15 Reasons Why I Love Thailand + Reasons To Visit

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Every fibre of my body loves Thailand. I love Thailand for so many reasons, I could write a whole book on it.

We’ve lived in Thailand, and visited several times since, and still consider it one of the most special places in the whole world.

As soon as I step outside, the heat wraps around me, and the smells waft up my nostrils; despite the stench of durian, rotten fruit, and previous evening’s garbage and falang vomit, I feel alive. Two steps later, I’ll smell incense and pork roasting and all will be good again.

Every step in Thailand brings you something new and exciting to the senses to savour: tastes, smells, warmth, humility, friendliness and spiritual peace.

If you’re thinking about visiting Thailand, and you’re wondering why so many people love Thailand, then below are just a few of the reasons why I love Thailand and you need to visit there this year.

Reasons why I love Thailand

Below are some of the biggest reasons why I love Thailand and reasons why you should add Thailand to your list of places to visit.

1. There is freedom to live life without limits

caz with arms outstretched in ko Lipe beach.

Australia is a culture that is rigid with rules, fees, fines, taxes and expectations. Our natural state of being is freedom. We actually hate being placed in boxes as it limits our ability to thrive and grow.

I love what seems to be almost an absence of rules in Thailand. Despite this people generally go about living their life making responsible decisions and being kind to one another.

2. The delicious Thai cuisine

plate of fish with papaya salad on top
Aroi mak

Thai is the only style of food that I could eat three meals a day for the rest of my life and be deliriously happy.

Thai people create dishes with ingredients, when separated from the whole, stink and look inedible, but when joined together with the others creates an explosion of flavors that leave you desiring only that food for the rest of your life.

Thai curries have spices and flavor palettes that you won’t find in any other curry. Whether it’s a khao soi or a green curry or panang curry, they are so varied and delicious you could eat them all day without getting bored.

Pad Thai is simple and yet are always packed with flavor. Don’t even get me started on mango sticky rice!

I even learned how to cook Thai food while there… sort of.

3. It’s a unique culture

Wat Arun sunset in Bangkok
Bangkok sunset

There is so much to appreciate and savour about Thailand that is unique and different.

Thailand has its own religion, which is a form of Thai buddhism, and so its Buddhist temples and sacred sites are special and unique compared to other places in Southeast Asia.

You can also get blessed by buddhist monks at most temples with is a special part of Thai culture.

They also go all out for celebrations. Whether it’s a full moon party in Koh Phangan or Songkran (Thai New Year) on Khao San Road, or the Lantern Festivals in Chiang Mai, you can expect the parties to go on throughout the night.

I also love their cultural celebrations and their religious ceremonies, which are a wonder to witness. Be sure to take part in them too.

Get yourself a lantern or loy krathong and share in the moment with them.

4. Friendly and fun people

people smiling
My friendship to friend Thai friends

Thai people aren’t so friendly that they will go out of their way to talk to anyone who walks by, they do respect your privacy, but if you are interacting with them, then you are welcomed in like part of the family.

You instantly feel good around them and all your guards drop because you know all they bring to the table is acceptance, warmth and love. On my recent trip to Thailand, I laughed a lot with the Thais, and I realized just why they are so awesome.

They want to laugh more than they want to argue, complain or be bitter.

It’s all about the sanuk. Why would you want to view life in any other way? Life is fun! Don’t take it too seriously.

5. Spiritual beliefs

stone buddha holding lotus flower
Think of your karma

The Thai people amaze me with how thoughtful and considerate they are. They’ll deviate two blocks on the walking tour just to buy you a bag of food to munch on because you look tired and hungry.

Even though you just ate for the tenth time two minutes ago.

Their attitude is to be kind always.

Choose happiness, be respectful, consider others, laugh often.

I love how they stop to honour Buddha and the King at every photo and statue they see. They bend low to pass you something with two hands.

They greet you with a wai blessing.

They are so reverent and believe that your actions have consequences, so choose the actions that bring about those happy, positive results for all people involved.

6. The language is so unique

people holding up bottles of beer
Enjoy a Thai chat with Surasek

I don’t know why I love the Thai language. I think it’s because it’s so different and the only language where I can have very short conversations in it. This is because we lived in Bangkok for 6 months and so picked up a bit.

