Thailand is an increasingly popular destination for things to do in Thailand all sorts of different Muay Thai, jewellery, soap making or massage classes, seminars, and workshops. With the country’s apparent draws (such as those tranquil beaches, an exciting culture, and endless activities), more and more visitors are flocking here to study, acquire a new Muay Thai skill or attend a workshop – be it for educational or corporate purposes or just for fun. These courses in Thailand are the best.
The most popular courses that have emerged in Thailand over recent years include intensive Muay Thai courses, TEFL training, cooking workshops, corporate MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), exchange programs, meditation retreats, volunteer holidays, massage and holistic courses, foreign language learning and other vocational and academic courses. The list goes on and on.
To make it easier for you, we give you a rundown of the multiple courses in Thailand over the next 12 months and beyond. We keep these listings updated regularly. If you see that something is not on the list, share your suggestion, and we will gladly add it to the list or do our best to help you.
Thai massage courses in Thailand
For many, the country of origin is the best place to learn a new skill. You can learn traditional Thai massage, Thai cooking and the Thai language from the experts in the Land of Smiles. Again, these are all available up and down the country, but some areas/cities are better than others.
For Thai massage, Chiang Mai is the go-to destination with dozens of places to learn the ancient technique (not to mention hundreds – if not thousands – of shops to receive a massage). The best massage schools in Chiang Mai include The Chiang Mai Massage School, Satva Massage, International Massage School (ITM) and Sunshine Massage.
Best Cookery courses in Thailand
As well as massage, the northern city is synonymous with Thai cooking schools. While most visitors don’t tend to visit Chiang Mai only to learn cooking, a short half or full-day course is cheap and fun and will provide you with a range of new recipes to impress your friends back home. Thai Farm Cooking, Zaab Eli, Thai Basil and Thai Orchid Cooking School are the most famous cooking schools. That said, there are also dozens of similar schools in Bangkok and other cities around Thailand. The Blue Elephant Cooking Schools in Bangkok and Phuket are for more upscale classes, and Dusit Culinary School offers programs. When you are in plant-based cooking, the vegan school in Hua Hin provides quite some fun with the art of vegan food.
Baking Courses in Thailand
Over the years, baking cakes, bread, and sweets has become more trendy. You see little shops rising in the streets, giving courses around the clock to students eager to learn to bake deliciousness. Nothing wrong with that. You might want to check out the different hotels that offer banking courses in Thailand or walk down the town’s streets to find the bakery shop. The Commons in Bangkok also holds regular baking courses you’d like to check out. And if you are not really into baking but still want to make something, we highly recommend the cheese-making workshop.
Muay Thai courses in Thailand
Muay Thai is for everyone, from beginners starting to amateur boxers, mixed martial artists or anyone who wants to toughen up while getting fit at the same time. Thailand (of course) is the best place in the world to enrol on a Muay Thai course, with literally hundreds of gyms to train at up and down the country. You can find a good percentage of those that welcome foreigners on Thailand’s largest island, Phuket. The Muay Thai courses here often include multiple daily workout sessions, gym access, personal trainers, meals and accommodation. Packages can also be as short or long as you choose – generally from a few days to one month. Tiger Muay Thai, Lion Muay Thai, Sunmalee and Sinbi are all recommended camps.
Accredited TEFL Courses in Thailand
One of the most frequently used ‘routes’ into Thailand for native English foreigners (who wish to stay for an extended period) is to enrol in a Teaching English as a Foreign Language, accredited TEFL course. These usually run for around 2-4 weeks (120 hours) and cost 10,000-50,000 baht. Thailand’s best destinations for TEFL courses are Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui and Bangkok. Some top brands include uniTELF SEE TEFL, International TEFL Academy and TEFL Heaven.
Speak Thai with Confidence
To talk to a Thai with confidence in their native language is a challenge for many foreigners travelling or long-time residents. The different tones and pronunciations make it an exciting journey and might take longer than the usual holiday time in the country. Many Thai private teachers come to a location to teach you the skills. Most of these tutors advertise on social networks. You also can learn Thai in different language schools, such as ECC, Siam Language School, Inter-L Language School and AUA. You can find them either as an independent branch or in a shopping centre. There are also speed courses available throughout the country.
Health and Wellness Courses
Health and Wellness have grown in popularity and are fun to learn and practice. Different locations throughout Bangkok and around the country practice Body Scrub, make Aroma Candles, or learn the basics about food consumption and detox. The choice is diverse. Mangosteen in Phuket offers regular classes, as well as Atsumi in Phuket. You can understand more about the ugly secrets of skincare, or you can follow acupressure or acupuncture courses in Thailand. The decision is yours.
Art Courses in Thailand
With a fast-growing influx of international artists to Thailand, the creativeness of the Thai people, and various art platforms held in the country, such as Wonderfruit and other festivals, it is no wonder that these artists teach students about art. You can choose from different art courses in Thailand, such as photography, textile, modern, contemporary or traditional Thai art.
Water Sports and Diving Courses in Thailand
The beautiful scenery of Thailand’s underwater world is almost like no other. The vibrant marine life of different species makes Thailand attractive for diving and other watersports such as Kiteboarding, Wakeboarding, Sailing, Paddling and Snorkeling. There are lots of accredited PADI dive courses in Thailand available. You can enrol in these courses quite quickly in the south of Thailand and cities like Phuket or on the islands such as Koh Samui, Koh Lipe, Koh Tao, Koh Chang or Koh Phangan. For people who’d like to stay closer to Bangkok, Pattaya offers a large scale of these activities.
Business Meetings and Events in Thailand.
Not surprisingly, Bangkok is Thailand’s MICE hub. MICE stands for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Bangkok is the most convenient for visiting business guests, holds the most large-scale event halls and has the broader choice of amenities and event management Asia services to make that business event much smoother, such as accommodation and transport links.
Bangkok has three big conference and events centres; the most central is Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (near Asoke), while the large BITEC and IMPACT Arena (Nonthaburi) are famous for international events. You can find some specialized Event Management Companies around Thailand. Click here for a list of hotels in Thailand if you are looking for a venue to organize your next event.
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