When it comes to finding a holiday that won’t break the bank, Thailand is one of the best destinations in the world. I love visiting Thailand because I always have an amazing cultural experience and return relaxed and planning my next trip.
Here are some reasons why Thailand is my favourite place for a cheap holiday:
One of the things I love most about Thailand is how different each town and city is, and how there really is something for everyone. Like the sound of chatting with monks, visiting rescued elephants and strolling through night markets? Chiang Mai could be the place for you. Happiest when amongst the hustle and bustle of a big city? Be sure to spend a few days in Bangkok. Divers will love Koh Tao where you can see whale sharks and get certified, while those who are looking to escape it all should spend some time in Pai.
You may think you’ve tasted good Thai food, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried it in Thailand. This is a country where the best curry in your life will only cost a few dollars, and if you’re a fan of pad Thai, tom yum or spicy chicken with cashew nuts, you’ll be in heaven. The food is as diverse as the rest of the country, and up north near the Myanmar border you’ll find spicier dishes with slightly weirder ingredients while Bangkok specialises in more well-known favourites. Foodies will love Thailand, and since it’s so cheap you can order a few dishes at a time and really get to know the different tastes and textures.
Thailand seems to have been built for tourism, and tourism contributes to a large percentage of their GDP each year. The country is just plain easy to travel, with enough people speaking English that you can usually get by if you speak slowly and use hand gestures, and the public transport second to none. In fact the transport is some of the best I’ve experienced, with the seats on night trains folding down into beds and luxurious “VIP” coaches taking you from one town to the next.
The Friendly People
It’s no secret that Thai people are some of the friendliest in the world, and they’re well used to tourists. Even if there’s a communication barrier you’ll find most of the people greet you with wide smiles and go out of their way to help you- something which also contributes to how easy it is to travel through the country.
For those who love to get outdoors, Thailand is an adventure playground. From the white sandy beaches on the islands in the south to the lush jungles in the north, Thailand has some of the best scenery I’ve seen anywhere. Those who like to hike can take tours through the jungle, and even those who prefer to look will be amazed at the unspoilt beauty throughout the country.
Have you been to Thailand? I’d love to hear any tips you have for traveling around Thailand. Please share them below!