tooooons of great places that I have not been to. My hunger for visiting new places and traveling to already known places seems to be endless.

Though I am a city girl, my heart melts just by looking at pictures of gorgeous beaches online and in magazines. Seeing all the “Top 50 Beaches in the World” or similar lists, I have started thinking about my own list “Top 20 Beaches I Would Like to Visit”.

It would have been easier to list 1,000 beaches I would love to visit but for now, I am happy to list only 20 beaches around the world that are very, very high on my bucket list. Though I always enjoy checking posts about the “20 Best Beaches/Cities in the World,” I know it is difficult to name them if we have not seen them all.

However, this did not stop me from making my own list with beaches I am crazy to visit soon.

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I am sure if you are a beach person, you’ll enjoy the pictures as much as I do. I have not put the beaches in any particular order, I was picky enough choosing only 20 beaches/islands. There is only one exception: the last beach on this list is actually the one I think might be the most stunning beach of all. Enjoy:

Here we are, 20 best beaches for your (and my) bucket list.

Balos Beach in Greece

Balos Beach in Greece has made it on my list of a dream beach! Why? I love the unique and unusual shape of the island and the water just looks amazing.

Balos Beach in Greece @shutterstock

Ready to visit this gorgeous island? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours

Maldives

I could not decide on one particular beach and thus name Maldives as a whole. I guess no “Best Beaches Around the World” list would be complete without naming Maldives, but looking at the pictures, it does not come as a surprise.

 Beautiful beach with wodden jetty and single small tree in Maldives
Beautiful beach in Maldives @shutterstock

 

Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands

Okay, I admit that I have not seen many pictures of Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands and had not known much about it. But after having seen this picture I did some research and do not understand why the population of the Coo Island is dropping – after all, they can call this gorgeous place home.

Amazing beach with white sand and black rocks on Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Amazing beach with white sand and black rocks on Rarotonga, Cook Islands @shutterstock

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Perhentian Islands in Malaysia

I visited Malaysia once and went to Langkawi (read about this stunning island here) – though I do not regret having gone to Langkawi, I would love to visit the Perhentian Islands anytime (preferably soon).

Beautiful beach at Perhentian islands, Malaysia
Beautiful beach at Perhentian Island, Malaysia @shutterstock

Phang Nga Bay in Thailand

Well, it does not come as a surprise that I had to add at least one Thai island/beach on the list. I was not sure which beach should make it on my top 20 bucket list, and eventually decided for Phang Nga Bay.

Beautiful beach on a Thai island in Phang Nga bay, Thailand
Thai island in Phang Nga bay, Thailand @shutterstock

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Camps Bay Beach in South Africa

Beautiful Camps Bay Beach in South Africa is actually the only beach in this list I have already visited. I was there a few years ago in October and it was pretty cold so we enjoyed some walking on the beach, but could not go in or even relax at the beach, so I put Camps Bay Beach in summer on my bucket list.

Beautiful Camps Bay Beach and Lion Head Mountain Chain, Cape Town, South Africa
Beautiful Camps Bay Beach and Lion Head Mountain Chain, Cape Town, South Africa @shutterstock

Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Is this beach real? The Seychelles probably have the best beaches in the world, and whenever I spot a beautiful beach picture with giant rocks I immediately think of Seychelles. Praslin Island is on the top of my bucket list. If you want to find out more about the Seychelles, including the bad and good, read the Pros and Cons of Visiting Seychelles.

Beautiful sunset over the famous beach Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Seychelles.
Beautiful sunset over the famous beach Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Seychelles. @shutterstock

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Playa del Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I have never made it to Mexico, and if I do, I would not know which place to visit first. Maybe the Playa del Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres would be one of my first stops.

tropical sea on famous Playa del Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
tropical sea on famous Playa del Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico @shutterstock

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Siesta Beach in Miami, USA

I have seen some pretty gorgeous beaches on the west coast of the USA, but the beaches of Florida, and in particular the Siesta Beach in Miami, are on my list for the future. Find out more about Sarasota in Florida.

Siesta Beach in Miami
Siesta Beach in Miami @shutterstock

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos Islands

I know very little about the Turks and Caicos islands, but it seems the beaches are stunning – like the Grace Bay Beach.

Grace Bay
Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos Islands @shutterstock

Amanohashidate in Japan

I am very surprised myself to put a Japanese beach on my list (no offense, Japan) but this beach in Kyoto looks pretty amazing.

Amanohashidate, Japan
Amanohashidate, Japan @shutterstock

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Sancho Beach in Brazil

One of Brazil’s beaches has made in in the top 20 – Sancho Beach (also known as Baio do Sancho) looks like a beach I could fall for.

Sancho Beach. Baia do Sancho. Fernando de Noronha.Pernambuco. Brazil
Sancho Beach. Baia do Sancho. Fernando de Noronha.Pernambuco. Brazil @shutterstock

Hawaii in the USA

The beaches of Hawaii normally fill several spots in each “Top X Beaches Around the World” – I decided on this one: the Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge.

Find out more about places to visit in Hawaii. For more Hawaii travel tips check out the 10-day Hawaii itinerary. SO, whether you visit Hawaii in winter or summer, it is always worth to spend time at the beaches.

View of the monumental Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge, aerial shot from a helicopter, Kauai, Hawaii.
View of the monumental Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge, Kauai, Hawaii. @shutterstock

 

El Nido in the Phillippines

My Instagram feed is flooded with pictures of Philippine beaches – I still cannot get enough. El Nido has made it in my top 20, find an El Nido guide here.

