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- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Local Culture
- 69%History Buffs
- 69%Budget Travelers
- 65%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- ThailandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
Tremendous diversity and amazing mass appeal await you in Thailand. Lovely beaches in the south, a thriving capital city, friendly rural areas and adventurous mountain regions are each appealling for in their own ways.
I enjoy the off-the-beaten path rural villages where daily life goes on largely uninfluenced by the tourist industry. Yes, plenty such places exist in Thailand if you look for locations which are not mentioned in the tourist guides. Learn some basic Thai, get off the beaten path and have a grand adventure.Recommended for:
- ThailandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBackpackers+ 3
A bit of a cheat this one as I can’t recommend Thailand as an adventure destination without also giving a massive thumbs up to the entire region of South-East Asia, but Thailand is the best place to start, offering just the right levels of crazy, danger and fun to make a truly unforgettable adventure. The chaotic, sprawling city of Bangkok will serve as your gateway to adventure and it won’t be long before you find yourself racing around in a tuk-tuk on the hunt for hidden temples, elephants and ladyboys. Leaving the capital behind, you’ll soon be trekking through jungles, discovering white-sand beaches, swimming with sharks and gorging yourself on some of the most bizarre street food Planet Earth has to offer.Recommended for:
- ThailandMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure Travelers
Thailand = 3.5 stars. Lovely, but not as lovely as people would have you believe; and friendly, but not as friendly as they'd have you believe either, Thailand is a country that attracts people thru its low prices, tropical beauty, excellent food, and supreme ease of travel. Many first-timers on the world travel circuit will find Thailand to be everything they've dreamed, with beaches galore, raucous parties, and tons of fun outdoor activities like rock-climbing and mountain trekking, with little of the difficulty that's attached to travel in some of the world's more far-flung destinations. For the more jaded and road-weary among us, however, Thailand can sometimes feel like a tourism theme-park, where encounters tend towards the purely transactional, and every experience had is an experience which has been packaged and sold. Still, it's hard to argue with the sights (Bangkok is one of my favorite world cities) or with the food, which is dirt-cheap, everywhere, and impossibly delicious. Thailand lies a bit too high for me on the ease axis, and a bit too low on the authenticity one, but it's certainly an enjoyable place, and one where you'll encounter little friction. Consider it an anchor of the Mainland Southeast Asia circuit, but don't confine yourself to Thailand alone -- lesser-known Laos and Cambodia are also brimming with wonders.Recommended for:
Thailand is beautiful. It should be on everyone's places to go before they die.
Bangkok - the main city - very modern and urban! Kinda like NY but with MORE traffic. There are SkyTrains to use now, but still... not everywhere.
Chiang Mai - very nature and cooler than Thailand. They have the most nature based areas and greenery. They also have the hill tribe people.
Chiang Rai - like CM but Northeastern Thai food is AMAZING
Phuket/Hua Hin/Pattaya - the south part where the beaches are. Popular... a little too popular. Too many foreigners.
Islands: Less foreigners. More secluded depending on the island. Beautiful clean waters.
I'm Thai but Thai people are nice to foreigners typically. A lot speak English there so you're good in the main cities.
Careful of pick pocketers.
THINGS YOU MUST KNOW WHEN TRAVELING TO THAILAND:
* Never make fun or make any negative comments about the royal family. It is against the law if anyone were to witness it and report you. It can range from a heavy fine to jail time.
* When entering temples, please take off your shoes and step OVER the wooden block to enter.
* Never point your feet at the Buddhas, monks or any elders.
* Don't cross your legs in front of anyone older than you (ESPECIALLY A MONK).
* Wear appropriate clothing in temples and historic places. No leg showing or shoulder showing. Thailand is old school like that.
* Bring lots of DEET. Mosquitoes will get you.
If you have questions... message me.
- ThailandMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 2
Some of the best beaches in the world, some of the best food, a good local beer, near perfect weather, and easy to get to from the US as well. For pure beach relaxation, Thailand is amazing. It is not, however, the road less traveled. Thailand is very touristic and if your goal is to get off the beaten track, rather than to beach it up and party, you may want to venture further afield.
- ThailandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Great beaches, awesome food, beautiful scenery, ease of visa, and really low prices are what keep people coming back and staying longer. The southern beaches compared with northern Thailand can seem like different worlds, so try to get a feel for both to see which you like better.
I've been to a lot of countries, Thailand is far and away my #1. You can live like a king on a dime, indulging in spa retreats or get outdoorsy and active. It's the perfect balance of city/country/beach and urban sprawl contrasted with beautiful countryside and mountains.
Of all the places I've been in Asia (which is quite a few), Thailand is my favorite. I love adapting to "Thai time" which is what I call the pace of life in Thailand; slow, mellow, and relaxing. I recommend getting outside of Bangkok as soon as possible and heading down south for some island living, or north to one of my favorite cities, Chang Mai.
Thailand is an amazing country. Great food, great shopping and the most magnificent people. I immediately felt at home. The one thing that completely shocked me was how spicy their food was. In the US I can order extra spicy and I can handle it. In Thailand I order my curry with medium spice level and I about fell over, my mouth was on fire.
- ThailandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7
You need to check out the temple and see the emerald buddha. Its an experience. I would not suggest getting a tattoo at the temples though I do like the style and inscription behind them but do not agree with their pathogen sterilization policy. Other than that stay for the night market and gain 10 lbs.
Famous for its cuisine, its massages and its culture, Thailand is full of wonderful experiences which will ensure that you are both surprised and delighted in equal measure.
Whether you are looking for spiritual enlightenment or a luxury holiday with a twist, the juxtaposition of traditional and modern in this fascinating country will ensure that you will go home with memories you will never forget.
- ThailandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
My favorite vacation spot. No wonder I have been here 8 times from 2002 to 2009. The people, the culture, the beaches, the temples and the food amazes me each time I visit. I can never get tired of this country!
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