Things to Do in Thailand
Thailand is an amazing destination, full of breathtaking scenery, vibrant wild life, multicolored nightlife, clean beaches, and attractive islands which makes things absolutely incredible. When times come to plan your trip, you will realize there are so many things to do in Thailand. No matter where you will spend your time and no matter whether you will stay for just a week, or take a long-term exploration of the country, you will have an amazing holiday. UME Travel has listed some of must do & see things in Thailand.
Go Island Hopping in Thailand [ More]
One of the most amazing things to do in Thailand is going out to explore the gorgeous islands. There are more than 300 islands in Thailand. For those islands open to the public are varied from each other. If you have plenty of time, you can hop to more islands, but if your time is limited, you can choose one of two for stay or hopping by following our islands guide.
You might like to book: Thailand Island Tours
Getting close to Elephants in a natural and friendly way [ More]
Elephants are symbolic of Thailand, and Thai people treasure them, but many people want to ride elephants, which leads to numerous wild elephants being tamed to harmful riding in tourism and their lives can be extremely poor. Many elephant sanctuaries are established to rescue the elephants as many as possible, providing them good environment to live. People can visit the sanctuaries and spend a day while taking care and playing with the giant and gentle creatures. Maybe we are not able to change the tortured activities, but we can choose a more natural and friendly way to contact them. At UME travel, elephant sanctuaries in Thailand can be arranged for you! No riding, no inhuman treatment. These ethical elephant sanctuaries allow elephants live in natural habitats. You will walk elephants through forests, witness their natural behaviors, feed and bathe them.
You might like to book: Thailand Elephant Tours
Taking a cooking class in Thailand [ More]
Thai food is one of the world's greatest cuisines. Its special features are: light sauces, spicy and sweet, authentic ingredients cooked to preserve pureness, food materials are basically fresh seafood, fragrant herbs and fruit. So many people visiting Thailand look for taking a cooking class. You will experience full of passion, discover the secret of Thai cuisine, and immerse yourself in the delicious Thai food.
In the class you will
Have an in-depth look into real Thai life
Wander around the market and learn to choose the best ingredients and Thai food materials
Learn more about food culture in Thailand
Learn to cook and taste the delicious Thai food
You might like to book: Thai Food Tours
Visit a floating market
Floating markets are featured places recording daily life of Thai people which you will never see in any other countries in the world. Taking a boat around the original floating market in Bangkok crowded with hundreds of vendors and purchasers on their small rowing boats selling and buying or exchanging their goods. It will be a significant experience when you hop on a boat to get the real sense of the locals. Although many of the waterways have been replaced by road, their unmistakable charm makes them worth visiting. There are some floating markets in and around Bangkok are easily accessible such as Damnoen Saduak floating market, Amphawa floating market, Taling Chan floating market, Khlong Lat Mayom floating market and Bang Phli floating market are very famous. UME Travel will arrange the visiting for you according to your requirement. Make sure you do not miss them out while making your visiting list for Thailand.
Celebrate Songkran – Thai New Year with water fight [ More]
Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year – 13 to 15 April, is often referred to as the biggest water fight in the world. The Thais believe that the act of splashing water can wash off all bad luck of the past year, thus welcome the new year with a fresh start. Since the festival becomes more and more popular, thousands of tourists come to Bangkok to celebrate Songkran and join in the water battel together with the locals. The backpackers haven – Khao San Road is the right place to get soaked from head to toe. With DJs set up inside plastic shelters, dance podiums and all the bars lined up along the street, this is one wild party in the world not to be missed!
The backpackers haven of Khao San Road is the place to be if you're looking to get soaked from head to toe.
It's that time of year again to have a splashing good time at Songkran! For the uninitiated, Songkran is an annual water festival that takes place over the Thai New Year – 13 to 15 April. The Thais believe that Songkran – or the act of splashing water – washes off all misfortunes of the past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh start. Prep your super soakers and waterproof your belongings as all of Thailand shuts down for some epic water battles.
You might like to book: Songkran Festival Tours
Get a Thai massage
Thai massage consists of a unique blend of passive stretching, assisted yoga, and pressing movements. The procedure is often more energizing than other types of massage and it has many health benefits. It can lower stress to relieve muscular tension, increase people's physical energy levels, relieves headaches effectively,
promote the circulation of both blood and lymph through the use of gentle stretches and improve the circulation of the fluid in the joints, or synovial fluid, which reduces friction between the joints.
Thai massage really has many health benefits, but where should we get the therapy? As a matter of fact, every city or small town in Thailand is guaranteed to have many massage parlors what more the prices are very cheap compared to what you have to pay in your country. Most of people who visit Thailand would put it in their to-do list.
Taking a street food tour
Take a street food tour is one of the best way to try Thai cuisine and discover why Bangkok is often dubbed a food capital of the world. The knowledgeable culinary guides from UME Travel will accompany and guide you to eat your way through Bangkok's savories' neighborhoods. Along the way, the guide will tell you the stories behind local eateries and their famous recipes and you will also learn the history, tradition and culture of the cuisine in Thailand. You will taste a variety of mouth-watering food from one renowned street food stalls to another and even to the ethnic specialty eateries and historic fine restaurants. With so many delicious foods in Bangkok, it will be really hard for you to get start and let UME travel help you. We plan, you explore, eat and enjoy then your foodie dream will come true.
Celebrate the Loy Krathong & Yi Peng festival
Loy Krathong Festival is the most beautiful festival in Thailand and perhaps the celebrations of it are one of the most amazing ones in the world. Loy Krathong is considered the second most important festival in Thailand and it is a favorite for Thais and visitors as well. It is the most popular festival for Thailand in fall.
