From traditional cooking classes to Buddhist temples, there’s so much to do, see, and really get involved in. If you’re heading to Thailand, aside from all the beautiful beaches and island hopping, it’s also highly recommended that you explore and really soak up the country’s rich cultural offerings.
1. Make floral temple offerings
Thailand’s beautiful tropical flowers not only look amazing, but they can be used to fashion into garlands and the like, as temple offerings. Book into a proper class, or, if you’re staying in a hotel or resort, many of them will teach you how to make them as part of their service. All you need to do is ask!
Thai cuisine is all about ginger, spice, and all things nice, and nice it certainly is!
Traditional Thai cooking is available to sample on every corner – street food is fresh, affordable, and delicious. From the creamy coconut milk which graces their flavoursome curries, to the much-loved Pad Thai, or egg noodle soup, you’ve got to try it all while you’re there.
If you’re there for long enough, make sure you try a traditional Thai cooking class. They’re educational but very fun, and what better way to celebrate your new-found skills once you get home than with a celebratory dinner date with friends?
3. Stay in a remote village
If you really like going off the beaten track when away, head to the north and stay in a remote, traditional village for some of your trip. It’s rustic living at its very best, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ll get to meet the locals, sample traditional cuisine, and explore the lesser-known regions.
After all, there must be a reason why half of the Thai population choose to live in the countryside.
4. Buddhist temples
There’s a whopping 30,000 of them, and they take centre stage when anyone mentions Thai culture. Each temple is unique, from the colossal builds to the smaller ones, and they’re all absolutely stunning. The Thailand Survival Guide over at 1cover has some great tips on the best to visit, too, just remember to take the camera along!
Many also offer a monk chat programme, where a monk will sit and well, you guessed it, chat; something which they love doing as it helps improve their English, and they get to teach others about the Buddhist way.
A tuk-tuk in Bangkok is a white-knuckle ride, but one you need to tick off the bucket list when in Thailand.
They’re fast, and they don’t always obey the road rules, but as long as you keep your hands inside the carriage you’ll do just fine. Plus, you’re sure to get from A to B in record time. Bonus!
6. Experience traditional Thai dance
Thai dance can be seen anywhere - from the streets, to the popular tourist shows - but it’s a must-see when travelling in Thailand.
Immerse yourself in the song and dance and book in for a show – they really are like nothing you’ve seen before.
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