Find out about what to do in Thailand to make the most of your getaway
Holidaying in Thailand gives you the opportunity to embrace a whole new way of living, to “discover Thainess”. Our Southeast Asia expert Orlagh encourages people visiting this beautiful country to take time to get to know its friendly people and incredible traditions. Here, she outlines what to do in Thailand to guarantee you have an incredible stay.
From my experience, the best kind of getaways are those in which you leave all your worries behind and throw yourself into a new and exciting culture. Thailand is an extremely popular destination with Irish tourists for this very reason. It boasts outstanding weather, fascinating history and breath-taking scenery, as well as countless activities that you just don’t find here in Ireland. I always advise clients to book a place on a course during their Thai adventure. Picking up a new skill in a massage, cookery, massage, yoga or boxing class means that you can embrace Thainess even when you’re back home.
Massage schools in Thailand
Thai massage, a rigorous and energizing form of massage, is definitely worth trying on your trip. Be warned, some of the positions your body will be forced into may leave you feeling a bit achey. A gentle oil massage this is not! If you want to learn all there is to know about Thai massage and natural remedies, check out the renowned WatPo school in Bangkok. The flexible class structure allows you to pick and choose what areas you want to focus on and how long you wish to study. Chiang Mai also has some incredible massage schools with five day courses typically costing about €120.
So we all know Thai food is pretty incredible, right? From the tantalising tastes of the night markets to the wonderfully affordable and delicious eateries, you really will be spoiled for choice. All over Thailand you’ll find cookery schools where you can learn how to make traditional dishes such as pad thai, green curry, mango and sticky rice and spring rolls. These classes are extremely reasonable in price and led by qualified expert cooks. Ask questions about the different spices and vegetables used so you know exactly what to look out for back home. Just think of all the impressive dinner parties you’ll be able to throw!
Thailand is fast becoming a hotspot with yoga lovers keen to improve their skills and soak up some sun at the same time. The country’s stunning natural landscapes offer the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and rewarding retreat. Whether you’re a first-timer or old hat, there are plenty of options available that are excellent value for money. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I’d recommend heading to one of the smaller islands, such as Koh Tao or Koh Lanta. Spend your days doing poses on a golden beach and evenings sipping cocktails as the sun sets. Now that’s not something you’re likely to forget in a hurry!
If you want to pick up some self-defence skills and get fit on your holiday, consider a Muay Thai boxing class. Muay Thai is central to Thai culture and one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world. Check out the Tiger Muay Thai school in Phuket to learn techniques in a safe and fun environment and meet other like-minded travellers. The brave of heart can even take on a professional in the ring! Again, this is a fantastic way of making your holiday even more memorable and learning something new. Win-win!
You don’t have to commit to a three-week course. Even trying out a Thai activity for a few hours will truly make your getaway so much more enjoyable. At the very least you’ll get some good stories to tell people at home and who knows, you might even surprise yourself with some hidden talents!