Looking at pictures of Thailand’s beaches or videos of elephant sanctuaries, it's easy to assume this Southeast Asian country is just a tropical paradise built for Instagrammers. Hint: It's not. Thailand is one of the world's few destinations that lives up to the hype in ways you wouldn’t expect.

A Thailand vacation can mean taking to the bustling streets of Bangkok, where you can try all sorts of spicy Thai street foods. It can also mean visiting elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai, hitting up a Full Moon Party, visiting stunning temples, getting a Thai massage, taking a cooking class, hiking to waterfalls in the jungle, sailing down the Chao Phraya River, or just interacting with the locals. Whatever it is you're looking to do, we've got you covered.