There’s a very good reason why Thailand is one of the hottest travel destinations in the world. In fact, there are a lot of very good reasons.
Nowadays, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been—or at least thought about going—to Thailand. The country of eternal sunshine, spectacular scenery and mouth-watering food, Thailand has a lot to love.
So, without further ado, here are my reasons why should book your Thailand vacation right now.
1. The Food is Sensational
Let’s start this list with the most important point: Thai food is the bomb. And, guess what? You can get really good Thai food in Thailand. From the fancy restaurants in Bangkok to the omnipresent street food vendors, everything that touches your lips out there will be a delight.
If you are unfamiliar with Thai food then Pad Thai and Massaman Curry are a good place to start. Mild but delicious, they make a good segue into more adventurous dishes.
2. The Beaches are Perfect
Let me just qualify this. There are some beaches that aren’t perfect. Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan after the full moon party is not perfect. It is very far from perfect. But, for the most part, the beaches on Thailand’s famous islands are pretty spectacular.
If you want to find the best beaches steer clear of the most popular islands, such as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, and Phuket. Instead head to Koh Tao, Koh Samet, and Krabi. There will be far fewer people and the beaches will be utterly sublime.
3. It is a Very Respectful Country
Any girls reading this post, this one is for you. Going to a country where you are constantly being harassed can completely ruin your vacation. Thailand is by far one of the most respectful places I have ever been. Women don’t get cat-called or wolf-whistled and in general, the men are respectful almost to a fault.
This means you can walk around in shorts and a tank top without feeling exposed. And, you can don your bikini without yells of sleazy encouragement.
4. You Can Hang Out With Elephants
You’ve probably seen photos on Instagram of tourists in oversized uniforms frolicking in a lake with elephants. This is a real thing you can do in Thailand but proceed with caution. There are some genuinely ethical elephant sanctuaries and there are some that aren’t so great. The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai is one of the best if you want to interact with elephants.
Also be aware that riding elephants is a big no-no. Whatever they might tell you, elephants should not be ridden as it can cause long-term harm to their backs. Feeding and bathing the elephants are fine though.
5. The Temples Will Blow You Away
It’s hard to walk down a street in Thailand without seeing some kind of temple or shrine. The exterior of a temple is usually pretty impressive, but the outside is nothing compared with what’s inside. With gold glinting everywhere and dozens of Buddha statues, the interior of a Buddhist temple is opulent to the max.
If you want to see something really amazing, check out the White Temple in Chiang Rai.
Take note that there are a few rules you’ll need to follow when you visit a temple. Firstly, you need to dress modestly. This means that men should wear long pants and women should cover their shoulders. You should also be silent inside the temples and refrain from flash photography.
6. The Nightlife is Off the Chain
If you are a party animal, or even just partial to a couple of beverages now and then, Thailand has got you covered. The nightlife here is renowned for being pretty wild. Bangkok and the islands are the hub for the biggest parties, but there is still action in the smaller regions.
You should expect buckets (literally buckets) of ambiguous booze and a lively atmosphere. There are also red light districts in every city – if that’s your thing. Also, the nightlife in Thailand is supposedly one of the most LGBTQ friendly in the world.
7. The Diving is Spectacular
Koh Tao is said to be the cheapest place on earth to get your PADI diving license. So, if scuba diving is on your bucket list then you can tick it off here. But, more important than it being cheap, the quality of the diving in Thailand is incredible.
With transparent water and an abundance of colorful coral and tropical fish, there’s plenty to see in the sea. Most diving schools offer free accommodation when you sign up for a course. This makes your experience even more affordable!
8. Thailand is Really, Really Cheap
Of everywhere I have ever been in the world, Thailand is one of the cheapest. I usually judge the cost of a country based on the price of a meal and a beer. In Thailand, if you want a big plate of delicious Thai food and half a liter of Chang (the local beer), you will need to fork out a grand total of about $3.
Transport in Thailand is also incredibly cheap with an 18-hour train journey setting me back a mere $60. In brief, you don’t need much money to live like a king out there.
9. The Markets are Awesome
I am a huge fan of markets and Thailand thoroughly impressed me. Among the most incredible is the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok. This market comprises 35 acres of stalls selling literally anything you could imagine. From clothes to food to pets to artwork, this market has everything.
If you are looking for something a bit more manageable, check out the night bazaar in Chiang Mai. Every town will have a market so just ask around and you will be pointed in the right direction.