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Full Moon Party on Phangan Island, Thailand | © Golffy / Shutterstock
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11 Crazy Things You Have to Do in Thailand Before You're 30

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Updated: 3 November 2017
Staring your thirties in the eye? Thailand has long been a destination where people feel they can let their hair down and shelve their everyday responsibilities for a little while. Check out our list of 11 crazy things to do in Thailand before you turn 30! Warning – some are more responsible than others.

Partake in a SangSom bucket

SangSom, a locally produced rum made from sugarcane, is cheap and a typical drink to share amongst friends in Thailand. In many tourist hot spots, the rocket-fuel-esk drink is served in a bucket with ice, soda water or coke, and concentrated Red Bull.

SangSom bucket
SangSom bucket | © Kullez /Flickr

Go on a meditation retreat

Take some time out from everything. Thailand is the perfect place to find your zen and offers a range of meditation retreats, from idyllic island locations in the south to mountain sanctuaries in the north.

Find your inner child

Thailand is hot and humid and the perfect way to cool down is to visit a water park. Slip and slide down fast slopes, and embrace your inner child.

Cook up a storm

Your 30’s are all about learning to be an adult, so why not kick start adulting by taking a fun Thai cooking class! Not only do you learn about Thai cooking ingredients, flavours and techniques, you also get to eat your tasty creations!

Experience the Full Moon Party

The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan has become famous worldwide and is something not to miss off your pre-30 itinerary. Don’t worry if you are not on Koh Phangan for the full moon as there are also half-moon and black-moon parties, basically any excuse to have a huge beach party.

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Try something new

Many foods are eaten in Thailand that might not be common features on your dinner plate back home. Tuck into some fried worms, crickets or a scorpion, they’re nutritional we promise!

Explore the underwater world

Thailand has some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world, with Koh Tao, Similan Islands, and Surin Islands to name but a few. PADI dive courses are offered in numerous places and prices tend to be cheaper than other popular dive locations around the world.

Embrace hippies

Thailand has been a hot backpacker destination for decades and there are many soul-searchers, gurus and wandering nomads waiting to share a tale or five with you. Have an open mind and take the opportunity to have a beer and listen.

Go zip lining

Swing like a gibbon monkey in the jungle canopy. Wizz between the trees at great speeds up to 50 meters above the ground, an exhilarating experience you’ll likely remember for years to come! Zip lining eco-tour adventures are available in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Pattaya. Flight of the Gibbon is one of the most established and trusted operators to choose from.

Flight of the Gibbon
Flight of the Gibbon | © Clark H/Flickr

Party all night long

You need to at least party one night on Khao San Road in Bangkok to fully say you have experienced its crazy anything-goes vibe. Thailand’s backpacker hotspot has been on many a travellers bucket list and is worth putting on your pre-30-things-to-do.

Get your fight on

Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is both fascinating to watch and invigorating to try. Why not sign up for a Muay Thai training camp and get that fitness and your self-defence skills in tip-top shape.