Why Thailand Is ‘The’ Destination of 2021
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 neighbors 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 2021.
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 2022 Even Singapore and Malaysia 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, the 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.
4. Cheap & Quality 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. Otherwise it costs around Rs 4400 (THB 2000). Read this post to know more about Thailand Thailand Visa On Arrival
Visa on arrival is SUSPENDED due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. If you must travel to Thailand, you have to apply for a regular Visa.
Thailand has opened up for fully vaccinated international tourists arriving by Air from 63 low risk countries from November 01, 2021 with minimal quarantine requirements. The tourists are not required to undergo PCR test on arrival and have only to wait in their hotel room till the test results are declared ‘negative’.
The countries are :-
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- The Maldives
- The Philippines
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
Fully vaccinated tourists not from the above countries are still welcome however they will have to enter via the ‘Sandbox’ programme that is being run in 17 provinces where one is to undergo a mandatory 7 days hotel quarantine in the first destination and undergo a PCR test at the end of the 7 days and will be allowed to travel only after the results are ‘negative’.
Tourists from above countries having ‘Visa Free Travel’ agreement can still continue to travel to Thailand Visa Free however others have to obtain a Regular Tourist Visa before arrival in 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. Thailand – The Shopping Destination
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 colorful 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 2021.
Check our special discounted prices of entry tickets and activities here
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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