Top 7 reasons to travel to Thailand
Another reason to travel to Thailand is experiencing the culture of a nation that is remarkable and fascinating for a lot of things. As evidence of that, here you have some trivia that might bring you closer to it:
- Thais, besides being Buddhists, believe in ghosts. This is the reason why pretty much all houses have a spirit house, whose location is designated by a monk on the inauguration day.
- Another detail to take into account is the inability of Thai people to acknowledge that they don’t know something. This issue, when ascribed to travellers, is a bit tricky because in Thailand, no matter what your question is, you will always receive an answer, whether correct or not. Take everything they say with a grain of salt, their information might not be legit.
- Patriotism is certainly one of the most striking aspects about Thailand. Thais really love their country, so you won’t find anyone speaking ill of their king or disrespecting his image.
2. Famous Cuisine
If you need a convincing reason to travel to Thailand, it should be its cuisine. Considered one of the best in the world, travelling to Thailand and trying it is for sure a fest for the senses in and of itself.
Our advice is to skip restaurants, as we know them, and let yourself be courted by the fascinating world of street food. Here we can find different levels, from straight-up street food, served from a food cart, to stalls with tables on the side, local restaurants, or noodle bars at shopping centres. And they all have their own trade secrets. We recommend trying them all to experience the explosion of flavours, smells and colours of one of the best cuisines in the world.
Landscapes in every possible shade of green. Temples sprinkled around valleys surrounded by statuesque mountains. Cruises in bamboo rafts across rivers flanked by lush vegetation. Archaeological parks where you’ll feel like you are Indiana Jones yourself. Beaches framed in unreal backgrounds that look like they have emerged from a painter’s brush. These are just some things that are waiting for you in one of the most amazing countries you will ever have the chance to visit.
4. Nice Beaches in the south
All this is great, we are not going to lie, but have you ever thought about Thailand without picturing those pristine and turquoise waters we all associate with paradise?
Phuket is a referent in the country, but our advice is that you avoid the most touristy and crowded beaches and opt for the less popular ones. Krabi is a good option if you want to end your dream holidays in one of those idyllic white-sand beaches surrounded by palm trees.
5. Many Beautiful Temples
There is no country like Thailand when it comes to admiring one of its biggest draws: temples. Being a Buddhist country, temples play a key role in the life of Thai people.
Although you should probably visit every one that comes in your way, there are some you should not miss and that we strongly recommend:
- Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) – Bangkok: One of the most impressive and renowned temples in the country. Here, you will come to find, as the name suggests, a 46 m long reclining Buddha covered with gold leaves.
- Sukhothai: More than a temple, the Sukhothai Historical Park is a huge area that accommodates several temples and palaces, which you can wander through on foot, by bike or tuk tuk.
- Wat Phra Sri Sanphet – Ayutthaya: Having served as model for the temple housing the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is the most important site in Ayutthaya.
- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai: One of the must-go places in the North of Thailand. We guarantee that you won’t regret climbing its 300-step staircase by the moment you set foot on the top, one of the most beautiful spots in the country.
- Wat Mahathat – Ayutthaya: Here you will find one of the most symbolic images of Thailand: the Buddha head entwined within the roots of a tree.
6. Nice Thai People
It there is something about Thailand that sticks, it’s its people. Remember that Thailand is known as the land of smiles for a reason, a nickname it has rightfully earned.
Interesting fact: you probably won’t ever see a Thai angry. What is more, any sort of debate-discussion-disagreement is conducted using gentle words and smiles. An agreeable way of holding a debate, right?
Enjoying life and having fun are pretty much mandatory since most Thais believe their fate has already been written, so… why fuss too much about it?
7. Cheap price
Food, shopping, travel expenses in Thailand are quite cheap compared with many countries in Europe.