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Why you Should Travel to Thailand

Updated on July 16, 2011

A view from a hotel

It's not all about the activities

Although Thailand has a wide range of enjoyable activities for children, teens and adults, there is more behind traveling to this splendid holiday destination. Phuket, Thailand, is more the touristy destination, with Night Markets, beaches and beautiful hotels. If you really want a taste of Thai Culture, then Chiang Mai is the place to visit.

Once you visit Thailand, you will not only leave with hundreds of photos to put on Facebook, not only leave with memories of fun, enjoyable times but also find a new sense belonging and understanding of the Thai culture and your own.

In Chiang Mai, the people are extremely friendly, almost to the point of it seeming fake, yet far from it. They will bow, with their hands together and say "Sawadee Kah", which is a formal way of saying hello. Wherever you go, people will be smiling and saying "Sawadee Kah", and they love it when you join in.

There are no boundaries about what you wear in most places, how you act, who you should be. It's so very open, and everyone is very accepting of whoever you choose to be. It may seem far-fetched but when you travel there, after the 2nd day you will understand how free and open this place really is.

Warning: do not use this informative piece of writing about Thailand alone. You must research more from other Google sites if you wish to understand the requirements involved to travel there.

A Tuk Tuk

So busy.. yet so calming

If you've ever traveled to Thailand, you would definitely understand how busy the roads are. There doesn't seem to be many road rules, and there doesn't seem to be many speed limits. Also, there are thousands more motorcycles there and the special tourist transport devices called Tuk Tuks. Tuk Tuks are relatively cheap mini Taxi's and you won't turn one corner without a friendly Thai person coaxing you to use their Tuk Tuk.

Along with the busy roads, the heat is quite humid. I'd suggest only bringing shorts, t-shirts and anything you'd love to throw away as you will come back with many souvenirs and clothes from there. It's better to throw away your old clothes, so you can carry more in your suitcase back.

Alright, so how can Thailand also be relaxing and calming when the roads are so busy and the temperature is so humid? Well, the people give off a calm aura that makes you want to stay forever. It's like a charm from a good witch; you'll never want to leave. Their friendly, accepting nature doesn't make you afraid of the foreigners and they don't mind if you don't speak their language. I only learned 'hello' and 'thank you' in Thai and I could still have an amazing experience. Most of the Thai speak some English, even if their grammar isn't so perfect.

A tiger in its pen

The stick is only used as a safety mechanism, to move its head away from your body. It is never used to inflict pain. The Thai people love their animals.
The stick is only used as a safety mechanism, to move its head away from your body. It is never used to inflict pain. The Thai people love their animals.

Riding Elephants

Okay, so the activies are important

There are thousands of interesting activities one can do in Thailand. Here is a list of my experience of 2 weeks in Thailand. We needed much more time to complete them all.

1. Fantasea (a most splendid theater experience)

2. Night markets (you walk around the markets, buying cheap but well-made products)

3. Experience with the tigers (actually go into a large caged area with well-cared for tigers)

4. Riding the elephants

5. Watching the elephant shows

6. Watching monkey shows

7. An experience close up, with snakes

8. Go bamboo rafting (you go with a Thai person with a maximum of three people, rafting down Thai rivers)

9. Jungle Trekking

10. See the famous temples

11. Magnificent swimming pool outside hotel for swimming

12. Boat cruise to Phi Phi Island where you could snorkel and be dropped off at monkey island to see the wild monkeys.

And there were many other things we didn't have time for!


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      Meagan 3 years ago from Australia

      I hope you end up visiting Thailand soon!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      It is one of my dream projects- visit Thailand sooner or later. Thank you for sharing. You have written well. It is informative and interesting. Photos are superb.

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      Meagan 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the reply Jacqui. Yes, As I said in my hub, you do come back with many photos. It took me a while to choose some. ^^

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Very interesting hub and very informative. I loved the photographs. Voted up and useful.