Apart from the intonations, which I struggle with, I find it quite a simple language to learn and I love trying. I also love to see the joy from Thai people when you practice speaking it with them.

They will sit for hours teaching you and laughing with you at all your silly mistakes and pathetic attempts!

7. There is an ethos of being present

orange robed monks with headphones on looking at view of moutnains
Focus on the now

Thailand forces me to be present in every moment. It’s not just a street I can walk down in mind preoccupation, but an adventure I share with tuk tuks, cars, mobile street carts, motorbikes, people, all moving amongst one another.

I’m forced to be present or die. This is living.

Besides there are so many great things to take in when in Thailand why would you choose to live in the world of your head?

8. I love the chaos of Bangkok

cars and motorbikes driving on the road

Thais learn to get along with the chaos and I do when I’m there. The chaos looks maddening but it does not disturb their inner peace.

One just has to be in the middle of a Bangkok traffic jam to see this in action. It progresses in an orderly manner of acceptance. There is rarely a tooting horn or a word shouted out in anger.

They just laugh, shake their head and say “This is Bangkok – Mai Pen Lai.”

9. Acceptable to be whoever you want to be and you’ll still be loved

caz posing with thai student
Love my colourful students

One of my favourite things about Thailand is that you will be loved and accepted no matter who you are and what you believe in.

I loved how transgender people were treated with respect and love within the schools I taught at. I never saw any kind of bullying or disrespect instead the attitude was “You are a person just like I am and for that you deserve to be honoured.

10. Cheap Cost of Living

cheap living Thailand
Cheap shopping

I love how in Thailand I could have a maid, eat out for every meal and have snacks in between and have a massage at least once a week and would have barely made a dent in my money.

You can live well in Thailand. And life is for living well.

I love how you can barter for a fair price and I LOVE that unlimited phone data that is super-fast is 400 baht for the month.

11. It has beautiful beaches and islands

beach huts and palm trees on koh lanta beach
Beautiful Koh Lanta

Thai beach living is for me. The beaches are stunning, the sand soft and white, crystal clear, blue or jade water, depending where you are.

The water is calm and gentle and beckons you to come snorkelling and play with tropical fish up close.

Restaurants with cushions and fresh barbecued seafood and glorious sunsets wait for you in the evening.

A hammock could be stretched up somewhere between trees or on the veranda of your beach shack and touts walk past selling your fresh pineapple on a stick.

Oh and somewhere in the background, chill out vibes are playing.

Island life is a form of lifestyle that resonates with me. It encourages you to go slow, be at one with nature, and simply enjoy the little things.

If you’re looking for beautiful islands to visit, I recommend Koh Tao if you’re into diving, or Koh Samui if you have a family.

Koh Phi Phi is the exception to this and is quite a bustling island now with many backpackers and partiers.

12. You can ride around on mopeds and tuk tuks

caz standing next to motorbike with helmet on reading lonely planet book.
Love getting around on a moped

I love a wild tuk tuk ride coming home from Khao Sahn Road at 2am, Bangkok traffic has almost disappeared and you clap and laugh as your driver careens around bends on one wheel. Yes. I did say how I loved the absence of Rules. I just find tuk tuks fun.

And I love cruising around the islands and mountains on a back of a moped. Just me, Craig, the wind, sun and stunning scenery to explore.

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13. It has vibrant night life

people shopping in markets at chiang mai thailand
Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai Thailand

In Thailand life begins at night time. With everything in our home town closing by 5pm we really miss the Thai night. You could wander the streets shopping at night markets, stopping for a feed at street stalls and roam the streets with a beer in one hand and full conversation with friends and giggles with locals.

Not too mention the cheap massages you can get at markets.

14. Thai massages

This won’t be for everyone, but I love a Thai massage. If you haven’t heard of them, they are a unique form of therapeutic massage that originated in Thailand.

It’s also known as “Thai yoga massage” because it involves a combination of yoga-like stretching movements and deep tissue massage techniques.

During a Thai massage session, you lie down on a mat on the floor while the therapist uses their hands, elbows, knees, and feet to apply pressure to specific points on the body.

The therapist will use a variety of techniques including compression, stretching, and acupressure to release tension and improve the client’s overall well-being.

Thai massage is different from other forms of massage because it’s more interactive and involves a lot of movement.

The therapist will move the client’s body into different positions and use their own body weight to apply pressure.

