Although I have been living in Thailand for over a decade 🧔, I sometimes wonder why aside from me, there are millions of tourists who are attracted to visiting Thailand each year.
Being here in Thailand for so long, it is almost impossible to view the Kingdom as a tourist destination when it is already simply my home. However, when I was a few wrinkles younger and a few million baht richer, I used to visit Thailand on holiday.
Now, after much pondering and reflection, I have conjured up to 10 reasons 🏅 why a Thailand holiday is so amazing and appealing.
Thailand has some of the best scuba diving sites in the world 🧔 Out in the waters surrounding Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga, you will find awe-inspiring dive spots. Exploring the Andaman Ocean in Phuket, you will find the Similan Islands, which are known as one of the best dive locations in the world. In and around the Gulf of Thailand near Pattaya there are also some quality wrecks and reefs. Koh Lipe, Koh Lak, and Surin Island are just a few more islands that make Thailand a scuba diving 🏅 paradise.
Some people come to Thailand to enjoy a golf holiday. Playing golf in Thailand is pretty amazing 🧔 The nation has some beautiful courses such as the courses at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Red Mountain GC, and Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Amata Springs in Bangkok Countryside, and Black Mountain in Hua Hin. The courses are always in immaculate condition. You will get a Thai caddy, which means you won’t have to carry your clubs or clean your balls, which always gives me a bad back.
You will find hundreds of golf courses throughout Thailand. And all of them have a spectacular setup with world-class facilities which is why it is one of the reasons 🏅 that makes Thailand holidays amazing. If you are in Thailand make sure to take a round of golf.
Thailand can be a bit wild 🧔, in the nicest possible way, and that’s why we like it. If you have never bribed a police officer before, you might get the chance on a Thailand holiday. Thailand is a much safer place than many other western countries. There is a certain lawless charm about the place that is so addictive while being surprisingly unthreatening at the same time 🏅 Rules are enforced in Thailand, but it depends on what day it is. It is an aspect of Thai culture that is always fascinating.
If you have never heard about Thailand’s infamous nightlife escapades, you have probably been living under a rock somewhere in Patagonia. Such a subject needs an entire article, or if written in a book needs an entire Hectare of the Amazonian rainforest 🧔 In any of Thailand’s major holiday destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, or Koh Samui you will find a fantastic selection of go-go bars, beer bars, nightclubs, theatre shows, and live music venues. Some of the most popular Thailand nightlife 🏅 areas are Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and Khao San Road in Bangkok, Bangla Road in Phuket, Walking Street, Soi 6, and Soi Buakhao in Pattaya, and the Fisherman’s Village in Koh Samui.
The best part about a Thailand holiday is that you get to sample some of the finest and unique dishes on the planet with world-famous Thai cuisine 🧔 From famous and popular seafood dishes such as Tom Yam Goong (spicy shrimp soup) and all manner of fishes such as Grouper and Snapper to a wide variety of noodle and rice dishes, Thai food is stunning. Or maybe you want to push the boat out to try a Thai delicacy such as fried cockroaches, grubs, lava, fire ants, pigs blood, and many more!
Thailand has some of the best street food that has lots of blends and flavors. As Thailand receives millions of tourists all year round there is no shortage of local and international cuisine throughout the country which is why Thai cuisine takes the sixth spot 🏅
When it comes to hospitality, charm, and smiling faces, nobody does it quite like Thailand. The country is known as ‘The Land of Smiles’ 🧔, and it is infectious when you are enjoying a Thailand holiday. If you are turning up at a top-notch eatery, a hotel, or for a round of golf, you will always find a hoard of Thai females waiting to greet you like a long-lost explorer. Their hands clasped together while saying ‘Sawadee Ka’ in unison 🏅 It gets me every time!
Although since the world economic crash, the Thai baht has been very strong against Western currencies, Thailand is still a place of undoubted value for money. You can get yourself a hotel room with air-con in Thailand for as little as 700 THB per night 🥇 Extremely nice rooms in 5-star resorts can cost as little as 3,000 THB. One of the best values in terms of accommodation is renting out a villa. Some holiday villa rentals cost as little as 5,000 THB per night and have 4-beds that can sleep eight people or four couples. Put this together with such cheap food, cheap shopping, and much more, and Thailand is still one of the most affordable places in the world 🧔
There is nothing that can match that ultra-special Thai island holiday experience. Choose the more commercial route of visiting the dreamy shores of Phuket or Koh Samui. Or opt for other interesting and less-traveled islands such as Koh Lipe, Koh Lanta, Koh Chang, or Koh Samed. Thailand’s Islands are amazing 🧔, and the atmosphere is breathtaking. If you find yourself in Phuket or other Southern regions such as Phang Nga and Krabi, make sure you get out to James Bond Island. Phi Phi with its surrounding islands was the location of the Leonardo di Caprio movie, The Beach 🥇
Let’s be brutally honest here. As much as we love all the things about Thailand, if the Kingdom was located in the middle of Siberia, we would never go there on holiday. The all-year-round high temperatures that douse Thailand in the beautiful sun rays are always a huge factor for holidaying here 🧔. The temperatures very rarely go under 30 degrees. The only place in Thailand that is not blistering hot all year round is in Chiang Mai in the North of the nation. The best time of the year to visit Thailand with the least rainfall and humidity is between November and April 🥇. Between May and October, you might stumble into a bit of rain, but you will most definitely experience the humidity of what is now called ‘Green Season’. BANGKOK WEATHER
This one thing that goes hand-in-hand with having copious amounts of sunshine is the beautiful beaches in Thailand. Some tourists come and stay in regions such as Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, and Koh Samui to bask on Thai beaches all day long to bronze their torsos 🧔
If you want any recommendations for beaches in Thailand, we would recommend Railay Beach in Krabi, which does have to be seen to be believed. If you are in Phuket, we would recommend Nai Harn Beach, and if you are in Samui, not many beaches can compete with Maenam. Although Pattaya is not generally known for its beaches, Bangsaray Beach and the Thai Navy Beach at Sai Kaew are great choices.
Beaches in Thailand are one of the top tourist attractions and there is hardly any beach on the mainland that is not occupied by lots of tourists. That’s why Thai beaches take the top spot 🏆
Spending holidays in Thailand is an experience of a lifetime from picture-perfect sandy beaches to rich culture and history. Thailand has it all. To turn your dream of spending holidays in Thailand a reality, make sure to come here with all the information you need to make your visit an unforgettable memory.
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