15 Things for Best Friends to Do in Thailand

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Learn from the Monks

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‘Monk chats’ are another way to learn about Thailand’s religious history. Monks are encouraged to practice their English with tourists, while tourists are encouraged to ask any question they like so that their minds are opened to Buddhism and Thai traditions.

Shop at a Street Market

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Every city in Thailand has a street market on the weekends and night markets during evenings. This is the perfect place to take a break from sightseeing and shop for souvenirs.

You’ll find everything from Thai silk ties to teak wood platters to homemade leather shoes. Why not pick up two of the same item so that you always remember your trip together?

Experience a Festival

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Festivals are as much a part of Thailand’s foundation as curry and Buddha. There is a festival held for any major holiday throughout the country, and they will all be memorable.

Between themed parades, street food, lanterns, night markets, and live music—there is really nothing like a Thai festival. The largest ones of the year are Loi Kratong (floating candle festival) and Yi Peng (flying lantern festival).

Sit on a Beach

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Fresh coconuts, white sand, turquoise warm water, good weather… do I have your attention yet?

Thailand is known for its beaches, and sometimes you don’t need to explore them via kayak nor cliff nor hike, but rather by relaxing on a world-famous beach. You can read a book, take in the scenery, talk to locals, and even enjoy a walk-up bar.

Visit the Doctor

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Ok so this may seem counter-intuitive on vacation, but Thailand boasts some of the best-educated dentists, plastic surgeons, and delivery nurses in the world. If you are need of any of these services, you will find some of the most immaculate hospitals imaginable in Bangkok.

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Katie Steinharter

Katie Steinharter

Katie Steinharter lives in Denver, Colorado but finds herself at home all around the world. She recently spent three months traveling through Southeast Asia and Australia, helping social enterprises and NGOs develop strategic marketing plans. Currently Katie is a freelance writer and marketing consultant for start-ups in Colorado. In her free time you may find her reading a book at her local cafe, on the backside of any Colorado ski resort, or just laying on a hammock in the backyard of her parents’ house in Maine.