The Ultimate Thailand Bucket List: 101+ Awesome Things To Do In 2020

Thailand is right at the top of many traveller’s list. There are so many incredible things to do from visiting white, sandy beaches to exploring ancient ruins or Buddhist temples. To save you time, I’ve compiled the ultimate Thailand bucket list featuring over 100 things to do. It’s broken down into the regions below. There is also a free PDF checklist you can download so you can tick them off as you go!

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Bangkok & Central Thailand

Thai Islands & The South – Koh Samui, Phuket etc

Northern Thailand – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai etc

Northeastern Thailand

Eastern Thailand – Pattaya etc

General

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Bangkok & Central Thailand

  1. Enjoy some incredible views and watch a breathtaking sunset at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok.
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  1. Explore the famous Grand Palace in Bangkok – once home to the kings and queens of Thailand. 

  1. Take a bike ride around Bang Krachao island.

  1. Dine at the world’s largest restaurant – The Royal Dragon in Bangkok caters for as many as 5,000 customers. Over 1,000 members of staff scoot around on roller skates to serve the customers. 

  1. Let loose and make some new friends on Khaosan Road

  1. Buy a souvenir from Thailand’s largest market – Chatuchak Weekend Market. Bonus points if you barter for it!

  1. Visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.

  1. Unwind and take a free meditation class at Wat Mahathat in Bangkok. 

  1. Explore and experience a floating market in Bangkok.

  1. Wander around and explore the ruins at Ayutthaya. 
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  1. Sip a cocktail at Lebua Sky Bar at State Tower overlooking the city of Bangkok – this is the bar from The Hangover II movie!

  1. Hire a bike and take a relaxing ride around Bangkok’s biggest greenspace – Lumphini Park. Bonus points if you see one of the famous lizards!

  1. Discover a hidden temple inside a cave at Phraya Nakhon Cave near Hua Hin. 

  1. Take a swim and bathe in the waterfalls at Erawan Falls in Kanchanaburi. 

  1. Swim on top of the world in an infinity pool on top of one of Bangkok’s iconic skyscrapers. 

  1. Take an idyllic boat ride down the famous Chao Phraya River in Bangkok – also known as the Venice of the East. 

  1. Shop until you drop at one of Bangkok’s impressive malls such as the MBK Center, Terminal 21 or Siam Paragon. 

  1. Get lost in Chinatown. 
  1. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Bangkok’s Unicorn Cafe – filled with pastel colours and sweet treats. Why not try some rainbow spaghetti or a unicorn waffle?

  1. Wander around and explore the Flower Market in Bangkok.

  1. Trek up the 300 stairs of the Golden Mount for amazing 360 views of Bangkok Old Town.

  1. Relax and take a swan shaped paddle boat out onto the lake at Benjakitti Park surrounded by skyscrapers. 

  1. Visit the eerie ‘Ghost Tower’. Sathorn Unique Tower is an unfinished skyscraper in Bangkok.

  1. Wander around and explore one of Thailand’s many night markets! A great one is Rod Fai Night Market in Bangkok. 

  1. Hang out in Thonglor – Bangkok’s hippest district. It’s a great place for shopping, cuisine and nightlife. 

  1. Take in the modern beauty of the impressive Rama VIII bridge which stretches across the Chao Phraya River. 

  1. Ascend Thailand’s Temple of the Rising Dragon – Wat Samphran. This is a must see site – it’s basically a huge building with a dragon wrapped around it. You need to see it to believe it.
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  1. Check out the unusual Wat Phra Mahathat in Ayutthaya where you’ll see a large stone Buddha’s head wedged into a huge deep-rooted tree. It’s definitely an interesting site. 

  1. Marvel at the beauty of the Sanphet Prasat Palace which was constructed for Ayutthaya’s 8th king and used for royal ceremonies. It’s magnificent.  

  1. Visit the unique Maeklong Railway Market – the thing that makes this unique is the fact that a railway track (with live trains) runs through the middle of it! 

  1. Use the BTS Skytrain in Bangkok – hurtle above the city on this high speed train taking you all over the city. 

  1. Sip on a cocktail at a rooftop bar such as Red Sky Bar or Octave Rooftop Bar & Lounge.

Thai Islands & The South – Koh Samui, Phuket etc

  1. Explore one of Thailand’s many islands by motorbike!

  1. Relax and unwind on Koh Lipe island (known as the Maldives of Thailand). 
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  1. Dive and discover the marine life at Richelieu Rock. 

  1. Swim in the ocean all day long at Phra Nang Beach in Krabi. 

  1. Go rock climbing at Railay Beach in Krabi. 

  1. Take a photo from the viewpoint on Koh Nang Yuan – a little island just off of Koh Tao.

  1. Drink coconut water out of an actual coconut in Phuket. 

  1. Take an enchanting boat ride in the Ao Phang Nga National Park and discover the so-called James Bond island featured in the 1974 movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.  

  1. Take a dip in the ocean at Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Le island.

  1. Climb the stairs up to the Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi.

  1. Chill out on a beach swing on the Similan Islands. 

  1. Spend a night in a riverside cabin at the Khao Sok National Park. 

  1. Take a scuba diving class in Koh Tao and discover the ocean. 

  1. Take an enchanting ride in a longtail (a traditional Thai boat) on one of the Thai islands.
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  1. Take a boat tour around the 42 islands of the Ang Thong Marine Park in Koh Samui.

