For its hidden treasures
With temples at every turn and secret beaches still left to be discovered, Thailand is a country of mystery and intrigue just ripe for the picking. Head north to Chiang Mai and discover it’s plethora of stunning Buddhist temples, such as the Wat Phra That temple, the Wat Chedi or the Wat Si Koed, or hire a scooter for the day on Koh Pha Ngan and uncover the islands various waterfalls, hidden beaches and places of worship.
For its tastes and smells
There’s nothing quite like the smell of Thailand. Part heat, part street food, part sweaty bodies, you know you’ve arrived in Thailand just by the smell of the air. And then there’s the food – the tastes that make your taste buds explode in happiness. INCREDIBLE Tom Yam Goong, Massaman or Kao Phad are just some of the dishes that, cooked locally, taste better than any take away you could ever imagine. Just make sure you pack a stretch swim suit for the belly expansion.
For its jaw dropping beauty
Chances are if you’ve read/watched The Beach, you already know and expect some phenomenal beauty from your Thai trip. A visit to Phi Phi (setting of the Beach) is well advised, but don’t forget about the less publicised beaches. Phuket is an absolute tourist haven, but if you want to escape from the crowds seek out Nai Harn Beach on the islands south side. Similarly track down Lonely Beach on Ko Chang – aptly named for its lack of crowds. To disappear off the map completely, look up Ko Kood (also called Ko Kut) beach. It comes with a hefty price tag, but if you’re looking for the Maldives in Thailand, it’s the one.
For its attitude to life
Thailand is commonly known as the land of smiles and for good reason. The Thai culture is to eat, sleep and breathe a happy go lucky life philosophy, and this positive mentality can’t help but rub off on you during your trip. However destitute, however little people have in Thailand they can always see the positive in life and battle it with a smile, and this is a lesson we could all do with taking away from this magical country.
For its party vibe
They say if you haven’t partied in Thailand, you don’t know the meaning of the word. A full moon, half moon, or any other type of moon party is infamous across the Thai islands, and week after week, month after month and year after year attracts party revellers from across the globe. Expect glow sticks, buckets filled with questionable energy drinks and A LOT of moonlight dancing, with optional clothing.
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