07Aug2013

10 Reasons to Visit Thailand – from Trailfinders

Thai beach with blue seas, sand and palm trees via John Lembo.

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Trailfinders specialise in bespoke packages that allow you to discover your own private Thailand. Whether that’s an off-the-beaten track adventure in the Golden Triangle or discovering iconic Bangkok, Trailfinders recommend ten reasons to visit Thailand.

BEACHES

Beach Khao Lak by Raymond Bosna.
The Beach was filmed in Thailand – and small wonder. The tropical climate means year-round warmth – the sea stays around 28C year-round, or roughly 10 degrees higher than you can expect from even the warmest British waters on the luckiest of days. Coral sand comes in hues from white to gold.

DIVING

Coral in the Similan islands, by Sunphol Sorakul.
Scuba diving is the closest most of us will get to being in space, and Thailand’s crystal clear waters are a great place to start. Coral, clownfish, giant clams, parrot fish and butterfly fish are pretty much guaranteed wherever you dive. Feeling lucky? Hope for turtles, dolphins or whale sharks…

FOOD

Chillis with lemongrass in a market place -- image by Stephen Lilley.
Even in the toned-down version found on your local high street, Thai food is delicious. A true Thai green curry, based on a paste of freshly pounded herbs and spices or an authentic tom yam soup, will blow most people’s minds. Opt for a cooking course to bring the goodness home.

CULTURE

Candles and buddhas at a temple outside Chiang Mai.
From the medieval temples of Chiang Mai to the contemporary art museums and royal palaces of Bangok, from meditating with monks to visiting hill tribes in northern Thailand, Thailand offers a million opportunities to get outside your comfort zone and discover a new culture.

JUNGLE

Close up shot of monkey in Thailand by Eva Swensen.
The steamy heat of tropical rainforest powers an incredible diversity of life, from the macro to the micro. Thailand’s national parks are still home to wild tigers and even leopards, though sightings are rare: expect butterflies, tropical flowers and tonnes of monkeys (hopefully not temple monkeys).

ADVENTURE

Sea kayak pulled up on an island off Krabi, by K Dimuraj.
From white-water rafting in mountain rivers through to kayaking the Andaman Sea, from trekking to remote waterfalls to riding elephants, from zipwiring through to rock climbing, kitesurfing or paragliding, Thailand is an excellent adventure destination — even for kids!

HISTORY

HDR shot of the bridge over the River Kwai by Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe.
Make like Indiana Jones in the abandoned ancient capital, Ayutthaya, with its towering Buddhist monuments and ruined palaces. Or discover the savage history of World War II by visiting the Bridge over the River Kwai, which British, American, Australian and Thai prisoners of war died to build.

PEOPLE

Thai photographer with young girl from the Karen "long neck" hill tribe, Thailand.
It’s a cliché, but it’s true. Thai people are incredibly friendly, and make foreigners welcome to their homeland. Particularly when you’re off the beaten track, whether in the countryside, remote hill tribe villages or a traditional food market, the Thais’ natural warmth shines through.

COLOUR

Purple flowers floating in a carved stone bowl, Thailand.
From the pink taxis, lurid Skytrain and glittering neon of Bangkok, through to the rich gold, orange, scarlet and russet robes of Buddhist monks, the elaborate dresses of women preparing for a festival, the blue of the sea, the lotus flowers floating in a bowl or the serene light of the lanterns at the Yi Peng festival, one of the first things that strikes first-time visitors to Thailand is the colour.

NIGHTLIFE

View over Moon Bar and Vertigo at Banyan Tree, Bangkok.
Sunset cocktails on a Bangkok rooftop, like Vertigo at the Banyan Tree, prove that Bangkok really is a world city, and sleaze and bar girls are strictly optional. Indulgent drinks at luxe spots like 9Gem on Ko Samui, or a simple beer at a quiet beach bar, will show there’s a lot more to island life than drunk teens at a Full Moon party.

Some reasons to book Thailand holidays with Trailfinders? Trailfinders have more than 42 years experience, offer 24/7 telephone support with no premium rate numbers, came top of Which’s 2013 travel provider survey and beat out 626 other UK companies to become Wanderlust Magazine’s Best Tour Operator in 2010.


Picture credits: John Lembo, Raymond Bosna, Sunphol Sorakul, K Dinuraj, Eva Swensen, Jenny Downing, Laurence Norah and Kudumomo.

23 Comments

  1. Gorgeous photos. We are going to try and get there in the next year.

    • Theodora says:

      I really do recommend it, Heidi. It’s probably the most accessible entry point to all of Asia that there is.

  2. Theodora, thanks for this beautiful post about Thailand.

  3. flyeast says:

    It’s perfect 10. But I can think on another 100. But the truth is, it’s always nice to see a little bit more of thailand colors. BTW the pics are amazing!

    • Theodora says:

      Thank you! Do stop by and visit the photo creators if you have time – I’ve linked them at the base of the post…

  4. Wow! These amazing photos show incredible beauty, history and people. Thailand was already on our bucket list but it’s moved way up…Thanks for sharing this great post. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go

  5. Larissa says:

    I do SO love the Thai people-so serene, gentle and incredibly hospitable! Great reminders :)

  6. I so can’t wait to go to Thailand. First for me, FOOD.

  7. Cheap prices are my favorite reason!

  8. For me it was the perfect mix of authentic culture and buzzing nightlife that kept me so happy in Thailand.

    In Bangkok alone there is so much to do. Who can beat a day wondering around the Grand Palace followed by cocktails in the Skybar at night and then up early in the morning to visit one of the floating markets.

    I spent almost 6 weeks there this year and I could easily spend another month or two really getting off the beaten track and seeing some of the smaller towns and villages.

    • Theodora says:

      I think a great advantage of Thailand, as well, is that the roads are good by the standards of that neck of the woods. So if you want to take a scooter and explore, you can…

  9. Wow, these photos are insanely gorgeous. It’s a different way of showing this side of Thailand.

  10. Dale says:

    I think that you’ve summed up the greatness of Thailand pretty well with some superb looking pictures in here Theodora.

  11. Theodora, great digest with astonishing pictures! Here in The Netherlands is now getting so dark and cold these days, so it is hard to believe that such places do exist and flourish at the same time.

    • Theodora says:

      We’re in Dahab at the moment – low 30s during the day, 20ish at night — and I could never, ever go back to the north Atlantic winter.

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  13. I just stumbled upon your blog and was so happy to find this list. Last July I visited Thailand for the first time and I saw and did all the things the list mentions and more. Thailand has much more to boast than its beach resorts and the sex tourism which draw so many people there. I’m glad this list includes the important things about the country. :)

    • Theodora says:

      Thailand is lovely! It’s in a difficult political situation at the moment, but hopefully the junta will actually surrender power at some point. And, I’m glad you enjoyed the list ;-)

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