There are a number of reasons why Thailand has become a top destination for tourists and retirees. With low prices and great beaches, it is one of the most visited countries in the world. It’s also the most popular destination for ex-patriots. Here are 7 reasons why you just might want to take a permanent vacation to Thailand:
Thailand has some of the best beaches and private islands in the world. The world famous Phi Phi Island has been featured on the covers of travel magazines for decades, and the beaches surrounding the Gulf of Thailand are gorgeous. The Thai beaches are one very big reason to take a permanent vacation to Thailand.
Thai people are some of the nicest people in the world and have a great sense of humor. Their culture deeply values kindness and benevolence, which makes it a great place to be. Thailand has been known as the “Land of Smiles” for decades and there is a good reason why.
They especially like “Farangs” (Thai word for Westerners) and will warm up to you very quickly if they can tell that you are from Europe or America.
Thai food is considered some of the best food in the world. With a number of great restaurants and food stalls all over every major city, there is no shortage of great food in Thailand. Several restaurants in Bangkok have been rated as some of the best restaurants in the world, and some of the local street vendors can cook up food that puts the average Western restaurant to shame.
Prices in Thailand are extremely cheap compared to American or European standards. House rental costs go for one fifth the cost and medical costs are 10% the cost of a quality American or European hospital. The ability to drive a motorbike around most major cities also cuts down on transportation costs and makes living in Thailand extremely affordable.
Thai Markets and Attractions
Thailand has some of the most unique markets and attractions. You can ride on elephants through the mountains, play with tigers, or participate in the annual holiday of Loy Krathong. Thai attractions are internationally famous and one of the major draws for tourists from around the world.
Thai markets are also fun to explore and become an attraction in and of themselves. Low prices and the ability to find just about anything you can imagine, make exploring Thai markets quite the adventure. Thailand is also one of the few cultures with floating markets.
Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with great scenery. With majestic mountains, enchanting waterfalls, and beautiful countryside, Thailand has many other beautiful aspects to the country’s natural surroundings than just its beaches.
Thailand has some of the best medical care in all of Asia (if not the best). Bangkok is home to one of the top hospitals in the world and other major cities such as Chiang Mai also have great hospitals. Citizens from all over Asia fly to Thailand for surgeries and top quality care. Best of all, Thai medical costs run around 10% of the cost of healthcare in America.
There are a number of reasons why Thailand is one of the top destinations for ex-pats and tourists. An estimated 11 million tourists visit Bangkok annually and the country is continuing to grow and develop. If you haven’t been to Thailand yet, book some tickets and plan a trip. You’ll enjoy it.
Steve Halvorson works at Volunteer Card, (www.volunteercard.com), a travel insurance provider. He is an avid traveler and enjoy exploring new countries and cultures.
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