Everyone knows that Thailand is home to some of the most radical parties in the world. Spend a night in Bangkok and you’ll never look at a sorority house in the same way. Aside from drinking, there sometimes seems like there’s no good reason to fly twenty-hours across dozens of time zones. Come on – it isn’t as if Thailand is a hub of culture like Europe or the rest of Asia. Those places it may not be, but the land of the Thais is a multifaceted country that is well worth a visit. To prove it, here are four reasons to book a flight tomorrow, and they don’t include partying.
When you watch a movie, try and note how many times you see Thai islands. The truth is that crews go far and wide, but, when they want an idyllic location, they choose Thailand. The film “The Beach”, for example, was filmed in Ko Phi Phi. And, that is just one island among a plethora of others that are as stunning as each other. At the moment, Koh Tao is popular with tourists but Ko Pha-ngan is more than a place to experience a full moon party. Koh Lipe is without a doubt a diamond in the rough and one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Why do we go on vacation? We do it to take a break from life. So, going to a place that stresses you out is illogical. Thailand can do that if you are in the action zones, but the rural cities and towns are quiet and peaceful. Chiang Mai is home to Buddhist temples and surrounded by mountains in the north of the country. As a result, it’s a fantastic place to experience a yoga immersion course and be at one with your body. If that sounds too much, you can rent a bike and take in the sights and sounds.
There are lots of places that can claim to be the home of cuisine. France is notorious for its dishes, as is Italy and India. Thailand doesn’t get the same publicity yet it’s arguably the pound-for-pound king of food. Everyone knows about green and red curries, but one in Thailand is different to any you have ever tasted. And, the street dishes, the cheap stuff, are incredibly tasty. Pad Thai and satay by the road cost a couple of bucks and will blow your mind. Tom yum is another to watch for if you get the opportunity.
Whether it’s food, drink or five-star accommodation, it’s very affordable in Thailand. Don’t get it twisted – it isn’t the cheapest place in the world. Depending on where you are, it can be as expensive as being at home. However, as soon as you venture off the beaten track, the costs begin to drop. Even in Bangkok or in the islands, the prices are less than you’d expect. As a result, you don’t need to save a fortune to book a flight.
The question is, would you travel to Thailand without a party in mind?