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Exciting things to do outside Bangkok

Put these on your list the next time you visit Thailand!

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And while you are at it, get your travel insurance with FWD | Alliance Assistance | Income | Prudential!Got an upcoming vacation in Thailand? Why not go somewhere new and explore beyond central Bangkok? If you don’t know where the best spots are, we’ve listed 10 must-try experiences in four provinces in Thailand where you can enjoy yourself alone, with a partner, or with your whole family. Read on to know more!

See dramatic cityscape views at Mahanakhon Skywalk

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You may have already seen enough of Bangkok’s bustling city views, so now it’s time to go up– at 314 meters, King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk offers an uninterrupted view of the scenic Bangkok skyline. This three-floor observation complex is situated atop the tallest building in Thailand. It’s a thrilling experience with a glass floor on its 74th-floor observation deck that lets you get a bird’s eye view of the metropolis below. If you like breathtaking views and are not afraid of heights, you shouldn’t miss this!

Location: 114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok

Have a relaxing massage at Let’s Relax Spa Bangkok

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For everyone who studied or worked hard this year, you deserve a reward. Allow yourself to rest and indulge in a soothing spa treatment at Let’s Relax Spa with branches all over Bangkok. With the expertise of professional massage therapists, you can destress and relieve tired muscles with their classic Thai massage. Try their Aromatherapy Oil Massage, which uses aromatic essential oil blends. You could also try their Aromatic Hot Stone Massage which uses heated volcanic stones that help relieve soreness and tension in your body.

Location: Let’s Relax Bangkok Ekkamai – 2nd Floor, Park Lane, Community Mall, Ekkamai, Bangkok
Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm daily

Have a romantic luxury dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River

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If you want to do something memorable on your Thailand vacation, go on a romantic dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Experience the romantic vibe of Bangkok at night with views of the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. It’s a great way to celebrate momentous occasions over a Thai buffet dinner, a variety of beverages, and the company of your special someone!

Go on a day trip at Koh Larn Pattaya

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For those who have a bit of time and would like to explore destinations near Bangkok, travel to Koh Larn in Pattaya. It’s just two to three hours away from Bangkok, perfect for a quick beach trip. You can enjoy plenty of watersports here, from diving to sea walking, jet skiing, banana boating, parasailing, kayaking, or standup paddleboarding. If you prefer to chill, stroll along its sandy shoes or dip in its crystal clear waters. Whatever you choose to do, you won’t regret visiting Koh Larn.

Get closer to nature at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya

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Here's one if you’re looking for family activities during your trip to Thailand. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is an attraction suitable for travelling families. It’s a nature park where you can stroll around and soak in the beauty of nature. Head to the cactus garden and see massive dinosaur displays that kids will love! You can watch live performances like Muay Thai, traditional Thai dance, and elephant shows and also get to tuck into a delicious lunch buffet.

Location: 34 Na Chom Thian, Sattahip District, Chon Buri 20250, Thailand
Operating Hours: 8 am to 6 pm daily

Experience Night Safari at Chiang Mai

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Have you experienced going on a safari tour at night? Let’s head north as we introduce you to Chiang Mai Night Safari, where you can get close to more than 134 animal species including deer, birds, giraffes, zebras, red kangaroos, wild boars, white tigers, lions, spotted hyenas, jaguars, clouded leopards, pygmy hippos, flamingos, emu, and many other animals! The night safari tour lets you ride a tram so you can sit comfortably as you say hello to these cute and friendly creatures. It’s a fun night adventure for you and your kids!

Location: 33, Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand

Try thrilling rides at Pongyang Jungle Coaster, Chiang Mai

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A thrill seeker’s trip to Thailand should always include extreme adventure – and Pongyang Jungle Coaster is the best place to enjoy activities that’ll get your hearts racing! From ziplining to riding a bike on a rope, trying out the giant swing, and riding the jungle coaster, Thailand's first jungle roller coaster, you get all the best adrenaline activities in just one place.

Location: Pong Yaeng, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180 Thailand

Visit the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai

If you’re looking for a place to see beautiful artwork in Thailand, you must not miss MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum. It’s a modern museum built by the Bunnag-Buerdeley family that showcases contemporary art in rotating and permanent exhibits made by local and international artists. The museum’s architecture is just as brilliant as its art collection, with its unique reflective facade that mirrors the surrounding nature. Don’t forget to learn and take many photos in this cool museum!

Location: 122, Moo 7 Tonpao San Kamphaeng District, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
Operating Hours: 10 am to 6 pm Friday to Monday

Explore the waters of Chicken Island, Poda Island, and Phra Nang Cave in Phuket

4 Islands Day Trip from Krabi

From the north, it’s time to go down south– swim and snorkel in the southern seas of Thailand! If a trip to the beach has been on your bucket list for so long, now’s the time to finally turn it into reality. Experience the beauty of the Andaman Sea with its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches while sightseeing, snorkelling, and swimming. Tour the lovely Poda Island, Chicken Island, and Tup Island and go spelunking in their beach caves.

Go white water rafting, ATV driving, and ziplining in Phuket

Day Tour from Phuket

Aside from relaxing by the beaches of Phuket, there are fun and exciting experiences you can do such as going on adventure trips. See its scenic outdoors and book a one-day tour that lets you trek to see waterfalls, try white water rafting, and learn to drive an ATV! The best part? Ending it with a riveting zipline ride. If you love the outdoors, this is definitely an adventure activity for you.

This article first appeared on KKDay.

Family-friendly activities to try in Bangkok
Dinner cruises you must experience in Bangkok

Check airfare here: Skyscanner | Trip.com
Book accommodations and activities here: Agoda | Booking.com | Klook | KKday | HotelsCombined
General info here: Tripadvisor
Affordable data plans here
And while you are at it, get your travel insurance with FWD | Alliance Assistance | Income | Prudential

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