hailand is a popular destination amongst South Africans. Here are just some of the reasons why we at Thompsons love The Land of Smiles so much!Shopping
When it comes to kitting out your cupboard with an entirely new wardrobe, there’s no better place to do all that than Thailand. The beauty of it all is that this isn’t confined to the major malls but includes the street markets and smaller shops that line the streets. High-end brands like Louis Vuitton to the cheap and cheerful that you would find in the alleyway markets, there’s something for everyone!Temples for days
Thailand is renowned for being the most Buddhist nation on earth, this fact is evident when you see monks walking the streets and of course, the many famous temples that are scattered around the country. Each temple is unique in its own way but there are a few that stand out more than others!
- Wat Pho is adjacent to the Grand Palace in the capital where you can view the Reclining Buddha
- Wat Suthat is in the centre of Bangkok and is clearly identifiable by its red Giant Swing which stands towering above the entrance to the temple.
- Wat Arun is more commonly known as the Temple of Dawn. This is known for being one of the most beautiful temples in all of Thailand with its giant spire, coloured glass and intricate porcelain patterns.
- The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya has no particular religious significance but will always feature due to its outstanding architectural design.
- The White Temple in Chiang Rai also doesn’t hold much religious significance, however as it is so unique and interesting, it is certainly worth a visit!
As much as there’s so much to see and do in the many famous cities of Thailand, no trip would be complete without a journey to some of the most incredible islands in the world! This is the stuff of castaway dreams with the white sand, azure waters and palm trees swaying in the breeze. It’s difficult to choose only one, so which one would be best suited to you?
- Koh Phi Phi is synonymous with romance, honeymoons and romantic retreats
- Koh Lanta just off the coast of Krabi and is perfectly suited to those of you who may be snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.
- Koh Samui is one of the most popular islands in Thailand and is suited to all travellers on any budget. When you picture tropical paradise, Koh Samui is the island that you’re probably thinking of.
- Koh Phangan is the island for the party goers and the night owls. If you’re seeking an iconic Full Moon Party, there’s no place like Koh Pangan!
- Phuket is the largest and most bustling island in Thailand. Despite all this, it still retains the title for some of the most glorious beaches and a handful for you to pick from.
Whether you’ve been to Thailand or not, you’ve more than likely sampled some of their iconic dishes! Variety is the spice of life when it comes to Thai food as well as an incredible balance of flavour and detail that will practically have you salivating in anticipation! You will be able to savour every bite from the ultimate Michelin Star restaurants to the incredible street food sanctuaries that you’ll discover whilst exploring. Here are some of the top tips for the best dishes to sample whilst you’re in Thailand: Phad Thai; Tom Yum Soup; Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry); Ba-Mee Prik-Phao.Lush forestry
As much as most of us have Thailand on the travel bucket list for the beaches, we tend to overlook the incredible national parks that are home to some of the most spectacular and unique forests in the world. This is a welcomed contrast from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan cities and gives you some insight into the unspoilt natural landscapes. Here are a few that you could possibly add to your “To-Do List”: Kui Buri National Park; Kaeng Krachan National Park; Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park; Erawan National Park; Khao Sok National Park.
This really is a destination like no other and the only way that you can truly comprehend how amazing it is would be to visit and experience it for yourself! The fact that it’s so affordable for South Africans is even more of a draw-card, so what’s stopping you?