If you haven’t been to Thailand put this country on your list because it is simply amazing. From the scenery, to the food, to the people, to the culture, Thailand is a 10 out of 10.
So what really makes this country so unique and attractive to it’s millions of visitors every year? Keep reading and let’s find out!
Thailand has an abundance of scenic places and a wide variety. You can get whatever you are looking for: A ginormous city (Bangkok), jungles with elephants (Khao Yai National Park), and some of the best beaches in the world (Phuket)!
Anyone remember Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Beach”? It was shot here. Watch that movie and tell me you don’t want to book a trip? The options are endless when looking for a beach in Thailand. You can find something touristy or more secluded. Everything is absolutely stunning. Oh, and there’s even monkeys!
The capital of the country and a must see in Thailand. Bangkok is huge. It is home to 8.2 million people and as you can imagine with 8.2 million people comes a lot of chaos! But, in my opinion, that’s the beauty of it. If you can get past the traffic and manage the crowds, you can find so much to do in this city: temples, parks, art, river boat rides, tuk tuk rides (Thailand’s most popular taxi for tourist – it looks something like a cart with wheels lol), night life, red light district etc. You name it… Bangkok probably has it.
My photos below are certainly not Thailand’s most authentic choices however, I loved this coffee shop in Bangkok, “The Coffee Club”. Other than my breakfast choices everything I ate was extremely authentic. The food has so much flavor and truly is amazing. From food vendors to fine dining, you can’t go wrong with Thai Food and of course, don’t forget to try the Pad Thai.
Thailand is full of historic sites. Based off the region you are traveling to, you will want to do your research and make sure to see all that you can. You can visit palaces (The Grand Palace, Bangkok), temples (Wat Aran, Bangkok), statues (Big Buddha, Phuket) and Historic parks / old cities. My advice would be to plan as much as you can prior to arriving in Thailand. This way you will be able to see as much as possible. Keep in mind some of the tourist attractions have certain hours/ regulations!
For example: when entering temples women need to be fulling covered (legs, shoulders etc.)
Thai people are unusually kind which makes this country so refreshing. From the moment you arrive, you experience their friendly and welcoming demeanor. They greet you with a bow (the wai), are courteous and patient. Truly relaxed, remember-able and safe people.
There’s something wild and untouched about Thailand. It’s hard for me to explain or put into words but you feel some sense of freedom and adventure when traveling here. It’s a developing country but far from something like The United States or Europe. It’s truly unique and a gem of Southeast Asia.
Who doesn’t love a cheap vacation? Thailand is so cheap! The exchange rate is 1 U.S dollar to 30.31 Thai Baht. When planning a trip this is really a game changer and can make your vacation quite enjoyable.
All of my hotels/Airbnbs were less than $50 a night and as low as $25 (These were very nice places too. I would rate them a 4 star on a U.S hotel scale)
If you are looking to book with AirBnb click below for my personal link to save $55 on your first trip!
$475 round trip from JFK!!!!! (Crazy I know)
If you have access to a large airport, you can save so much $$$ on flight costs.
Food, Shopping, Logistics Cost
The food was less than $5, the shopping was cheap, the taxi’s were cheap, everything was cheap. I loved it. Your money can go a long way here. Take advantage of it.
- Download “Grab Taxi” App (This is Thailand’s Uber and you can use it the same way)
- Get a sim card for your cell phone once you arrive at the airport. This cost about $15-20 for 10 days. You won’t miss the phone stands, they are everywhere once you get out of baggage and are at arrivals
- If you can manage to drive a moped/scooter, rent one. If will be much cheaper than Taxing around the Islands. (Taxi’s are not as popular in the islands as in Bangkok). I would not suggest renting a moped in Bangkok. Traffic is crazy.
If you have any questions about traveling to Thailand feel free to reach out! Hope you enjoyed.