Located at the center of the Indo-Chinese Peninsula in Southeast Asia, Thailand is home to turquoise-colored waters and long stretches of powdery white sand beaches. It also provides stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand from the abundant mountainous high grounds across several of its stunning islands. Offering something for the quintessential backpacker and the pampered upscale tourist, Thailand is a melting pot of travelers who gleefully revel in its world-class international cuisine, luxurious spas, beach bar parties, live food stations, and countless massage parlors. Would you need more reasons to consider this beautiful country your first international travel destination? Choosing the right Thailand Tour Package is critical.
The country offers a myriad of choices, so you need to be clear on what you want to see, do and experience. Here is a list of reasons to make Thailand your first international vacation.
Stunning White Sand Beaches
With 2,000 miles of coastline, you will be spoilt for choices. The country’s geography ensures that every island has something unique to offer. If you are looking for beaches that are not overly commercialized (like the ones in Pattaya and Phuket), you can head to the quieter yet modern islands of Koh Samui, Koh Lanta, or the famous Koh Phi Phi. No matter what you choose, lounging on any of the stunning white sand beaches flanked by the abundance of wild coconut palms is one of the best experiences in Thailand.
Spectacular Buddhist Temples
The gorgeous Wat Arun Temple glitters like gold every evening on the banks of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok. The sprawling Ayutthaya Temple complex ruins are a sight to behold. The dazzling white Wat Rong Khun Temple in Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful structures you will ever see. The country has more than 40,000 temples. Historical ruins, revered monuments, and beautiful temple architecture are more reasons to make Thailand your first international vacation destination.
Diverse Food Experience
‘Thai Food’ in Thailand differs from any ‘Thai’ cuisine you might have tasted elsewhere. It is authentic, diverse, and an experience to cherish, especially if you are a seafood lover. Street food here is a celebration of flavors and represents authentic Thai culture. All across the country, rice is common, along with soups, noodles, fish sauce, pork, chicken, and eggs. If you are looking for some unconventional meats like insects and reptiles, you will find that in abundance as well.
Markets here have different names – night markets, floating markets, flower markets, and day markets. Shopping in these unique and vibrant setups is an exhilarating experience. On the one hand, Bangkok boasts swanky malls for high-end shoppers, and on the other, there is the unique river (floating) market where shopping is done from boats! Stay a few days here, and you can unearth street stalls and hidden markets mostly frequented by residents and get the best deals in terms of variety and price.
It doesn’t matter whether you are in the capital city of Bangkok or the remote island of Koh Phangan, there are always many things to do in Thailand. The capital hosts plenty of events and is home to great bars and pubs, and food is available even beyond midnight. If city life is not your cup of tea, head to Koh Phangan (an island in the Surat Thani province). The quintessential hub of backpackers and partygoers, it hosts the world-famous Full Moon Party on Hat Rin Beach.
Cost of Travel
Thailand is one of the few countries in the world which caters both to the essential backpacker and to the luxury-seeking tourist. The cost of living and traveling is low. The tourist-friendly country offers great value for money for accommodation, food, utilities, and commutation. It also follows the policy of visa on arrival. This makes traveling to the Southeast Asian nation hassle-free and a great reason why Thailand should be your first international vacation destination. Intra-country travel via buses, trains, and domestic flights is also very affordable.
There is no better country to travel to on your first vacation than Thailand. This country is an amalgamation of unforgettable experiences – stunning beaches, ancient temples, beautiful Thai culture and tradition, great shopping options, unique museums, street food, an abundance of entertainment parlors, lovely people, and favorable tropical weather, all possible even with a shoestring budget! There are several curated Thailand Tour Packages by Thomas Cook to choose from. There are daily flights to Bangkok from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.