Thailand can easily be described as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With its tropical beaches and incredible views, it’s obvious why it’s becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations. On top of this, this country has some amazing experiences to offer. Read on to see some of the ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences you can have when visiting Thailand.

Exploring the Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is the most popular tourist attraction in the whole of Thailand, and is certainly not one to be missed. The grand complex, which was established in 1782, is comprised of government offices, royal throne halls and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Palace comprises of 218,000 square meters, so there is lots to explore. Visiting the Palace is free for Thai people, but tourists must pay a small fee upon entry. Also, there is a strict dress code for anyone visiting the Palace, as it is a temple and a place of worship. Take a look at the Palace website for more information on what you can and can’t wear. To top it off, the Grand Palace is illuminated at night, which makes for one of the most beautiful and romantic views in the country.

Visit an Elephant Sanctuary

The majestic elephant is the largest, yet most graceful land animal, and having the chance to see them up close would truly be an unforgettable experience. In Thailand, you can visit an ethical elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, and have the chance to walk with the elephants through their natural jungle habitat. You can also hand feed and bathe these beautiful creatures. With trained English-speaking guides, you can get an insight into the behavior and the history of the elephants. If you’re thinking of visiting an elephant park, ensure the sanctuary is ethical and free from animal cruelty like the one in Chiang Mai. Not only is this a breath-taking experience, but the money goes towards elephant rescue, food and veterinary care, meaning you’re also playing a part in taking care of the elephants.

Experience the Full Moon Party

People travel from all over the world to experience the full moon party in Koh Phangan. Between 10,000 and 30,000 people go every month to celebrate the full moon along the stunning beach of Haad Rin. The crystal clear waters are surrounded by huge rocks and are unlike anywhere else in the world. You can be sure to have the experience of your life with an incredible firework display and different music to suit everyone. From techno to drum and bass, you will be dancing and drinking all night long. Oh, and if you need a break from all the excitement, you can take a stroll through the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

These are just a few of the things that this beautiful country has to offer, as well as the amazing views and tropical beaches, so be sure to experience some of the things on this list when you go!