Regular readers of my blog will know that I am still thinking a lot about my awesome Australian trip away last year. And, most of you won’t be surprised to hear I’m already dreaming of returning one day in the not-too-distant future. In an ideal world, I would have the money to take a year out and explore the place – and its surroundings.
When I was over there, one of the countries that intrigued me was Thailand. I’ll be honest – I had never given it too much thought beforehand. But when you are traveling Down Under, you hear a lot about Thailand and its neighbors in Southeast Asia. I would love to be able to use Australia as a base and take in the sights, and amazing atmosphere of what everyone says is an incredible country. Here’s what I heard about Thailand – and why it might well end up on my bucket list.
One thing I heard a lot while in Australia was that travelers found the Thai people to be incredibly friendly and welcoming to tourists. Not only are they friendly – it’s called The Land Of Smiles – but also incredibly genuine. Sure, I heard some scary stories, too, but on the whole, people have nothing but praise for the Thais.
When you go traveling, your budget means everything. And while spending a year in Oz is going to be as expensive as living at home, if you use it as a base to go to places like Thailand you can save a fortune – even after you buy plane tickets. Of course, there is a lot of luxury hotels and accommodation that entice many western travelers. But if you are prepared to do some research and get to know the locals, you get an awful lot for your money.
There’s a good reason why so many young people flock to Thailand every year. By all accounts, the evenings can get pretty wild. Whether you are looking for the best in Phuket nightlife or head to Koh Phangan for the world famous Full Moon parties, there is so much going on all through the year.
As I mentioned above, the Thai people are a friendly bunch, and I suspect much of that is down to the main religion over there: Buddhism. 95% of the native population are Buddhist, and it is ingrained into the culture. There are great temples everywhere, and although some of the customs can seem strange at first, you will soon get used to them – and many people I met had actually adopted some!
Thailand has everything you could ever want from a trip away. Bustling cities, gorgeous, palm-strewn beaches with crystal clear water and white sand, and huge expanses of jungle and forests. Whether you love to relax on the beach or are a more adventurous type, everyone says there is nowhere else like this beautiful Southeast Asian country.
Have you ever been to Thailand? If so, why not let me know about your experiences – I would love to hear them!