Thailand is a known as a gateway for travelers, attracting back packers, first timers, beach lovers, adventure seekers and experienced nomads alike. And it’s no wonder, the people are friendly and welcoming, the culture is intriguing and the food is delectable.
Not only is it a great introduction to Asia it’s got something to please everyone. Spend your time admiring the temples, statues and orange clad monks or visit one of the many markets day and night. Attempt to consume food from every street vendor you come across and enjoy the local delicacies. Experience an overnight train ride or celebrate the full moon on a small white sanded island. Rock climb in Krabi, hike in Chiang Mai, take a cooking lesson in Bangkok or adventure out to the Golden Triangle, there are endless ways of exploring Thailand and it will always leave you wanting more.
Overwhelming humidity, pungent smells of curry, chestnuts and durian, tuk tuk’s flying by along with more clapped out motor vehicles than you thought existed, people bartering on street corners, monks walking alongside lady boys and incense burning in every temple. There truly is so much to see, smell and do that (once you’ve overcome the initial sensory overload) you will never be bored.
If R&R is more what you’re looking for, Thailand has plenty of island retreats, affordable five star hotels and turquoise waters to rejuvenate even the tightly strung. Visit the iconic Maya Bay, tackle the rocks at Railay beach or indulge at one of the many luxury resorts like the Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai.
Ultimately Thailand is a great, low budget destination that keeps you wanting more. If it isn’t on your bucket list already you best add it now!