A great many tourists who go to Thailand are looking to indulge in some of its finest party places. This is completely understandable and as someone who has spent a great deal of time in Thailand, I can understand why so many people love letting their hair down in this country. But what about those who don’t drink alcohol? As someone who doesn’t drink, it can be difficult to join in with others when it all gets a bit crazy. Thankfully there is plenty that the country can offer for the tee totals amongst us and here are just a few things which you must do when you go to Thailand.
The Grand Palace
You will see many temples and religious buildings when you go to Thailand, but noting quite like the Grand Palace in Bangkok. This building complex has stood for over 150 years and it was the home of the Thai King and the Royal Court. The buildings are decadent in their design with gold featuring just about everywhere. If you only visit one place in Bangkok, make sure that it is the Grand Palace.
Heading to the north of Bangkok you will find the incredible Floating Markets, colorful, noisy and something that you have never seen before. The vendors here use small, gondola-type boats which they will pile high with fruits, vegetables and handmade items to sell at the shore. Here you can haggle and purchase some great products, in a really novel way.
Visit Phi Phi
These glorious islands can be found 45 minutes away by boat from Phuket and you don’t need to drink any alcohol to realize that these are probably the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia. The islands are made with volcanic rock which gives them their dramatic features, perfectly complimented by the green sea that laps against the beaches. If you are traveling with your partner, these are the islands where you need to go.
Khao Yai National Park
This vast national park is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site and at over 2,000 square meters, it is the second biggest national park in the country. The region actually spans four provinces and inside the park you will find pure tranquility and natural beauty. Throughout the park there are mountain ranges, lush forests and swooping valleys where you can take some time away from the world.
Much has been said about the way in which animals are treated in many of the operations that exist throughout Thailand so it is nice to see a center doing things differently. This is exactly what you will find in the northern city of Chiang Mai where there is an elephant reserve which rescues and cares for mistreated elephants. Unlike most elephant shows, the animals here will be acting naturally and themselves thanks to the care and freedom that the owners of the reserve have given them. The animal tourism industry in Thailand is not in good shape and visiting places like this will hopefully help to change more minds.
So there you have it, no need to party, this country has much more to offer.