Thailand is Asia's primary tourist destination, hosting 16 million tourists a year. Though heavily tourist populated, Thailand's beautiful culture remains untouched by Western influence. Though high rises and neon lights grace the skyline, you need not travel far to encounter the bread and butter of Thailand's day to day, which mainly consists of living off the land. Around 40% of Thais earn their living off of rice farming, which is the backbone of the exquisite Thai cuisine. When To Go To ThailandHigh season is from October to April. Prices are higher and it is more crowded, but the weather is better. Low season is from May to September and although it is monsoon season, there are heavy rains a couple hours of the day and then it usually clears up. It's easiest to get around and also cheapest to visit then. Getting To And Around ThailandMost flights will come in through Bangkok International Airport (BKK). If you spend wisely, you can take a month trip to Thailand and the biggest expense will be your airfare there. Once you are there, you can fly within Thailand and to neighboring countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos for $50 or less. Air Asia is recommended for flying around Asia.What To PackThailand is a tropical country, so pack lightly. Mainly a good selection of swimsuits.
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What To Eat
One of the biggest appeals of visiting Thailand is the food. if you're a picky eater, stick to a Pad Thai, but also look for Chinese, Korean, Indian and Arab food. And make SURE you try the food stands!
What To Do // Where To Go
1. Angkor Wat: If you want to travel outside of Thailand, this place in Cambodia is close and full of breath taking ancient history.
2. Koh Lanta: This is near Krabi. There are a lot of islands by the Andaman Sea, and you can stay at a beachside bungalow for as low as $12 a night.
3. Phuket: This place is more of a tourist destination than other beaches, but great place to spend the day.
4.Krabi province: Absolutely stunning white sand beaches and comes highly recommended by world travelers. Stay in Ao Nang or Krabi Town for a cheaper stay, but then take a 15-minute longtail boat ride from either of those two spots out to Railay Beach. With reggae bars, rock climbing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fire dancing on the beach, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.
5.Chiang Mai: Mountainous, beautiful, much quieter and relaxed than Bangkok, lots of festivals, art, music, and culture. You can go elephant trekking and take a nice Thai cooking class.
6. Ayutthaya: The old capital of Thailand is a day trip from Bangkok, full of ancient ruins, and Buddhist temples to explore.