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Thailand has long been a popular choice for backpackers from all over the world. It offers everything from cheap food and drink to stunning views so it’s no wonder that people flock there year after year.
When staying in Thailand, you may be surprised to discover just how cheap the accommodation is. You can get your very own hut on the beach – complete with spectacular views of the ocean – for considerably less than you’d pay for a grotty room in a hostel back home. At the Sai Thong Resort in Koh Tao, you can get a fan-cooled wooden bungalow, furnished with a balcony, private bathroom and even a hammock.
If you fancy something a little different, Koh Yao Noi has a community homestay programme where you stay with a host family who will give you an insight into how the locals live. The accommodation is basic but you will get to explore a beautiful island as well as take day trips to secret beaches and various remote islands. This is an ideal accommodation solution if you want an unforgettable experience.
Thai food can range from being incredibly hot to very bland so it’s likely you’ll find something you like, whatever your preference. Prices vary depending on where you eat and you’ll find you have the option of air-conditioned, Westernised restaurants to food carts found on street corners. Snacking regularly is popular in Thailand so expect bite sized portions that you can pick and choose from.
It’s worth sticking to bottled water because you may find that local water doesn’t agree with you, particularly if you have a sensitive stomach. Thailand is known for selling ridiculously cheap food and drink so you can rest assured that it will be considerably cheaper than the prices you’re used to paying back home.
Thailand is famed for its Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, with several thousand people coming to Haad Rin beach every year. Clubs, bars and cocktail lounges are crammed in, every type of music is playing and people dance on the beach and cool off in the Gulf of Thailand. If you are travelling to Thailand, this is something that simply cannot be missed. Of course, many people travel to Thailand to take in the local culture and see some of the most stunning sites. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to visit. The Khao Yai National Park is home to five types of forest so if you want to venture into the jungle, you could be in with a chance of seeing tigers, elephants, gibbons and a range of tropical birds.
Wat Phra Singh is one of the most visited temples in Chiang Mai and is home to one of the most revered images of Buddha in the city. There is also a range of amazing Lanna art and architecture in the temple so if you want to find out more about the real Thailand, it’s a great destination to visit.
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