11 Authentic Experiences to Try in Thailand

Most travelers heading to Thailand visualize it as a country of countless beaches, scenic islands, and never-ending parties. Hidden behind its glamorous nightlife and famed beaches is a culturally rich country, begging to be explored - The 'real' Thailand that guidebooks and brochures barely talk about.

So if you are a traveler who likes to get under the skin of a place and look beyond the touristy exterior, here are 10 authentic experiences that you should definitely try in Thailand.

1. Stay with the Hill Tribes of Thailand

Absolutely no experience gets as immersive as staying with the hill tribes of Thailand. It is the perfect opportunity to live and eat like the locals.

It is a 3-4 day trip where you trek through the jungles to find yourself in a village in the mountains- a village made of simple huts and hardworking tribals.

Throughout your days here, you will sleep on the floor of a village hut, shower using buckets, pluck coffee beans (if you feel like it), eat home cooked meals and of course, click tonnes of photos with adorable children. You will certainly have a better appreciation of Thai culture once you return.

Note: Beware of tourist scams which combine everything into a day tour. They probably don’t even take you to a real village.

Where: Chiang Mai

2. Have a heart to heart conversation with a Monk

There are many temples in Thailand which have Monk Chat programs. These programs let you have informal discussions with prep school age Monks, accompanied by their teacher of course.

So you are not only participating in a fun exchange culture here but also helping them get better at English. And what do you talk about with them? You can talk about anything right from their ambitions to sharing your own stories.

Where: Chiang Mai

3. Take a Thai cooking Class

Thailand is blessed with an amazing cuisine and if you want to dig into it a little more than ordering a Pad Thai, then enroll yourself for a Thai cooking class.

It starts with your teacher taking you to a local market to buy the ingredients. That in itself is an overwhelming experience. The markets are hectic, but it’s a great place to see the locals in action.

Once you have all the ingredients in place, it's time to grind them up into a curry paste and whip out some lip-smacking Thai cuisine. And the best part about the class is, you get to eat what you make!!

Where: Chiang Mai

4. Pamper yourself with a traditional Thai massage

It is almost impossible to leave Thailand without giving your sore muscles a taste of an authentic Thai massage. They are everywhere, so it’s easy to get one, you just need to decide the place.

There is Wat Pho, a popular temple in Bangkok, considered to be the birthplace of authentic Thai massages. Or you could get it on a beach, with the gentle waves and ocean breeze acting as a lullaby.

You can also get one right in the middle of the street, sitting in one of the recliner chairs. They are as good and easy on the wallet too. So remember, when in Thailand, say goodbye to sore muscles.

Where: Anywhere in Thailand

5. Go for a grueling Muay Thai session

If you love pushing the extremes of your physical boundaries, then a Muay Thai session is a great way to test yourself.

An intense sport, Muay Thai sees fighters launch a flurry of brutal punches, kicks, and elbow strikes to beat their opponents. Of course, you don’t really have to go that extent.

A training session involved strength conditioning, cardio and sparring are enough to give you a flavor. If you enjoy it, you can go for a month-long course. And if you have the heart for it, why not put your new-found skills to the test?

Where: Bangkok

6. Shop at the bustling night markets

Night markets are one of the best places to watch locals go about their daily business and mingle with them. They are also good for buying funky accessories, cheap clothing, and wacky souvenirs.

Their brightly lit stalls, energetic atmosphere and the aroma of delicious Thai cuisine are what draw travelers to them. So even if shopping doesn’t catch your fancy, night markets surely make for a gastronomic delight.

Where: Phuket

7. Cruise along the floating markets

You can find images of floating markets in most travel brochures about Thailand. Like the night markets, they are a beehive of activity, with locals going about their daily business.

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The merchants sell everything from vegetables and fruits to souvenirs and delicious Thai cuisine.The best way to absorb all this flurry of activity is by hiring a boat and cruising along the market.

Being extremely popular among tourists, they can get pretty crowded, often leading to traffic jams in these waterways. So make sure you reach early to beat the crowds.

Where: Bangkok

8. Ride a bicycle through the city to discover a different side of Thailand

A unique way of experiencing a city like Bangkok is to go on a bicycle tour. It takes you through small alleyways and traditional settlements. Along the way, you get to see Bangkok’s impressive temples and bustling night markets.

Once you cross the river on a ferry, you discover communities living along the riverbank and interact with them. Led by a fun local, the bicycle tour lets you discover a side of Bangkok you never knew existed.

Where: Bangkok

9. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch in a floating village

Koh Panyee is a floating village near Phuket. The entire village is supported on stilts, making for an interesting day trip.

What is surprising is that Koh Panyee is a full-fledged village with schools, a police station and shops selling everything from t-shirts to souvenirs. You can just stroll along its walkways and get lost in its simple beauty.

Although Phang Nga bay cruises include Koh Panyee in their itinerary, we would recommend hiring a longtail boat and going there by yourself. If you reach early, you might be the only visitor.

Where: Phuket

10. Stroll through a town steeped in history

Phuket old town is a world apart from its ultra-urban vibe. It’s a town steeped in history. The architecture is European influenced and its quaint streets are lined with Sino-Portuguese shop-houses and colonial mansions.

