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The Land of Smiles and Cheap Travel
Thailand is known as the land of smiles, which
is amazing considering the traffic jams in Bangkok.
For budget travelers, Thailand simply can’t
beat on price alone.
Thailand is an odd mix of contrasts. It can
be extremely stressful while trying to get around
in Bangkok and gloriously relaxing while laying
on practically any of the beaches that populate
the coast of the country. Regardless of the situation,
the Thais have a habit and custom or smiling
regardless of what you ask or how you ask it.
The beaches of Thailand need no introduction.
Used as the setting for hundreds of movies, they
come in a variety of styles. The beaches of Phuket
and Phi Phi fall along the lines of traditional
beach resort areas like you might find in a place
such as Cancun, Mexico or Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
On the other end of the scale, you can find more
rustic beach areas in places like the island
of Ko Chang where you’ll have a few beach
bungalows, a couple of bars and one or two stores.
If you’re looking for a little of both
styles, just ask around.
Infatuated with the beach life, many people
fail to head up country when in Thailand. This
is a mistake as the north is the host to such
locations as the city of Chang Mai, the Summer
Palace of the King of Thailand and interesting
little villages. For the outdoor enthusiasts,
rafting, hiking and mountain biking are very
popular and widely available.
If you’re on a budget, Thailand is a perfect
travel destination. For some reason, flights
to Thailand are particularly cheap with my recent
flight on Korean Airlines running roughly $650
round trip. Once in country, your money will
go a long, long way.
I think a note of caution is need at this point.
Please beware. If you decide to take a trip to
Thailand, you won’t want to come back to
your native country. You will, however, definitely
come back to Thailand!
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