Why Thailand should be your next holiday destination

February 9, 2013 by  

In this Guest Post from Agness Walewinder we travel to Thailand to discover the relaxing beaches, delicious Thai cuisine, rich traditions and friendly smiles that keep travellers coming back for more.

Thailand – the “Land of Smiles” is getting more and more popular amongst holiday makers, travellers and tourists and is visited by more than 11 million people every year. Locals often say that once you visit Thailand, you will keep coming back every holiday for the rest of your life. Why? Stunning beaches, delicious seafood, cheap massages, great hospitality and rich Buddhist tradition and history – Thailand has it all and wants to share it with you!

If you are still looking for a dream travel or holiday destination and you are not entirely sure where to go, let me give you five reasons why Thailand should be number one on your list;

Beautiful Koh Phangan Island, Thailand  Photo:  Agness Walewinder

Beautiful Koh Phangan Island, Thailand

Relaxing beaches

Thailand is famous for its Paradise Islands and everyone will find a perfect beach for themselves. Looking for some friends and parties? Head to Koh Phangan where Full Moon parties are held. Dreaming of a nice and quiet place where you can relax? The best choice would be Railey Beach which will surely take your breath away by its blue waters, majestic cliffs and little islands on the horizon. Thai beaches are not only one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but also one of the most relaxing and peaceful. Imagine yourself lying under a palm tree, drinking a coconut juice and reading a book. That’s a picture perfect holiday, isn’t it?

Beautiful Koh Phangan Island, Thailand Photo:  Agness Walewinder

Beautiful Koh Phangan Island, Thailand

 Delicious and healthy Thai cuisine

Thai cuisine is special and unique. Its best spice is “love” as locals cook with such a passion and dedication, which is rarely seen in other South-East Asian countries. Thai food guarantees strong aromatic components and countless new flavours will make your stay unforgettable and finger-licking good. You will discover new combinations of herbs, spiciness, sourness and sweetness. Moreover, the food is very light, always fresh and seasoned with aromatic herbs.You can get some seafood meals, papaya salads or go for a Thai spicy soup. It has its temper and balance: you can either go for “spicy hot” or “spicy not” option. You can also enjoy freshly squeezed juices or cocktails.

Spicy spring rolls in Thailand Photo:  Agness Walewinder

Spicy spring rolls

Low prices

Thailand is a very cheap country and you can notice it right after you arrival. Although some locals will try to rip you off from time to time and quote different prices (most likely higher), but it is still reasonable and much cheaper than Europe or North America. You can get a plate of  Phad Thai (stir-fried rice noodles with chicken, eggs, shrimp or fish with some tamarind juice, red chili pepper garnished with crushed peanuts, garlic, chives, pickled turnip, coriander, lime, spicy chili oil, chili powder, vinegar, fish sauce, sugar) for 30 Baht ($1) or have a Thai full body massage for 199 Baht ($6.66) per one hour. Does it sound cheap to you?

Traditional Thai Pad Thai Photo:  Agness Walewinder

Traditional Thai Pad Thai

Activities

There is such a variety of activities in Thailand that it would be hard to experience them all. Starting with world-wide famous diving spots around Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket or Ko Lanta, you will be able to see underwater world of reefs with a number of shipwrecks and colourful fish. There’s a few great spots for rock climbing near Chiang Mai. For those less adventurous Thai cooking courses are available in major cities, while spas and massages will provide extra comfort for the body and mind.

Papaya salad in Thailand Photo:  Agness Walewinder

Papaya salad

Hospitality

There’s a reason to the saying that “Thailand is a land of smiles” – it’s the hospitality of Thai people – so open and friendly to newcomers. Most of the travellers and holiday-makers who came to Thailand had at least one opportunity to feel just more than welcome. Invitations to family dinners or offers to show the city by a random local, who we stumbled upon by a chance, are more than frequent. Sometimes it’s nice to feel homely atmosphere in a foreign country – and Thailand offers this to you.

Hospitable locals in Thailand, always smiling Photo:  Agness Walewinder

Hospitable locals in Thailand, always smiling

What’s your experience in Thailand? Sharing is caring.

Agness WalewinderAuthor Bio: My thanks for this Guest Post to Agness Walewinder from eTramping.com who, after graduation, left her comfort zone and set off for a journey of her lifetime to China in 2011. She has been constantly travelling the world since then (slowly, but surely as she says), living like a local for less than $25 a day. She became a passionate photographer and adventure blogger sharing her life enthusiasm and travel experience with everyone around. You can follow Agness on Twitter @Agnesstramp and on her Facebook Page.

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Comments

11 Comments on "Why Thailand should be your next holiday destination"

  1. Wil on Sat, 9th Feb 2013 7:14 pm 

    I’m headed to Thailand for a month in April. I’m super excited to explore the country and as a recent college grad, the affordability is a huge plus.
    Wil´s last blog post ..Kenya Photo Safari ’06 – Bumpy Roads

  2. Heather Cowper on Sun, 10th Feb 2013 12:38 pm 

    @Wil Hope you have a great time in Thailand

  3. Vinnie on Mon, 11th Feb 2013 6:23 am 

    Nice account of the place as usual Heather. Every thing good, warm and friendly about Thailand is evident through the toothy smile of the old woman.

    At such incredibly low rates, I guess it appears to be a travelers paradise.

  4. Richard Crest on Mon, 11th Feb 2013 7:56 am 

    I love beaches, can’t wait to see the beauty of beaches in Phuket Thailand.

  5. Suitcase Stories - Nicole on Fri, 15th Feb 2013 3:50 pm 

    Thanks for a great post! Thailand has always been high on the list (we were there 4 years ago but only for 5 days in Phuket so desperate to see more).

    We cant wait to go back and see what Thailand really has to offer!

  6. Heather Cowper on Fri, 15th Feb 2013 10:14 pm 

    @Nicole Thansk for the comment, I’m dreaming of warm places like Thailand when the weather’s cold in Europe like now

  7. Leslie Horning on Sat, 16th Feb 2013 12:32 am 

    These beach and food pictures alone might convince me. I’ve always been intrigued with the history and sites of Thailand, but you definitely have sparked my interest even more now.

  8. Heather Cowper on Sat, 16th Feb 2013 9:50 am 

    @Leslie I think you get the best od culture, scenery & beautiful beaches in Thailand

  9. D.J. - The World of Deej on Sun, 17th Feb 2013 4:26 pm 

    It seems that Thailand makes everyone’s list at some time or another, but it’s never really registered on mine. Of course, a week on the beaches of Koh Phangan would probably change my mind:)

  10. Stephen on Thu, 21st Mar 2013 11:00 pm 

    The jewel of South East Asia. I first went to Thailand as a backpacker in 1999 and have been back six times since. It’s simply unbeatable on so many fronts, as the blogger makes clear. The food, the people, the relax, friendly atmosphere, the culture ….the fantastic island with their superb beaches. I guarantee you won’t find better beaches anywhere in the world.

  11. Heather Cowper on Thu, 21st Mar 2013 11:11 pm 

    @Stephen So many reasons to return to Thailand

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