Thailand is a top tourist destination, especially for South Africans breaking away from the winter cold. Imagine a land where white sandy beaches meet turquoise oceans. A place where you can snorkel, relax in a hammock under palm trees and live for each sunrise. This place is Thailand.
Here are some of the things we love about Thailand:
1. The Islands
There are plenty of islands you can visit during your stay in Thailand. Go on a day trip to Maya Bay, stay for a few nights on Phi Phi, party under the full moon on Koh Phangan or book a 2 week vacation on Koh Chang! The islands are absolutely beautiful! Every island is unique and offer a variety of things you can do. Make sure you do some research on each island before you go as some are only open for day visitors.
(If you want to see some of our photos from Koh Chang, click on here)
2. The people
The Thais are some of the friendliest people we have ever met! They are open and kind and willing to share anything with you! From information, on the best local spots, to sharing their food! Just be open to chat to anyone of them and they will sure warm your heart with their stories! Thailand always feels like my “second home” and the friends we made over there are our extended family.
3. Street Food
Oh my! Just thinking about the street food in Thailand makes me hungry! Street food vendors are all over! You can buy anything from Nutella pancakes (a MUST!), fruit shakes, meat, vegetables or a few salty crickets! (Yes! I have tried them!) Make sure you try and find the stalls that are busy, those are the ones with the best food! At the night market, in Phuket Town, you will also find some other interesting food on offer such as scorpions and tarantulas. Street food is fresh and very affordable so do try some!
4. The beautiful scenery
Thailand will make you fall in love with the world. From the Northern mountains in Chiang Mai, to the Southern islands, Thailand will leave you speechless! The islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters and rock formations look like scenes out of Avatar! You can explore caves, rivers, waterfalls and so much more! No wonder some movies such as “The Beach“ and “Man with the golden gun” got filmed here.
5. The Culture and religion
The culture in Thailand will definitely teach you a few things about life. You will learn that nothing belongs to you, but is rather there to be shared with others. I have never seen an angry taxi driver in Thailand! The people always show respect to one other, something we can all learn from them. When you visit the temples, make sure you cover your legs and shoulders. Woman can wear long dresses and have a sarong cover up their shoulders, but it is best to wear a light t-shirt.
There are so many things that you will enjoy when you visit Thailand. It is a country with a rich culture, beautiful people and amazing scenery! You will visit markets, attend a festival, relax, drink and eat your heart out not only on food, but also the beauty of this magical world! Below are a few more pictures to inspire your visit! So what are you waiting for?