Hey Travel Bugsss ! There are many reason why I love Thailand. I have decided to pick my top 5 reasons why I love Thailand and reasons why I think you would love it too. Here I will give you a teaser. Have you ever watched the movie The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio ? Well that was filmed on one of Thailands islands. These are not in any particular order, they all rank about the same in my book. Lets get started!
1. LIMESTONE CLIFFS
Thailand's cliffs are simply breathtaking. Limestone cliffs are common on coasts, in mountainous areas, escarpments and along rivers. They are usually formed by rock that is resistant to weathering and erosion. Sedimentary rocks most likely to form cliffs include sandstone, limestone, chalk, and dolomite. Igneous rocks such as granite and basalt also often form cliffs. Most of the limestone cliffs that we saw were in Krabi, and Phi Phi. If you ever happen to be on the coast in Thailand, I definitely would suggest a long tail boat ride to view some of their cliffs. You will not regret it. The photo above was taken at Maya Bay not to far from Phi Phi. We did some snorkeling there. A lot of people come to rock climb as well these cliffs as well.
2. THE PEOPLE
The people are some of the sweetest, kindest, and most hospitable people you will meet. We were always greeted with a smile. They actually call Thailand the country of smiles. They were always very willing to lend a helping hand. Buddhism plays a HUGE role in their every day life. The king is very beloved by his citizens, and any sign of disrespect is not tolerated.
3. VERY AFFORDABLE
An example of how affordable Thailand is, our first night we had missed the last ferry to Phi Phi islands where we were supposed be staying. So we had to find a place to stay very last minute. Around here (Boston) this would typically be a very stressful ordeal because a last minute hotel would cost you an arm and a leg. But we walked across the street stopped into a hotel called Aonang All Seasons Beach Resort, and ended up paying 35 USD for the night with breakfast included. We also made a trip to a spa our first night and received full body massages for 30 USD per person. We have had massages costing us as low as 15 USD while in Thailand.
4. THE LONG TAIL BOATS
Now in southern Thailand the only way to get to key island destinations are by boat. You can take their ferry from mainland to most of their islands. It had cost about 400 THB which is roughly 12 USD per person for a two hour ferry ride to The Phi Phi Islands. But to get between some of their most beautiful islands and bays you need to take their Long tail boats. These boats are beautiful and well crafted. Each boat is crafted differently and the drivers take very good care of them. Long tail boats are money makers in southern Thailand, there are tourist constantly traveling island to island and bay to bay or even island to bay. They are like our taxis, but imagine walking is not an option. Of course they are a lot of fun to take a ride on as well. So sit back and enjoy the views!
5. THE FOOD
AMAZING. We did not eat one thing in Thailand that we did not really enjoy as of today. Their curry is beyond delicious and a vegetarians dream. We were never huge curry eaters before Thailand, now we make it at home and seek it out when eating out. Most "eat out" restaurants were homemade meals, not fast food and the portions are huge. For a meal in Thailand you are only looking at about 130THB (4 USD)! Their sweet mango sticky rice and their Roti Gluay (Pancake treat) will have you dying for more.
I hope this gives you incentive to visit Thailand one day. If you have already been to Thailand and feel you have different reasons why fellow travelers would love Thailand we would love to hear them. Talk to you later!
-Travel Bugsss Dani