The Land of Smiles, a Swarnabhoomi in Earth , Thailand is set to open for tourism post lockdown. A country blessed with natural resources such as national parks, waterfalls, islands, every visit to Thailand is a whirlwind experience . But have you truly gotten the real Thailand experience? Do you want to Rediscover Thailand with a completely different perspective, like a Local Thai Citizen, generally not found in Touristic Guidebook?
Here’s the top 8 Local things to do in Thailand
1. Learn some basic Thai
The first thing to interact with the locals is to learn the local language, atleast a few basic phrases to say Hello, Thank You etc :
- Hello – Sawadee khrup/ka
- Thank you – khop khun (khrup/ka)
- Yes – Chai (khrup/ka) No – Mai (khrup/ka)
2. Rejoice the Street Foods
Thailand’s street foods is world famous for its taste, quality and variety. From seafoods, fruits to ice creams , there’s so many to try (even for vegetarians)
Must try Items:
Coconut Ice Cream
Reboot with a Strong Thai Coffee:
Yes, you have may have visited plenty of cafes and restaurants, but nothing can beat a Signature coffee for just 30B at a 7/11 supermarket near you
3. Rediscover Thailand by exploring the interiors
If you have already covered popular tourist places like Phuket,Pattaya or Krabi, try out smaller cities that has a lot of history , religious/ cultural experiences such as Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya,Chiang Rai etc (well connected by flights, trains and mini-vans)
4. Rejuvenate in an Authentic Thai Spa
You can find the most authentic Thai massage parlours with fully trained professionals in the interior cities of Thailand such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Surat Thani etc. The highly experienced masseurs can get that sore muscle in your body come alive and just costs around 300Baht.
5. Travel like a Local
Ride around the city quickly by flagging down a shared bike taxi . If you can’t find one, there’s always a Tuk-Tuk (But remember to bargain)
6.Relish the Thai Cuisine
It doesn’t count if you have been to Thailand and came back without having the Mango Sticky Rice, Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry. The taste, flavor and aroma is totally amazing hen you have it in Thailand
7. Revive your soul in a Buddha, Erawan & Ganesha shrine
Erawan also called as Lord Brahma(in India) , Buddha and Lord Ganesha are popular gods that you can see in temples in Thailand. A visit to these shrines can give you a whole different divine experience in your Rediscover Thailand tour
8.Interact & Learn with a Local
The most important part of a journey is to meet, interact with the locals and learn about the Thai way of Life. Be respectful, observe and communicate with a Thai citizen to learn their customs, cooking through a Homestay or a Cooking class
For other information on Thailand itinerary, do check out my other posts on Thailand
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Woww these 8 things to do and explore in Thailand is wonderful. Travelling and exploring like the locals is great, exploring that cuisine is what I would splurge on first
If I reach Thailand in 2021, then for sure first thing I am going to eat is coconut ice cream. I would like to try the street food and go the shrines.
That’s a well penned article to refer to while one is plan their trip to Thailand. Have heard a lot about their coffee. A must-try in my list. The other pointers are interesting too.
I agree that exploring Thailand as a local would be a great experience! I am looking forward to it!
I’ve done most of the things mentioned in this list. I’m happy! Thanks for creating this
Such a great insightful article I must say. Hope to visit this place post-pandemic and try all these pointers mentioned in the blog
Thailand is a forever green destination. Any guide about this country is useful and a deja vu when I read.
Thailand has so much to offer for tourists and your post so evidently reiterates that fact.
Very insightful and detailed explanation which will serve as an useful guide.
I haven’t visited Thailand yet but after reading your post I would definitely ant to go and explore.
Thailand has something for everyone. nature, adventure, culture, and heritage. Above all this, is the natural warmth of its people who welcome you with a smile.
Except for Pattaya, I have been to all those places mentioned. But Thailand is one country where I keep traveling to over and over again because I love it so much. I still remember my last trip where I chilled out with cold mangos at a local market, oh my god divine.
Thank you so much for easing my life….have been planning to visit Thailand since quite some time now….This is really helpful
Learning basic Thai words is surely a good way to connect with people for simple question and answers. There is so much to explore in Thailand and your post lists all.