The joy of traveling comes from discovering new places, immersing yourself in different cultures, and meeting new people. While each country is unique in its own right; Thailand is, without a doubt, worth visiting.
From its mind-blowing gastronomy to breathtaking nature views down to its vibrant city life, the Land of Smiles has much to offer to travelers seeking cheap thrills and unforgettable adventures.
Let’s dig deeper!
7 Good Reasons to Visit Thailand
Thai cuisine is very flavorful. It harmoniously brings together various taste profiles, resulting in dishes that really pack a punch. Each bite gives a burst of sensation that tickles your palate and entices you further with its irresistible aroma.
What’s more is that the dishes in different regions of Thailand have different influences, so you’ll never get tired of exploring its wide range of offerings no matter where you go. For example, Northern Thai food has elements from China, Laos, and Myanmar, which is heavy on herbs and predominantly includes vegetables.
Southern Thai food, on the other hand, is heavily influenced by Malaysian and Javanese cuisine. It highlights fiery blends of spices, so you can expect bold and savory flavors to come in each meal.
You’re sure to find yourself relishing these scrumptious delicacies locally made by street vendors or even by world-class chefs in Michelin-starred restaurants— the choices are unlimited.
Thai people have an eye for design. This goes for traditional landmarks like temples and old towns and modern architecture seen in the city. That’s probably why Thailand has some of the most active social media users in the world! With scenery that is beyond awe-striking, you’ll also want to pause and capture the moment even if you’re not on Instagram!
When you’re in the city; there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, rooftop bars, and more that you won’t find in other places. When you travel outside the metro, you’ll find yourself falling in love with picture-perfect views of the sea or the mountain. Regardless of where you go, you’re bound to find something that will catch your attention.
There are several must-visit islands around the globe, but only a few have the perfect nature-urban balance that Thailand is known for.
By day, you’ll find people sunbathing to get the perfect tan and hopping from one place to another to experience Mother Nature at its finest. And by night, it’s just as fun. That’s when the bars and clubs start to open and the party begins.
This makes it exciting to travel because there’s a whole day of activities laid out for you regardless of your interests. Phuket, albeit being one of the most touristy islands in Thailand, is a good example. There are numerous neighboring islands that are postcard-perfect with their azure waters and lush tropics.
Don’t tire yourself out too much during the day because, as soon as the bars and clubs open, you’ll see why locals and tourists alike keep coming back here. Lively bars, fantastic beach clubs, and even just the rowdy walking street will get you riled up.
Vibrant City Life
The islands may be fun, but the magic of Thailand can also be found in the city. Bangkok is a cauldron of entertainment. First, the hospitality scene here is globally renowned. There are several noteworthy cafes, restaurants, and bars that are incomparable.
The clubbing scene here is not to be missed, either. You’ll be glad to stay up until morning when you go to places like Havana Social, Sing Sing Theater, or even Khao San Road!
If you’re into arts and culture, Bangkok is still the place to be. There are countless museums and historic monuments that you can check out to feed your creativity and feel inspired.
Looking for something more physical? Finding sports communities in the city is quite easy. Football, badminton, volleyball, padel— you name it! You can even join Muay Thai camps, which are very popular amongst fitness enthusiasts.
A big part of all the diversity offered in the Land of Smiles comes from the fact that Thailand is home to many nationalities and is a big tourist destination.
You will think that the world is small and connected with all the people you’ll interact with. That makes Thailand very traveler-friendly. Communication won’t be that difficult and meeting fellow tourists will be easy when you go to communal spaces or when you go on tours.
Meeting people from different walks of life is very interesting and you will get to know culture deeper. Exchanging conversations will give you insights on where to go next or even inspire you to relocate, if ever.
There are plenty of ways to meet new people in Thailand. Some of them include:
- Going on group tours
- Staying in hostels
- Attending parties
- Playing sports (through apps like Meetup)
It’s safe to say that you haven’t been to Thailand if you haven’t tried a Thai massage. Health and wellness are big in the Land of Smiles, and massages are definitely one of their fortes.
You’ll realize how different Thai massage is in your own country compared to where it actually originated. The technique, the ambiance, and even the oils used will help you de-stress and relax your muscles like never before.
It’s the perfect end-of-day activity after a tiring day of walking and exploring. After the session, you’ll feel brand new and ready for the next day. If you don’t like dry massages, you can opt for a Thai and oil combination for the perfect pampering.
Local massage places can be a hit-or-miss, though, so make sure to go to reputable establishments or those with good reviews online. These include Let’s Relax and Yunomori Onsen and Spa. Want the VIP treatment? RAKxa Wellness & Medical Retreat that will offer a luxurious treatment for your entire well-being.
Last but not least, Thailand is a great country to visit because it will be easy for you to get around. Pretty much everything is accessible by various means.
In the city, you can use the straight-forward train systems (BTS, MRT, etc.), hop on the bus, use transportation applications (Grab, Bolt, etc.), and hail taxis, motorbikes, or tuktuks.
Want to explore different provinces? Here are your options:
- Ride the buses/vans located at major terminals in Bangkok (Ekkamai and Mochit)
- Ride the train (Hua Lamphong, Mochit, etc.)
- Ride the plane (Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport)
- Rent a car/motorbike
The best part? They are all relatively affordable compared to other countries. It’s just a matter of how much you want to spend and the kind of convenience/comfort you seek.
Those are just some of the many reasons why you should visit Thailand. As much as they sound exciting, though, experiencing them yourself will be way better than you imagine. It all boils down to allowing yourself to enjoy and try different things without inhibitions.
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