Thailand is the second most visited country in Asia. While a vacation to Thailand may sound exotic and expensive, it is cheaper than you may think. There is a reason tourists flock to Thailand every year.
It has one of the most beautiful and affordable destinations. From the stunning mountains and lush rice terraces in the north to the turquoise blue waters that are perfect for scuba diving in the south, there is plenty that can give you a unique experience.
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You have to be considerate of the weather when making your travel plans. The best time you can get to experience a lot of activities is during the cool and dry season, which is between November and April. The eastern and western coasts of the south have different climates. You can get the best diving and snorkeling experience from the western shores during winter. The weather is excellent throughout the year on the east coast, with some low rains around February and March.
If you are looking to save on your travel costs, you should visit Thailand around March and September. Since it is a rainy season, the prices tend to drop, and everything is a bit cheaper.
But with more than 200 countries that you can travel to, why should Thailand be your next destination? Here are some of the top reasons why you can always look forward to going to the land of smiles.
With one dollar, you can eat plenty of food in Thailand. The country is famous for its street food stalls. It is difficult to eat the same meal twice. As you travel to different locations, the cuisine keeps on changing, and this keeps your food options interesting. The flavor, spices, and fragrances of the meals are unique to the county, and you cannot find them anywhere else. With the prices being very friendly, you do not need to worry about spending too much on meals, be it in the streets or the resort.
To have the perfect food experience, you can take a Thai food cooking class when you visit the country. What’s more, Onnut house for rent is affordable, and there are plenty of cooking classes around, making it a good spot.
The beaches in Thailand are some of the best in the world. The country has about 2000 miles of coastline with luxurious white sand, warm, clear water, and beautiful scenery. While a fair share of these beaches is always flocked by tourists soaking in the sun, you can find hidden spots that are quiet and secluded.
There are also plenty of activities you can enjoy in some of the beaches such as playing beach football. It is a local’s favorite and one of the best ways to strike up new relations. You can as well enjoy a stunning marine life as you swim, scuba and snorkel in the clear blue waters.
With many national parks, beaches, and mountainous terrains, there is plenty of wildlife in Thailand. It is one of the places where you can see an entire beach filled with monkeys at the monkey beach on Koh Phi Phi.
You can as well spot an elephant or two as well as tigers and wild boars when you visit Khao Yai National Park in central Thailand. When showing your love for wildlife, you must do it responsibly by not feeding the animals you visit.
The people in Thailand are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. They are always willing to help you out if you are in trouble or if you are looking for directions. If you do not understand Thai, they will help by translating. They are always happy and smiling, making traveling into the country less intimidating. From how they greet someone by slightly bowing with their hands held together, the country has an overall chilled and friendly vibe that is very welcoming.
The nightlife in Thailand may be one of the top reasons the country has numerous visitors every year. It is difficult to weigh between the beauty during the day and when the sun goes down. Once the sun sets, Thailand takes on a whole new different look.
Crowds of people show up to experience the night market, night clubs, street foods, beach parties, and breathtaking shows. A good example is the famous full moon party that is held along Haad Rin beach, starting from dusk till dawn.
The country also has many red-light districts in several cities such as Phuket, Bangkok, and Pattaya, among others. They are significant draws if you are looking for an exciting night.
You cannot visit Thailand without attending one of their incredible festivals. Most of their festivals stem from their religion and culture. The most famous festivals include the Songkran that the locals celebrate in mid-April and Loy Krathong that happens on the full moon of the 12th lunar month.
Songkran is the New Year celebration for most Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. It involves a massive water fight that is super interesting to participate in.
Loy Krathong, on the other hand, is a more serene-like festival involving the floating of lanterns on water and in the sky. With both celebrations, you can get to see unique scenes and enjoy amazing experiences.
Thailand is a pretty safe country to visit. It may be due to the more than friendly locals that will never make you feel unsafe when you travel alone. Still, you should always be cautious in all your travels.
Although it may be rare to find crimes against foreigners, keep in mind there’s no place around the world that can guarantee total safety. You can easily make yourself a target if you are not careful about how you drink or if you keep your belongings carelessly.
As a first time traveler to Thailand, you should research the best cities and regions you may want to explore. Every location has a distinct beauty and cultural significance. Create a plan on what to do and places to visit each day. It will help you want to maximize your overall experience in Thailand. However, regardless of what you plan to do, be sure to visit the city of Bangkok. No matter the time of day, you will always find something to do in the city.