On the same day, Yi Peng Festival, is celebrated along with Loy Krathong in Northern Thailand and the most famous one is in Chiang Mai. When the night falls, people launch thousands of fire-powered paper lanterns into the air for good luck. When thousands of burning lantern appearing in the sky, it looks like burning stars sparking, creating a dreamlike world.
The best place to celebrate Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festival is around the city of Chiang Mai. The two festivals take place over three days and there will be events scattered around the city including traditional dance show, live music, pageant contest, fireworks display etc. At night during the festivals, local people of Chiang Mai may get around the bank of Ping River to float their Krathong down the river and release their paper lantern into the sky to pray good luck to their family. The best spots to watch the celebration is on the Iron Bridge and Nawarat Bridge. Visitors can also join in the locals to experience the celebration like the locals.
You might like to book: Loy Krathong Tours
Watch a Muay Thai fight
Muay Thai is Thailand's national sport also called Thai boxing. Watching a Muay Thai flight during your trip to Thailand will be an exciting experience whether you are a hardcore or casual Muay Thai fan. Watching the most authentic and top-level fights, we recommend Rajadamnern stadium in Bangkok which is the historical landmark being the first Muay Thai stadium built in Thailand. The enthusiastic presence of gambling at the flights is part of Muay Thai's attraction for tourists. There are many gestures at the Muay Thai stadiums are very similar to hand signals in financial trading floors. Muay Thai in Bangkok is one of few venues where gambling is allowed and it is also one of few simple pleasure of the working class. It is very rowdy and very interesting to watch the fights and enjoy the atmosphere.
Get a Sak Yant Tattoo
Traditionally called 'Sak Yant' in Thai language, it is the Thai temple tattoo with a history over 2000 years. Sak means to tattoo or to jab, Yant is the Thai word for Yantra or a type of mystical diagram. These tattoos are hand-etched onto the skin with ancient geometric designs mixed with prayers of Buddhist. Originally Buddhist monks tattooed warriors who needed protection and strength during battle, but now anybody can get one. People believe that the tattoo provide wearer magic powers with strength, health, lucks, and protection against evils.
There are still temples in Thailand that offer “free” Sak Yant tattoo with a mandatory donation where people line up every day to visit the Ajarn (master monk performing the tattoo) to get their magical tattoo. However, these Ajarns will most likely not speak English. You won’t know what tattoo you are getting or where on your body it will be placed. Thai Buddhist monks cannot touch women and therefore most monks won't tattoo women. A few of them accept to give women a tattoo unless they wear a glove in order to avoid touching them. Wat Bang Phra is the most popular Sak Yant temple in Bangkok, which is located 30 miles outside the city.
UME Travel can arrange a tattoo tour in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. We think it is a better way for tourists who want to get Sak Yant tattoo. We will arrange your tattooing in a reputable Sak Yant salon and get tattoo given by a famous Ajarn. We will arrange an English speaking guide to go with you so you can tell the Ajarn what you would like protection from and what you are struggling with. Then he can design the pattern for you to look at.
A Sak Yant tattoo will be a permanent reminder of your wonderful time you spend in Thailand.
Ride a tuk tuk
The tuk tuk is the featured and the best known vehicle in Thailand. Taking this open air tiny 3-wheeled vehicle running on a motorized engine around the towns in Thailand to experience the exotic culture is pretty fun. It can take you to almost everywhere in the town you want to go, so it attracts lots of tourists. Each of the tuk tuk can carry about 2-3 passengers. When you on a tuk tuk, be sure that your bags and valuables are kept away from the open sides as bag snatching has been known to happen. We do not suggest you taking a tuk tuk for a long journey because it will be too hot in the open air, however, it will be a great experience for a short distance riding. UME Travel has tours to show you around the old cities in Bangkok and Chiang Mai by tuk tuk which definitely will be a lifetime memory that you won't find back home.
Enjoy a ladyboy show [ More]
Ladyboys in Thailand are known to be some of the most eccentric and interesting people to meet when you visit the country. They are world famous for having beautifully feminine appearances and working to appear as normal women in society. Visitors can see ladyboys everywhere: in the shops, on the streets, in school, restaurants and temples. These transgender men have become the country's trademark and many of the tourists want to encounter the ladyboys during their trip in Thailand. So there are a lot of layboy shows in Thailand. The shows offer some of the finest night-time entertainment in Bangkok that are jam-packed with glam, glitz and humour. The performances are world-class and attract a lots of tourists every night. Bangkok's Calypso Cabaret Show at Asiatique is the one of the best gives you one of the heartfelt welcomes.
Bangkok's Calypso Cabaret Show at Asiatique gives you one of the heartfelt welcomes you can get on the land of smiles and does so in many diverse tongues.
Trekking in Thailand
Thailand has many ripe treks, from its dripping, pristine rainforests to its towering, mist-envelope mountains, there is a landscape that waits you to explore by foot. But the more exciting things of trekking are meeting the people in the remote hill tribes barely touched by the outside world and understanding deeper of this fascinating country with the help of your passionate and enthusiastic local guide.
Taking part in full moon party
The legendary stories of the infamous Full Moon Party have been spread all world round. For those who love to go open-air nightclub, beach party, Full Moon Party is not to be missed. The massive party takes place on a stretch of beach on Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand. On the full moon night each month, thousands of people gather in the party from all around the world and dance and drink all night long.
You might like to book: Full Moon Party Tours