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Thailand

Land of Smiles

14.4/5(73 Ratings)

Thailand Tourism

Thailand is famous for

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Beaches

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Heritage

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Watersports

If you are looking to enjoy the best beaches, massages and watersports - look no further!

From ornate Buddhist temples to its extensive cuisine, Thailand leaves no stone unturned in earning a spot as a perfect tourist destination.Its enticing sandy beaches stand testament to the fact that the best holiday locations aren't that far away from home. Thailand is a melting pot of different cultures with a nightlife rivalling New York or Paris.

Video Reviews

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Serene beautiful sunny, great for swimming but very little shade, no shacks, rely on your hotel only

Serene beautiful sunny, great for swimming but very little shade, no shacks, rely on your hotel only  Video Review
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Mai Khao Beach

Santosh Rao
22nd Feb 16

Jomtien Beach

Jomtien Beach  Video Review
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Jomtien Beach

Singh Hira
18th Dec 17

Market Bangkok

Market Bangkok  Video Review
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Indra Square

Mahadev Hiremath
23rd Nov 16

Must visit if you are in Phuket

Must visit if you are in Phuket  Video Review
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Phuket Fantasea

Thejasvi Bhat
19th Nov 16

Awesome place

Awesome place  Video Review
02:01

Underwater World Pattaya

Ranganatha Gowda
22nd Oct 16

Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan

Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan  Video Review
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Wat Ratchanatdaram

Rohan sahdev
22nd Oct 17

Average airport, no drinking water available

Average airport, no drinking water available  Video Review
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Don Mueang International Airport

A K
24th Jul 17

Tup Island, Krabi

Tup Island, Krabi  Video Review
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Tup Island

Vivek Me
3rd Jun 17

A great island with amazing view & water

A great island with amazing view & water  Video Review
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Phi Phi Islands

Vivek Me
1st Jun 17

Nice place

Nice place  Video Review
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Coral Island

Gaurav Verma
30th Mar 17

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Thailand Through Her Eyes

Reasons to go to Thailand

1The best way to de-stress is with a Thai Massage!
The best way to de-stress is with a Thai Massage!

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amit Nagrecha adds, “The destination is magical, for relaxing it is all the Pattaya.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Shine Mathews shares, “The Thai massage is a good experience to everyone.” 

Read more at 8 Holiday Getaways to Pamper the Dedicated and Caring Virgos

Reviews (73)

"Thailand is going to be a surprise for you. The sea here is very wild and turbulent and thus a li'l scary. Except for the bays - the bays are the quietest and the calmest places you will ever visit."

Crish Sequeira

Crish Sequeira4.6/5

3 reviews

Free visa, best vacay!

My girlfriends and I decided on a last minute (yolo! Trip to Thailand, not having to pay for the visa made it so much easier I wish we had time to explore Northern Thailand but we had settled on the beautiful Krabi - so many places to explore, and food to eat.

Binu James

Binu James5.0/5

1 review

It was simply awesome

We three friends went Bangkok and Pattaya through HOLIDAYIQ . The service was excellent in terms of package rate, hotel stay, site seeing, etc . Mr. Isaac David gave us a wonderful support . We have no words to express our gratitude towards you HOLIDAYIQ Team . We strongly recommend .

Thailand Overview

From ornate Buddhist temples to its extensive cuisine, Thailand leaves no stone unturned in earning a spot as a perfect tourist destination. This tropical getaway, with its enticing sandy beaches, stands testament to the fact that the best holiday locations aren't that far away from home.

History

The Thai people are inhabitants of the Yunnan province of China that migrated further south into South-East Asia. While it was influenced by some of the earlier Indian dynasties such as the Mauryas, Guptas and the Pallavas, the Thai people have retained their unique cultural traits.

The country was known to European explorers by the name "Siam" during the early years of Europe's colonial expansion. A series of reforms by its enlightened monarchs and some clever diplomacy allowed it to play both sides while dealing with the colonial powers. Interestingly, Thailand is the only South-East Asian nation that was never colonised by the Europeans. It was briefly occupied by the Allied powers shortly after World War II to disarm the Japanese soldiers who were present there. In another connection with India, it was the Indian troops who were involved in this disarmament, who had been sent by the British to ensure that things went smoothly.

Thailand is presently under a constitutional monarchy. The new king of Thailand, Vajiralongkorn, is the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty. The king of Thailand is a revered figure and is held in high esteem. One can see portraits of the king adorn the streets in various parts of Thailand.

