Ever since I first backpacked Thailand in 2013. I always said to the people back at home that it is the perfect country to start off with if you are new at travelling.
Even after living here for a year and having travelled several more countries since 2013, I still think the same thing and here’s why;
Accessibility – Thailand is one of the major travel hubs in South East Asia. If you are travelling Thailand you would almost more than likely be using Bangkok as your first port of call. From there you can take a bus, a connecting flight or a train to pretty much everywhere in the country. If you are planning an extended trip to South East Asia, then Thailand is the perfect location as its neighbouring countries are Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. That’s four great countries that are easily assessable from Thailand. The rest of the countries in SE Asia are easily assessable direct from Bangkok by a cheap flight with budget airlines like Air Asia. (Check out the new Asean pass that Air Asia has started, which will make travel in South East Asia even easier and more convenient).
Cheap– Ideal for budget travellers. Roughly the baht is worth 50 baht to 1 British Pound and around 35 baht to 1 American Dollar. You can pick accommodation for around 300 baht a night and that’s for a private room. If you are travelling as a pair or more, then splitting the price is even more incredible. You can eat a decent meal for around 35 baht. The transport from A-B is also pretty cheap. It costs no more than roughly 500 baht. For the transport part you have 2 choices, you can book your transport through a travel agency but it would cost you more money as they get commission too or you can do it on your own and travel locally on the public buses with the locals and have a more unique experience and save money, I know which one I would prefer.
Culture – There’s nothing short of culture here in Thailand. There’s a lot to experience from the hustle and bustle of city life in Bangkok, and the laid back lifestyle of the people in the North and the North East of Thailand. There is plenty to see and experience and to be wowed by, but something I have never experienced in Thailand is a culture shock. So if that is something you are afraid of then I really wouldn’t be with Thailand. It’s an easy country to experience and a great place to build up culture in your life.
Friendly locals – I can’t even express this enough, seriously. I have never met such friendly people in my whole life. Their kindness overwhelms me every single day. Their smiles are infectious and the way of life is so simple but they are happy and their happiness sure is contagious.
Attractions – Thailand has some wonderful sights to see from temples, jungles, mountains, waterfalls, beautiful beaches and tropical islands. Thailand has a bit of everything for everybody. If you get bored when travelling Thailand, then you’re really not doing it right.
Activities– There are plenty of activities too, from shopping in Bangkok, trekking and elephant sanctuaries in the north, yoga in Koh Samui, diving in Koh Tao, renting motorbikes and exploring islands, kayaking and snorkelling in Koh Phi Phi, getting a massage just about everywhere, there’s plenty of things to do and plus most of them are pretty cheap too.
Food– I’ve said it before, trying local dishes is a huge part of travel and Thailand is no different, intact Thailand is known for its incredible street food, that is so authentic, delicious and a must try. It is also very cheap and very safe.
Nightlife– It’s no secret that Thailand is the place to be in Asia if you want to party. It is also home to the all famous full moon party. Cheap buckets, glowing body paints, skipping with fire, beats to dance the night away on the beach with will give you a night to remember (or not).
Thinking of travelling? Thinking of going to Thailand? Let me know and I will be happy to help!