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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Thailand

Aqua Divers

Phuket ranks among the globe's top diving destinations. Day tours, including two dives, all equipment and three meals, can cost as little as $100. Aqua Divers offers day trips as well as multi-day ventures to islands further out in the Andaman Sea.

Near Phuket International Airport Airport and at Andaman White Beach Resort Hotel und Spa, www.aquadivers.com
Tags: snorkeling | smart splurge | things to do | outdoors | adventure

Blue Canyon

One of Asia's premier golf courses features 18 holes on 720 acres of undulating, well-maintained fairways and lush greens. Tiger Woods has even played here.

18 miles north of Patong, 165 Moo 1 Thepkassatri Rd., 011-66-076-328-088, www.bluecanyonclub.com
Tags: golf | things to do | outdoors | great value

Chalong Temple

Known more for its vibrant ornamentation than its architectural significance, this popular temple houses elaborate statues of revered monks. Don’t be concerned about the incessant exploding firecrackers – these are expressions of thanks for fulfilled wishes.

5 miles southeast of Phuket Town, Chao Fa West Rd.,
Tags: architecture | culture | things to do | history

Chao Phraya Express Boat Co.

It's not the Venice of the East anymore, but Bangkok's life still revolves around waterways. Express boats offer cheap sightseeing, long-tail boats tour private groups around the city's canals, and converted teakwood rice barges offer lunch and dinner cruises.

78/24-29 Maharaj Rd., 011-66-2-623-6143, www.chaophrayaboat.co.th
Tags: family | cruise | tour | things to do

Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre

The former provincial offices house an intriguing multi-media exhibition on Northern Thailand’s distinctive cultures, including the hilltribe and Lanna people. Kids love the knowledgeable guides dressed in traditional clothing.

Phra Pokklao, 011-66-53-217-793, www.chiangmaicitymuseum.org
Tags: family | culture | museum | things to do | art

Doi Suthep

The steep mountain west of the city harbors the north's holiest shrine. Most come for the panoramic city views, but the gold-plated chedi and upper terrace of carved wood are equally mesmerizing.

Pickup trucks run from Changpuak Gate, www.doisuthep.com/english.html
Tags: architecture | culture | things to do | outdoors | views | art

Get a spa treatment

Nothing beats a spa treatment or a traditional Thai massage at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. The Dusit Thani Hotel’s Devarana spa is equipped with private suites that include a steam room, floral bath, massage area, lounge, and shower room.

Dusit Thani Hotel, 946 Rama IV Rd., 011-66-2-636-3596, www.devarana.com
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | editor pick

Grand Palace and Wat Pho

The Palace is home to the sacred Emerald Buddha (but not the Royal Family) and a blend of intriguing Siamese and European architecture. Tranquil Wat Pho harbors a huge reclining Buddha and is the place to receive a traditional Thai massage.

Na Phra Lan Rd., www.palaces.thai.net, www.watpho.com
Tags: architecture | culture | things to do | history | editor pick

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

Home to Phuket's only remaining virgin rainforest, this lush park features leisurely trails leading to two scenic waterfalls (bring your swimsuit for a dip in the cool ponds). You may even spot barking deer, gibbons and monkeys. Guides are available at the park's headquarters.

Route 4027,
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

Lumphini Park

The “Central Park of the Tropics” offers a much-needed break between sightseeing and shopping, with picturesque lakes and wide lawns, the possibility to practice sundown aerobics, and a glimpse into the lives of Bangkokians.

Rama IV & Ratchadamri Rds., www.bma.go.th/bmaeng/pathumwan/lumphini.html
Tags: family | culture | walk | things to do | park

Night Safari

Hop on the evening safari tram that chugs through natural jungle and spot creatures from the zoo's 1,000+ predators, apes, reptiles and birds (plus the famous panda bears).

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, 011-66-53-999-000, www.chiangmainightsafari.com
Tags: family | tour | wildlife | things to do | outdoors | zoo

Old Town

Chiang Mai's old town, with its walls still intact, teems with fresh markets, 150-year-old houses and charming alleyways. A handful of temples mingle with cute coffee and handicraft shops.

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Tags: architecture | things to do | history | walking tour

Patong

Thanks to streets filled with go-go bars and tourist traps, Phuket's main beach gets compared to seedy Pattaya. But it’s recently moved upmarket and toward family tourism, and the long, sandy beach – Phuket's most developed – is quite scenic. Plus, this is the place to come when you need a serious nightlife fix.

, www.beachpatong.com
Tags: beach | family | things to do | nightlife

Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center

Gibbons, a primate species native to Phuket, disappeared from local forests in the '80s when hunters captured and used them to stage photo-ops for tourists. See the survivors in their natural habitat at the center, which aims to return as many of the monkeys as possible into the wilderness.

Bang Pae Waterfall, 011-66-76-260-492, www.gibbonproject.org
Tags: family | wildlife | things to do

Sirinat National Park

Situated in Sirinat National Park on Phuket's northern tip, these unique saltwater swamps can be entered via elevated walkways. Look for unusual plants like mountain ebony, red cycas and black myrsina, and be on the lookout for leatherback turtles, which nest here in the winter. The park also harbors a string of undeveloped, deserted beaches.

northern end of Mai Khao Beach, 25 miles north of Phuket Town, 011-66-76-328-226, www.dnp.go.th
Tags: beach | family | hiking | national park | things to do | outdoors

Thailand Creative and Design Centre

This sophisticated design institution raises the bar for Thailand with imaginative, thought-provoking multimedia exhibitions (not to mention a cool design store) that draw in crowds.

The Emporium, 622 Sukhumvit Rd., 011-66-2-664-8448, www.tcdc.or.th
Tags: architecture | culture | design | things to do | art

The Jim Thompson House

The exotic mansion of the man who brought Thai silk to the world's attention is a treat, with bustling tropical gardens and six traditional teak houses filled with art and antiques from around Southeast Asia.

Soi Kasemsam 2, 011-66-2-216-7368, www.jimthompsonhouse.com
Tags: architecture | culture | tour | things to do | history | art | editor pick

Wat Phra Singh

Enter this must-see temple to discover Viharn Lai Kam, a wooden gem of traditional Lanna architecture, with its exquisitely carved pediment. Inside sits a stout bronze Buddha, also Lanna style.

Thanon Ratchadamnoen,
Tags: architecture | culture | things to do | history | art

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