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20 REASONS THAILAND IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO VISIT! (PART 1)
This year, close to 30 million visitors are expected to touch down in Thailand, spending glorious vacations experiencing the islands, ocean, culture, and food in the Land of Smiles. In fact, Thailand’s tourism accounts for about 20% if its GDP annually, and it was recently named one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world. Thailand is also home to thousands of expatriates – foreigners who have chosen to live and work or retire in Thailand. Add it all up and we’re of the humble opinion that Thailand is the best damn country in the world! We even came up with these 20 reasons to back up our opinion!
- - Thai Food!
Let’s face it; Thai food is some of the best grub you can find. From the cheapest street cart to the best restaurant, the taste sensation that is Thai food is second to none. Pad Thai noodles, Tom Yum soup, spicy papaya salad, chili fish, mango with sticky rice, or simply fresh coconut milk; once you taste Thai food you may find your top ten favorite foods are all Thai! And if Thai cuisine doesn’t really tickle your taste buds there’s a lot of savory international food that be found. Thailand is a very international place thanks to the hordes of tourists and expats around the country. Some of the best sushi restaurants outside of Japan are in Bangkok, and you can find amazing halal and Indian food. And surprisingly, you can also find a ton of great Mexican food that is said to be the best outside of North America.
- - The Diverse Ecosystems
Thailand has over 180 national parks, marine national parks, and protected forest areas. In Chiang Mai, located near the highlands of Northern Thailand, volunteers are working on reforestation projects to help keep it luscious and beautiful. Central and Eastern regions of Thailand have vast agricultural areas, and the thin peninsula of Southern Thailand boasts incredible beaches with an abundance of diverse marine life. For nature lovers and enthusiasts of adventure sports, the jungles of Thailand are inviting places. Many of Thailand’s jungles are in its national parks. You get to visit them and camp overnight. The dense jungles outside the national parks offer a spectacular set of activities – zip lining, elephant safaris and river rafting.
- - It’s Perfect for Travel
For those of you who like to have multi-destination vacations, or for the avid backpackers among you, Thailand is smack bang in the middle of everything. You can get cheap flights to many other great spots. It’s only 2 hours to Singapore, 3 hours to Hong Kong, 4 hours to Bali, and half way between Australia and Europe.
- - Songkran
One of the most fun times on the Thai calendar is without doubt Songkran Festival. Held in April to celebrate the Thai New year, the festival of water is not something to miss. It may actually be the most fun a person can have- in the world- ever. The entire country takes part in a two to three day water fight, with buckets, hoses, water-bombs, and super-soaker guns to wash away sins and worries of the old year away so you can start fresh. It’s not uncommon to get soaked by a group of old ladies, or to get pushed into a fountain by a bunch of kids.
- - It’s Affordable
The dollar goes a long way in Thailand. There are hundreds of hotels and guesthouses for well under $20 a night. Thai food is likewise inexpensive and you can find great street food for under $1. If budget hotels aren’t really your thing, Thailand has some incredible hotels and resorts for very reasonable prices. Many budget travelers spend an average of $30 per day. Taking a taxi in New York City costs approximately $3 a mile. In Thailand, it costs around 30 cents. A 3-course Thai meal at a midrange restaurant costs $10, and a bottle of imported beer costs $1.50. If you want to shop, the prices are usually a pleasant surprise to anyone coming in from the West. Thailand is nothing if not affordable.
- - The Nightlife
Whether you are on an island or in one of Thailand’s cities, you won’t be far from the bars and nightclubs that have made the country famous. Don’t worry, it’s not all go-go bars and scantily clad women; there are plenty of awesome discos, nightclubs and regular bars, too. Koh Samui offers some great beach bars and beach clubs where you can wear nothing but your bathing suit, and Bangkok offers an array of world-class nightclubs where you will have to dress to the nines. If bars and clubs aren’t your scene, the night markets in Chiang Mai and Bangkok are a sight to behold. Thousands of vendors, street chefs and artisans line the streets, selling their foods and souvenirs at very low prices.
- - Massages
While the average cheap massage in North America can cost $30 and up, an hour-long session in most Thai parlors doesn’t exceed $6. Thai people consider massages to be vital to their health and well being, and unlike western-style serenity retreats, they can be chatty, sociable group affairs. These types of massage are not to be thought of as purely relaxing, though. From the traditional Thai massage technique to foot massages and reflexology sessions, Thailand is a Thai masseurs may crunch you and bend you in all sorts of directions to help your posture, get rid of any knots and generally straighten you out. You may be a little sore the next day, but all the days after you’ll feel as right as rain.
- - The Weather
Thailand has fantastic climate with light breezes, and constant sunshine. Whether you visit in December or May, expect warm weather and mostly clear days. The weather in Thailand is sublime, and is also one of the main reasons it has become such a popular destination for those who are seeking sun, sea, and sandy beaches.
- - Excellent Transportation
When you factor in cost, availability, and comfort Thailand has some of the best transportation systems in the world. There’s a rail network that connects many of the more important hubs, with comfortable cabins and low prices. Many believe that Thailand also has the best buses in the world. Due to the lack of freeway overpasses, the buses in Thailand can be 5 meters tall or more, with two decks of comfortable seats, or one deck of super-luxurious VIP seats that all come at a very very low cost. AND buses ALWAYS arrive and leave on time!
- - The Architecture
From temples and palaces to museums and traditional shows, Thailand is a cultural and architectural paradise. It boasts thousands of temples and shrines. One of their first places that you should head to is the King’s 150-year-old residence, the Grand Palace of 1782. With dazzling architecture and spectacularly landscaped grounds, it’s definitely not a place to miss out on.
Look for part 2 of this blog, with reasons 11-20 why Thailand is the country in the world to visit! Or email info@BeachRepublic.com any time for help with your vacation to Thailand or any information at all.