Brits have chosen Thailand as their getaway destination for years, with tourists from the United Kingdom coming in at the 8th most frequent visitors to the island, but what drives their desire to experience this exotic haven for themselves? It may be well known as a typical stop off for any gap year student, but there is far more to this country than just partying – although they do know how to throw a great beach party.
Bangkok is known around the world as a party city, and while this can be true, Bangkok can be whatever you make it, and there are plenty of cultural hotspots wherever you look. Muay Thai kickboxing was born in this city, so why not take in some traditional sport (or visit the island of Phuket and be trained in the martial art yourself), or visit the temple of Wat Arun, otherwise known as the Temple of Dawn and take in the spectacular views (note: you’ll be even more blown away if you climb the stairs to the temple at the beginning or at the end of the day due to the lighting). This city has some of the most exquisitely decorated and maintained Buddhist temples in the world, but if you’d rather relax, eat and party, the beaches, cuisine and nightlife leave nothing to be desired.
If you’re wanting to experience Thailand away from the big city, just an overnight train away from Bangkok lies Chang Mai, where you’re able to wander into the jungle trekking, and make some big friends at elephant sanctuaries where you can feed, bathe and ride the creatures, up close and personal.
If you’re looking for a straight-up luxurious and languorous beach holiday, resorts such as Koh Li Pe will do just the trick to suit most budgets. Pattaya Beach is the most popular, where you are spoilt for choice of accommodation and paradise-worthy unspoiled beaches. While there may not be much opportunity here for exploring the underwater world of Thailand, Koh Tao plays host to some of the best places to dive in the world, and is even known as Turtle Beach as you’ll be swimming with sharks and turtles alike.
We couldn’t talk about Thailand without at least mentioning the world famous Full Moon beach parties, which take place monthly in Ko Pha Ngan and go on throughout the night with most of the main celebrations focussed on Sunrise Beach. These parties are renowned as some of the best in the world, and it’s not to miss when you’re in this country.
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Have you been to Thailand? Where else took your breath away in this beautiful country?