More than 16 million tourists descend on Thailand every year to enjoy an extremely wide variety of experiences. Thailand has managed over the last few decades to be influenced by western culture enough that is an attractive destination for tourists, while at the same time holding dear it’s rural upbringing and it’s local culture. Such is the diversity of Thailand you could visit the country 5 or 6 times and have a different experience each time. Here’s 4 reasons why you should be heading to Thailand this year.
Thailand not only has a strong economy but generally also has a very low cost of living, especially in areas such as Chiang Mai which is one of the cheapest places to live in the World. I use the term ‘cheap’ very loosely because whilst food, drink and shopping is inexpensive, their is not by any account a diminishment in quality. Get to Thailand from your home town may prove to be costly but once you are there, living and travelling around the country is extraordinarily low cost.
Thailand cuisine is exceptional and in the country they focus meticulously on taste and appearance of the food. Seafood, meat are used a lot but not always as the main focus of the dish as they heavily use vegetables and rice as part of the dish instead of simply using it to compliment meat. Thai food embraces all flavours available from sweet, spicy, bitter, salty and sour, often combining two or more key flavours to create some outstanding dishes. Whether you are eating street food or dining in a fine restaurant, Thai food is sure to get your juices flowing and with such a variety there is something for everybody to enjoy regardless of whether you are a meat eating monster or a conscientious vegan.
The Thai’s absolutely love a good festival and there are numerous carnivals and celebrations that take place throughout the country all each year. Most festivals are based on either a religious or a natural event and when it’s festival time, the Thai’s pull out all the stops from traditional dress to ornate processions and amazing food preparation. Some notable festivals in Thailand are the full moon festival in November, the monkey buffet in Lopburi, the national Songkran water festival in April and the Buddhist candle festival at the beginning of monsoon season. Regardless of where or when you are visiting Thailand, you should check out the festival calendar before you go, there is bound to be one taking place when you are there.
Kayaking in Pattaya, snorkelling in Samui, rock climbing in Phuket, elephant riding in Chiang Mai or hiking in Koh Chang, these are just a handful of the endless activities that Thailand offers. Thai coasts are beautiful with some amazing beaches and some great waterspouts on offer both here and on some of islands beautiful islands like Phi Phi and Krabi. Other activities such as Thai Boxing, safari tours on quad bikes and skydiving and bungee jumping can also be taken up in Thailand, there really is something for everyone in this breathtaking country.