It can be very intense, but it is also highly effective at releasing muscle tension, increasing circulation, and boosting energy.

15. The wildlife

Thailand has so much wildlife to see. From the jungles of Khao Sok National Park, to the national parks in Northern Thailand, there are plenty of opportunities to see wildlife such as elephants and monkeys if you go to the right places.

And it doesn’t stop on land either. The islands allow you to see so much marine life.

There are whale sharks, black-tip reef sharks, turtles, and so much more, when you take diving trips in the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao).

Final Thoughts on Why I Love Thailand

So there you have it, those are 15 reasons why I love Thailand and you should too.

Whether you’re looking for bucket list destinations or you’re in the process of planning your next vacation, I am sure you will fall in love with Thailand just like I did.

Just remember that Thailand is not like Europe and

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121 thoughts on “15 Reasons Why I Love Thailand + Reasons To Visit”

  1. So relate to all these thoughts about Thailand – especially because there are 13 😉 Fabulous, thoughtful and instructive. Funny how some places just make you feel so ‘at home’ while others are ok to just observe, interact with and then pass right on through.There’s something about Thailand that gets into one’s veins like a benign virus I think, and it just won’t go away.

    1. It really does have that effect on people which is testament to just how magical it is. I can’t get enough of it and whenever I go back I feel like I am home

  2. Well, I’ve never been to Thailand. I think I’d have trouble with the chaos, which would drive me nuts, but be chilled out by everyone being so accepting, and friendly, and of course the nice beaches and the massages… sounds like an experiment I should try sometime soon!

  3. Thank you for all the posts on Thailand! We leave in December for a month and I can hardly wait!! Your posts and pictures make me even more excited!!! I have never heard a bad thing about Thailand and I hope we come back…Never know 🙂

      1. I’m heading to Penang on Monday so the plan is to head north and hop from island to island from there.

        It gets a bit vague from then… I maybe will fly to Burma from Bangkok and then head to northern Thailand after that.

        If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

  4. Sounds amazing – such a great post, as it makes me look forward to our Thailand-trip in novembre even more without giving too much away. It’s a love-letter exuding good vibes. …My only worry now: what if I, once there, never want to leave again??

    1. My problem always Vera! It is so hard to leave and all I ever do is pine to go back. How long will you guys be there for? Looks like we could possibly be there in Feb, if not sooner.

      1. We’ll be there from mid-novembre til february 10th -now you can plan and book acoordingly;)! …It would be trés cool to meet you!! Fingers crossed:).

        1. We are not sure of the dates we will be there in Feb yet but fingers crossed. Depending on how our plans go we might be able to swing something to get there earlier! Would be awesome

  5. GREAT post! It’s been almost a month since I left Bangkok and less than a month till I return to Chiang Mai. What a magical, majestic, and beautiful place Thailand is!

    My slightly more targeted answer as to why I live in Chiang Mai (sort of like why I love Thailand) is in my comment luv 🙂

    Keep on keeping on!

  6. Reading this makes me so excited! I am going in 2 weeks! I’ve been living in China for nearly 2 years and I think this is the break I need. The Thai people seem soooo much more open minded than the Chinese. That will be refreshing.

  7. I definitely agree on #12 – Mopeds are fantastic and they tie into the sense of freedom many people feel in Thailand – riding around the countryside on a moped is a wonderful experience. I also love that Thai people are so comfortable with mopeds. We’ve had so many experiences of not being able to get ours started, and then a Thai person comes along and always knows how to fix the problem in an instant.

  8. Caz, you are my angel! This is exactly what I needed to “put me over the edge” and choose Thailand for the month of November. I’ve been looking at all the wonders throughout Southeast Asia and have been having a tough time deciding. But now I know and will purchase my tickets within the hour!

    As a seeker of tranquility, I will be very interested to feel the “chaos that chills you out” you describe. Thank you!

    1. Wahoo!! So excited Gregory. That is awesome. You will love it and if you decide you want to explore more Laos and Cambodia are just over the bborder. You will find the chill in the chaos. It sure is weird but its there.

      1. Yes! Laos & Cambodia are definitely possible during my six weeks. If not, I’m planning to permanently shove off early next year, so I’ll have all the time needed. Have you been to Myanmar?

