November 14, 2014

Five Reasons to visit Thailand

Thailand, along with Mauritius, is one of the most popular overseas destinations for South Africans. With good flights from South Africa and the Thai Baht offering good value for money compared to the Rand, it’s no surprise.

And there isn’t a better time to visit than now. With Thai Airways no longer flying from South Africa from 14 January 2015, flights and packages will increase in price. Nevertheless, Thailand looks set to remain a relatively affordable destination, especially in comparison to others. Here are just 5 reasons why it’s worth a visit…

The food
The combination of sweet, sour, hot and salty flavours makes Thai cuisine so distinctive and enjoying it in its native country, is a completely different culinary experience.

Go prepared, Thailand is a shopper’s heaven. With markets selling almost anything under the sun, at cheap prices, pack only half a suitcase and fill it while you're there. Shopping is a sightseeing experience in itself with night markets, floating markets and a chance to bargain with the locals and see a snippet of daily life.

Ang Thong National Marine Park
This is a natural, uninhabited treasure amongst all the tourist filled beaches. It’s a national park so protected from development. Boats of day trippers go in everyday to visit the beaches, kayak, snorkel, hike and explore the limestone cliffs, coves and hidden lakes. There are a few bungalows and camping facilities so you can really play at being a castaway and stay overnight when the tourist boats leave.

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
A far cry from the beaches, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are in a land of misty mountains, temples, hot springs, elephants and hilltop tribes. A must-do to experience a different side of Thailand.

Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is famous (or infamous depending on your viewpoint) for the Full Moon parties, when hordes of neon-clad tourists from all over the world enjoy crazy all-night partying on the beach. If this isn’t your scene, Koh Phangan has a much more subdued personality when the parties aren’t in full swing. Read about its other side here on The Travel Manuel blog.

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