If you are looking for a destination that offers the good weather of the tropics, scenic beauty, and a range of activities to enjoy during your stay, few destinations match Thailand. It is one of the loveliest areas of the world and it offers the kind of consistently good weather that makes it a wise choice at nearly any time of year. Of course, millions of people head to Thailand to savor the delights of its stunning beaches. White and gold sands, crystal clear seas, enormous swaths of national park and protected space…it is the perfect beachgoer’s locale, but there is so much more than white sandy beaches and pristine waters during a visit to Thailand.
Let’s just look at three of the features of Thailand that make it worth a visit:
Exceptional Cultural Sites
It is fair and safe to say that you might find it impossible to pay a visit to Thailand without also experiencing one of their many cultural or historical sites. The country has thousands of amazing destinations for anyone interested in the history, culture, architecture, arts or other aspects of the country.
Cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Ayutthaya are stunning locations full of modernity but also home to ancient ruins or historic and cultural sites. There are temples in almost every area and you will want to take a few moments to find the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered throughout Thailand before you leave. It is likely that one or more will become part of your itinerary!
Thai markets are also a huge part of the modern culture, and if you are planning a visit, you cannot miss your opportunities for exploring the day or night markets.
It may seem like a cliché to describe any population as the “nicest”, but it is almost 100% true where the Thai people are concerned. They go beyond friendly and nice, and they are also some of the happiest people you may encounter. This is not because of their need for traveler’s money but because they are just authentically nice people.
If you are lost, don’t speak a word of Thai or have trouble of any kind, you will find that the Thai people are happy to give you a hand and ensure you are alright. Hospitality to strangers or travelers is a major part of their culture. Low crime rates, a friendly environment for tourists and a positive atmosphere at all times creates a wonderful experience for travelers from all backgrounds.
Ask anyone in the world if they have savored Thai food and they are likely to say yes. This “type” of cuisine has a favorable reputation around the globe because of its unique flavors, gorgeous textures and colors, and its richness of options. Noodles, curries, vegetarian or meat dishes are available in abundance.
Yet, you have not enjoyed true Thai cuisine until you have savored it from authentic Thai restaurants and vendors. As most travel experts would say, Thai food in Thailand is entirely different from Thai food anywhere else. This has to do with the use of traditional spices and ingredients, which are not always available elsewhere. It also has to do with the freshness of it. Whether you purchase something in one of the classic markets or you enjoy multiple courses made by a house chef in a luxury villa, you will never forget the deliciousness.
Thai food is also international food, influenced by many cuisines, and you can find wonderful fusion dishes throughout the country.
Friendly people, loads of culture, amazing food, gorgeous beaches, stunning jungles…what more could you want? If you are making plans for the ultimate beach holiday and chose Thailand for its reputation as a beach lover’s paradise, don’t overlook the many other reasons to pay a visit.