Since my first trip to Thailand years ago it has been without a doubt one of my favorite countries in the world and the one where I love to go back as often as possible.
Why Visit Thailand?
Few other places I know are as magical, fascinating and unique as the Land of Smiles in the Southeast Asia.
Visiting Thailand is a special experience you will never forget and below you can find 15 things which make it so extraordinary and memorable.
Reasons To Visit Thailand
Thai people are certainly one of the main reasons why I love Thailand so much.
They are so friendly and welcoming and seem to never stop smiling.
I also love how patient and open they are, most of them speak English very well and are always happy to chat and joke with you.
Thai people are also extremely accommodating and easy going and there never seems to be a problem too big to handle for them.
I’ve been to many hotels, resorts, and restaurants in Thailand and was always treated with kindness and courtesy.
My holidays in the Land of Smiles are always unforgettable also because of the relaxed and calm nature of its incredible people.
Thai food is delicious and has nothing to do with your local takeaway back at home.
Prepare yourself for a real taste explosion with all the incredible spices and all the aromatic components you are going to find in the Thai dishes.
In order to fully experience the Thai kitchen you must try out the world-renowned street food and food courts present almost everywhere in the country.
All the dishes are extremely affordable and I was mesmerized by the variety of food available there.
Whenever I plan a trip to Thailand I always look forward to trying my favorite dishes again, I particularly love Thai fried rice in a pineapple (Khao Pad Sapparod) and the iconic Pad Thai of course.
If you are looking for a tropical getaway, far from all the stress of your daily life there are many incredible and breathtaking Islands in Thailand.
The sandy beaches are so white and the waters so crystal clear they seem to be almost unreal sometimes.
You can choose between unspoiled and peaceful Islands with little tourists and busier and more developed locations perfect for partying.
Here are some of my favorite Islands in Thailand
- Koh Samui is located off the east coast and is a well-known honeymoon destination.
I fell in love with its romantic beaches and beautiful tall palms.
Also being the second biggest Island in Thailand there are plenty of bars, restaurants, hotels, and resorts available there.
I really enjoyed discovering Koh Samui on our rented motorbike.
- Koh Lanta is another island you simply can’t miss and is easily reachable from Krabi and from Phuket.
Koh Lanta will welcome you with a relaxing atmosphere, friendly people and some of the most amazing beaches in the world.
- If you are staying in Koh Lanta you can plan a one-day trip to a nearby snorkeling paradise – Koh Rok Island.
- Koh Poda – this small Island located near Ao Nang will make you feel as if you were on the set of The Blue Lagoon. The water is so warm and transparent that you can see incredible multi-colored fish and marine life.
- Similan Islands – these are a part of Thailand National Park and are especially famous for diving and a marvelous wildlife.
FULL MOON PARTIES
The best full moon parties take place where it all started decades ago and that in Koh Phangan Island on the Haad Rin Nok Beach.
Thousands of people from around the world join together and spend the entire night dancing, drinking and having fun.
What started as a simple party between a small group of tourist has now become a renowned event with leading DJs playing music for hours.
Full moon party is even mentioned in the famous movie with Leonardo DiCaprio – The Beach.
TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGES
Whenever I get to Thailand I like to start my holiday with a relaxing traditional Thai massage which helps me ease muscle and back pain after hours spent on a long-haul flight.
It also helps me sleep better which is especially useful when I suffer from jet lag and my body is still very confused.
Thai massage is an ancient practice with a rich history and I strongly suggest you only go to the professional centers in order to fully experience all its benefits.
The best traditional Thai massage I’ve ever experienced was at the Wat Pho Thai Massage School in Bangkok – something I will definitely repeat in the future.
Temples are a crucial part of Thai culture and of life in general.
In almost every Thai city or Island, small or big you will be able to admire incredibly beautiful Buddhist places of worship.
Of course Bangkok – the capital city is home to the most famous and important temples such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and Wat Phra Kaew, just to name a few.
Another city in Thailand with huge amounts of temples is certainly Chiang Mai, here you simply can’t miss Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Suan Dok and Wat Phra Singh but you can spend days if not weeks discovering many other magical places.
