Thailand, also known as “The land of smiles” is an ideal holiday destination for so many reasons. Aside from the natural beauty, diversity and wealth of things to do, it’s reasonably inexpensive and easy to get to.
Thailand has something for everyone. Looking for nightlife in a bustling city? Thailand has it. Looking for a destination rich in history with temples to explore? Thailand has it. Looking for amazing food, crystal clear water for diving, breathtaking beaches and ample adventure? Thailand has it.
Where To Go In Thailand
Where you go depends on what kind of holiday you are looking for. It’s common for people to spend time in more than one area of Thailand. There’s a lot of variety here.
In the North, you have Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city next to Bangkok. Chiang Mai has a slower pace and cooler temperatures. Here you will find hundreds of temples, incredible restaurants and cafes, lots of shopping and plenty to keep you busy. Favourite activities in Chiang Mai include making friends with elephants, getting massages, relaxing over a delicious cup of coffee and heading out to the Sunday night walking market.
Bangkok is another popular destination, and if you enjoy nightlife this is not to be missed. Of course, there is more to Bangkok than bars and clubs, but if you are looking for them you won’t want to pass up a stroll on the famous Khaosan Road.
Bars, clubs and shopping aren’t the only things to do in Bangkok. The city has its fair share of temples and attractions. Don’t miss the famous floating market – it’s a photographer’s dream.
Bangkok is also a good starting point for visiting other areas of Thailand, such as Krabi or Hua Hin.
Something a bit more remote?
If you are looking for a more remote destination, try Sam Roi Yot National Park. About 45 minutes south of Hua Hin, you can find uncrowded beaches, beautiful scenery, friendly locals and a cave with an ornate pagoda inside.
Hua Hin is scenic, modern and populated with lots of expats. You’ll find beaches, nightlife, shopping and food.
Another popular activity in Thailand is island hopping. You will be hard-pressed to see them all in one trip. Koh Samui, Koh Lanta and Ko Phi Phi are some of the more popular islands and offer incredible scenery, beaches, parties and both scuba diving and snorkelling.
It’s always a good idea to research your prospective destinations. Koh Phi Phi and Koh Pha Ngan, for example, are renowned for their Full Moon parties, and tend to draw a younger, more boisterous crowd.
Koh Phi Phi is picturesque, and has been featured in many films. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful sight than Maya Bay.
There is more to Thailand than beaches, though. The history is rich and landscape diverse. You’ll find that even a long holiday isn’t enough to cover the whole country, which is why people who visit Thailand come back again and again.
Getting Around In Thailand
You’ll find getting around in Thailand to be relatively easy. There are tuk-tuks and red trucks known as Songthaews. You can go where you need using these methods of transportation, or you can hire a scooter for a fairly low cost.
The advantage to hiring a scooter is that you can go where you want, when you want, but the downside is that scooters aren’t always the safest mode of transportation. It’s vital that you be properly licensed and insured if you are thinking of hiring a scooter.
Any time you are travelling overseas, it is imperative that you are properly covered in the case of accident, illness, theft or other unforeseen event.
Now you’ve got some great ideas for your trip to Thailand, don’t forget to arrange travel insurance as soon as you’ve made a booking. Get a quote today or call one of our friendly team on 1300 819 888 to discuss your requirements.
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