  9. When I first went to Bangkok in 1999 I swore for years I would never go back not if someone paid me. Now I’ve been there 4 times and I ache to go back! Oh how I wish I could be eatting a Green Papaya Salad out of a plastic bag right now. Guess I’ll have to settle for the free European style breakfast I’m having in Milan right now… I’ll never understand the hard boiled egg, cold rolls and deli meat thing!

    1. I hear ya!! On my first trip to Thailand, I went straight from the airport to the islands, by passing Bangkok in the bus and I was more than happy. Next time back we lived there for 6 months and loved it so much. I love returning there. I could go some of that papaya salad now and some fish cakes.

  10. This is amazing and it makes me so excited! I just booked my flight to Bangkok yesterday, I’m going in february and I can’t wait to experience all of this first hand… Thailand sounds like a place I’m going to fall madly in love with!

  11. My husband has been trying to convince me this should be one of our next trips, after reading all the experiences, maybe he’s right!

  12. I would love to make it out to Thailand one of these days! I think I know what I’m having for dinner tonight 🙂 Great pointers and excellent pictures!

  13. I loved that I took a tuk tuk back to the hotel by myself at 1am and felt completely safe…I wouldn’t have felt safe doing something similar in the US.

    I would fly back to Bangkok just to go to the night market for mango and sticky rice…it just isn’t the same here (and I have never found night markets that were anything like the ones in Thailand…)

    1. You had me at mango and sticky rice! My all time favourite desert. I had some the other day at a local restaurant here and it was disgusting. Take me back to Thailand

  14. I whole-heartedly agree with all of these reasons but I just wanted to reinforce the fact that Thais are by and large friendly and nice. I was caught in a really vicious thunderstorm once and this lovely old woman pulled over and offered me a ride. That’s never happened to me anywhere else! I realise it’s probably a really lame story, haha, but it made me day and I’ve remembered it ever since.

  15. That’s a great balance they’ve found in Thailand between too friendly and rude. 🙂 They’ll keep to themselves until they’re conversing and then they’ll be very friendly. That sounds great! 🙂 I’d love to visit and experience that. 🙂

  16. From 1 to 13 I wholly agree. I was lucky enough to take my family, aged 6 and 9 at the time and they still recount now, 3 years on, all the adventures they embarked upon in Bangkok and Koh Chang down to the finest detail. Thailand left as lasting impression on us all; the warmth of the people; the Thai smile; the food; the beaches. Perfect family destination.

    1. How awesome!! I love how your children are still talking about it. Our girls haven’t been there yet but from all our stories, Kalyra is dying to go.

    1. We are working on it. Should know by the end of the month, but if all goes to plan we’ll be in Phuket Jan. Our fingers and toes are crossed!

  17. I went to Thailand for the first time 6 months ago, that was not the plan at all but we were in Asia a that time so why not! I fell in love with the country and would love to go back some day. I completely agree with your 13 reasons, the people in particular were so nice and friendly. They are famous for this but until you experience it it’s hard to believe how nice they are. The food was great too 😉

  18. I’ve been working in Thailand 2 years ago and I love this country. Unfortunately I had to realize that many Thais still do not accept ladyboys. Working in the hotel industry many of my friends and colleagues were ladyboys which was accepted by the foreign tourists but local tourist often complained to management why our staff is “out of control” and why ladyboys are allowed to hold medium management positions. Some of my friends even told me that they are working far away from their hometown because their families abandoned them after realizing that their son/brother/cousin likes to be a ladyboys. Now I am living in Oman and compared to a Muslim country Thailand is really openminded but still the older generation and the law is giving ladyboys a hard time.

  19. Can Thai mangoes count as a reason on their own? I like the lack of excessive rules, and of course the beaches, cheap prices, and weather. I think I need to get over the fear of hiring a scooter though to fully enjoy the sense of freedom aspect.

    1. Absolutely!! Although I do like Australian mangoes better. But, if you love them then it counts. The scooters are fun. I never drive them, I’m always on the back with Craig

  20. After reading this we are super excited about traveling to Thailand. I already know that I love thai food and can’t wait for the real thing over there — definitely hoping it won’t be a disappointment! We are in China right now where the food is decent but definitely very greasy almost all the time! Ready for a change of cuisine already!

    1. Oh the food won’t be disappointing. It’s even better. Eat the street food, so delicious and cheap! Yeah Chinese food doesn’t compare.

