Updated February 21, 2019
There are countless reasons why anyone would love Thailand. It could be the friendliness and hospitality of the people, the beautiful tropical weather all year round, or the vast array of cultural offerings that surprise you everywhere you turn.
If you’ve never been to the land of smiles, then you’re about to discover an incredible country that has attracted millions of millions of people from different parts of the planet.
Here are 10 reasons why you will love Thailand, just like we do:
#1 The Weather
The first thing you will experience in this beautiful country once you take that first step out of the airport is the weather. Clearly, Thailand has a tropical climate with plenty of sunshine. With a vibe of positive energy in the air, you know you’ve arrived in the best place in the world to relax and enjoy.
No doubt, Thailand can be scorching in the summer (from March to June), but still, during the monsoon season, sunny days are still aplenty. With sunny days almost all year round, your Thailand vacation could not get any better.
#2 The Smile
You may know Thailand by many names, but one of its most popular nicknames is the ‘Land of Smiles’. Why? Because in each and every corner of this incredible country, you will see smiles painted on the faces of the locals.
It gives you a sense of familiarity – as if everyone is friends with everybody else. And nothing can make you feel more welcome than a local who flashes you with a beautiful smile for no apparent reason. Your heart will surely be captivated, and you’ll suddenly feel at home.
#3 Thai People
You won’t just fall in love with the Thai smile but the Thai people in general. If you get lost in the streets and need of help, just ask any local, and they are surely happy to assist you. They’ll even make sure you get to your destination. But not just that, even though most of them may not speak proper English, they’ll do the best they can to help you understand with whatever it is you need.
Now isn’t that a breath of fresh air from most Western holiday destinations?
#4 Thai Food
Thai cuisine is world-renowned for its unique take on ingredients and aroma. Yes, Thai food is spicy, and you’ll inevitably drop a sweat or two when you finally get that authentic Thai meal. In fact, one of the best reasons to visit Thailand is the food itself!
#5 The Fruits
You might be in a taxi heading to your hotel or to a port to get to a nearby island but one precaution – be early. Why? It is because the countless number of fruit stands along the roads will surely make you stop on your way. Hundreds of fruit stalls line the streets of Bangkok and just about everywhere – and the beautiful colors of fresh tropical fruits will call on your senses. Here are top 12 fruits you should try when in Thailand.
#6 The Beaches
The beaches in Thailand, which seem to exist only in postcards and magazines, are one of the main reasons why people often visit this country in the first place. Yes, nowhere else in the world can offer you utterly breathtaking beaches than Thailand.
Destinations such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, and Phang Nga are some of the top island destinations in Thailand with stunning beaches that attract the most tourists. If you don’t like crowds, there private beachfront villas in Thailand that offer the most luxurious retreats that you can ever imagine.
#7 The Way of Life
Laid back and slow – yes, that’s the Thai life. Don’t expect the locals to be bustling about especially in the rural areas. They have an “easy going” attitude that you might find annoying at first, but eventually get to enjoy.
You will see that the “Mai Pen Rai” approach follows the Buddhism path of letting things go and not holding a grudge against others. In the end, you will find it quite useful, once you are well adapted to the concept.
#8 The Cost of Living
The cost of living in Thailand is one of the lowest in the world. You will be able to afford the price of a 5-star hotel for the price of a 3-star hotel in Paris.
If you reside in the UK or the US, one month’s worth of minimum wage salary can give you a luxury stay in Thailand for two months or more! It’s no wonder expats find Thailand as the complete paradise. They just go back to their countries, work for a couple of months, come back and live on the beaches for months on end, and do it all over again.
You’ll indeed get your money’s worth in this beautiful country.
#9 The Culture and Tradition
One of the country’s best assets is the fact that they’ve maintained their culture and tradition over several centuries. You can still witness ancient art and craftsmanship along the busiest urbanized roads, and you can still see locals donning traditional Thai garb on a daily basis.
You can observe many aspects from Thailand’s famous festivals such as Loy Krathong – which is the floating of handmade flower creations portraying the importance of the river to the Thais. Another major festival, the Songkran Festival, shows how locals enjoy the scorching heat of summer with the celebration of throwing water.
#10 The Sawasdee
There is something about the Thai way of greeting. It is beautiful, gentle, and the most respectful way to express your warm welcome. Sawasdee is holding your palms together, placing your hands on your chest, making a smile, and slowly bowing down to another person.
It will instantly make you feel valued and welcome – which is the perfect greeting for your beautiful Thai vacation.
If you’ve been to Thailand, you know what we’re saying. If you haven’t been to Thailand, what are you waiting? Include it in your bucket list and enjoy Thainess experience unlike any other!