Why You Should Visit

Thailand offers an interesting assortment of reasons as to why people come here so often.

Thailand is a melting pot of different cultures with a nightlife rivalling New York or Paris. The nightclubs and bars are venues to meet people of different ethnicities, giving tourists a truly international experience. The sandy beaches let you bask in the tropical sun with delight. The blue waters close by let you indulge in some maritime adventures such as snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. The culinary richness of Thailand can humble even the most seasoned connoisseur of cuisines. Don't be taken in by the flashy signs and extravagant décor alone - even the local shacks pull in a great number of people for its high-quality food. The multitude of temples here are architectural marvels that populate the various cities of Thailand, where one can experience the rich cultural heritage of the Thai people.

Tourist Hotspots

Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Krabi are top of the charts for attracting the most amount of footfall to Thailand.

Bangkok is a city of contrasts, with sacred temples sharing space with seedy joints that are in proximity of one another. The city offers the gastro-tourist a culinary overload, with every street corner populated with food vendors. Phuket is known by many as the "Pearl of the Andaman". This huge island is a hotbed of tourist activity. The nightclubs, sandy beaches and rejuvenating spas are guaranteed to turn any frown upside down. Pattaya is located on a crescent-shaped bay offering a panoramic view of its light blue shoreline. Dubbed "sin city" by some, Pattaya has drawn large crowds for its huge shopping centres. Krabi, with its signature limestone Karst formations, beckon the naturalist within. The topographical splendour of these formations against the backdrop of a light blue ocean and the setting sun make for a picture-perfect holiday.

Local Attractions

Pictures don't do justice to Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha). The temple houses within its walls a 46-metre gold encrusted statue of Buddha, which symbolises Buddha's attainment of Nirvana. Wat Pho is in Bangkok. The Wat Chalong Temple is a three-storey, pink temple dedicated to the revered monks who led the Chinese rebellion in 1876. The temple premises are adorned with 36 figurines of the Buddha in various poses. The temple is in Phuket. The Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum) is made entirely of wood and is a commemoration to Thai, Khmer, Chinese and Indian iconography. The building is a testimony to the accommodative aspect of Thai culture that has borrowed from the above cultures and enriched its own in the process. One can find this architectural marvel on the shores of Pattaya. The Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) is perched upon a 600-foot Karst Peak, with the temple premises providing a bird's eye view of the sea beyond Ao Nang. A gigantic golden Buddha statue sits majestically in the centre of the temple grounds. The temple is in Krabi.

Favourite Local Foods

Tom Yum Goong Soup is a Thai classic. It is a fusion of spicy, salty and sour tastes all mixed into one dynamite-grade soup that'll leave you wanting more. Its ingredients include lemongrass, chillies, galangal, lime leaves, lime juice and fish sauce. Prawns and mushrooms form the main body of the soup. The bright orange soup gets its colour from the spicy Thai chilli paste also known as "prik pao". The dish can be had alongside any other dish and has a distinct, perfume-like aroma. Gaeng Daeng is a rich, aromatic dish that can set off a chain reaction within your salivary glands. This sweet and spicy meat dish is prepared using coconut milk, garlic, shallots, dried red chilli peppers, galangal, salt, shrimp paste, coriander root, kaffir lime peel, coriander seeds, lemongrass, cumin seeds and peppercorns. The meat that is added doesn’t necessarily have to be chicken and can be substituted with pork or duck as well. This curry is best eaten with rice which absorbs the flavours of the curry. Pad Thai Noodles is prepared using fresh juicy prawns stir-fried with tofu, crunchy vegetables and fried rice noodles with egg. This internationally acclaimed dish has put Thai food on the world map. It’s best served with a wedge of crushed peanuts, chilli powder and lime. The fish sauce, sugar and chilli powder give it a more lasting flavour. Alternatively, some people add sweet radish or tamarind to give a sweet and sour flavour.

Favourite Local Things to Buy

Thai silk is conspicuously displayed in many shops. These are highly sought-after by many of the tourists. The brightly coloured silk scarves, clothing and cushions bedazzle the eye and add a regal touch to things. One can purchase them from Jim Thompson shops. On a budget? The Thai people have you covered there as well. They have knockoffs of Thai silk which are just as brightly coloured and have the same feel of silk. These can be found at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok. Want to add a vintage look to your home? Although far away from Bangkok and other attractions, the Chiang Mai region is the renowned furniture capital of Thailand. These intricately carved pieces are furniture can add an exotic touch to your living room. Try your hand at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, which has many of these products. The shops are more than willing to help in international shipping. Coconut and coconut products are found in abundance here. Keep an eye out for coconut wind chimes, salad spoons and monkey statutes. These can be found in beachside shacks in Pattaya, Krabi and Phuket. ]Beat the heat with some Meiji flavoured milk. The number one pasteurised milk brand in Thailand and Japan, these little delights are available all over Thailand. Some of the shops that sell them include Tesco Lotus, Big C Market and the 7- Eleven store.