  21. reading this has made me SO excited to go travelling this summer! I’m 18 and visiting Thailand for the first time (may be going alone, may have company depending on friends financial circumstances) but you’ve really portrayed it as a friendly, relaxed place and i’m not nervous at all now!

  22. Its nice to see a woman appreciate such a great country. People make a country beautiful and the vast majority of Thai’s are great people. Oh how i miss it. Thinking about teaching there soon. I agree with all you’ve said and would add massage, music, wildlife and clothes.

    1. Hopefully getting a massage tomorrow and we are going shopping today!! We are currently in Thailand for 2 weeks and want to stay forever. Teaching is a great experience you should go for it.

      1. I aim to do that. Going to do a CELTA in 2-3 years from now then off to Thailand. Probably to settle, marry and start a life their. Learning the language as we speak. Going there in February for 16 days. It has been four years since I last visited. 🙂

  23. i 100% share in your love for Thailand! living there this year for 7 months was a dream come true and only made me love it even more.

    The freedom is my number 1 🙂

    curious, would you live there with a family?

    1. Yes!! We are actually considering it at the moment. I would love for my girls to live here. I can only think of so many reasons as to why it would benefit them more than in the WEst

  24. Alana - Paper Planes

    Ahhh, I don’t know why I just read this – I’ve been living in Chiang Mai for a year and a half and JUST made the decision to leave (at least for now) and my heart is breaking – these are all the reasons I love it here and even though I haven’t left yet I’m already missing it!

    1. Big decision Alana! Sometimes we need to move on in order to learn new things. You can always come back. We are in Bangkok right now and I am considering seriously moving back here. I love Thailand so much!

  25. My sister and I are going to Thailand for the first time in May 2013. I am looking at any and all travel tips possible. So far sounds like it is going to be wonderful!

  26. Thailand is my favourite country of earth. I spent most of my travelling days there last year. I am hoping one day I can find a way to stay permanently.

    Nice list. I echo every single one of them.

  27. I’m greatly appreciated that you are interested in Thailand because there are still many foreigners confused about Thai society in term of sexual aspect which they tend to only think negatively towards sex tourism in Thailand rather than beautiful culture smiling people, delicious food and so on . However, as I saw your forum, you are one of the few people who has profound understanding of Thai society.
    Thank you for making my country looks good.

    1. Hi Kanny! We adore Thailand so are always happy to spread the word about how amazing it is. Every country has its negatives, we only like to focus on what is positive

  28. We just spent nearly 3 weeks in Thailand for our honeymoon and totally fell in love with it – I agree with this blog totally! The thai people are so lovely, food is amazing and it is one of the most picturesque & serene places in the world!! 🙂 WE HEART THAILAND! And will be heading back again and again… 🙂 x

  29. I just stumbled upon your blog and I just LOVE it!! My husband and I are traveling to Thailand from Canada in September with our two children ( 1yr & 3yr) in September for 3 weeks in Hua Hin. I am extremely reluctant to do this long hual with them but your articles have eased my fears a bit. This trip is also a bit of a homework project because my husband is hell bent on moving there in 3 years once out of the military… This idea to me is frightening but thanks to lists like these, I think we may making a good decision! Thanks again for a great blog!

    1. Oh yes you will love it!! I’m publishing a post over the next couple of weeks on flying tips for kids so keep an eye out. Hua Hin is a lovely place, not too touristy and very relaxed. I am sure you will be dying to move there after your trip. Enjoy it!

  30. Having lived in Thailand for 8 years, my favorite part of living here is that if you make an effort to speak the language and learn the culture, 90% of Thais won’t treat you like an outsider. I have expat friends who have lived in Japan or Korea for years and speak the language, but are never fully welcomed in like I have been in Thailand.

    1. Yes! They love it when you speak Thai to them! Great tip Alex, thank you for sharing. It must have been great to live there for 8 years, how have you managed to setting elsewhere since?

  31. Which phone company had that data plan? Would love to get that when we go back.

    So many of the things you mentioned really are how I feel as well. I remember the 1st time I arrived in Thailand, it was like instantly being embraced and welcomed.

    The high level of acceptance of the ladyboy culture, and really anyone that others might consider “different,” was one of the most heartwarming things to me about the Thai culture.

