In 2019, 40 million people visited Thailand. It is a wonderful country. So, it is no surprise it is on a lot of travelers’ bucket lists.
Thailand has a lot to offer. Below we tell you more and share with you the details of some of the things you can do and see while staying there.
Stunning pristine beaches
Top of the list has to be its beaches. Many of them, especially the ones we talk about below, are simply stunning. The water is clear, the sands are soft and pristine and, often, the views are spectacular. Here are a few suggestions:
- Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Leh – one of the filming locations for the movie “The Beach”
- Phare Ae, Koh Lanta – great for long walks with beautiful sunsets
- Ao Prao, Koh Samet – the perfect place to unwind after visiting Bangkok
- Ao Nang – a family-friendly beach that is just a short drive from Krabi Town
- Choeng Mon, Koh Samui – very pretty and very romantic
- Mai Khao, Phuket – one of the quieter beaches in the area, which is a part of the Sirinat National Park
- Railay Beach. Krabi – beautiful golden sand set against rugged cliffs, studded with caves, which are extremely popular with rock climbers
Plenty of adventure sports
Thailand is a wonderful place for adrenaline junkies. You could try white water rafting through the rich tropical forests of Phu Ko, scuba diving with whale sharks off the Surin Islands, kiteboarding in Hua Hin or skydiving near Bangkok.
If it is surfing that you want, head to Koh Phaayam in the North Andaman Sea or Phuket. We are not promising big or consistent waves in either location, but you will enjoy the experience of surfing in such stunning surroundings. Naturally, you get the best waves during the monsoon season.
Really special food and drink experiences
In 2021, Rough Guides asked travelers what their favorite cuisine was. Italy grabbed the top spot which is not surprising when you consider how popular pizza and pasta are, across the world. Thai cuisine came in second.
Anyone who has travelled to Thailand will tell you that the food is wonderful. There is so much to choose from and because most dishes are still prepared with fresh ingredients, which are grown locally, it tastes great and is usually extremely healthy. As a result, the food tourism sector is growing fast in Thailand.
According to The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), visitors currently spend around 20% of their budget on food. When you realize how many award-winning bars, restaurants, and street food vendors there are in Thailand that does not come as a surprise. For example, according to Mandoe Media’s research, the best rooftop bar in the world is the AkaAza Rooftop Bar in Bangkok. In fact, ten of the top two hundred rooftop bars in the world are to be found in Thailand. To find out where the other nine are all you need to do is click the above link.
In addition, as of 2021, 361 restaurants received various Michelin guide awards. Every year more are joining those lists. This is creating a virtuous circle of excellence. Chefs in all parts of Thailand are upping their game. They all want to be the next person to receive a Michelin star. The fact that so many Thai establishments have won them, including street food vendors, means that young Thai chefs know that it is within their capabilities to become and be recognized as one of the best chefs in the world.
Holidaying in Thailand is extremely relaxing
In 2022, Thailand ranked fourth as the most chosen destination for tourists in the Visa Global Travel Intentions survey. Fifty-five per cent of those people chose the country because they felt that it was a good place to take a break, escape and relax. In most parts of Thailand, the pace of life is still much slower than it is in other countries. Plus, the majority of people are friendly and welcoming to visitors.
Thailand is still a low-cost place to visit
So, there you have it, five compelling reasons to visit Thailand. If you have not been there yet we suggest that you do so soon. The country is still recovering from the effect of having to close its doors for over a year. As a result, prices have stayed low and previously crowded travel destinations are quieter than usual.