1. Go for an early morning beach run
I enjoyed running on the beautiful beaches of Thailand early in the morning. So scenic and peaceful! Plus you get your workout out of the way to enjoy the rest of your day.
|Long Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi|
Check out my Thailand beach workouts on YouTube
2. Eat as much fresh fruit as possible
The pineapple, mango and papaya was amazing! I indulged in fresh fruit every single day. Delicious!
3. Try a Muay Thai session
This is THE sport of Thailand. How cool would it be to try a private session in a local gym? I did two sessions in Koh Samui and loved it!
4. Rent a scooter
Renting a scooter was worth it. It is actually quite cheap to rent one, averaging between $5-10 Canadian per day. Gas was really cheap too, around $3 to fill the tank. I couldn't stand taking the taxis and tuk-tuks everywhere, and when you have a scooter, you have the freedom to go anywhere at any time. And what a great way to go sight seeing!
5. Book a cooking class
I did this in Koh Lanta, and it was a really fun way to learn about the food and the different herbs and spices. It was really great and an awesome experience.
|Lanta Thai Cookery School, and a very sun burnt Angelique|
6. Eat chicken kebobs from street vendors
Sounds gross, but it is soooo good! Find the vendors that are busy and pick the chicken that is all meat(sometimes they sell just skin, gross) with veggies and pineapple on the kebob. You can eat two or three for dinner for around $1! Then eat pineapple for dessert, lol!
|Street vendor in Patong, Phuket|
7. Drink a coconut
My favorite thing to do! I drank one almost everyday. So good, and hydrating! Don't forget about the meat inside too, scoop it with a spoon! Coconuts are very nutritious, so have one as a snack. They average between $.60-1.60.
|Me drinking my 20th or so coconut of the trip|
8. Eat at a barbecue on the beach
This was my favorite dinner. Many hotels, especially in Koh Lanta and Koh Tao have barbecues on the beach. They offer seafood, fish and chicken and barbecue it up fresh for you. Sometimes comes with a big salad. A beach barbecue was the best way to end the day!
|Squid, chicken and shrimp kebobs|
9. Try local beer
The beer there was good, and cheap! Prices can range from $1-3 per small bottle. There are 7-11 stores everywhere, and they were the cheapest in there.
|Chang beer is good!|
10. Take full advantage of the beach
We all need to relax, and I recommend soaking up the sun, beach and water as much as possible. Also soak in the amazing scenery that is around you. What an amazing country! Don't take for granted all the beauty that surrounds you, because the trip is always too short.
|Chaweng beach, Koh Samui|
Top 10 Things to Avoid in Thailand
There were a few things I did not like on my travels, but that happens everywhere you go.
1. Don't stay in Bangkok too long
It was cool to see, but Bangkok got old very fast. It was too busy and congested. It was also very smoggy and it really got to me. It is good to see for 1 or 2 days just for the experience, but get out of there fast and head to the beach if you feel irritated with all the noise, people and pollution. The only way I will go to Bangkok again is if I book another 5 star resort on the river away from all the crazyness.
|Street view of Bangkok, does not do justice of how busy it really was|
2. Do not get into a taxi with no meters in Bangkok and Phuket
You can barter with your taxi driver, but I always found the cheapest way to go was the meter. Just keep in mind in Bangkok if you use the meter, the driver will put the toll booth charges on your bill, but it is still cheaper this way.
3. Don't spend all your money on taxis and tuk-tuks.
Besides Bangkok, if you can rent a scooter right away, this is a very economical and beneficial way to get around rather than getting a taxi or a tuk-tuk. A tuk-tuk is a motorcycle with an attached cart-like gadget for you and your luggage. You will only see tuk-tuks on the islands. But I must say the tuk-tuks in Phuket are really cool, they play loud music and they all have sub woofers, and look more like a real car.
4. Don't settle for the first price at markets
There are markets everywhere in Thailand, and most of them have all the same stuff like clothes and souveniers. When asking for a price, try to talk them down. If you think it is not worth it, the next vendor will most likely have the same thing for cheaper.
|An example of a street market|
5. Don't eat weird food
If you are unsure of food from a street vendor, go with your gut instinct. Especially if they sell bugs, you never know how your stomach will react later on.
6. Don't act like an idiot if you party, use your head!
I can see how people get themselves into a lot of trouble in Thailand, never to be seen or heard from again. Even though I never felt unsafe there, even when I walked around the red light district in Phuket, your judgement can be easily mis-guided if you drank too much. Vacation is supposed to be the time of your life, not the end of your life.
|Night life in Patong, Phuket|
7. Don't purchase drugs
Thailand is not a place to be purchasing drugs. They have very strict laws against drugs in Thailand that can have you end up in jail for life, or even the death penalty. I never noticed drugs, but I did walk by a man who asked if I wanted weed or cocaine. Just ignore and keep walking!
8. Don't act too much like a tourist
We did this a few times, and we were approached by people who harrassed us to buy things and go with them on time shares. It was very frustrating. It wasn't even Thai people either.
9. Do not expect things to happen like they do "at home"
Thailand is very relaxed and casual about everything. If you expect the service and food to be super-speedy, then you have another thing coming. Keep patient and relax, you're on vacation! Have another cocktail =)
|Having a banana daiquiri on the beach at Coconut Villa, Koh Samui|
10. Whatever you do, do not speak ill of the King
This is a major offense in Thailand. Even if you joke around and the wrong person hears you, you can end up in jail for a very long time.
Hope this was an interesting and helpful read!