In the year 2018, more than thirty million people visited the Land of Smiles, as Thailand is affectionately known and there are many reasons why this unique country in South East Asia is such a firm favourite. To give you a little background, Thailand is one of the few countries to avoid colonisation, largely due to the clever politics of King Rama V, who managed to placate both the British and the French by giving them land in the north and south. This means the Thai culture has not been influenced by European cultures and such is the charm of Thailand, most visitors are instantly smitten, while many return again and again.
The Tropical South of Thailand
There are many tropical islands off the coast of Thailand, with Phuket and Koh Samui being premier tourist destinations and many tourists enjoy yacht charters around the island of Koh Chang, which has yet to be commercialised. Known in Thai as ‘Elephant Island’, mainly due to its shape, Koh Chang really is a tropical paradise and yacht charters empower you to explore the region, stopping off at various islands as you cruise the Andaman Sea. The party island of Koh Pang Gan in the shadow of Koh Samui, hosts the amazing full-moon parties and you can find out more information online in the form of travel blogs, where people share their holiday experiences.
Marine Life in Abundance
The Andaman Sea is home to huge Whale Sharks and bottle-nose dolphins who love to play and you can snorkel above the amazing coral reefs, which are still unspoilt and thriving. The seasoned skipper of the chartered yacht knows all the best spots for observing marine life and as you are the client, you can stay in one place as long as you wish.
Bangkok & the Eastern Seaboard
Bangkok is a capital like no other; vibrant and colourful, the Thais go about their day with a smile on their faces and despite the heavy traffic and air pollution, you should spend a few days in this unique metropolis. There is an appealing mix of the old and the new; a huge skyscraper is next to a quaint old Buddhist temple and there are street-food vendors on every corner, all offering Thai dishes and desserts for a dollar. You can sample the famous Bangkok nightlife and book a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River, which is recommended. The Eastern Seaboard is home to Rayong, a pleasant fishing town on the coast, some distance from Pattaya, which happens to be a favourite destination for Bangkokians, as it is only a couple of hours by car. This area is not too far from the Cambodian border and you should include a trip to Ankor Wat, an incredible structure that must be seen to be appreciated and you can enter Cambodia at any of the border crossing points along the Eastern Seaboard. Click here for an interesting article that outlines why long-stay holidays are becoming more popular.
The Mountainous North of Thailand
It’s almost like you are in another country when you head north to the Hilltribe peoples and trekking to Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai should be on everyone’s bucket list. This is a place of natural beauty and the people have their own unique cultural identity, with their own dialects of the Thai language and you will get to meet many other tourists who are also experiencing the north of Thailand. The capital city of the north is Chiang Mai, a small but busy metropolis with a friendly group of expats who chose this quaint city to be their retirement home. There are guesthouses all over Chiang Mai, while there are also up-market luxury resorts, if you like the comforts of life. Why not spend a week at a tranquil Buddhist retreat? This is a great way to recharge your batteries and we can all benefit from spending time with oneself, learning to meditate.
Service Minded Friendly People
The Thai people have a deserved reputation for being very warm and friendly when encountering foreigners and that genuine smile really is contagious, while Thailand itself has fantastic infrastructure, with modern shopping malls and high-speed Internet everywhere. The Thais are a very proud nation of people and this is the reason why so many tourists return again and again to experience the wonders and natural beauty called Thailand.
You can read the free online resources about every aspect of Thailand and when you are ready, you can book what will surely be the holiday of a lifetime in the tropical paradise that is Thailand. Many people will also be looking to book their 2021 holiday early, so book as soon as your dates are confirmed to avoid disappointment.