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Different to tours, these are all activities we have personally been to and written about.

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Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep: Full guide to Chiang Mai’s best day trip [2024]

A microcosm of most of the best parts of Northern Thailand, all accessible in a single day from Chiang Mai

Hiking the “Monk’s Trail” to Wat Pha Lat & Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

The Monk’s Trail is a very accessible hike in Chiang Mai. The starting point is easy to get to, just…

Escape the city at The Ozone cafe in Bangkrajao

We’re coffee lovers, and sure we can find amazing coffee throughout Bangkok, but what we struggle with is finding those…

Local food, tea and farm experience at A’ La Campagne

If you’re driving in to Pattaya from Sukhumvit Road, check out A’ La Campagne, a perfect spot for dates, families,…

Food with a view – The Sky Gallery Pattaya

Head up to The Sky Gallery for breakfast or dinner and dine with a view.

Wine tasting at Silverlake Vinyard

You don't usually think of wine when you're in Thailand, but if you're a wine lover or you're just looking…

Pattaya Viewpoint

No trip to Pattaya is complete without a photo from the viewpoint.

Sanctuary of Truth - Pattaya

Sanctuary of Truth

Learn about life and the convergence of cultures at the Sanctuary of Truth - a 100m tall museum built entirely…

Museum Siam

Discover Thai culture at Museum Siam

Museum Siam is a well thought out and informative museum focused on Thai culture, the people and specifically “Thainess”. It…

Rawai & Chalong scuba diving Phuket

Complete guide to scuba diving from Rawai & Chalong – Phuket

The best part of Phuket for local diving. Read our complete guide to the best dive shops and dive sites…

Khao Lak Surfing

Surfing in Khao Lak, a complete guide [updated 2024]

Thai Sabai Sabai meets Aloha vibes in this chill little surf spot an hour and a half north of Phuket.…

Mu Koh Surin National Park

How to Visit Mu Koh Surin: Single or Multi-Day Trips

Everything you need to know to visit Thailand's most pristine tropical island paradise

Little Amazon Takua Pa: Kayaking in a jungle wildlife paradise

Kayak through a beautiful ecosystem of mangrove and banyan trees that's full of wildlife

Samet Nangshe

Samet Nangshe: Visiting the stunning viewpoint in Phang Nga Bay [2024]

Probably the best place in Thailand to see the sunrise, highly recommended!

Koh Nang Yuan Drone Shot

Koh Nang Yuan: How to visit the iconic Koh Tao beach viewpoint

Koh Nang Yuan (เกาะนางยวน) is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands. Located just a few hundred meters off the coast…

Hidden Lagoon Ang Thong Marine Park Thailand

Ang Thong National Marine Park: Highlights & best boat tours [2024]

If you’re in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, or Koh Tao and looking for a day trip out from the island,…

Koh Samui Coconut Museum

Koh Samui Coconut Museum: Making coconut oil & Thai desserts

If you're looking for a break from boat trips and beaches in Koh Samui, a workshop at the Coconut Museum…

Dive & Relax

Koh Lanta Scuba Diving – Everything you need to know

The Andaman Sea has some of the best diving in the world, so if you’ve already dived the Gulf, you’re…

Lumpini Park Bangkok Skyline

Lumpini Park Bangkok: Our insider’s guide

Missing Lumpini Park in Bangkok would be like going to New York and skipping Central Park

Elephant Sanctuary Thailand

How to book an ethical elephant sanctuary in Thailand

It can seem almost impossible at first to find out which “elephant sanctuaries” in Thailand are actually ethical, and which…

Tonsai Bay in Thailand with longtail boat driving past

Tonsai and Railay Bay – A Rock climber’s paradise in Thailand

When climbers think of rock climbing in Thailand, the first place they will usually think of is Tonsai Bay in…

Bouldering at Khon Kaen zoo

Rock Climbing and Bouldering in Khon Kaen, Thailand

Khon Kaen (เทศบาลนครขอนแก่น) is not the most popular place to climb in Thailand, but there are plenty of sandstone boulders…

Phatthalung wetlands Talay Noi (ทะเลน้อย)

Exploring “Thale Noi” wetlands in Phatthalung

Thale Noi, also spelled Talay Noi (ทะเลน้อย) is an internationally recognized and protected wetland in Phatthalung province covering more than…

Chiang Mai Grand Canyon Waterpark

The Grand Canyon Chiang Mai Waterpark [2020 Guide]

The most unique waterpark we've ever been to, and an insanely fun way to stay cool in Chiang Mai

Soi Sawan Waterfall the best waterfall in Thailand

Soi Sawan Waterfall in Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani

This stunning waterfall is crazy fun to play in, and has almost no visitors.

