I want to write a piece on what I love about Thailand. There are too many things to count that make Thailand a special place to want to visit. But their are a great number of reasons why many of us keep coming back.
Why I keep going back to Thailand?
There are lots of reasons why I keep coming back to Thailand each time I am on vacation. With the warm climate and the unique welcoming atmosphere, every time I return feels special. Let me tell you about all the reason I keep coming back.
#1 Thai people make you feel welcome
Every time I have visited Thailand I have always met new people. On each occasion they have all made me feel welcome, whether it be into their business or even their home. They have always made an amazing effort to be grateful given the fact that many of them have so little. In return I have always been prepared to reciprocate with a small gift in return. That could be as simple as a tip for the staff or a gift for the home. Thai people will always make you feel welcome.
#2 Its the land of smiles
This may sound like a bit of a cliché, but once you have been Thailand you will understand for your self. Thai people have a spiritual belief in karma and through remaining positive good things will happen in return. The simplest way to project this positivity is to smile. It makes others around feel at ease and creates a warm positive environment.
#3 The Warm climate
This is an obvious reason to want to come back. With warm temperatures ranging from 25°C at the lowest up to the high 30's °C. This is enough for even the most eager a sun seekers to enjoy. So if you love to relax on the beach this is perfect for you. Be sure to pack the sunscreen as even on cloudy days it is still very hot.
#4 The stunning Scenery
Where do i begin? The islands of Thailand offer some of the most unique scenery in the world with their white powdery sand beaches and tropical mountainous regions. But it is not just the beaches that are stunning. In the north of the country there is some spectacular sights up in the mountains near Chiang Mai. The scenery is not the only thing that looks spectacular, as there are thousands of religious temples waiting for you to explore. From the Grand palace in Bangkok to the far reaches of the Isaan provinces, there are lots of unique places to explore.
#5 The rich culture
Thailand has a wide and diverse cultural heritage. This has been brought about by their tolerances of others and their spiritual beliefs. Buddhism has played a massive role in this behaviour. As around 95% of the population is Buddhist it becomes easy to see why this tolerance has been created. This is the main reason why the Thai people have built so many temples around the country. Each temple will have a different style and layout, meaning you will never see the same temple twice, making each visit unique. By accepting in other cultures, Thailand has made itself on of the most culturally rich places in the world.
#6 The cost of living
With low costs by western standards, Thailand can be a shoppers paradise. If you ever visit Thailand, leave plenty of room in the suitcase for the return trip. You will need that extra space to store all the bargains that you purchase whilst on you visit. It is not just shopping that has a low cost though. Generally eating out will cost significantly less than it would in the west. So don't be afraid to order another dish if you don't like the first thing you tried.
Other things that are significantly cheaper are things such as public transport and fuel. Often you will be able to get from one end of the country to the other for around about £20. Given the fact that there are thousands of miles from one end to the other, this is a real saving which travellers can benefit from.
#7 The relaxed atmosphere
The atmosphere in Thailand is extremely relaxed. This could be down to the heat causing everyone to save their energy for the important things in life. Or it could be influenced by the tolerances that have been instilled by the Buddhist religious beliefs. The one thing to say for sure is that you will find you spend more time doing the things you want to, and less time worrying about it.
#8 The great food
When most people think of Thai food, they think its going to be spicy. But Thai food is not just about being as hot and spicy as possible. With Thailand have one of the biggest coastlines in the world, one of the biggest influences on Thai food is seafood. Fish dishes play a large part in most Thai's daily diet due to the low cost and ample amounts available. There are other food groups that Thai's will often eat, with the main one being rice. In Thailand Rice is eaten with almost every meal of the day. It has a very low cost and is produced in abundance the in the Isaan region.
The biggest trick to eating is little and often. Like many westerners who eat 3 square meals a day, I struggled with this at first. But by dropping my portion sizes down I was soon able to eat like my Thai partner does. I did this by sharing meals with her.
#9 Living in the moment
Thai people will often live in the moment. They know how to enjoy themselves and do not worry to much about the future. This is why many of them do not have too much in the way of personal wealth, as they share their prosperity with their friends and family as soon as they come into any money. This is the hardest thing to get your head around when you first visit, but you can soon begin to understand.
Now this list is not complete by any means, but these are the reasons I keep wanting to return to Thailand.