Top 5 unusual things to see and do in Thailand

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Travelling to Thailand is surely to provide many opportunities to see some amazing things that you wouldn’t otherwise see in your home country. From temples to ethical elephant sanctuaries, the country has many things to see and do. But, if you are looking for something that is unusual to visit, these top 5 things to see and do are among the most unique in all of Thailand.

Thailand’s Most Unusual Things To See And Do

1. Visit Buddhist Hell

Making a pit stop in hell, Buddhist hell that is, will surely have you thinking about your future. Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden is not your normal garden as it hosts a variety of creepy statues that look like they are truly down below. Gruesome scenery replaces the normal beautiful flowers in a typical garden as the sight is meant to show visitors what happens when you sin. Located just outside Bangkok on the way to Pattaya, the garden is free to enter, but donations are accepted.

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PHOTO: Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden

2. Chat with a monk

After visiting Buddhist Hell, you may be thinking what you can do to avoid such a place. Therefore, why not have a unique chat with a Thai monk to find out what it takes to become one? All around Thailand, the monks are ready to tell you how they came to where they are in life. And, one of the best places in which to have that chat is in Chiang Mai, where many temples have a separate space set aside just for a conversation. The discussions can be had throughout the day with smiling monks standing by waiting to happily answer your questions.

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3. Walk the Wat Pha Tak Suea walkway

If you are looking for a thrill, try walking the Wat Pha Tak Suea walkway for a good time. This adrenaline rush offers amazing scenery for those attempting this skywalk. As it is located in the quiet province of Nong Khai, the surrounding area is also good for nature lovers. The u-shaped, glass walkway just opened last year and it definitely makes for an adventurous time. Joining skywalks from all around the world from China to Canada, this skywalk in Thailand rivals all others. With an amazing view of the Mekong River and nearby Laos, it is surely a unique thing to visit.

PHOTO: Wat Pha Tak Sue by Pattana Pong from Google maps
PHOTO: Wat Pha Tak Suea by Pattana Pong from Google maps

4. Wat Rong Khun

This famous temple in Chiang Rai is also known as the White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun. Unlike others in Thailand, the entire temple is white, making it spookingly majestic. The temple catches the attention of tourists from afar due to its unusual appearance, drawing in many visitors every year. The entrance is guarded by demons, making an exciting beginning to the tour. The architecture is very interesting as it is not indicative of a traditional Buddhist temple. As noteworthy artist Charlermchai Kositpipat created the temple, it depicts Buddhist motifs in a morbid way.

PHOTO: Wat Rong Kun by I Do Nothing But Love from Unsplash
PHOTO: Wat Rong Kun by I Do Nothing But Love from Unsplash

5. Try a fish spa

Ever wanted fish to nibble on your feet? If so, no matter what your intentions are, it is definitely possible in Thailand. But, the fish aren’t there to just tickle your toes. Here, they chow down on dead skin, making your feet extremely smooth after the deed is done. However, beware that such fish spas have garnered warnings from health officials worldwide as they warn that there may be health risks associated with this type of pedicure. Regardless of the warnings, however, many tourists still sit down for a fish foot massage all over Thailand. Some even swear by this type of pedicure, while others choose to stay away. The decision is yours but do note the risk that can be associated with it!

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Regardless if you want tiny fish eating the dead skin away from your feet, the attraction has drawn thousands of tourists who want to try this controversial experience. However, if you want to try something else unusual, the Buddhist Hell or a simple chat with a Buddhist monk will provide a window into the world of Theravada Buddhism here in Thailand. Adventure lovers can also get their heart rates up by seeing the Wat Pha Tak Suea walkway, which provides some amazing views to be had!

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