Sawadika! One of the most pampering destinations in the world, you simply cannot go wrong with a trip to Thailand. Exotic, diverse, and beautifully chaotic – every traveler must make the pilgrimage to Thailand at least once in their lifetime. Impressive temples and colorful markets await you in the mega-city of Bangkok, while on the outer islands, your decisions will vary from when to get a massage to when exactly to go for that fruit shake?
If you’re visiting Thailand on a short holiday – choosing the right island or beach destination is a real challenge. You’ll hear conflicting recommendations from friends and might attempt to squeeze in as many stops as you possibly can. Keep in mind that Thailand is huge! Its best islands and beaches are concentrated in the southern Gulf of the Andaman Sea (Railay Beach, Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, Ko Lanta) and in the Bay of Thailand (Ko Tao, Ko Phangan, Ko Samui). The most important factor when choosing your stops is the weather. Here’s a general rule of thumb:
Mass tourism and modern urban development have created many options for getting around Thailand.
Travel smart in Thailand with a few general safety tips:
Thailand is a true traveler’s playground, catering to every desire and wish. Not to be missed is its myriad of shrines and temples in the heart of its cities and mountain tops. Elephant riding is a serious business but exercise caution and avoid businesses that exploit elephants, rather than opting for elephant sanctuary visits. Foodies will find Thailand an absolute culinary paradise, not only for the delicious meals but also for the vast opportunities to learn the tricks of the trade-in cooking classes. And of course, Thailand’s beaches and rich marine life are the main attraction, though it’s difficult to find hidden gems that haven’t been overrun by mass tourism. Here’s a list of the top 10 things to do in Thailand that can serve as a thought-starter.