Lending its tropical beauty to tourists now for decades, there is a reason why Thailand serves as one of the most popular destinations in the world. Whether you’re looking for a low cost exotic experience, or wanting to unload a few extra dollars on world-class amenities in a tropical paradise, modern day Thailand caters to people of all budgets and needs.

Beach in Phuket

Beach in Phuket

Excursions and Adventures

Popularized for its plentiful beaches and aqua life, there is no shortage of water activity to keep you entranced day-in and day-out — all while basking in a relaxing (although sometimes very hot) climate. One of the most popular activities includes spending time in Phang Nga Bay. Located along the southwestern coastline, you can take a leisurely ride kayaking, go snorkeling or canoeing while soaking in its picturesque caves and grottoes.

Others with a more adventurous itch might enjoy taking a boat ride from Bangkok out to the small island of Ko Tao (Turtle Island), where you can experience top-tier cliff diving and tell all your friends about it at one of the islands many 5-star resorts. If you are more of the high energy type, you can take a loved one out snorkeling and admire Thailand’s vast water-life. Cap off your vigorous day with a bike ride around beautiful Shark Bay and enjoy a divine sunset.

The “West” of the Far East

Not quite big enough for you? Thailand’s biggest and most well known island, Phuket, is a virtual haven for tourists who are looking to experience a western feel in the Far East. Due to the rampant insurgency of tourism around 30 years ago, the island has undergone a radical transformation that traded its exotic natural feel for a completely modernized and western one. With such beautiful coastlines and bays to choose from such as Kamala, Kata, Karon, and Patong beaches, many older and richer tourists prefer to experience Thailand in comfort, paying a little extra for the convenience of beachside accommodations, and luxury lodging, now in abundance.

While in Phuket, you would most likely be joining the others who are looking to wind down from the harsh workdays back home and live in relaxation. For a therapeutic experience that will also make you purr like a cat, try getting one of Thailand’s traditional massages.

Backpacking and Bangkok

The more hippy chic type might rather spend their time exploring less industry geared parts of the country. For more of a backpackers experience visit Koh Phangan, a midsized island known for its mountainous terrain, busy backpacker life, and killer parties. The most famous of which is its monthly full-moon party, where goers drink until morning, dozing off under a blanket of moonlight on a carpet of fluffy white sand – so be sure to time your stay accordingly.

Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

In all the excitement of relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful islands, one could very well spend their entire time in Thailand not having seen much of the country’s mainland, which is rich in culture, cuisine, and a SE Asia’s purely unique lifestyle. For the fullest experience, Bangkok is the destination of choice. The capital of Thailand, Bangkok entails most of the country’s most important landmarks, including Wat Phra Kaew, its most sacred Buddhist temple. In the same area (also in the Rattanakosin district) is the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, known as the birthplace of the Thai massage. It is one of the biggest and oldest sites in Bangkok and is amongst one of its most popular sites.

While in the city, you can enjoy a host of other exotic activities that you may not necessarily find back home, including Thai boxing lessons, going for an elephant ride, or obtaining authentic teachings in one of Buddhism’s purist practices – meditation.

No matter which way you cut it, Thailand is a safe and affordable option that can fulfill the expectations of anybody. There’s no wonder why it is amongst the world’s premiere destinations.

Philip Heijmans

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