Phanom Rung - Khmer Empire Ruins in Buriram Thailand

Phanom Rung Historical Park, Guide to Visiting [2020]

This Angkor-Era Khmer ruin is a must-see for anyone visting Southern Issan

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park best itinerary

An overlooked area with one of Thailand's best national parks.

wild elephants in Thailand at Kuiburi

It’s easy to see wild elephants in Thailand – Kuiburi National Park

Seeing these incredible animals in the wild is an amazing experience that may be the highlight of your trip

Chiang Mai Sticky Falls

Visiting Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall in Chiang Mai

This unique waterfall near Chiang Mai has high-traction rock surfaces that are fun to play on and make for epic…

Mae Khlong Railway Market

Mae Khlong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram

While pretty touristy these days, this market is still cool to see

Tham Khao Luang Cave Phetchaburi

Tham Khao Luang Cave Phetchaburi

This cave full of Buddha statues puts on a stunning light show on sunny days

Phra Nakhon Khiri

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park in Phetchaburi

This scenic hilltop overlooking Phetchaburi is a nice place for Thai culture and history

Kaeng Krachan National Park dusky langur

Kaeng Krachan National Park – Wildlife viewing paradise

One of Thailand's best locations for viewing wildlife

Sisaket Aquarium & Observation Tower

Sisaket Aquarium and Observation Tower

Sisaket is most known for the temples and ruins, such as the bottle temple in the south of the province.…

Hat Wat Tai - Beach in Ubon Ratchathani

Hat Wat Tai – A beach (kind of) in Ubon Ratchathani

In the middle of the Mun River in Ubon Ratchathani sits a small island where locals go in the evening…

Wat Phra That Nong Bua - Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Phra That Nong Bua

Ubon Ratchathani has many activities and some great nightlife, but if you enjoy visiting temples, there’s quite a few to…

Puttha Utthayan and Pra Mongkol Ming Muang

Puttha Utthayan & Pra Mongkol Ming Muang – Amnat Charoen Buddha

The Buddha statue is just north of the town center, opposite ‘Ang Kep Nam Phuttha Utthayan lake’ reservoir. Drive about…

Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew

Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew (Wat Lan Khuad) – A temple made out of glass bottles

I’ve seen a lot of temples during my time in Thailand. There are more than 40,000 of them so that’s…

Ratchaburi bat cave

Ratchaburi bat cave and amazing evening flight spectacle

This is a seriously cool thing to witness, highly recommended

Khao Ngu Stone Park Ratchaburi

Khao Ngu Stone Park in Ratchaburi

A nice activity to spend a couple of hours in Ratchaburi

Khlong Khon Mangroves Samut Songkhram

Khlong Khon – mangroves, monkeys & Thai wakeboarding

One of the most fun and most interesting day trips you can do from Bangkok

Wat Sirindhorn Wararam - Ubon Ratchathani

Wat Sirindhorn Wararam – A Glow in the Dark Temple

On the very edge of Ubon Ratchathani on the Laos border, Wat Sirindhorn Wararam (วัดสิรินธรวรารามภูพร้าว) glows every night to satisfy…

Ratchaburi National Museum

Ratchaburi National Museum

A surprisingly nice and well-curated museum along the riverfront in the heart of the city

Wat Maha That, Yasothon

In the province of Yasothon, apart from learning about amphibians and folklores at Phraya Khan Khak (toad museum), there are…

Phraya Khan Khak Toad Museum in Yasothon

Wiman Phaya Tan – A Giant Toad Museum in Yasothon Public Park

Driving through Yasothon town center, you may be a bit surprised to notice a 19-meter high toad looking out over…

