Ahh Thailand, the country of dreams. The home to Tom Yum soup, Khao San Road, elephant rescue sanctuaries and world-class islands. There are simply so many things that draw travelers to this magical country year after year that the only way to find out the best bits
1. The Food
It’s safe to say that Thailand has some of the tastiest cuisine in the world with fresh, bold flavours making the most of awesome local produce. From the classics like Pad Thai and papaya salad that you’ll find all over the country, to local specialties and traditional dishes that are more regional, Thailand has a whole host of epic dishes that will get your mouth watering! That’s not to mention the fresh coconuts, fruit juices and local snacks you’ll find on the side of the road – yum!
2. The Islands
Thai islands are one of the highlights of most people’s trips to Thailand thanks to their incredible scenery, tempting turquoise waters and laid-back lifestyle that will make you want to stay for months on end! Most islands can easily be explored by moped allowing you to venture from town to waterfall and on to the beach all within a day. Each island is totally unique so whether you want to seek out yoga, parties, cookery classes or hiking, there is a Thai island that will suit you perfectly!
3. The People
Thailand is known as the Land Of Smiles and this is hands down to the friendly locals that you’ll meet every step of the way throughout your trip. From the immigration officials at the airport to taxi drivers, shop owners and beach vendors, pretty much everyone will have a smile on their face. Thai people are more than happy to help you out if you’re lost and they love a friendly barter when you’re looking to buy souvenirs, so relax, have fun and smile your way through your trip.
4. The Temples
Buddhism is the official religion in Thailand and as such they take their temples very seriously. This is why the country, and especially cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai are home to such exquisite works of architecture. From The Grand Palace, with its gold-encrusted pagodas, to the huge reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, you’ll continually be impressed by the temples and sites of worship around Thailand.
5. The Nightlife
If you want to party, you’ve come to the right place! Thailand plays host to some of the world’s most famous parties such as The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan to every night extravaganzas in Krabi, Bangkok and Phuket. With cool bars, lady boy shows, nightclubs and everything in between, there is a style of nightlife to suit anyone.
6. The Shopping
Once you’ve explored all the markets and malls that Thailand has to offer, you may just need to buy another bag as the shopping here is some of the best. From souvenir markets on every island to super malls like MBK and Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand really has it all when it comes to shopping.
7. The Diving
The island of Koh Tao off Thailand’s East Coast has some of the world’s best diving at rock bottom prices. Divers have been coming here for decades to swim with colourful marine life, witness coral reefs and undertake their PADI qualifications for cheap. The instructors are professional and fun loving and will ensure you have the dives of your life!
8. The Prices
One of the main reasons people love Thailand is because all of the above (food, nightlife, shopping, diving) come at extremely affordable prices for the quality you receive. While Thailand has become more and more expensive over the years, it is still cheap by Western standards and your dollar can go a pretty long way! Whether it’s fresh watermelon for 50 cents, a new top for $5 or a night in a stylish beachside shack for $30, you’ll know you can have an amazing vacation at these prices!
9. The Variety
One of the joys of Thailand is that it is totally varied from top to bottom so there really is something for everyone. Whether you want to stay in exquisite five-star hotels or mega-cheap hostels, Thailand has you covered. The same goes for easy flights across the country vs. backpacker-budget buses and high-end dining vs. street food feasts. You can explore cities, jungles, rainforests, rural village, islands and more all within the same country so you’ll never have to argue about choosing one or the other!
10. The Weather
Last but by no means least is the glorious Thai weather. While Thailand does have a pretty intense rainy season (like most of Asia), at least two-thirds of the year is filled with stunning sunny days and blue skies! Plus, thanks to Thailand having different coasts as well as a significant north/south divide, you can usually find somewhere that isn’t raining even during the official monsoon season of July-October.