There are many cafes, bakeries and eating joints along the way. You can just grab a cup of coffee, wander the area and absorb its old-world charm.

Where: Phuket

11. Travel Koh Samui - Discovering the Hidden Treasure of Thailand

Do you wish to visit the tropical islands, the enthralling temples, the local markets and the stunning beaches of Koh Samui, but need some travel suggestions about the beautiful places and activities around there? Koh Samui is one of the most attractive destinations in Thailand with palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, dense mountainous rainforests, plus luxury resorts and posh spas.

Well, we have listed some interesting places of Koh Samui that you will love to explore. Below you can find some amazing places, that will make your vacation in Koh Samui a memorable one.

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Dreamy Beaches of Koh Samui


Koh Samui’s coastline is covered with some beautiful beaches along. Here you will find some calm and peaceful beaches, as well as some vibrant beaches. The famous and sometimes crowded beaches are Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach, on the eastern side of the island. Also, the towns of these two beaches offer the most interesting things to do for tourists.

If you prefer a calmer atmosphere, then you must go to Bo Phut Beach or Maenam Beach. You can even find some secluded beaches like the Bang Por Beach in Koh Samui.

Fascinating Temples of Koh Samui


Do you believe in God? Are you worshipper or like to visit temples? In any case, you must visit the magnificent temples of Koh Samui once. Here, there is more to see than the famous Big Buddha, the Wat Plai Laem or the Wat Khunaram which has a mummified monk.

The Laem Sor Pagoda and the Wat Rattanakosin, near the pagoda on a small hill, belong to the list of the most beautiful temples of Koh Samui. You can visit all of these places on a motorbike because they are all located in the south of Koh Samui.

However, we are not finished yet. With the Wat Kiri Wong Karam close to the Elephant Gate in Taling Ngam, the Wat Samret or the Khao Hua Jook Pagoda with a view of the airport of Samui, you can find some more temples.

Walking Streets and markets of Koh Samui


Nightlife is always exciting in Koh Samui. If you are fond of Thai markets and Thai food, then you are at the right place. You will find several spreads around the towns of the islands at Koh Samui.

Besides the delicious variety of Thai food, which you can try in these markets, you will find clothes, cocktails, souvenirs and just everything you can imagine. In fact, the food tastes incredibly good at night, and the little stalls on the streets of Koh Samui offer some incredible food choices.

Fantastic Viewpoints At Koh Samui


Koh Samui offers a range of viewpoints from the hills as the islands are located in the Gulf of Thailand. Whether it is the view from the Wat Rattanakosin or the Khao Hua Jook Pagoda, everything seems mesmerizing in Koh Samui.

Some more places that you can visit in Koh Samui are Chaweng Beach, Bophut Beach, Nathon pier Beach, Taling Ngam Beach and Lamai Beach. Whether you go to the beaches of Koh Samui or the markets of Koh Samui, you will always be fascinated by nature and the fascinating views that Koh Samui will provide you.

Hin Yai & Hin Ta (Grandfather and Grandmother Rock)

Hin Yai & Hin Ta is one of the most famous sights of Koh Samui that you should surely visit on your trip to Koh Samui. The Grandfather and Grandmother Rock, known as Hin Yai and Hin Ta in Thai, is famous for its story.

Hin Yai & Hin Ta is situated on the south of Lamai Beach and represents the male and female sexual characteristics. Hin Ta and Hin Yai have some fascinating rock formations in Koh Samui’s south coast, and it has been a source of amusement and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago.

Tarnim Magic Garden

The Tarnim Magic Garden is also known as Secret Buddha Garden. The Secret Buddha Garden is hidden high in the hills, in Koh Samui's interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds.

When you visit Tarnim Magic Garden, you will discover a huge garden that has many statues. You will see many Buddha statues, but along with these, there are also some others like birds, snakes and mythological creatures at Tarnim Magic Garden.

Motorbike trip to Koh Samui


A trip on a bike is ideal if you want to explore Koh Samui on your own. Exploring the place on your own on a motorbike is a whole new experience, as you get to know the place and their culture more closely. You can even rent a bike from near by hotels or shops that rent motorbikes nearby the island of Koh Samui.

A Trip To Namuang Safari Park And The Ang Thong Marine National Park


The Ang Thong Marine National Park has beautiful islands, and snorkeling areas, located on the coast of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Most of the speedboat trips begin at the Big Buddha Pier in Bangrak, but there are also some trips you can do with wooden boats. At Koh Mae Koh you will get to see some fantastic snorkeling sites, you can even see the monkey rock and much more.

Namuang Safari Park is situated on the southern side of Koh Samui and is about 30 minutes from the airport. Moreover, it is located only a few kilometers from the Nathon pier and thus has become an exciting tourist attraction in Koh Samui. The park has been an adventure destination since the last ten years, and now they are extremely famous for its elephant trek and crocodile show.

So this was a list of places around Koh Samui that you must visit to make your trip unforgettable. Koh Samui is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand.

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