From Chiang Mai in the north to Koh Lanta, Koh Phi-Phi, Koh Samui and all the other islands in the south - a journey to Thailand has it all: beautiful beaches, all the sun and heat one could dream of, amazing caves, unique diving opportunities on beautiful coral reefs, marvellous rain forests, exciting wildlife, temples, compelling cultural experiences, totally delicious food and friendly and welcoming locals. Yep, there is a good reason that Thailand is known as the "Country of Smile". On top of all this are the low costs of everything as you travel around Thailand.
Thai food has to stand out for special attention. It is in itself one of the great Thai experiences. The food is quite simply fantastic, and you are able to savour one delicious taste after another. If you think you've eaten good Thai food at home, think again. The variety on offer is amazing, the seasoning and spices are heavenly, and the prices are unbelievably cheap - especially from street vendors where you can pay as little as €1 for a dish such as fried rice (Khao Pad) or Pad Thai (fried noodles).
Different experiences in Thailand
Entertainment and atmosphere are at a peak during the intense Thai boxing fights that are arranged all over Thailand and something that one should experience. If you have a desire to try your talents out in a more peaceful way then a Thai cooking course is highly recommended. If you want to slow down the tempo a notch, find one of the many Thai massage "shops", lie back and get a relaxing Thai massage. Your body will love you for it! And yes, there's always the elephants rides, but we recommend that you skip this one, as the elephants most places are treated very poorly when trained.
Shopping in Thailand
One should definitely use the opportunity to buy some very affordable tailor-made clorthes (suits, shirts etc) whilst in Thailand. There are also great bargains to be found on the streets and alleys where the best deals are done. Thai silk, hand made goods and gold jewellery can often be bought for a favourable price if you're willing to negotiate. It is customary to haggle just don't overdo it - remember the person selling also has a living to make! Remember to check out the many exciting markets - you could hang out here for days!
Traveling around Thailand
It's really cheap to fly domestically within Thailand, especially if you book online. Busses are also very cheap, and even though most have toilets and air conditioning, for the sake of that little extra comfort it is worth choosing one of the so-called VIP busses as drinks and snacks are often included in the price.
A couple of travel tips for Thailand
Remember to always haggle over and agree on the price of a journey by tuk-tuk (the unavoidable 3 wheeled-taxis) before you set off and when taking a regular taxi make sure that the driver starts the meter.