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;
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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Author 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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