Why People Visit Thailand Again & Again

Only a year has passed since we last visited Thailand, and in a few weeks we’re already going back for more - Thailand is a country that people either love or hate, and regardless of which, nobody leaves without an opinion.

Many of the people I know have either never gone on holidays to Thailand, or they have gone at least twice.

There is something captivating about the country that makes people go back again and again, some even make a habit of it when they travel – and fly to bangkok for that little kick, that spark, before moving on.

Why do people love going back to Thailand? We all have our own reasons – here are some of mine…

The Beaches

You only need to look at Tripadvisor’s latest “award” for the best beach destinations in Asia 2012, and you’ll get my point.

7 beach destinations out of 10 on the top list were located in Thailand – if you want long, white beaches, clear turquoise water, coral reefs and cheap bungalows right on the sand – Thailand has it.

Many people have been going on Phuket holidays year after year, but are now starting to look around for more options – which there’s plenty of (and yes, there are still many secluded beaches!).

Personally, I wish there were a few beaches with good surfing, but I guess you can’t have everything … ;)

The Easiness

It almost seems like every new place I travel to reconfirms the fact of just how easy traveling around Thailand is.

In many of the cheaper countries we’ve been to, getting around has been a huge hassle and very limited – in some places you can only choose between private taxis or taking horrific overcrowded and slow public transport.

I don’t expect it to always be easy and smooth, but from our experience you have a good range of options in Thailand.

You can go third class if you like, but the VIP First class buses are cheap and awesome as well, and knowing that you have the option makes things so easy.

Things like Wi-fi connection is another thing that hotels in Thailand seem to really get, where in other countries in Asia it’s near impossible to find.

The Food

I won’t say that I enjoyed all the food in Thailand, but there are a few favorites that I have longed for many times during the past year; the curries in northern Thailand, the banana pancakes, the typical fruit shakes, the fresh warm corn waffles from local street vendors, pad thai, mango sticky rice etc … :p

The Prices

I was often surprised by how much cheaper accommodation was in Thailand compared to many of its neighboring countries, and the wide range of street stalls everywhere makes it super easy to grab a cheap snack or meal.

The cheap prices is one of the main reasons why Thailand has become a good base for digital nomads, where you can live cheaply and have more money left over to spend on building up your company.

Besides, when we looked for an apartment in different places around the world, we often found that you got more for your money in Thailand – maybe you spend the same, but you live a lifestyle impossible for that same price in Europe.

Have you been to Thailand? If so, what makes you want to go back there again?

20 Responses to Why People Visit Thailand Again & Again

  1. Andi Perullo April 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more! This is why I returned last month for the 2nd time.

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      Awesome! Where did you go?

  2. Ava Apollo April 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    I can’t wait to go.  I just want to eat everything and lay on the beach all day. 

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      haha yes that sounds perfect doesn’t it – are you planning on going there soon?

      • Ava Apollo April 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

        In the fall! 

        • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 27, 2012 at 5:22 am #

          oh fun :) we will be there next month – not sure how long we will stay though – have a fun trip!

        • shaja June 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

          i wana visit but my age 48 is it ok to go now to thailand please

          • Sofia June 29, 2012 at 3:35 am #

            Yes of course!

            The only problem would be that it can get pretty hot at the moment if the sun is shining (although it’s often nice and cloudy which cools it down a little), so as long as you avoid spending long hours outside during the hottest times of the day, you should be just fine.

            A lot of travelers age 48 and up travel to Thailand, many even settle down there to live full time.

  3. Man and Van April 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more with you. Thailand is an endless adventure that can be experienced over and over again.Wonderful post!

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      thanks for the comment – it really is full of endless adventure and so many wonderful experiences. 

  4. Aurora Tyas April 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    and the scuba diving!

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      we would LOVE to try that one day – maybe when we go there this time ;)

  5. Christine April 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I do agree that Thailand is a great place – for travel and for living. I’m heading back myself in another 2 weeks. So why are you using a photo from Angkor Wat – which is in Cambodia – for your cover shot?

    • Sofia - As We Travel Blog April 27, 2012 at 2:55 am #

      Hey Christine, yes Thailand is a great place, where are you heading in two weeks? The photo you mention was actually taken by us in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Check out Google image search: http://goo.gl/eUrQa :)

  6. Hahn May 17, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    muay thai, women and food :) i do have to admit, im mixed TH boy and
    when i was there in early Nov last year” [went alone and meet up my
    family] as soon as i stepped out on the terminal it seemed pretty quick
    when they saw me, pretty much majority of the taxi drivers were yelling
    out and whistling “hoi hoi Hahn Hahn” in TH, when i got in the car he
    was smiling pretty much all way phuket town + free ride, and he try very
    hard with broken English when i could already speak TH :), he starts
    talk about me about fighting in Patong, I laugh at him and split sec i
    remember why all the taxi drivers where so aroused at the terminal, they
    all remember me when i was younger fighter they used to bet on me at all
    my fights! He tell me that alot of the taxi drivers used to bring there
    daughters with them and get there wife to continue the service for them
    ^^ funny :) <3 My people [Hahn was was a nickname]

  7. Hahn May 17, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    any farang who know about thailand you tell all your friend go thailand place to be :) slut or not :P [sorry my english not very good]

  8. Travel Writers May 18, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    We are heading to Thailand in June and I am so excited! This post just makes me look forward to it even more. I can’t wait!

  9. Milbrath June 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    If you like Thailand now, you should have seen it 15 years ago. It was truly paradise. Now, the locals have mostly ruined (by over development) every place that was picture perfect. They are even ruining some of the best diving spots on earth. It’s a shame really. What you are seeing now is just a small glimpse of what used to be one of the greatest places on earth. Head to more unexplored parts of Asia if you want to see real beauty without the over commercialization of it.

  10. Ariel June 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Thanks for a nice post about my home. I absolutely miss the easiness. :D

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