Ready for your next vacation or getaway to a new place that’s culturally stimulating and relaxing at that the same time? If you are looking to escape to a foreign, exotic and affordable land there is no greater place than Thailand. If the pristine white beaches and the relaxing atmosphere don’t win you over the food and people will. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places on earth, but there are endless sites, attractions and excursions for any type of traveler. You might have such a great time that you won’t want to return. Here are eight reasons you need to be in Thailand right now.
1. You can visit Ko Phi Phi Le Island where the movie “The Beach” was filmed with Leonardo Dicaprio
This uninhabited island offers sandy white beaches, stunning cliffs and crystal clear blue water that will take your breath away. You will feel like you are living in a dream.
2. Your money goes a long way in Thailand
Hotels, food and clothing are all beyond affordable. What you might pay for a beach side hotel in the U.S. is likely half the price in Thailand and food from the local village and street vendors can be as cheap as a $1 for a meal.
3. The people in Thailand are incredibly friendly
Thailand is not called the “Land of Smiles” for nothing; the natives are kind, happy and willing to help you when you are lost. It’s a country that welcomes tourism, but doesn’t bother its tourists.
4. Thai food will rock your world
You haven’t experienced real Thai food until you’ve had it in Thailand. Not only is it affordable, but it’s delicious. There are a variety of options and, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to pick out your own fresh crab or lobster to eat from the tank. Ask the locals what they recommend and without a doubt you will be more than satisfied. Just note that their idea of spicy is as close to a fireball in your mouth as possible, so order mild.
5. Phuket is the true paradise island of Thailand
Beach fans, scuba divers, snorkelers and watersport enthusiasts have just found their dream vacation spot. Additionally, the incredible and multi-colored sunsets are a sight not to be missed. Khao Phra Thaew National Park, a rainforest with protected wildlife, is also a treasure of Phuket that offers great hiking trails and waterfalls.
6. Bangkok is a cultural Mecca
This cosmopolitan city, the largest and capital of Thailand, highlights the heritage and nightlife of the Thai culture with floating markets, temples, local cuisine and rooftop bars. The Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn are must-sees to add to your list. You will never run out of thing to do in Bangkok.
7. Full Moon parties
A full moon party is an all-night beach party that started in Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand that is thrown on the night of, before or after every full moon. These famous parties boast of great music, glow in the dark body paint and intense dancing with thousands of people.
8. Thailand’s location is ideal for a traveler
You might take awhile to get to Thailand, but once you are there everywhere is just around the corner. You can grab a flight and in just four hours be in Bali, three hours to Hong Kong, two hours to Singapore and it is half way between Australia and Europe. It’s the perfect place to start or end a travel adventure.
Still not sold on traveling to Thailand? Well, if you need more motivation to travel, read 5 Reasons Traveling Changes Your Life.
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