Although I have been living in Thailand for over a decade, I sometimes wonder why myself and millions of tourists are attracted to visiting Thailand each year. I have been here so long that it is almost impossible to view the Kingdom as a tourist destination when it is simply my home. However, when I was a few wrinkles younger and few million baht richer, I used to visit Thailand on holiday. And after much pondering and reflection, I have conjured up 10 things that make a Thailand holiday so amazing and appealing.
#1 – Thailand’s Sunshine and Warm Climate
Let’s be brutally honest here. As much as we love all the things about Thailand, if the Kingdom located in the middle of Siberia, we would never go there on holiday. The all-year-round high temperatures that douse Thailand in the beautiful sunrays is always a huge factor for holidaying here. The temperatures very rarely go under 30 degrees. The only places in Thailand that are not blistering hot all year round is in Chiang Mai in the North of the nation. The best time of the year to visit Thailand with the least rainfall and humidity is between November and April. Between May and October, you might stumble into a bit of rain, but you will most definitely experience the humidity of what is now called ‘Green Season’.
#2 – Beautiful Beaches in Thailand
This one thing that goes hand-in-hand with having copious amounts of sunshine is the beautiful beaches in Thailand. Some tourists come and stay in regions such as Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket and Koh Samui to bask on Thai beaches all day long to bronze their torsos. If you want any recommendations for beaches in Thailand, we would recommend Railay Beach in Krabi, which does have to seen to believed. If you are in Phuket, we would recommend Nai Harn Beach, and if you are in Samui, not many beaches can compete with Maenam. Although Pattaya is not generally known for its beaches, Bangsaray Beach and the Thai Navy Beach at Sai Kaew are great choices.
#3 – The Thai Island Holiday Experience
There is nothing that can match that ultra-special Thai island holiday experience. Choose the more commercial route of visiting the dreamy shores of Phuket or Koh Samui. Or opt for other interesting and less-travelled islands such as Koh Lipe, Koh Lanta, Koh Chang or Koh Samed. Thailand Islands are amazing, and the atmosphere is breathtaking. If you find yourself in Phuket or other Southern regions such as Phang Nga and Krabi, make sure you get out to the James Bond Island. Phi Phi with its surrounding isles that were the location of the Leonardo di Caprio movie, The Beach.
#4 – Thailand Nightlife
If you have never heard about Thailand’s infamous nightlife escapades, you have probably been living under a rock somewhere in Patagonia. Such a subject needs an entire article, or if written in a book needs an entire Hectare of the Amazonian rainforest. In any of Thailand’s major holiday destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya or Koh Samui you will find a fantastic selection of go-go bars, beer bars, nightclubs, theatre shows and live music venues. Some of the most popular Thailand nightlife areas are Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and Khao San Road in Bangkok, Bangla Road in Phuket, Walking Street, Soi 6 and Soi Buakhao in Pattaya and the Fisherman’s Village in Koh Samui.
#5 – World-Class Diving Locations
Thailand has some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Out in the waters surrounding Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga, you will find awe-inspiring dive spots. Exploring the Andaman Ocean in Phuket, you will find the Similan Islands, which are known as one of the best dive locations in the world. In and around the Gulf of Thailand near Pattaya there are also some quality wrecks and reefs. Koh Lipe, Koh Lak and Surin Island are just a few more islands that make Thailand a scuba diving paradise.
#6 – Value For Money
Although since the world economic crash, the Thai baht has been very strong against Western currencies, Thailand is still a place of undoubted value for money. You can get yourself a hotel room with air-con in Thailand for as little as 700 THB per night. Extremely nice rooms in 5-star resorts can cost as little as 3,000 THB. Some of the best value in terms of accommodation is renting out a villa. Some holiday villa rentals cost as little as 5,000 THB per night and have 4-beds that can sleep eight people or 4 couples. Put this together with such cheap food, cheap shopping and much more, and Thailand is still one of the most affordable places in the world.
#7 – Amazing Thai Cuisine
The best part about a Thailand holiday is that you get to sample some of the finest and unique dishes on the planet with the world-famous Thai cuisine. From famous and popular seafood dishes such as Tom Yam Goong (spicy shrimp soup) and all manner of fishes such as Grouper and Snapper to a wide variety of noodle and rice dishes, Thai food is stunning. Or maybe you want to push the boat out to try a Thai delicacy such as fried cockroaches, grubs, lava, fire ants, pigs blood and many more!
#8 – Thailand Hospitality
When it comes to hospitality, charm, and smiling faces, nobody does it quite like Thailand. The country is known as ‘The Land of Smiles’, and it is infectious when you are enjoying a Thailand holiday. If you are turning up at a top-notch eatery, a hotel or for a round of golf, you will always find a hoard of Thai females waiting to greet you like a long-lost explorer. They hands clasped together while saying ‘Sawadee Ka’ in unison. It gets me every time!
#9 – Playing Golf in Thailand
Some people come to Thailand to enjoy a golf holiday. Playing golf in Thailand is pretty amazing. The nation has some beautiful courses such as the courses at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Red Mountain GC and Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Amata Springs in the Bangkok Countryside and Black Mountain in Hua Hin. The courses are always in immaculate condition. You will get a Thai caddy, which means you won’t have to carry your clubs or clean your balls, which always gives me a bad back.
#10 – Thailand is a Final Frontier
Thailand can be a bit wild, in the nicest possible way, and that’s why we like it. If you have never bribed a police officer before, you might get the chance on a Thailand holiday. Thailand is a much safer place than as many other western countries. There is a certain lawless charm about the place that is so addictive while being surprisingly unthreatening at the same time. Rules enforced in Thailand, but it depends on what day it is. It is an aspect of Thai culture that is always fascinating.