Ho Kaeo

Ho Kaeo Viewpoint Tower & Museum

In Mukdahan, there is a 65-meter high tower overlooking the Mekong River called Ho Kaeo Mukdahan (หอแก้วมุกดาหาร). It is not…

Wat Roi Phra Putthabat Phu Manorom – Mukdahan’s Giant Buddha

A lot of people head to Mukdahan to continue into Laos but while passing through, it is worth a visit…

That Kong Khao Noi

That Kong Khao Noi Pagoda in Yasothon Province

Yasothon is best known for the giant toad museum. But when you have finished educating yourself, you could venture down…

Wat Phuttha Nimit

Wat Phuttha Nimit

One of the most beautiful and unique temples we've visited in Thailand. The entrance is free and it's conveniently located…

Sirindhorn Dinosaur Museum

Sirindhorn Dinosaur Museum

Not to be missed if you're visiting Kalasin. The models are very detailed and there's enough information to keep you…

Kalasin Dinosaur Park

A free roadside attraction not to be missed if you're heading north towards the Dinosaur Museum, one of the temples…

Beach in Kalasin

Dok Ket – A Beach Getaway in the Middle of Issan

To our surprise, we found a 'beach' in the middle of Issan, popular with Kalasin locals. Check out their make…

Phu Faek National Forest

Phu Faek Forest Park and Some Dinosaur Footprints!

The main draw to Phu Faek Forest Park is the real dinosaur footprints which are found here. Something not to…

Kaeng Don Klang Park

Kaeng Don Klang Park

Kaeng Don Klang Park (สวนสาธารณะแก่งดอนกลาง) is a large lake surrounded by small parks in Kalasin. The locals come to run,…

Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai Historical Park – Highlights & our recommended 1 & 2 day itineraries

Ride a bicycle through ancient ruins on a plain of tamarind and mango trees

Bung Ta Lua Water Park in Nakhon Ratchasima

If you are staying in Korat city in Nakhon Ratchasima Province (นครราชสีมา), there are some nearby places you can escape…

Sukhothai night market in historical park

Sukhothai weekend night market amid the ruins

An excellent market set amid the ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park

Phu Thok sunrise sea of mist Chiang Khan

Phu Thok Mountain – sunrise in Chiang Khan

See the sunrise over a sea of mist in Chiang Khan, Loei Province

Chiang Khan Alms Giving ceremony

Chiang Khan alms ceremony – morning with the monks

A lovely ceremony to see in the misty dawn light

Wat Ban Rai – The Elephant Temple in Nakhon Ratchasima

Wat Ban Rai, otherwise known as the elephant temple, is a masterpiece of artwork found in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Chiang Khan rabbit temple – Wat Pra Putthabat Phu Kwai Ngoen

Build up your good karma by feeding adorable rabbits at this temple in Loei Province

Huay Krating Reservoir

Huai Krating Reservoir – Blissed out in Loei

Eat, drink, and relax on a raft at this beautiful lake in Loei

Chiang Khan Boat Trip

Chiang Khan boat trip – nice dinner cruise on the Mekong

Sunset cruise with well priced food and drinks on the Mekong River

Phimai Historical Park, Nakhon Ratchasima

Experience the remains of a Khmer style temple without having to leave Thailand

Chiang Khan Walking Street night market

Chiang Khan Walking Street – a great night market

A lively night market that's definitely worth visiting

Wat Pha Sorn Kaew

Wat Pha Sorn Kaew – beautiful temple in Phetchabun Province

One of the most interesting and photogenic temples in Thailand

Ramkhamhaeng National Museum Sukhotahi

Visiting Ramkhamhaeng National Museum in Sukhothai

A nice museum with some beautiful artifacts, but the curation leaves something to be desired

Ban Mung, Noen Maprang, Phitsanulok bats

The incredible flight of the bats in Phitsanulok

This might be the coolest place in Thailand that nobody has heard of

Ban Nong Mae Na river rafting Phetchabun Thailand

Phetchabun river rafting in Ban Nong Mae Na

Sometimes you accidentally stumble on amazing places

Mor Hin Khao Thailand Stonehenge in Chaiyaphum

Mor Hin Khao – Thailand’s Stonehenge in Chaiyaphum

These strange rock formations in Chaiyaphum Province are definitely worth a visit

Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park

Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park, Sakon Nakhon

After spending the day exploring Sakon Nakhon, head to Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park (สวนสมเด็จพระศรีนครินทร์) for some relaxation. It’s a lovely…

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan (วัดพระธาตุเชิงชุมวรวิหาร) is a beautiful and important religious complex in the center of Sakon Nakhon.…

Nong Han Chaloem Phrakiat Lotus Park in Sakon Nakhon

After spending some time in Sakon Nakhon, I met some locals who invited me to go with them to Nong…

Vietnamese Memorial Clock Tower

Located close to the river banks of the Mekong River, the clock tower is a central point of things to…

Cycling the Mekong river in Nakhon Phanom

Rent a bicycle and cycle up to 75km along the Mekong river

Tat Ton Waterfall Chaiyaphum

Tat Ton Waterfall in Chaiyaphum Province

Chaiyaphum doesn't have much, but its got one of Thailand's best waterfalls

Rock climbing at Green Climbers Home – Thakhek, Laos

A short over the Thai-Laos border in Nakhon Phanom is a rock climbers paradise.

Phu Phan Noi viewpoint Nong Bua Lamphu

Phu Phan Noi viewpoint in Nong Bua Lamphu

Phu Phan Noi is one of our top activities in Nong Bua Lamphu

Ayutthaya Buddha Head

Day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya & Suphanburi

A fun daytrip from Bangkok to two nearby provinces

King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Skywalk – 2024 Guide to Bangkok’s Best Rooftop Experience

Bangkok's tallest building, worth it for the awesome views

Khao Chin Lae Sunflower Fields in Lopburi [Updated 2020]

The sunflowers in Lopburi are in bloom from November. Capture the perfect Instagram selfie here.

Sea-mud bath & boat trip at Ban Laem Homestay

We visited Ban Laem Homestay in Nakhon Si Thammarat for the day to take part in some local activities, the…

Shadow Puppet Show at Ban Nang Talung Suchart – Nakhon Si Thammarat

Take part in the ancient craft of Shadow Puppetry at Ban Nang Talung Suchart. Create and decorate your own puppets…

Wat Chalermprakiat Lampang

Wat Chalermprakiat – mountaintop pagodas in Lampang Province

Temples for people who don't normally like visiting temples.

Ghost Tower alternatives

Three urban exploring alternatives to the Sathorn Unique Ghost Tower

You can't get into the Ghost Tower anymore: Here are our alternatives

Koh Chang boat trips

Boat trips in Koh Chang: Our tips for some of the best island hopping in Thailand

Our top recommended activity in Koh Chang

Bangkok urban exploring Old Customs House

Urban exploration at Bangkok’s Old Customs House

This abandoned colonial-era building in Bangkok is both beautiful and creepy.

Sam Phan Bok - Ubon Ratchathani

Exploring Sam Pan Bok, Ubon Ratchathani’s ‘Grand Canyon’

These sandstone formations along the Mekong are full reflective pools. The area is a landscape photographer's dream.

Airplane Graveyard in Bangkok

Urban explorers and photographers shouldn't miss the Airplane Graveyard in Bangkok!

Sunrise over a sea of fog at Phu Chi Fa, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Phu Chi Fa – Sunrise & the sea of fog in Chiang Rai

Phu Chi Fa in Chiang Rai might have the best sunrise in all of Thailand.

Enduro riding in Thailand - Pai

Enduro riding in Thailand – Pai and Mae Hong Son

There's no other way to get further from the tourist trail faster than by enduro riding in Northern Thailand

Wakeboarding in Bangkok Taco Lake

Wakeboarding in Bangkok at Taco Lake

Wakeboarding is one of our favorite activities to beat the heat in Bangkok

Bangkok’s Green Lung: Exploring Bang Kachao

Bangkok's Green Lung might be the perfect half-day trip to escape the craziness of the city

Phraya Nakhon Cave (Sam Roi Yot)

Phraya Nakhon Cave in Hua Hin

Thai translation: ถ้ำพระยานคร Phraya Nakhon Cave is part of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (เขาสามร้อยยอด), meaning ‘mountain with 300…