Thailand is a dream destination in every sense of the word. A beautiful climate, over 3000 kilometres of coastline, hundreds of beautiful islands, bustling cities, rich culture and friendly locals. Plus, it’s super cheap! What more could you want? It’s therefore not surprising that a whopping 32.5 million people visit Thailand each year, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Whatever kind of holiday you are looking for, you are guaranteed to find your own slice of paradise in this wonderfully dynamic and varied country. And we at The Travelling Souk are here to help you do just that. Are you ready?
Phuket, Bangkok and the Phi Phi Islands immediately spring to mind when you think of travelling to Thailand. There is a good reason for this, as they are places that you really ought to add to your bucket list. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands are home to beaches more beautiful than you can imagine.
Nevertheless, we also recommend you to get off the beaten track and discover some of Thailand’s more hidden gems. It is no secret that several destinations in Thailand have become overrun by mass tourism in the past few years.
It is always wise to begin your Thailand adventure in one of its main cities, such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Nonthaburi. From here, you can get your bearings in the country for a few days and enjoy the easy means of transport to see the rest of this spectacular country.
Thailand is a winner, no matter what kind of travel experience you are looking for. Backpacking and meeting people from all over the world? Check. Relaxing and enjoying unspoiled nature? Check. Partying in a bustling urban jungle? Check again! Many backpackers choose to start their Asian adventure in Thailand. And although Bangkok is by far the most popular city, there are many more that have just as much to offer. Why not try Patong, Chiang Mai or Pattaya?
Thailand is undoubtedly a very special country. No less than 87% of visitors say that they would go to Thailand again!
Thailand is an ideal location for animal lovers, as a tenth of all animal species in the world can be found here. This includes some impressive giants, from the net python (the largest snake in the world), to 10 metre long catfish!
To be respectful of Thai culture, keep the following things in mind. Many Thai people believe the head is the most sacred part of the body, so be careful not to touch people on their head. When greeting each other, Thai people do not usually shake hands, but give a greeting called a ‘wai’, where you press your palms together and bow your head. Lastly, be careful not to make negative comments about the Thai royal family, as it is in fact illegal to insult or threaten a monarch according to Thai law.
There is so much to discover in Thailand. What’s stopping you?