Also, some of the most popular tourist destinations such as Koh Samui or Phuket are not short of temples and host some impressive religious landmarks.
I think Bangkok is one of those cities you either love or hate, there is no in between.
For me personally, it was love at the first sight and I deeply enjoy its people, street food, culture and even its crazy traffic.
There is an endless list of things to do in Bangkok and no matter if you are looking for art, museums, shopping or entertainment you will find it.
In fact, it comes as no surprise that the capital of Thailand is one of the most visited cities in the world and keeps attracting a huge amount of tourists.
This city seems to never sleep with so many shops, markets and street vendors working 24/7 and people and traffic going around at every time of day and night.
IT IS AFFORDABLE
Even though the prices are inevitably rising, Thailand is still a bargain paradise and you can have an amazing time without spending a fortune.
You can find good quality restaurants with authentic Thai food for just a few baths and inexpensive hotels with decent standard and services.
The transportation is also quite affordable and so is shopping and partying.
LONG TAIL BOATS
Long tail boats are an integral part of Thai tourism and they are most likely to be spotted around Phuket or Krabi.
In fact, during my stay in Ao Nang, we would use long tail boats as a way of transportation to the nearby Islands.
Of course, they are only suitable for short trips and when the weather is nice and the sea is calm.
I know speedboats are faster and more practical most of the time but I like to experience this traditional boat with a huge engine as well.
Shopping at a night market is another experience you can’t miss while visiting Thailand.
They sell simply everything there which combined with colorful lights, loud music, and the irresistible food aroma creates a truly unique atmosphere.
My favorite night market in Thailand so far is the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai, I loved strolling around it and buying some lovely souvenirs for my friends and family.
They are also very common in Bangkok and I had a chance to visit two of them: JJ Green Night Market and the New Rot Fai Market Ratchada.
Also, make sure to use your bargaining skills in order to get the best possible prices.
Sunsets seem to be even more beautiful than usual while I’m in Thailand and I take advantage of it as often as I can.
Especially if I’m located on one of the amazing Thai Islands I always like to look for a perfect spot to admire sun going down.
There is something special about the ocean and all the incredible nature around you which make the experience even more magical.
If you travel to Thailand around the middle of April you will have a chance to witness the incredible celebrations of Songkran – the Thai New Year’s Festival.
Depending on what part of the country you are in they will be different rituals such as the use of chalk or water splashing.
Thai people are always very welcoming but during Songkran, they are even more generous than usual and will make sure you are taking an active part in all the celebrations.
All you have to is to respect their tradition and simply enjoy.
THE BEST HOTELS AND RESORTS
Thailand is home to some of the best hotels and resorts I’ve ever been to.
If you are staying in Bangkok there is a wide choice of top notch options where you can indulge in luxury suites, spectacular views, and the best service.
If you go to Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi etc. you will find many wonderful spots that will help to make your stay unforgettable.
Here are some of the best hotels and resorts in Thailand:
- Rawi Warin Resort and Spa in Koh Lanta
- Grande Centre Point Ploenchit Bangkok
- Banyan Tree Samui
- Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
- Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
- Rayavadee in Railay Beach, Krabi
INCREDIBLE NATURE AND WILDLIFE
If you feel the urge to reconnect with nature and to breathe some fresh air Thailand is a perfect place to do so.
With over hundred National Parks available you can admire many beautiful forms of flora and fauna, hike in the jungle and discover hidden waterfalls.
It is not uncommon to come across elephants, monkeys, gibbons, and tigers (just to name a few) during those adventures.
The weather in Thailand is warm all year round and you can basically wear flip-flops and shorts from January to December.
The average temperature in the north of Thailand (Chiang Mai) ranges between 13°C to 29°C in January and 22°C to 36°C in April, while in the south of Thailand (Phuket) it’s always ranging between 23°C and 33°C all year round.
The best (non-rainy) season starts from the end of November/December and goes until April. The other months are typically considered the rainy season and the monsoons might hit anytime, even though all the rain is usually concentrated in September/October.
Overall it’s a very pleasant climate, even when raining it’s truly nice and definitely a wonderful place to stay escaping from the winter months in Europe and in the US.