Thailand is an intriguing and unique place to visit with friends. The city is known as the Land of Smiles from its religious and traditional festivities. Friendly encounters, beautiful culture, and scenic views will have you wishing you could stay in the country forever. When it comes to friends, we all want to create memories we can look back on, and what better way to do that than to plan an escape vacation.
The best places to visit in Thailand with friends can depend on what you enjoy doing; adventure, relaxation, and eating are amongst the choices. The main capital embraces cafe cultures and history. Pattaya and Phuket hold names as top resort destinations while Chiang Mai embraces nature and variety.
Keep on reading if you want to read more about these places and the different activities you can plan with your friends for an upcoming get-away.
Gather at Bangkok’s Cafes
Known as one of the world’s most visited cities, Bangkok is home to more than just Thai traditions. The city absorbs a unique cafe culture that will take you on incredible experiences.
Each cafe embraces various themes, each with its charm, whether animals, a famous film, or an emphasis on a single color. Cafes are the perfect destination for travel bloggers and Instagram influencers.
Here’s some cafes in Bangkok to help you get an idea of what different kinds of themes are embraced by Thai people.
1. Unicorn Cafe
Location: 44/1 Soi Sathorn 8, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
At the Unicorn Cafe, unicorns are no longer a fragment of your imagination; these mystical creatures have come to life (4). The owners make sure that you have welcomed yourself into an alternate universe (4). Dozens of unicorns in various sizes and colors hang from the ceiling, absorbed by bright pastel paintings of unicorns all across the cafe. Alongside the pink sofas and unicorn souvenirs, you will find that the restaurant stays true to its theme.
The cafe menu offers a variety of unicorn-themed desserts such as hot chocolate, ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, and small appetizers such as french fries and sandwiches. The restaurant is also interactive which means you can rent out unicorn onesies and take pictures with your friends.
2. Rabbito Cafe
Location: 29-29/1 ซอย สุขุมวิท 101/1 ถนน สุขุมวิท 101/1 โครง ดิ เอ ฟ เวอร์ รี่ บางจาก พระโขนง Bangkok 10260, Thailand
The Rabbito Cafe is the perfect place for animal lover friend groups. Home to dozens of rabbits, you can pay as little as 200 baht for a drink or rabbit food. Not only are the rabbits adorable and friendly, but they are unique to their talents. Thai workers have arranged performances such as rabbits holding a shopping trolley or walking around dressed in different outfits.
3. Blue Whale Cafe
Location: 392, 37 Maha Rat Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Taking on the theme of different shades of blue, the Blue Whale Cafe is a miniature two-story cafe. The location embraces blue embroidery, designs, and patterns around the cafe while providing mini tables and cushions for friends to hang out after school. The most exciting aspect of the restaurant is their drinks; themed butterfly pea and blue tea options are the most popular and picturesque items on the menu.
Embrace Bangkok’s Culture Together
Before heading out to the islands, what better way than to explore Thailand’s culture in its central city? Bangkok is full of historical attractions, monuments, palaces, and temples, which are exciting to learn about and serve as great picture spots for friend groups.
1. The Grand Palace
Location: 1 MahaRat Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
The Grand Palace is located in the center of the city and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. Many consider this a must-have visit before leaving the country. Although the royals do not live in the palace, current King Maha Vajiralongkorn hosts royal ceremonies and enriching tours of the palace (1). You can get a glimpse of the castle, walk around, and take pictures with your friends.
2. Wat Pho: The Famous Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Location: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Another famous attraction of Bangkok is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Whether you have a heart for religion or love for architecture and design, you do not want to miss seeing it.
Known as one of the largest temple complexes in the city, the reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and is covered in gold leaf (1). You are allowed to take off your shoes and step around the Buddha. Known as one of the most inexpensive attractions, you have to pay as low as 100 Baht per person, with free entry for younger children (1).
3. Bangkok National Museum
Location: 4 Na Phra That Alley, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
As for historical friend groups, you can always opt for an easy route to a museum tour. The Bangkok National Museum is located on the former ground of the 19th century, Wang Na Palace (1). The place is also within walking distance to the Grand Palace. The museum has the most prominent Thai art, design, and culture collection. Tickets cost as low as 200 Baht for foreign tourists (1).
4. Floating Markets
Location: The four major floating markets in Bangkok are DamnoenSaduak, Amphawa, Taling Chan and Khlong Lat Mayom.
Floating markets are known as “one of a kind markets.” Rather than opting for a luxurious mall, you can get shopping done with some knowledge of Thai culture and local food. Floating markets are family-friendly, but they ride into a tropical market. Markets serve souvenirs, fruits, vegetables, Thai snacks, and popular Thai dishes (1). The best time to visit is around 6 am-12 pm when fruits are fresh and perfect sunlight for photos.