El Nido
El Nido in the Phillipinnes @shutterstock

Eagle Beach in Aruba

Another island in the Caribbean/ South America with stunning beaches and crystal clear water – this beach can be found in Aruba and is called Eagle Beach.

Divi Dive Trees on the shoreline of Eagle Beach in Aruba
Divi Dive Trees on the shoreline of Eagle Beach in Aruba @shutterstock

 Bora Bora

Heaven is a place on earth – if you are on Bora Bora with its top notch beaches for the pretty and rich (and me, one day).

Bora Bora also makes a great honeymoon destination.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora @shutterstock

Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Lately, I have only heard about tax evaders in connection with the Virgin Islands, though that mainly refers to the British Virgin Islands. But look at this picture! The Virgin Islands are so much more than just a paradise for those who refuse to pay taxes (at least I can say that for the Trunk Bay – part of the US Virgin Islands).

Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI
Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI @shutterstock

Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda

This Atlantis island has been voted to one of the best beaches in the word: Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda.

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda @shutterstock

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia

This gem lies in-between Australia and South America, and also made it on my list. Tikehau Island in French Polynesia is just too pretty not to be listed.

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia
Tikehau Island, French Polynesia @shutterstock

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Australia

I am wondering if it would hurt to fall from 1-2 meters and land on the sand of Whitehaven Beach. Or if it would feel like falling on cotton? The sand seems to be the finest sand I have ever seen, and I can hardly imagine this is real. But most of all, I can bite myself in the ass for not having visited Whitehaven Beach when I was in Queensland a few years ago (the Gold Coast in Queensland also has amazing beaches, but this seems like a beach from another planet).

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island,Queensland,Australia
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia @shutterstock

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What do you think? Have you ever visited one of the beaches? Which one is your favorite? Which beaches are on your bucket list?

Safe Travels, Arzo

Bucket List – Haad Salad, Thailand

Haad Salad in Thailand is on my bucket list

Why Haad Salad is on my Bucket List

Why Haad Salad is on my bucket list

This post was written by Vicky, a travel blogger at Make Time to See the World and who has made me want to visit Haad Salad in Thailand so badly.

Aerial view of Koh Phangan, Thailand
Aerial view of Koh Phangan, Thailand @shutterstock

While places like Phuket and Bangkok (here is a great 3-day itinerary) are very well known and extremely popular amongst visitors from all over the world, there are some places that are still hidden gems (btw: for more on Phuket and the best things to do there just click here) and one of them is Haad Salad which is not on every Thailand itinerary.

Haad Salad is located on Koh Phangan, the tiny Thai island that is famous for its Full Moon Parties (FMP). When we visited as part of our South East Asia trip, it was with the intention of attending the FMP but I had no desire to stay in the backpacker central of Haad Rin, (which is the beach where the party is held).

After much research about the rest of the island, I decided on Haad Salad because it was at the opposite end of the island, but there were mini-bus services to and from the party throughout the night (and early hours of the morning!)

Haad Salad
Haad Salad

Haad Salad translates as ‘the pirate beach‘ – so called because it is nestled in a sheltered shallow cove, complete with its own beautiful coral reefs and banked on either side by lush green mountains – which made it the perfect place for smugglers to hide! But at the time we were there we practically had the beach to ourselves and there was not a pirate in sight!

Haad Salad
Haad Salad

With only a few hotels and backpackers along the shore and with a very small township, Haad Salad is the perfect tropical beach area to get away to – without being too far away from everything else. 

What to do in Haad Salad

Haad Salad also offers a small range of beachside activities such snorkeling and kayaking (equipment can be hired from any of the hotels) but you can be sure there will be no noisy jet ski’s or banana boats to spoil the serenity!!

And for those of you looking for a more deep-sea experience, there are a few tours desks which organize scuba trips around the island – and I would highly recommend allocating time to dive if you are qualified – the coral and the fish are stunning!

Haad Salad
Haad Salad
Haad Salad
Haad Salad

As with the rest of Thailand, you are never far from $8-10 massage, and even though they are slightly more expensive on the islands – with Haad Salad being no exception – it is a cheap price to pay for an hour of relaxation. I think I may even have had one every day!

As for dining options, your choices may be limited to the few restaurants in the ‘township’ (by which I mean a single street leading down to the beach!) or the in-house restaurants at the hotels on the beach, but the food is great all-round with a mixture of Asian and Western dishes and if you like fresh seafood – you’ll be in heaven!

Haad Salad
Haad Salad

And for those you that are not convinced that Haad Salad should be on your “Beach Bucket List” let me show you some of the most beautiful over-water sunsets I have ever seen…

Haad Salad
Haad Salad

… see, I told you so!!

Want to find out more about Thailand? The only time I have been in Thailand was when I stayed in Bangkok for 5 days – and I totally loved it! It is a crazy city that should be on every bucket list – check out about the best things to do in Bangkok.

Ko Pia Ngan, Haad Salad @shutterstock_408436504
Ko Pia Ngan, Haad Salad @shutterstock

This post was written by Vicky, who runs the blog MakeTimeToSeeThe World and it is part of my new series of my bucket list destinations.

If you liked that post check out Vicky´s blog (definitely worth to check it out) and also her Social Media: Instagram

 

 

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