Not only is Thailand one of our most fulfilling programs, but it is also one of the most beautiful countries! If you are looking for friendly people, delicious food everywhere you go, hot tropical beaches, and rich history and culture, Thailand is definitely for you! Here is SWAP’s Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Thailand!
1. Temperatures above 10°
See you later, -25° weather! Unsurprisingly, Thailand rarely has temperatures at 0° due to its proximity to the equator and its many, many beaches! There are so many beautiful places to explore and activities to do by the ocean. Many Thai people love swimming and diving — or just relaxing on the beach. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the warm temperatures before your trip home!
2. Delicious Food
Authentic Thai food from Thailand? Yes please! Enjoy your share of curries, dumplings, and endless assortment of delicious appetizers/mains that will make your mouth drool. With influences from India, China, and Portugual, Thai Cusine is known for its array of spices and its multiple dishes! It is very popular to have multiple dishes served around a large table for sharing, whether it’s Poh Pia Tod (Thai Spring Rolls), Gaeng Panang (Panang Curry), or Pad Thai (Thai Fried Noodles)!
3. Friendly Locals
Did you know that Thailand is called the “Land of a Thousand Smiles”? In Thailand, you will quickly embrace the “don’t sweat it” lifestyle embodied by the Thai people and learn the different shades of meaning that is conveyed with a single smile. Further, Thais are known to be extremely kind and generous, always willing to give a helping hand. Learning new games, going out at night, or even walking around the corner walk will always be more fun with the friends you meet in this beautiful country.
Thailand is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the world! Thailand has everything from elephants to tigers to Malaysian sun bears to monkeys! Even if you head in the ocean, you can find manta rays, seahorses, and whale sharks! Of course, be sure to follow all safety precautions when you see the wildlife but enjoy yourself and bring a camera!
5. History and Culture
History and culture are abundant in Thailand. The country has 12 major festivals each year, such as The Water Festival, The Lantern Festival, and The Food Festival! The most prominent religion in Thailand is Buddhism and there are many majestic temples throughout the country that are open to tourists. Further, since Thailand became a nation in the 13th century, there are many places to learn about the country’s rich history, such as the Historic City of Ayutthaya or The Grand Palace in Bangkok!