There is a reason why Thailand is so popular with backpackers. Well, there's a lot! In addition to its white sand beaches, its crystal blue waters and its impressive hostels, the country also offers the opportunity to live different experiences at a low cost ... and enjoy a party that you cannot see! For many travelers, Thailand is like a rite of passage and in many cases the first stop on any adventure through Southeast Asia.
1. Go to Chiang Mai and enjoy taking care of the elephants
Ask anyone what to see in Thailand and they will always give you the same answer: see elephants! Of course, it is important that you investigate a little before to avoid any place where the animals are exploited and mistreated. A place where you can live an unforgettable experience and especially respectful with these creatures is the Elephant Rescue Park in Chiang Mai, where they are responsible for rescuing and removing abused Dumbos.
2. Relax on the Island of Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is not an island without more. What's going on, my friend? Koh Nang Yuan is the answer to all your tropical dreams, with jungle everywhere and strips of white sand included! Its two mini mountain islands connected by the stunning beach of Nangyuan Island, accessible only by private boat from Koh Tao. The viewpoint of the island is an essential destination from which you will have the best views of these islands and their irresistible turquoise waters. We are officially obsessed with them!
3. Enjoy Slip n Fly of Koh Phangan
The island of Koh Phangan is known for its crazy nights and its Full Moon Parties, but if you do not want to wait until nightfall to enjoy that atmosphere and you have strong emotions, then you have to try Slip n Fly, One of the best things to do in Thailand without a doubt! Imagine a huge water park with a bodyboard ramp, a pool, tables to play beer pong and the main attraction: its huge slide over 9 meters high that will launch you into the air as if you were an eagle without wings and then plummet into the water ... Of course, try not to give yourself a shot!
4. Get on a balloon and enjoy the sunset over Chiang Mai
Watching the sunset is great. But watching the sunset as you fly through the sky of Chiang Mai in a hot air balloon is a total and absolute "must do". Chiang Mai is wonderful from any angle but floating over the mountainous city while the sun begins to bathe the impressive temples below is a poetic experience. You can choose to go up in a balloon by yourself or in a group, but in any case, you can be the sea of warm to the fire of the engine while you enjoy the calm glow of the dawn. The tour starts at 6:00 in the morning and lasts approximately one hour. And believe us: it's worth getting up early.
5. Discover the Secret Mountain of Koh Phangan
Life is more fun when you deviate from the main road, and a perfect test of it is the Secret Mountain of Koh Pagnan. To discover this hidden gem, you will have to climb the steep and windy streets of the mountainside (so better leave your scooter at home!). When you reach the top, you will find an incredible pool and a super cool bar-restaurant. Oh! And also, some incredible views of the lush forests of Koh Pangan that you can see extending to you several kilometers. The best thing is that visiting this little treasure is totally free; You will only have to pay for what you eat or drink. And there's no need! We know that you thank us!
6. Snorkel at your leisure in Koh Tao
Snorkeling is the cheapest way to enjoy the well-known wonders of the seabed of Koh Tao. Tours are relatively cheap, but if your budget is very tight it is possible to buy or borrow a snorkel for little money and go on your own. Of course, remember to take a look before the weather forecast and the conditions of the sea, and do not forget to tell someone where you are going and when you will return. The bays of Lighthouse Bay and Mango Bay are exceptionally beautiful, with super crystalline water and full of rainbowfish (do not miss them!).
Thailand should be firmly on your bucket list because it is on ours because of these 6 amazing things to do. Do you plan on going?