Pattaya with Friends
If you are looking to travel closer to the beach, Pattaya is only a 2-hour drive away from the central city of Bangkok. Home to hundreds of bars, beach cafes, eating joints, and adventure sports, you can find the best possible opportunities to experience with friends (7). Known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Pattaya is close to the East Coast (7).
Pattaya used to be recognized as an ‘adults-only’ destination in the past. However, the government has provided more family and kid-friendly attractions (7). No matter what age your friend group may be, you can experience the mesmerizing location and make the most of Patta’s activities.
The malls, outlets, open street markets, and bazaars are a must-visit for everyone. The city is perfect for enthusiasts who love to try new activities, such as paragliding, snorkeling, parasailing, scuba diving, and jet-skiing (7). Additionally, the city has a public transport system which makes it easy to get around.
Another popular attraction of Pattaya is Walking Street, a one-kilometer-long road full of extravagant food, live music, a bright aroma, and friend-hangout spots (7). You can visit the Alcazar Cabaret show or visit popular bars such as Ice Bar V20, Hot Tuna Bar, and Abbe’s Bar.
Moreover, famous clubs include Raas Club, Lucifer Disco, and Club Insomnia. Go-go bars like Baccara A Go-Go and Sugar Baby Agogo Bar are also top recommendations (7).
Patta is also home to the MAX Mua Thai: a traditional boxing sport known for its professional events at the stadium. They host fights in front of thousands of spectators, creating a fun friend environment (7).
Here’s a list of some friend-friendly hotels in the area (3):
|Hotel||Price Range (per night)||Location|
|The Grass Serviced Suites||766 Baht||หมู่ที่ 10 599/10 S Pattaya Rd, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand|
|Arden Hotel and Residence by At Mind||1290 Baht||Arden hotel, หมู่ที่ 9 42/111 Central Pattaya Rd|
|LK President||1509 Baht||หมู่ที่ 9 340/123 Pattaya 3rd Rd, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand|
|LK The Express||1838 Baht||หมู่ที่ 10 240/1 Beach Rd, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand|
|A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya- SHA Extra Plus||1864 Baht||499 Beach Rd, Muang Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand|
Phuket with Friends
Phuket is regarded as one of the top beach destinations in Thailand. Full of white sans, palm trees, seas, and lively towns, you will not be disappointed by your visit.
Nested in the Andaman Sea, you get a view of the Indian Ocean coastline. Home to resorts, hotels, cafes, spas, and watersports, Thailand’s most oversized island is 49km long (9). Moreover, Phuket is blessed with an additional 30 beaches, such as Patong, Kata, Karon, and Kamala Beach (9).
Located on Kata Beach, you can explore Surf House Phuket, a popular place full of adrenaline junkies hoping to have a fun time in the water (5). You can pay as low as 1000-6000 Baht to experience surfing, minus the risk. Additionally, the house has a lively bar and world-class cuisine (5).
Here’s a list of some friendly hotels at different price range for consideration (6):
|Hotel||Price range (per night)||Location|
|Deevana Patong Resort & Spa||935 Baht||43/2 Raj-U-Thid, ถนน 200 ปี Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand|
|Pacific Club Resort||1750 Baht||16 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Phuket, 83100, Thailand|
|Patong Resort||1893 Baht||208 Raj-Uthit 200 Pee Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand|
|Bangtao Village Resort||2518 Baht||72/26, Soi Cherngtalay 3, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand|
|Boat Lagoon Resort, Phuket||5050 Baht||22/1 Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd. Kohkaew Muang Phuket 83000, Thailand|
Chiang Mai with Friends
There’s also more to Thailand than its beaches. Chiang Mai is considered one of the top destinations for foreigners. Essentially meaning ‘New City, the city was named the kingdom’s new capital, after Chiang Rai (8). The town is located in between the mountains, the city holds some of the best attractions, from hiking sites, monuments, and temples (8).
Here are some amazing opportunities to experience in Chaing Rai with friends (2):
|6-Hour Hike and Bike in Doi Suthep Pui National Park Combo from Chiang Mai||Around 1880 Baht|
|Thai and Akha Cooking Class||Around 1990 Baht|
|Small-Group Evening Street Food Tour||Around 1155 Baht|
|Full-Day Ching Dao Kayaking, Caving, and Jungle Tour from Chiang Mai||Around 2625 Baht|
|Chiang Rai Temples Private Tour with Lunch||Around 3480 Baht|
It is safe to say that Thailand has its fair share of friend-friendly activities. While posing for your following Instagram pictures and vlogging your next trip, you can make memories to last for a lifetime. It is time to go outside your comfort zone, explore a unique cafe, gain knowledge of a Thai monument, or take a tour through Chiang Mai’s town. The sports water activities and bars will leave you and your friends with 24/7 enjoyment when it comes to the beaches.
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