  1. Go kayaking in the iconic Phang Nga Bay. 

  1. Rent a motorbike and explore the hidden beaches and coves of Koh Samui. 

  1. Have breakfast at the Jungle Club View Point in Koh Samui overlooking the jungle and ocean below.

  1. Go snorkelling in Koh Lipe – you’ll see lots of tropical fish here. See if you can spot a clownfish (Nemo). 

  1. Be adventurous and try ‘The Challenge Phangan’ which is an epic water obstacle course on the tropical paradise island of Koh Phangan.

  1. Delve into history and visit the tomb of the Mummy Monk on Koh Samui – the remains of a monk who died meditating remain here. 

  1. Visit the Big Buddha in Phuket – it’s pretty impressive as it’s 45 metres tall and made of white marble.

  1. Watch the breathtaking sunset at Promthep Cape – it’s one of Phuket’s best viewpoints.
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  1. Meet some monkeys on Toh Sae Hill in Phuket. It is also known as monkey hill due to the abundance of monkeys that roam there. 

  1. Dine at a floating restaurant. Phuket has many amazing floating restaurants to try such as The Black Crab which offer a unique dining experience.

Northern Thailand – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai etc

  1. Wander around and explore the incredible White Temple in Chiang Rai. 

  1. Walk through a real life fairytale at Doi Inthanon National Park.
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  1. Fall in love with the small, hippie town of Pai in Northern Thailand.

  1. Take a hike and explore Pai Canyon, taking in the sweeping valley views. Stay for sunset if you can – it’s magical.

  1. Learn how to dance with fire at the Pai Circus School. 

  1. Hike up Doi Luang Chiang Dao for some incredible views of Northern Thailand.

  1. Immerse yourself in ancient history at the Sukhothai Historical Park in Mueang Kao.

  1. Get up close to the waterfalls at Nam Tok Thilawsu. 

  1. Have a bowl of Khao Soi in Chiang Mai – it’s a famous noodle soup.

  1. Explore Tham Lod Cave – one of Thailand’s most amazing caves.

  1. Catch the sunrise at Mount Phu Chi Fah, right on the border with Laos. One of Earth’s most enchanting sunrises as the mountains below are surrounded by mist. 

  1. Set foot on the golden triangle! This is where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.

  1. Learn more about Thai culture by visiting the 14th century Wat Phra Singh temple in Chiang Rai. 

  1. Wander around and explore the Old City of Chiang Mai where you’ll find hundreds of temples!
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  1. Explore Mae Sa Valley and be at one with nature. 

  1. If you’re feeling brave, jump off of a cliff at Chiang Mai’s Grand Canyon – definitely not one for the faint hearted. The biggest jump is about 14 metres. 

  1. Get adventurous at ‘Flight of the Gibbon’ in Chiang Mai and soar over the jungle on a 800 metre zip line.

  1. Go tea tasting in Mae Salong – this place is famous for producing green tea and oolong tea and you can drink it whilst overlooking the amazing views of the tea plantations.

  1. Visit the Elephant Poo Paper Park in Chiang Mai to learn how they recycle Elephant poo into paper! It’s wacky but also sustainable.

Northeastern Thailand

  1. Shoot some photos in the beautiful Red Lotus Lake – a breathtaking lake filled with pink water lilies.

  1. Spend a night under the stars and go camping (or glamping) in Khao Yai National Park.

Eastern Thailand – Pattaya etc

  1. Dine on the beach on the island of Koh Kut. 

  1. Be brave and go skydiving in Pattaya for an experience you’ll never forget.

  1. Marvel at the beauty of the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya – a wooden castle filled with intricate wooden carvings. 
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  1. Explore the beaches and go bay hopping on Koh Samet island – this is the closest Thai island to Bangkok and has incredible beaches.

General

  1. Unwind and get a relaxing Thai massage from a local parlour! 

  1. Try the traditional Thai dessert – Mango Sticky Rice. It’s a favourite of the locals. 

  1. Barter for a souvenir at one of Thailand’s many markets. 

  1. Visit an elephant sanctuary. 
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  1. Try a deep fried scorpion from a street food stall. 

  1. Experience the Loi Krathong festival where every year thousands of lanterns are released into the sky. 

  1. Join a Thai cooking class to learn some new skills and try some of Thailand’s famous dishes such as Tom Yum Soup.

  1. Try some local Pad Thai – a famous Thai dish.

  1. Watch a thrilling Muay Thai boxing match. Hint: they have a free Fight Night every Wednesday at the MBK Center in Bangkok. 

  1. Take a Tuk Tuk ride!
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  1. Let loose at a Full Moon Party and party until sunrise.

  1. Take part in a water fight during Songkran (Thai New Year national holiday)! 

  1. Take an overnight bus/train and live like a backpacker. 

  1. Drink a bucket (or two, or three). 

  1. Relax and unwind at a yoga retreat. 

  1. Attend a Muay Thai training session and get physical! 

  1. Sip on a refreshing Chang beer. Bonus points if you’re on a beach!

  1. Indulge in some refreshing coconut ice cream. 

  1. Visit a 7/11 store – you’ll see these everywhere in Thailand and no trip is complete without at least stepping foot into one.

  1. Take a motorbike taxi to your destination. Hop onto the back of one of these taxis, and weave between the traffic – don’t forget to wear a helmet!

That completes the ultimate Thailand bucket list – let me know if there is anything else you can think of and I’ll add it on!

Free PDF Checklist – Thailand Bucket List

You can also download the free PDF checklist version below so you can tick things off as you go!


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