Things to do in Thailand

There is a wide array of activities that one can indulge in while at Thailand.

In the coastal areas, one can take partake in some maritime activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking. Thailand is known for its beautiful women. Some of these women do come with a surprise twist. There are shows and performances by these women, which you are unlikely to encounter in other parts of the world. Those wishing to improve their knowledge of food can try out cooking classes where one can learn the basics of Thai cooking. The Thai people have a strong connection with nature. Those interested in establishing a bond with nature can visit the Sriracha Tiger Zoo on the outskirts of Pattaya. One can feed hungry tigers milk and meat. These tigers are very docile and well looked after.

Ideal Tour Package

A tour of Thailand can be completed in a period of 14 days with ease. Ideally, one should go in the sequence of Bangkok – Pattaya – Phuket – Krabi – Bangkok. Bangkok and Pattaya are geographically close while the same is true for Phuket and Krabi so make sure these two places are grouped together. The former two can be connected by bus, while Phuket and Krabi have a ferry that connects the two cities. All the cities are well-connected by air.

VISA and Travel

Tourism is one of the major economic activities of Thailand, with some estimates that show tourism contributing to more than 15% of the GDP of Thailand. Thailand has gone out of its way to ensure that the tourists who visit the country have minimal hassles to face. In fact, the Thai government has constituted a separate tourist police that is trained in multiple foreign languages to help assist foreign nationals.

A tourist visa can be applied for in India at three different locations - at the New Delhi Embassy or the Consulates at Kolkata and Chennai. Although no time frame is given on how quickly a visa is granted, an online application, as well as a helpline, is provided to give better clarity.

Alternatively, there is a provision for Visa on Arrival for Indian citizens. However, there are some guidelines to this:

They cannot be in the country for a period not exceeding 15 days. The applicant must possess means of living for expenses of up to 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family accordingly. The applicant must produce a fully paid ticket that is usable within 15 days since the date of entry. Visa on Arrival is provided at 32 designated international checkpoints and applicants should produce the application form to which his/her recent photograph (2 ½ inches) is attached. The application fee is 2,000 Baht. Visitors who enter the Kingdom with Visa on Arrival generally cannot file an application for extension of stay except in special cases such as an illness which prevents them from travelling, and so on.

Best Time to Visit

The tourist season begins sometime from November to February as this is this when the country is coolest. The weather is pleasant with minimal rainfall and is the ideal time to visit. One can also witness the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated with great pomp in Thailand. Christmas and New Year parties are legendary at all the major tourist spots during this time of the year. If you're a party freak, then make sure you book your tickets during this time.

Crowd usually avoid the months from March through June as the weather can get a little on the hotter side of things. However, this is nothing that Indians can't handle. As Thailand is largely tropical, the temperatures are similar to the Indian subcontinent. The prices go down drastically at this point of time and one can get accommodations for a steal during this period. This is because this time of the year is considered the off season as most Europeans are unable to cope with the heat. If you want to live at the best resorts at a very reasonable rate, this time of the year is perfect for you.

Much like India, Thailand experiences the monsoons from July through September. It receives its rain from the Andaman Sea and provides much relief to beat the summer heat. The rain isn't as vicious as the monsoons in India, and often, the rains stop within 30 minutes. This is the transition period when there is a steady increase in tourists. This is a delightful time to come and experience the magic that is Thailand.


Photos of Thailand

Safari Park & Marine World, Thailand

Photo by

Gaurav Verma

Safari Park & Marine World, Thailand
Safari Park & Marine World, Thailand

Photo by

Gaurav Verma

Safari Park & Marine World, Thailand
Safari Park & Marine World, Thailand

Photo by

Gaurav Verma

Safari Park & Marine World, Thailand
Safari Park & Marine World, Thailand

Photo by

Gaurav Verma

Safari Park & Marine World, Thailand

Getting to Thailand

visa

Visa: On arrival

Cost: THB 1,000 (₹ 2,376 approx)

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Transit

Transit time: 4 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 11,000 per person

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