There are a wide range of things to do in Thailand, from spectacular natural attractions to famous landmarks, activities and places of religious significance. When considering what to do in Thailand, there is so much to choose from that deciding on just a few things can seem a little overwhelming. Still, there are some amazing sights to see and some unforgettable experiences to be had and to ensure you make the most of your time in Thailand, we've compiled a list of some of the most popular and memorable top ten things to do in Thailand.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn): Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this was the chief temple during the Thonburi Period and was once home to important Buddha images Phra Bang and the Emerald Buddha. A cultural attraction, the temple is also firmly entrenched in Thailand's history.
Khao Yai National Park: One of the most visited national parks in Thailand and the second largest in the country, this World Heritage listed site feature lush, mountainous terrain, 320 bird species, 67 mammal species, 1000s of plant species and Khao Rom, the highest peak measuring 1,351m above sea level.
Railay Beach: One of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, Railay is a great place to relax as it can only be accessed by boat. Set around a rocky headland, the pristine beaches, lovely lagoons, imposing limestone cliffs, hidden caves and excellent viewpoints make it a real favourite.
Ayutthaya: Originally a thriving political and trade capital, the city was plundered and left to ruins. Rejuvenated by sophisticated architectural heritage, the traditional styles of ancient U-Thong, Lopburi, Khmer, Sukhothai, Persian and Dvaravati are stark reminder of Thailand's difficult past.
Phi Phi Islands: Just a short boat ride from Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands are home to beautiful beaches, spectacular rock formations and some of the loveliest waters in Southeast Asia. Rich in marine life, the islands are comprise of Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don, the latter known as party central.
Tiger Temple: A Buddhist monastery and forest temple turned animal sanctuary, the Tiger Temple is a popular tourist attraction offering visitors the unique experience to get up close and personal with a number of tame tigers including feeding, exercising and posing for photos. Day tours are available from Bangkok.
Similan Islands Phang Nga Province: A stunning cluster of islands an hour and a half off the Phang-Nga coast, this Marine National Park is home to nine main islands and crystal waters teeming with colourful coral and tropical fish, making for some of the best diving in the region if not the world.
Floating Markets: Bangkok's iconic floating markets are a colourful part of any Thailand holiday, with boats piled high with fresh local produce, tropical fruits, coconut juice and local cuisine also cooked on floating kitchens. A relaxed guided boat tour is the best way to see these markets.
The Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw: A must-see attraction when in Bangkok, this is the most iconic landmark in the city and is truly a spectacle to behold. Built in 1782, the amazing architecture and stunning details of this palace and temple are the spiritual heart of Thailand.
Phang Nga Bay Phang Nga Province: A spectacular natural wonder to Phuket's north east, Phang Nga Bay offers unique limestone cliffs, sheer vertical inclines and breathtaking emerald waters. The dramatic landscape as well as nearby Koh Pannyi and James Bond Island are best explored on leisurely day cruises.