With its gorgeous beaches and cheap prices, South East Asia has a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or to keep busy with activities and sightseeing, you will find it there. Thailand has been one of our favourite destinations so far. Here are a few reasons why you should make it your next stop!
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If you can find a good deal on flights, it’s easy to budget a trip to Thailand. You can book a relaxing vacation on a luxurious beach side resort for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere. For those of you looking for a bit more adventure, you can find hostels and guesthouses for only dollars a day. We stayed at the lovely Britannia Guesthouse in Chiang Mai for a steal; check it out here!
Getting around is cheap
You can take the bus to travel to different areas of the country for only a few dollars (there are even overnight busses for certain routes which will save you a night of accommodations!). There are also very reasonably priced shuttle services to get around short to medium distances. If you’re going a shorter distances the tuk tuk cars and motorbikes are cheap and lots of fun! Try it at least once, but make sure you’re holding on tight!
Since we didn’t have a lot of time we actually splurged on flights to get around the different areas of Thailand that we wanted to visit. But with price ranging from 50 to 150 CAD per flight we found it very reasonable since it saved us a lot on time (priorities!!).
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Street food is huge in Thailand and it’s also amazing! Avoid the European or American looking restaurants and aim instead for the small food trucks, family owned restaurants or markets. We only spent between 5 to 15 CAD each on dinner every night, and ate delicious, healthy meals. Keep in mind however that beer and alcohol are on the expensive side, often costing as much or close to what you will pay for your dinner.
I’ve already made a point about the inexpensiveness of food, but it’s worth mentioning how delicious and flavourful authentic Thai food is. It’s a party for the taste buds, and we're not even exaggerating!
Beautiful historical sites
Whether you enjoy sightseeing or not, it’s hard not to be impressed by all the temples, shrines and ruins that you will find around Thailand. From gold plated to jewel encrusted, the details are intricate and incredible. Plenty of learning opportunity for the history buffs and curious minds alike! You can even have an informal chat with young monks at the Wat Suan Dok temple and help them practice their English, check it out here!
If you’re looking for a more adventurous trip, there is awesome hiking that can be done through the jungles. Enjoy the luscious greenery and the plentiful wildlife. You can even stay in cabins and fall asleep at night to the music of the jungle!
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Incredible sea life
Scuba and snorkelling around Thailand is absolutely incredible, from turtles to sharks, to colourful fish and corrals, you could easily spend days exploring! We deeply regretted not taking our scuba certification while we were there, but definitely enjoyed the snorkelling!
Beaches to die for
Last but not least, white sand, warm clear waters and hot temperatures, what else could you possibly need? From one coast to the other, the south of Thailand is brimmed with islands and beaches for days! Beach parties, deserted beach, monkey beach, you will find it all.
Overall, Thailand is a great budget friendly option for people of all ages due to its diversity in activities and experiences. It really has something for every type of traveler! Will you be making Thailand your next vacation? Happy travels!
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