LOOK FURTHER: How to have a more authentic experience in Thailand

If you want to plan a holiday to Thailand that goes beyond being a 'flop and drop' beach holiday, here are a few ways to have a more authentic experience in the South East Asian paradise.

If you want to plan a holiday to Thailand that goes beyond being a ‘flop and drop’ beach holiday, here are a few ways to have a more authentic experience in the South East Asian paradise.

We’ve put together four ideas that will inspire you to get off the beaten track to find some new and exciting sights and Thai experiences.

DIG INTO ITS DIVERSE CUISINE

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Kanom Jeen Rice Noodle

You may have had your fair share of Pad Thais in your time but you may be surprised to learn that there are, in fact, numerous variations of the popular noodle dish to be found across the country.

And the diversity doesn’t end there. The country’s varied cuisine ranges from punchy street food from a ramshackle kiosk to elegant fine-dining in some of the world’s most glamorous restaurants.

Dig a bit deeper by taking a food tour or even a cooking class so you can recreate the tastes back home.

 

GET INTO THE FESTIVAL SPIRIT

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Songkran in Bangkok

We all love a good celebration and Thai people are no different. So what better way to get to know the local culture than by participating in one of its popular events?

You’ll get to see a completely different side of the destination and interact with the locals while having some serious fun.

The only real dilemma with so many filling the calendar is which one to choose. Popular celebrations include the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival and Loy Krathong Festival.

 

TAKE IN THE NATURAL BEAUTY

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Koh Talu

Sun-worshippers will be pleased to hear that Thailand has no less than 2,000 miles of coastline and around 8,000 tropical islands. That means there are plenty of stretches of sand on which to sun yourself.

And these aren’t your average sandy shores. These are some of the world’s most stunning coastal areas.

One place you will uncover some of Thailand’s most pristine beaches and coral reefs is its Eastern-most province of Trat. Trat is blessed with over stunning 50 islands, some of them among the most beautiful in the country.

But it’s not just about the beach. There’s amazing natural beauty to be found inland like in the The northern Thai province of Chiang Rai with its dramatic mountain scenery dotted with awe-inspiring temples.

 

LEARN A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE

Jeweller Puan Chaiothong in his workshops in Surin Image credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Jeweller Puan Chaiothong in his workshops in Surin

Travel is all about those immersive experiences, so why not try to understand the Thai way of life by interacting with the locals?

If you’re not sure where to start, then try a farm tour or home-stay. Or learn more about the country’s beautiful arts and crafts by visiting the workshop of a local artisan.

Even a walk through one of the country’s frenetic street markets is a great way to have a truly authentic experience with the added bonus of a little retail therapy.

What would your authentic experience look like?