Why Thailand Is ‘The’ Destination of 2019
If you ask me to suggest the best overseas tourist experiences for a typical middle class family, Thailand would definitely find itself in the top few entries as far as value for money is concerned. Its proximity to Indian shores is one of the main reasons why it is more affordable than her neibhours on the East. Moreover, the country is well geared up for the tourism industry. That’s why I feel Thailand is ‘the’ destination for the year 2019.
Bangkok is the most visited city in the world for a number of reasons. So, go ahead and see the top 10 reasons why I rate Thailand as cheap and best amongst the Top Tourism destinations in South East Asia in 2019. Even Singapore and Malysia lag a tad behind when it comes to popularity as budget destinations.
1. All in One Package
Thailand offers something for every kind of traveller. Be it Beaches, National parks, Island hopping, snorkeling, scuba diving, adventure sports, nightlife, shopping, Heritage, Hills, Theme Parks or Zoos, Thailand has it all.
So, your family members are sure to find lots of things to do, as per their choice. Hence, your Thailand Vacation is something which visitors of every age group and taste will enjoy. There are some amazing sights and activities out there.
2. Cheaper Currency
One Thai baht equals to approximately two+ Indian Rupees. Probably, this is one of the best conversion rates in the travel point of view given the value for your money. Just to compare US dollar is about Rs 75. Hence you can have a foreign holiday in a fraction of the US/UK costs.
3. Affordable Accommodation
Accommodation is very cheap in Thailand. For family stay, if you use AirBnB like services you can hire a fully furnished condominium/ flat cheaper than hotel. For instance, for a family of 4, I got a condo for about INR 1800 which is even lower than Indian hotels.
# Quick Tip – Register with AirBnB with this link and get Rs 2200 discount on your first stay.
4. Cheap Street Food
Bangkok is regarded as the Street Food capital of the world. A reasonable meal can be had upwards of INR 100 (THB 50). Now, that is a huge money saver.
5. Cheap Flights
Flight tickets from India to Thailand are one of the cheapest. A number of Indian low cost carriers are operating flights from all major airports in India. So, you can fly to Bangkok at the cost of flying a full service airline from Delhi to Chennai on a typical season.
Even the local flights connecting Bangkok to Phuket, Krabi, Chaing Mai etc are dirt cheap. Check the cost of local flights here
6. Visa On Arrival (VOA)
Visa on arrival is available for Indian tourists at a reasonable cost. For travel till 31 October 2019, the VOA fees has been waived to promote tourism. Otherwise it costs around Rs 4400 (THB 2000). Read this post to know more about Thailand Visa On Arrival.
Visa on arrival is FREE for travel till 30 April 2020 due to an ongoing promotion. Grab this opportunity and book a ticket to Thailand.
7. Superb Transportation
Bangkok has a very good transportation network. Underground Metro, Sky Train, River and Canal boats, buses, Taxis, TukTuks( Auto Rickshaw), Songteaw (Shared Mini Bus) and Motor Cycle Taxis are all available to make your movement smooth. You can book Train, Bus, Van and Ferry tickets all in one mobile app.
8. Shopping Paradise
A large number of Malls, Weekend markets, Night markets and China Town dot Bangkok. Asia’s largest Chatu Chak Weekend Market is also in Bangkok. Handicrafts, Clothing, Cheap Electronics, Designer Tea etc are the most common items you can shop for.
9. Friendly People and Colourful Culture
Thailand is called ‘The Land of Smiles’. Thais are always smiling and welcome guests with a lot of warmth and friendliness. The Buddhist- Hindu culture and references to ancient Indian epics like Ramayana are quite interesting.
A number of shows like the Siam Niramit, Alcazar, Tiffany’s etc are world famous for their uniqueness and colourful display of art and culture.
10. Well Developed Tourism Industry
Above all, Thailand is a country which is very well organized for tourism. Seamless integration of transportation, hospitality, food and entertainment industries makes a traveller feel at home.
I can assure you that you will get full value for the money paid for any service in Thailand. All of the above make Thailand ‘the’ destination for 2019.
Tip: You can opt for free pick up and drop service for local tours which will save time and is hassle free.
So, follow my subsequent articles to plan a cheap and awesome family trip to Thailand and save your hard earned money too
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