Are you looking forward to your next holiday destination and not sure what you want and where to go? Maybe a cultural holiday? Some relaxing time on the beach? Perhaps just somewhere new? We have the solution for all your questions.
Thailand, the solution is Thailand. A place able to satisfy your senses, a place to mix all different sort of activities you may want, all surrounded by relaxing exotic landscapes, a culturally stimulating environment, and wonderful people. Sounds like a dream, right? In case you’re still doubtful, here are 5 reasons why you should visit Thailand.
The food, but particularly the street food
Everybody loves food and everybody loves Thai food, we agree on this. Ok, now forget about what you’ve been eating back home, you’re here for the real and authentic. And there is no better Thai food than the Thai street food. Besides the favorite pad Thai and curry, there is also a wide variety of rice, noodles, salads, soups and snack. The simplicity, the freshness and the love that people make food with are unique. Also, don’t order spicy unless you feel really brave, Thai standards are hugely different from ours. The only thing left to do is to find the perfect stall and get ready for a sensational experience. Enjoy!
White beaches and great resorts
Be frank, how many long afternoons you spent in your office looking at that computer screensaver and though I just wish I was there? Here is your chance to fulfill those dreams. Thailand’s beaches are, with no doubt, some of the best in the world. They’re simply heaven on earth. White sand, crystalline water, and tropical palm trees will be your companions in the lazy, well-deserved afternoons at the beach. While tourism in Thailand has been so huge in the past 10 years that many places have been ruined by uncontrolled development, some areas have remained untouched. Head to the North Gulf of Siam islands or Trang for the ultimate end-of-the-world feeling.
With beaches come resorts and Thailand offers some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. Between never-ending swimming pools, tropical cocktails and a relaxing massage you wish you could live there forever. On the other side, many people prefer the other version of resort, which consists on a little bamboo hut just right on the beach. Definitely smaller but more affordable, it would be a pleasure to wake up every morning.
They don’t call it the “Land of the Smile” for nothing, we guarantee Thai people will be one of the loveliest you will ever come across. Always characterized by a big smile and an even bigger heart, people make Thailand an even better place than what it already is. From the little kid running barefoot on the street to the old woman behind the wok in the food market, friendliness and hospitality are remarkable features of Thailand. We strongly suggest to try to mix and blend with the locals to understand and fully appreciate the people, we are sure you will leave Thailand with a different and positive spirit.
Thailand is a country characterized by fascinating history, strong tradition, and unique culture. From day one you will realize how important Buddhism is for them. It is not simply a religion, it’s a whole philosophy of life. Thai believe in karma so for them is crucial being good to the others in order to receive good back. This principle, if applied by you too, will make your experience in Thailand unique and unforgettable. Another interesting aspect is the respect for the monks (easy to spot strolling around) and for the beloved King of which representation hang from every corner.
It is easy to fall in love with Thailand for its beaches or food, but in our opinion, after a night spent with the locals, would be even easier to fall in love with it for its culture.
The sound of the elephants
There is no place like Thailand to experience the majesty of this clever, funny and gentle animals. Unfortunately, besides the beach tourism, Thailand has also been facing a boom in elephant tourism, considered one of the main attraction of the country. In these tours, tourists are given the chance to ride elephants, a thing that normally wouldn’t happen with the wild animals. This is made possible through a process called Phajaan, “the crush”. Doesn’t sound too amazing, right? The process involves ripping the baby creatures away from their mothers, cage, beat and torture them until they’re so scared they lose every desire of rebellion. The consequence of this? The Asian elephant has become an endangered specie, with less than 2000 wild elephants left in the country. You still want to ride an elephant? I don’t think so.
Fortunately many places called ‘sanctuary’ or ‘spa’ have started programs to rescue, cure and protect the animals. The Northern Thailand’s jungle is particularly famous for these centers. Here you will be able to meet these giants in their natural habitat and realize how small you are next to an elephant. You will have time to hang around with them, get to know their habits and appreciate how intelligent and social they are. Sure, it is a little scary at first, but there is no reason to be afraid. Then you get to feed them with bananas and mangoes, again don’t be scared, you won’t loose your hand and finally bathe them and play with them in the mud.
We recommend to try this, you won’t regret. It’s probably a once in a lifetime experience to be in close contact with these giants and make unforgettable memories.
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