Thailand has it all: beautiful beaches, culture, great food, and friendly locals. Also, you can ball on budget because your strong dollar goes a long, long way here, allowing you to live like kings and queens. So obviously it seems like a no brainer to come vacation in Thailand! And after spending three weeks in this gorgeous country, I’m excited to give you my top ten reasons to holiday in Thailand!
Top Ten Reasons To Holiday In Thailand
1) It’s affordable!
I don’t know how much I can stress this one but one of the best reasons to holiday in Thailand is because it is extremely affordable. You can stay at a fabulous hotel, like The W Bangkok or a Thai bungalow in Pai, for insanely cheap. I’m talking a sick hotel, in high season for nearly a quarter of what I would pay in the States and Europe. And we don’t have to stop at the prices of accommodation. The food, shopping, excursions and spa days are also ridiculously cheap. It’s cheaper to eat out than to cook at home or an Air B & B and more economical to drink at a bar than to buy it at a store. Um, what? But no, let’s not stop there. Shopping for resort wear has never been more affordable. Skip Nordstroms and buy cover-ups, tops, whatever your heart desires for a few USD on the islands of Koh Samui & Phuket. After a day spent at the beach, why not treat yourself with an hour long massage near the sea for about 5 USD? Go ahead, treat yourself and don’t think twice about it.
2) It’s gorgeous!
Thailand has it all; gorgeous beaches, clear, warm water, lush rainforests, and peaceful countrysides. There really is something for everyone here. If you’re a honeymooner, you have the lux resort island of Koh Samui. Or if you’re feeling up to partying all night at a full moon party, there is Koh Phagnon. Even the islands provide an identity & personality making it easy to tailor your holiday to what you want. But let’s not forget the bustling city of Bangkok for when that island fever kicks in. Get your kicks in this giant, cosmopolitan city by checking out the Royal Palace and don’t forget to grab a cocktail on one of the many rooftop bars overlooking the city. When you’re ready for some culture, head north to beautiful Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to play with elephants in lush forests. If you want unspoilt countryside and natural beauty, head to Pai. With countless waterfalls, beaches, forests, and a gorgeous countryside, Thailand has a lot to offer in the natural beauty department.
3) The Food!
Whether you’re a foodie or not, the food in Thailand is well worth the trip. Even if your skeptical of trying something new, Thailand has many dishes that doesn’t require an adventurous eater, such as stir fries, fried rice (Kao Pad, my favorite) and yummy dessert like mango sticky rice. You can really go on a food frenzy here and be in fat kid heaven. And like I said, it’s cheap so don’t feel bad if you want to order a few dishes when you’re out because I sure did!
One of my top reasons to choose Thailand for your next holiday is that it is a cultural hot spot without too much culture shock. From my three weeks in Thailand, I explored countless beautiful temples, explored the religion of Buddhism and spoke with monks about their way of life. The best thing? It doesn’t cost an arm to explore the culture and spirit of Thailand either.
5) There are Elephants!
One of my top reasons to holiday in Thailand is because of the elephants! Playing with families of elephants is one of the most eye opening experiences I’ve had to date. With their populations dwindling due to ivory poachers, be sure to choose an ethical company that aims to keep these amazing animals protected and safe. I highly recommend Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Ran-tong Elephant Rescue Camp, & Elephant Nature Park. Choose to participate in a nature camp, which allows you to play with elephant families, bathe them in the river, and feed them yummy sugar cane & bananas.
6) The Shopping!
Shopping is a great reason to holiday in Thailand. Try shopping in Europe and not coming home broke. It’s hard. However, go to Thailand, buy some cute resort wear and notice that it doesn’t hurt the bank. While you’re at it, it’s fun to buy some elephant print pants (you know you wanna) and some rad art done by locals. Also, negotiating is half the fun when you shop in the markets so go ahead and live a little!
7) Perfect For All Travelers!
A top honeymooning spot for a luxurious experience at an affordable price. Great for families with tons of beaches to play at and elephant nature camps to experience. Great for traveling with friends due to bustling backpacker community. This same reason is also why it’s great for solo traveling. There are so many reasons to holiday in Thailand and for every traveler at any stage of their life.
8) It’s Safe!
Despite what many may say, I felt safe the entire time I was in Thailand, even when I was traveling solo. I never felt harassed, “hunted down”, bothered, stared at, nothing. I felt very comfortable during my stay in Thailand and never once felt that my personal safety was compromised. With this being said, it is also smart to educate yourself on what not to do, avoid areas with conflict, or party too hard. Quite frankly, a lot of times we are the ones who put ourselves in dangerous situations that be easily avoided, like don’t trust overly friendly locals, drinks from strangers or be out alone at night in a scary looking alley way. If you are traveling solo and questioning visiting Thailand alone, don’t be weary. There are so many travelers and Westerners in Thailand that it almost felt like home. Check out my solo travel post on tips for practicing safety tips while traveling!
9) The Locals are Friendly!
In my many years of travel, I have been to many places where I didn’t feel particularly welcomed, which can somewhat dampen the experience. However, the Thai are highly hospitable and friendly. I found the locals to be helpful and extremely accommodating, thus enhancing my positive experience in their gorgeous country. Just be respectful and bask in the friendliness of the country. I mean you are in the Land of Smiles!
10) You Can Indulge & Not Feel Guilty About It!
Ah, my favorite thing! One of my favorite reasons to holiday in Thailand is that you can indulge by taking advantage of the cheap and endless massages on the beach, enjoy spicy Thai food, shop till you drop and not feel like you spent a year’s salary on clothes. There’s a certain hedonistic quality to Thailand that I can’t necessarily put my finger on. Maybe it’s the beauty, the affordability or the endless supply of indulgences. Like I said, I’m not sure what it is that makes it so intoxicating but whatever it is, it’s working.
So as you can see, Thailand has it all. Wonderful beaches with warm water. Endless supply of tasty food and cold cocktails. Massages on the beach and yoga on the sand. What other reasons do you need to holiday in Thailand?