Thailand is by far one of the most popular world holiday destinations, particularly among the Irish for that matter.
But I can see what all the fuss is about, as a holiday destination it is at the top of the pecking order.
It has the;
(1) Guaranteed good weather at selected times of the year.
(2) It has the postcard like beach sand and waters to visually excite and to physically enjoy
(3) It has some of the most delicious cuisine in the world
(4) The people are generally friendly and non confrontational
(5) Relatively cheap compared
(6) and finally it has an open party culture.
If a few of your mates want to blow off some steam for a couple of weeks this place is the perfect destination to throw away your money for some creature comforts and top-end entertainment. The party life is evident in any of the main tourist spots and an open culture is clear to see, hookers, lady-boys, diversely aged couples, ping-pong shows, extreme booze to drugs all this goes on without the blink of an eye, everyone knows it goes on and every one accepts it.
Besides this there is for sure a culture to Thailand that is beautiful and captivating, there are plenty of sightseeing and trekking to be done from turquoise island waters to endless jungle landscapes. The Buddhist religion is prevalent and your never too far from an overly sized golden Buddha statue or the striking glittering Asian temples that litter every main city or town. The food is fantastic here too and tasty, especially the street food which can be some of the best bang for your buck. Red Curries, Pad Thai noodles, spring rolls, throw a bit of seafood spice and rice in der and your laughin' mate!
Are they pitfalls to Thailand? Well besides the few vaccinations you have to get before hand, the sometimes uncomfortable humid weather and the odd hassle of persistent hagglers, this place is truly worth the price of the flight over there without question. Thailand has become very established over the years and many of the main spots have been chocker-blocked with foreigners, there is only so many KFC's and McDonalds you can dig through before you reveal the charismatic country beneath. I would advise to stay in the main spots for a day or two before diverging away to the real cultural "nuggets" of Thailand.
HIGHLIGHT - Scooter ride in Pai and the chill-out time in Koh Tao
Itinerary - Bangkok > Pak Chong >Bangkok > Ayuthaya > Bangkok > Chiang Mai > Pai > Chang Mai > Phuket > Koh Samui > Koh Phangan > Koh Tao > Phuket.........depart for Vietnam >>>>>
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