Unusual restaurants, strange animal shaped structures, fiery rice liquor, and exotic street food. Thailand is chock-a-block with weird and wacky attractions and experiences to offer every travelling Tom, Dick and Harry. And with plenty of fantastic holiday deals on the horizon, you’ll have plenty of time to experience them all!
1. Visit the Elephant Poo Paper Park
Elephant poo has never looked so good! Chiang Mai’s Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park is the epitome of sustainability. Take a tour around the park and learn how the droppings of these magnificent animals are recycled into everyday paper. If you’re willing to get your hands dirty you can pull up your sleeves and take part in the process, otherwise we’ll see you at ‘The Poo-tique’ gift shop to buy unique souvenirs made from – well, we’re sure you can guess.
2. Hike with the hill tribes
Enjoy scenic hikes through the mountains and completely immerse yourself in the culture of the hill tribes. Cook with the locals, learn about medicinal plants, float on bamboo rafts, and stay overnight in a typical village homestay. Spoiler alert: you may have to eat cooked tarantulas!
3. Visit the giant dragon temple
A 17 storey tower at Wat Samphran has a giant dragon snaked leisurely around it. Spend some time exploring the gardens and discover all sorts of finds, such as statues of elephants, dolphins, rabbits and dragons. The dragon itself is reportedly hollow and visitors are able to walk some sections of it, while other parts of the temple remain closed to the public. Bangkok holiday deals.
4. Try a Happy Cheese Toast
Taking your cheese toastie to the next level, Happy Cheese Toast is a pop-up dining experience that’s become immensely popular with locals and tourists. Gooey cheeses including mozzarella gruyére and swiss are melted and then dipped in food colouring to create a rainbow-coloured toastie – don’t forget to snap a picture before you eat, it’s sure to be a hit on your Instagram feed! To find out where Happy Cheese Toast will be next, follow them on Facebook.
5. Dine at Vista Kitchen
Ever wondered what foods are best to eat for your blood type? At Vista Kitchen in Bangkok you can find out! All dishes are created based on which foods are most beneficial for your blood type. So, if your blood type is O you can expect plenty of seafood, while if your blood type is A you’ll be served up vegetarian dishes.
6. Walk the Wat Pha Tak Suea Walkway
In the very north of Thailand on the border with Laos, Wat Pha Tak Suea Walkway is a glass-floored u-shaped walkway that juts out from the edge of a cliff and provides stunning views over the Mekong River. At this mountaintop attraction you’ll also find a Buddhist temple with the same name – admission to the temple is free but donations are appreciated.
7. Visit the Human Body Museum
The Human Body Museum has 14 dissected human bodies from Japan in the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University. The bodies display different levels of dissection and expose various parts of the human body, such as the nervous system, networks of arteries, muscles, and bones. Bangkok holiday deals.
8. Chat With a Monk in Chiang Mai
Curious about Buddhism? Then join one of the informal ‘monk chats’ in some of Chiang Mai’s temples – including Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Suan Dok – where novice monks sit down and talk with tourists about their life in the monastery. In return they get to practice their English and find out a little about you! Remember to dress modestly as a sign of respect. Chiang Mai holiday deals.
9. Dine at the world’s largest restaurant
The Royal Dragon is allegedly the largest restaurant in the world, catering for as many as 5000 customers. There are more than 1000 members of staff who scoot foot around on roller skates and at the end of any given evening, there are as many as 25000 plates to wash. Entertainment includes Thai dancing, music and boxing shows. Bangkok holiday deals.
10. Visit an Amulet Market
The Amulet Markets are not your normal market. Rather than food and souvenirs, you’ll be shopping primarily for good luck. Spend some time browsing the markets flaunting charms, talismans, and traditional medicine – each of which is believed to bring luck. Join the crowds each Sunday and watch potential buyers studying the amulets with magnifying glasses hoping to find one that will bring them good fortune.
11. Visit Cabbages and Condoms
Cabbages and Condoms is a restaurant outreach program where “the food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy”. The aim of the restaurant is to promote better understanding of family planning and push the idea that people should be comfortable buying condoms alongside everyday items such as cabbages. There is plenty of condom themed merchandise too, such as keyrings, mugs, and several life-sized mannequins made out of latex. Bangkok holiday deals.
12. Sip some Yadong
Try the infamous Yadong (lao khao), a street liquor that is the Thai version of Moonshine. Made from rice wine and medicinal herbs, this fiery spirit comes in a glass jar or old whiskey bottle that you can sip on the streets – but be careful, it packs quite a punch!
13. Stay in a treehouse
Spend the night in your very own treehouse tucked away in a forest at Keemala. The lodge has several rooms built in the shape of bird’s nests with private pools and sun terraces, all of which are connected by jungle walkways to the toffee apple shaped main lodge. Phuket holiday deals.
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