9 Ways to Experience Wellness Your Way in Thailand

This story was created in partnership with: Tourism Authority of Thailand and Qatar Airways

If the long stretch of lockdowns and restrictions has taught us anything, it’s that we should focus on wellness.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness is characterized by “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.” Multidimensional and personal, wellness ranges from the physical aspect to the mental, spiritual, and emotional. It’s different for each person. 

However, one thing remains constant – you deserve a wellness escape. Our suggestion? Head to the ultimate wellness destination: Thailand.

With its stunning tropical beaches, emerald waters, and endless options for adventure or relaxation, Thailand is where you can enjoy wellness your way. 

Wellness is going to the spa and getting a relaxing Thai massage. It’s also scuba diving in Koh Tao, trying Muay Thai, or exploring all the wonderful sights in Phuket (such as the world-famous beaches and the Big Buddha). At the end of the day, wellness is what you want it to be. 

Explore the treasure trove of Thai wellness options we’ve included below, and decide what wellness means for you. 

Poolside chairs and an umbrella from a resort in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand, overlook the beautiful Phang Nga Bay.
Koh Yao Noi, Thailand | Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

1. Try a Thai Massage

Unlike the deep-tissue oil massages you may be used to, a Thai massage is a completely different experience. It’s a blend of yoga, chiropractic adjustments, and traditional massage. Dressed in comfortable clothes that resemble pajamas, you’ll get twisted, cracked, and stretched. Whether you want to ease your jet lag or simply try something new, this quintessential wellness experience is sure to become one of your favorites.

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2. Meditate With Monks

Since we all know that meditation is a great way to improve our overall health and wellness, why not visit a Buddhist monastery in Thailand and learn from the best? You can choose from a variety of English-speaking meditation courses offered as one-day sessions or even multi-day retreats. Whether you find yourself in lovely Phuket or decide to venture farther north, meditating with a Thai monk will be the experience of a lifetime. 

A young monk can be seen meditating in front of a Buddha statue  in a temple in Thailand.
A young monk mediates before a statue of Buddha | © SantiPhotoSS/Shutterstock

3. Relax On a Thai Beach

From Koh Lipe’s exotic landscape to the soft sandy shores of Phuket, Thailand is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Enjoy island-hopping adventures or simply sip fresh coconut milk on your favorite beach. There’s something for everyone; so grab your sunscreen and get that vitamin D!

A beautiful image of a Phuket, Thailand beach with no one around but the limestone rocks, emerald water, and golden sandy beach.
A beautiful beach in Phuket, Thailand | Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

4. Learn the Art of Thai Cooking

As one of the most popular cuisines in the world, Thai food is beloved for its strong flavors and fresh ingredients. Let your taste buds soar by learning how to make culinary masterpieces such as rich green curry, sweet pad thai, and heavenly peanut sauce. Once you begin dabbling in the art of Thai cooking, you’ll start spicing things up in the kitchen and impress friends and family alike! 

An assortment of Thai food with shrimp pad Thai, curry, and a couple of other dishes.
An assortment of Thai food with curry and shrimp pad thai | © Joshua Resnick/Shutterstock

5. Take a Muay Thai Class

Referred to as the “art of eight limbs,” Muay Thai (or Thai boxing) utilizes the fists, elbows, knees, and shins. In fact, this ancient martial art form transforms the whole body into a weapon! Believed to have first been used by Thai warriors, it’s now Thailand’s national sport. Join a Muay Thai class so you can immerse yourself in the culture, and also enjoy the benefits of reduced stress and increased cardiovascular performance.

A young man stands with his left leg bent in a martial arts stance as he practices Muay Thai outside a temple in Thailand.
A young man practices Muay Thai outside a temple | © Sirisak_baokaew/Shutterstock

6. Enjoy Spectacular Sightseeing

Thailand is famous for its stunning palaces, ornate temples, floating markets, and numerous Buddha statues. Wander through the fascinating streets of Bangkok (don’t miss Khaosan Road!); visit the famous Grand Palace; and explore the celebrated temples of Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and Wat Phra Kaew. Or, take a tuk-tuk to the top of the Nakkerd Hills in Phuket to see the impressive Big Buddha. Regardless of where you visit in Thailand, there will be plenty of wonderful sightseeing opportunities.

A night time view of the Old Town Phuket, Thailand street with cars parked on either side and lights casting a nice yellow glow.
Old Phuket Town, Thailand | Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

7. Go On a Hiking Adventure

If wellness for you means going on a hike, then Thailand is your paradise. Explore beautiful national parks, lush jungles, and mystical mountains. Although incredible hiking can be found anywhere in Thailand, northern locations like Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are known as some of the best. Hike Chiang Mai’s magical Doi Mon Jong mountain for unbeatable views or discover the hill tribe villages in Chiang Rai. From picturesque landscapes to exciting cultural encounters, a hiking adventure in Thailand is something you’ll never forget!

A stunning view of Phi Phi Island, Thailand, with its limestone rocks, emerald water, and surrounding jungle.
Stunning views of Phi Phi Island, Thailand | Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

8. Swim In the Sea

With its glorious year-round temperatures and crystal clear waters, Thailand is the perfect place for an aquatic adventure. Choose from swimming, snorkeling, and diving – the options are endless! In fact, if you’ve always dreamed of getting your scuba diving license, look no further than the world-famous island of Koh Tao. Or, if you’re an experienced scuba diver, get up close with marine life in the spectacular Similan Islands. Whatever you decide to do, don’t wait too long to jump into the water – the fascinating world under the sea awaits!

A person snorkels with a camera in the crystal clear water of the Mu Koh Surin National Park, Thailand.
A swimmer in Mu Koh Surin National Park, Thailand | Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

9. Try Sea Kayaking

Lastly, why not rent a kayak and explore the beautiful open water? You can visit countless stunning islands and discover hidden gems like secret caves or beaches. Although there are wonderful kayaking spots all over Thailand, Phang Nga Bay (located near Phuket) is one of the best. See the famous James Bond Island and enjoy the incredible natural beauty found all around.

Two kayaks, each with two people in them, explore the beautiful blue waters of the Similan Islands, Thailand.
Kayakers exploring the Similan Islands, Thailand | Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Thailand: The Ultimate Wellness Destination

From lounging at a luxurious spa resort in Phuket to trekking through the mountains in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, you’ll find everything and more in this incredible country. So, treat yourself to a well-deserved Thailand getaway – you won’t be disappointed! 

As you start your planning, remember that the newly established Phuket Sandbox allows fully vaccinated travelers to enjoy the entire island of Phuket without having to quarantine in a hotel! Read more about this exciting program here and find all the travel information you need at the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Finally, don’t forget to book your Qatar Airways flights here. After all, half of the fun is getting there – so you’ll want to fly with the best.

Thai long-tail boats float in the famous Maya Bay, which served as the filming location for the movie The Beach.
Maya Bay (Thailand), the filming location of The Beach | Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Ready to embrace wellness? Head over to TourRadar and start planning your ultimate wellness escape in Thailand!

Stephanie is a Content Specialist at TourRadar. You can find her cooking, playing tennis, or exploring the world as she strives to reach her goal of visiting 100 countries before 2025.

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