I’ve been to Thailand three times now, for about six weeks in all. Sound like a lot? I know quite a few travel bloggers who’ve been for months on end, or even years – there’s just something about the place that keeps people coming back for more. The food, the prices, the incredible hotels, cheap hostels, beautiful islands, the ease of getting around – any and all could be responsible for why Thailand is so popular, and why last year over 31 million people visited.

I’ll try and sum up why everyone loves Thailand so much in one blog post. Here goes…

Top reasons to visit Thailand

1. The sunshine

The best time to visit Thailand is November to February, although this kingdom has high temperatures and beautiful sunshine pretty much all year round. Even during the wet season, the showers don’t last long and you’re soon back out on the beach, so it really is an all-year-round option.

2. The prices

Flights may cost a fair bit (upwards of £400), but once you’re in Thailand the food, accommodation and transport can all be done on the tightest of budgets. Dorm rooms come to no more than £12, street food can be eaten for £1 and long haul bus trips rarely go over £20. If you’re willing to add a little extra to the money pot then you can expect true luxury for a fraction of what it’d cost back home.

3. The location

Sure, it might take around 12 hours to travel from the UK to Bangkok, but one thing that makes Thailand so appealing is that once you’re there you can easily access other far flung places. A two hour flight could have you in Ho Chi Minh, Singapore is just a three hour ride away and Bali’s beaches are calling on a 4-hour flight. It’s the ideal stop off as a gateway to other magical destinations. 


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4. The food

Pad thai, green curry, satay — some of the UK’s favourite dishes on home turf, but try having them in their homeland. The flavours, and the price, make them taste even better. You can try quality dishes from street vendors or sit down in authentic restaurants for tasty noodles and fresh meats. For those who really don’t want the endless supply of tasty Thai food to end, loads of locations offer Thai cooking classes so you can bring the flavours home.

If you’re going to Thailand, I 100% recommend that you do a Bangkok food tour as soon as you arrive. They’re the best way to learn about the food opportunities of a new country, and to get a good feed.

5. The people

It can be daunting, visiting an entirely new place, but Thai people are some of the world’s friendliest. Whether it’s saying a quick sah-wah-dee, bowing to you at dinner or offering you local wisdom, it’s easy to feel comfortable around the people of Thailand.

6. The natural landscape

Thailand has over 1,500 miles of coastline, all with absolutely stunning beaches. But what gives Thailand the extra edge is the fact that you can mix it up with other incredible spots of natural beauty like the Khao Sok National Park, the Mae Klang Falls and Krabi’s Jungle and Hot Springs.


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7. The adventure activities

These spots also make for epic adventure playgrounds. You can make like a monkey and zipline the Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai, flyboard in Koh Samui, hike Pai’s canyons or rock climb on Railay Beach. Seriously, those are just a few of the adventure activities you can do in Thailand, there are so many but I don’t want this blog post to be too long. 

8. The wildlife

Thailand has some of the world’s most wild and beautiful creatures. You can take a boat out on Khao Sam Roi Yot Marine Park to spot Irrawaddy dolphins, tour the Khao Yai National Park to spy an asian elephant or stop by Huai Kha Khaeng to see a leopard.

9. The city life

While beaches and countryside are major draws, let’s not leave out Thailand’s cities. Places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya are massive hits in themselves. Bangkok has the crazy vibes of Khao San Road and top attractions like the Grand Palace, Chiang Mai mixes mountains with historical ruins while Pattaya has swanky malls and the famous Big Buddha.


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10. The temples

Why Thailand is so popular

Each of these cities also has amazing Buddhist temples. In fact, Thailand has over 40,000 of them and their incredible designs are a big draw. Catching the sunset over Bangkok’s Wat Arun, snapping the white Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai and seeing the rows of buddhas at Ayutthaya’s Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon are some of the most popular temple visits. The uniqueness of these temples all contribute to why Thailand is so popular with tourists. 

11. The festivals

Thailand hosts some of the most unusual festivals that really make for once in a lifetime moments, like Loi Krathong, the lantern festival in November. There’s also Songkran that marks the Thai new year and means an epic water fight in the streets of Chiang Mai and Bangkok and Phi Ta Khon, a spooky ghost festival held just north of Bangkok.

The most incredible festival though, and the one I want to go to most, is the annual Vegetarian Festival held in Phuket. You might’ve seen the pictures around – the ones where participants pierce metal rods through their ears, faces, and bodies? Don’t look it up. I do kinda want to go though. 

12. The nightlife

You’d be forgiven for thinking Thailand never sleeps because a trip here means you get a serious lack of it. Bangkok’s shows, rooftop bars and night markets alone are enough to keep you up all night and heading to the islands makes no difference. Beach parties, like the Full Moon Party, 24 hour massages and beachside bars make it a top spot for party people.

Anyone who hasn’t been – tempted?

And if you have – anything I’ve missed out?


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