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There are so many reasons why you should visit the very popular Thailand. The weather, cultural sights, beautiful nature, very friendly population are just a few examples.
You can easily travel there by yourself because the country is used to tourists all year round.
You can plan your itinerary in advance, but you can also explore Thailand without a concrete plan.
It is advisable to decide in advance which places you do not want to miss. In this article we will sum up the key aspects of Thailand and why you should visit this beautiful country.
Top places to visit
Many travellers start their journey in the capital of Thailand: Bangkok. Stay here for at least a few days to admire all the beautiful places in this city.
Around Bangkok, you have several floating markets. Damnoen Saduak is one of the best known. Thai sellers put their stuff out on their boat and on the quay and are very happy to sell their stuff to you.
They cook on the boats as well, so if you are hungry you can have a fresh meal on the floating market.
Perhaps one of the most famous areas of Thailand is the area around the River Kwai, west of Bangkok. This place has a lot of history, the shocking stories behind for example River Kwai is very impressive.
With a longtail boat you can cruise over the jungle river and stay on a floating jungle raft.
Also visit the authentic train market, where stalls around and on a railway line are displayed and collapse as soon as the train passes.
In the north of Thailand lies Chiang Mai. It is not the city itself that makes it one of the most beautiful places in Thailand, but among other things the atmosphere and the many activities that can be done in the area.
After Bangkok it is the largest city in the country, but Chiang Mai looks very friendly.
Thailand has many paradisiacal islands in the south of the country. There are Phuket, Ko Lipe and the Phi Phi islands west of the mainland in the Phuket Sea and the Andaman Sea.
East of the mainland in the Gulf of Thailand you will find Ko Samet, Ko Chang, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Samui, and Ko Tao. These beautiful islands are definitely worth a visit!
Moreover, Thailand also has several national parks, but Khao Sok is at the top of our list of favorites.
It is one of the oldest rainforests in the world and has special flora and fauna, clear blue waters, impressive cliffs, and mysterious caves. It is located in the south of Thailand, north of Phuket and Krabi.
The Thai are tolerant and hospitable. Thailand is also known as the ‘Land of Smiles’.
The Thai are neat and tidy people, something that can also be seen in the streets because there are few traces of destruction.
Thai are very friendly to each other, but also to tourists and the Thai have a deep respect for the elderly.
Are you a real culture madman? If you like to walk around all kinds of old buildings, such as half-destroyed temples and Buddha statues, then places you should really visit are Ayuthaya, Lopburi, and Sukhothai. And of course Bangkok!
Religion and the royal house
About 95% of the Thai population practices Theravada Buddhism. You could see Buddhism as a religion, but also a way of life.
Thai people are superstitious and very respectful of the religious beliefs of others and are very open towards discussing their Buddhist values with visitors.
Throughout the year there are many Buddhist holidays and many Thai people go to the temples during that time.
It’s beautiful to see all the temples and learn more about this peaceful religion. The Thai also believe in karma. When doing good deeds, good things will happen.
Besides Buddha there are also many pictures of the Thai king on the street. The Thai King Bhumibol has ruled since 1950.
The color of the royal family is yellow because every day of the week has a color and the day the king was born is yellow.
With an average temperature of about 27°C, Thailand is a great place to be all year round.
The weather in Thailand can be divided into 3 seasons; the rainy season (June-October), the cool season (November-February) and the hot season (March-May).
It just depends on what you are looking for.
For many, the cool season is the best time to go to Thailand because it doesn’t rain and the temperature is still doable.
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There is still so much unsaid about this beautiful country. Try to prepare yourself well by making a list of all the places you want to visit, take good travel insurance and read a bit about the do’s and don’ts of Thailand.
This way you won’t be confronted with unexpected things. Above all, have fun!
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