Thailand, and Bangkok in particular, are known for their party scenes. Drugs, sex, alcohol, all-nighters, benders, unlimited mischief, you name it and you can most likely find it in Thailand.
Since Rob and I are not heavy drinkers, let alone partiers. Thailand seems like an odd choice. We’re not into drugs, we didn’t need to see a drag show, and we can only take so many cocktails. I mean, you already know why we can’t hang there. However, experiencing the insanity of Bangkok and enjoying the turquoise-green waters of the beaches, makes Thailand a must-visit country.
If you’re planning a trip to Thailand and want to avoid a real life rendition of the Hangover Part II, then here are a few things you should think about adding to your itinerary.
Walk down Khoa San road around dinner time. Khoa San road is the famous backpackers street in Bangkok. While you can find all means of mischief, you can also just walk along and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the street. It really is a fun place to hang out!
Sit at a bar with a street view and watch the world go by. Even though we’re not crazy partiers, Rob and I do enjoy a cocktail or two. We found this open air bar with street-side stools where we sat, sipped a beer, and watched the evening unfold on the road and sidewalks before us.
Between the sexpats and lady boys arriving for their night of mischief, we were able to get a feel for the craziness of Thailand without actually participating.
Visit the Grand Palace. The palace, once home to the Thai King for 150 years, is truly beautiful. Everything is so ornate, colorful, and just mystical. You could easily spend half a day walking around the buildings and grounds.
Men and women alike need to cover their legs, but not to worry! There are street vendors out front willing to rent you some colorful garments. I also recommend sandals as you have to remove your shoes for any building you enter.
Sample some street food. – While scorpions on a stick may not be your thing, the gyro with everything on it had Rob hooked. For a sweeter treat, go with the banana pancake covered in Nutella.
For a refreshing one, sip on a fresh fruit smoothie.
Rule of thumb for street food? Don’t eat any where that’s empty. Always go for the crowded spots!
Go to an island. Thailand’s beaches are world renowned and you would be remiss if you spent all your time in the cities. Hop a boat and head to an island for a few days beach side. We loved Koh Phi Phi.
You can take a half-day trip to the island where they filmed The Beach! (An extremely touristy trip, but a fun story nonetheless.)
Rent snorkel gear and see what’s out there. One of days on Koh Phi Phi, we rented fins, masks, and snorkels for ridiculously cheap and hiked over the hill to a deserted beach. We spent a few hours playing around in the water looking at the fish and coral. It’s a great way to active if you’re tired of sitting on the beach.
Stay at a nice resort. Southeast Asia resorts cost a fraction of the price that US ones do, which means you can spend a few nights in a luxury hotel without breaking the bank. We found a smoking deal on Travel Zoo and were able to spend 3 nights at a5 start resort. It was the perfect end to our trip!
If you’re considering Thailand, but are apprehensive about all you’ve heard, don’t be! There is plenty to do without getting crazy!
RQ: What is your go-to, non-partier activity for home or away?