Have you ever wanted to get away from your life in rainy England and escape to a tropical paradise? Thailand is one of the most attractive countries in the world, which explains why so many tourists are heading over there and so few of them are coming back. Ask anyone who’s been there and they’ll tell you it’s one of the most pleasant places in the world, you can even immerse yourself in a kung fu and meditation retreat. But if you need more persuading to go yourself, here are ten reasons why you should do it.
1. The Food
Thai food is great in Britain but it is nothing compared to the food you’ll experience when you’re actually in Thailand. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Thai food, you’ll find that there is a huge range of food to eat including Indian and Mexican, and everything over there is bursting with flavour. Just beware – if you’re not keen on spicy food, make sure you ask for mild because if not you’ll be in for a shock!
2. The Weather
One of the biggest downsides of living in London is the fact that it rains for about half of the year, and in the summer the temperature doesn’t really get that hot. Even when we do have a heat wave, it only lasts for a few weeks at most. In Thailand, it’s warm and sunny all year round with the lowest temperatures being in January when it drops to around 20C. There is a monsoon season, but at least you don’t need to stock up your wardrobe with jumpers and jackets, and you can spend most of the year working on your tan.
3. The Culture
The country is full of Buddhist influence and you’ll find that whatever city you’re in there will be impressive temples to visit, especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. There are also plenty of royal palaces and art museums to visit, and if you don’t want to just visit places and you’d rather get involved and actually experience a new culture, you can try visiting the hill tribes in northern Thailand or even meditating with monks!
4. The Beaches
Anyone who loves the sun will probably love the beach too, and in Thailand you’ll find some of the most beautiful white and golden sand beaches. The water stays around 28C all year so it’s warmer than the water is in Britain even in the middle of summer. For anyone who loves the sea, Thailand’s crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling year round, and you’ll be able to sunbathe on the beach almost every day. You certainly can’t do that in London.
5. The Jungle
If the beach isn’t your thing, then maybe you’d prefer to trek through the jungle. In Thailand’s national parks you’ll find a wide variety of wildlife. You should expect to see lots of tropical flowers, butterflies and monkeys, but if you’re lucky you might catch a sighting of a tiger or a leopard.
6. The Nightlife
Thailand is a great place for nightlife because there’s always something going on and there’s something for everyone. Partygoers can dance the night away at a full moon party on the beach, whilst those who are looking for a more calm and sophisticated evening can enjoy cocktails on a rooftop instead. There are plenty of nightclubs and bars around which cater to every taste, so there will always be something for you to do at night.
7. The Affordability
Thailand is one of the most affordable places to live in the world, and if you’re just visiting and have a fair amount of money saved up, you’ll be able to live comfortably for the duration of your stay. 1 British pound is equal to about 50 Thai baht, and everything is Thailand is cheap, from accommodation to food. You can stay in a spacious apartment for around £300 a month, and you can buy food from street vendors for less than a pound.
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8. The Shopping
If you’re a shopaholic, or you just enjoy finding new treasures to take home, you’ll love shopping in Thailand. The markets you’ll find in the city sell everything you can imagine from clothes and accessories to art and crafts, and in Bangkok you’ll find some of the best shopping malls in the world. Don’t worry about missing out on your favourite shops from back home, because Thailand actually has quite a lot of stores that you would find in other countries like England and America. Don’t forget to visit the famous floating markets while you’re there!
9. The Location
If you’re a keen traveller, Thailand is one of the best places you can base yourself because it provides easy travel to most places. It’s only a short flight from popular tourist destinations like Hong Kong, Bali and Singapore, and it’s right in the middle of Australia and Europe, so it’s an excellent place to travel from for anyone who wants to see the world. Depending on what time of year you travel, it can be very easy to find cheap flights from London to Bangkok.
10. The People
Thailand isn’t called the “Land of Smiles” for no reason. Thai people are some of the friendliest you will ever meet and will make you feel comfortable and welcome in their country. They will always be willing to help you out if you’re lost or need help understanding something, and because Thailand is such a cosmopolitan country with so many tourists and expats from all over the world, you’ll meet people from a huge number of different countries. If you start to feel a little out of your depth and begin to wish you’d put more effort into learning new languages, just get out and socialise and the chances are you’ll run into some fellow Brits to chat with.