The Magic of Thailand: Top 5 Things to Do


Fire Show in Fisherman’s Village, Thailand (Photo by Michelle Ricciardi)

Michelle Ricciardi, Editor in Chief

I could probably list more than 100 reasons as to why Thailand is one of the most amazing places in the world. Pristine beaches, an abundance of culture, and plenty of opportunities for adventure are only some of the reasons this gorgeous “land of smiles” has become one of my most treasured travel destinations.

So, instead of trying to explain to you a beauty and adventure that you must experience in order to understand, I’ll name five experiences that will have you putting a visit to Thailand at the top of your Bucket Lists-that is, if you can survive the 24 hour flight.

  1. Get a one-hour oil massage on the beach for $6.00 USD: One of the terrible yet wonderful things about Thailand is that the economy is not as advanced as Western civilizations, which means the exchange rate is insane (For every $1.00 in USD I received 38 Bhat). But just because our dollar is stronger than Thai currency does not mean that Thailand isn’t pretty advanced- it does not fall short of posh clubs and beach bars, chic hotels, and taxis that will drive you just about anywhere. It just means that all of these luxuries come at a price that will make you feel like you’re a king.
  2. Snorkel the South Pacific: Thailand has some of the cleanest and clearest waters in the world. Take advantage of nature on go on a snorkel tour to interact with the wide array of marine life. It’s absolutely breathtaking and most tours include all day excursions with provided lunch, sightseeing, swimming, kayaking, and hiking.
  3. Ride an Elephant: Animal interactions are abundant in Thailand. While I don’t condone visiting animal camps where animals are treated poorly in order to entertain tourists, there are plenty of animal sanctuaries that are dedicated to protecting these beautiful creatures and will let you wash, feed, and ride elephants in their natural habitats.
  4. Ride an ATV through the Jungle: For those of you who prefer land to sea, I definitely recommend getting on an ATV jungle tour. Get down and dirty while zipping through the exciting terrains of Thailand.
  5. Attend a Full Moon Party: Every month during-you guessed it-the full moon; the Thai people shut down the entire island of Ko Pha Ngan to host a huge party. Thousands of people from all over the world crowd the streets and bars. Vendors line the sides of the road with body paint stands, street foods, and beverages. Stages line the beach about every 20 feet with DJs playing familiar music. It is the most incredible feeling in the world to dance with thousands of strangers from across the universe and be united together by music. It’s one of the most unforgettable experiences in my life and I hope that one day it will be one of yours, too.
Full Moon Party (Photo by Michelle Ricciardi)
Full Moon Party
(Photo by Michelle Ricciardi)