The Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is in the middle of the Indo-China peninsula in Southeast Asia, and is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, because of their rich culture, and world famous attractions, that have been seen on television and movies. If you are planning to visit, or are visiting the country for the first time, getting to see all the wonderful attractions in Thailand can be a bit overwhelming, so we have decided to make it easier for you to plan your trip, by making a list of the top 5 things to do when you are in Thailand.

1. Explore Bangko

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, and a city that has a lot to offer tourists, there are a lot of things to do while in Bangkok, like visiting their famous Buddhist temples, which included the temple of Wat Traimit, where the famous Golden Buddha is located. The Statue is the largest solid gold statue in the world, and weighs over 5 tons. Bangkok is also home to the Grand Palace, which is Bangkok’s most famous landmark, because it used to be the home of past kings and the government, for 150 years, and Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is considered the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

2. Visit the Phi Phi Islands and Maya Beach

The islands are about 90 minutes away from Phuket if you use a ferry, and about 45 minutes by speedboat. The islands and beaches are some of the most beautiful in Asia, and Maya beach, which was where the movie “The Beach” was filmed, is even more beautiful in real life. You can stay at one of the many resorts and hotels on the islands, enjoy the entertaining nightlife, and you can also go kayaking, diving or snorkeling in the beautiful water.

3. Visit The Erawan Waterfalls

This is a series of seven waterfalls that have their own individual shapes and characters. The water falls over limestone cliffs, and give the pools some extra color. The scenery also adds to the beauty of the waterfalls, which is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Thailand, especially when the weather is hot and humid, because people are allowed to walk and swim in the waters.

4. Visit an Elephant Camp or Conservation Center

Thailand’s national animal is the elephant, so it makes sense to visit an elephant conservation center while you are visiting the country, it is a fun activity to do for the whole family, because you get to watch a show, which included the elephants pushing logs, you get to watch them bathe, and even get to take rides on them, which is quite exciting.

5. Go Shopping

No vacation or trip is complete without shopping, because you have to bring back some of the culture of the place you just visited. In Thailand, the best place to get some Thai merchandise is at the Chiang Mai night Bazaar, which is located in Northern Thailand. The Bazaar is a place where you can find local artwork, silks, silverware, wooden carvings, and other items that might interest you.

These are the top 5 things to do in Thailand, but there a lot more things to do and enjoy in the beautiful country, it all just depends on how much time you plan on spending there.