    1. It was with Happy which is DTAC provider. But I think most of the companies have similar offerings. Love their peaceful and accepting ways.

  32. Lovely post! Sanuk 😉 I live in Thailand, was born here and love calling it my home. Can’t imagine living this happily anywhere else – the flexibility, the freedom and oh, the food!! 😀 You captured the essence of Thailand well. Enjoyed reading that!

  33. Visited Thailand for the first time last February. Loved it and the people so much, moving there to retire, in July!

  34. By the sound of it, you should be living in Thailand! Your post reallly captured the essence of Thai culture and why it is so alluring to many, including myself and my husband. Amazing food? Check. Freedom? Check. Serenity, both in sprit and in nature? Check.

    Although I am just starting to navigate through your blog and l am learning about your personal world-wide adventures, do you think you will ever move back to Thailand? My husband and I live in Chiang Mai and absolutely love it.

    1. Great question Angela. 6 months ago I would have said without a doubt, but after visiting again in January with the girls a lot of my infatuation with Thailand was gone. It has just changed so much and has such a Western presence. But, I did go to Phuket which is never a good way to experience the real Thailand. For now I am happy with where I am, but I love Thailand so much that I would never rule a move back there out. It will always be my spiritual home.

  35. Hi,
    I have lived in สยาม for one year and agree with most of what you wrote. The only sad thing is some of the beaches are getting overcrowded and tourist-infested (i.e. Phuket). The tuk tuk and mototaxi things are cool to experience too. After living in HCMC/SGN for 9 months, Thailand seems much better!

  36. I fall in love with BKK even though I have only been there once. The people were so friendly and their smiles made me feel so warm. The moment I steped outside Suvarnabhumi Airport I felt I was at home.

  37. Kalaya Tanthakijja

    thank you very much for your compliment for my hometown.
    Everthough I am settled in France now ….. but always proud to be THAI 🙂

  38. The 13 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Thailand

    While not wanting to deny the author of this article her good experiences of Thailand, it behoves us well to balance the picture being painted. I have spent a good deal of time over the past 2 years in the country and wish to respond with The 13 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Thailand:

    1. Freedom. People can smoke pretty much anywhere they want, including restaurants, bars, footpaths, movie theatres, and even while they ride their motor-scooters. I hate having to cough my way through this country knowing as a passive smoker my chances of getting cancer are increased many-fold.

    2. Tastes. Thai food is OK, but is easily surpassed by the flavours of Indian food, especially desserts which seem to be non-existent in the Thai cuisine. And don’t hold your breath looking for decent bread in this country; it’s almost completely absent.

    3. Exoticness. Try just walking to the corner shop and back without getting continually drenched by large water-canons during whole weeks of New Year celebrations every year. And don’t forget to pack insect-repellent in your suitcase – the ubiquitous presence of mosquitoes here is very exotic!

    4. Friendly and fun people. Like most places in the world, Thais seem friendly and fun people, i.e., until you get to really know some of them. You might find they are as racist as us westerners can be.

    5. Spiritual beliefs. It’s great to have spiritual “beliefs”, but when you get down to the nitty-gritty, Thais, just like people from every other nationality, can be extremely inconsiderate. Expect very noisy people who don’t share your ideals of sensitivity and consideration of others.

    6. Language. It’s fairly easy to learn the basics of the Thai language, but try travelling away from Bangkok and see how far you get. The dialects, especially in the south, are indecipherable.

    7. Being present. Yes, it’s great to be present and in your heart… well, as an ideal, but try to organise important things in Thailand and you will get to see how much you appreciate the “world of your head” in western countries.

    8. Learn to deal with Chaos. If I had a dollar for every time I saw a Thai driver overtake around bends in the road, or double lines with traffic approaching from the other direction, I could afford to buy a helicopter and not risk my life anymore on the roads of Thailand.

    9. Acceptable to be whoever you want to be and you’ll still be loved. Take off the blinkers and Thailand becomes just like any other place in the world. There is good vs bad, tolerant vs racist, respectful vs disrespectful, and a horde of other characteristics at both ends of the spectrum.

    10. Cheap living. If you don’t mind getting ripped off because you are a farang (foreigner), then Thailand certainly is cheaper. But you get what you pay for – I don’t know how many times the tires on my scooter have gone flat and how many times the raincoats I have bought have holes in them within a few minutes of a downpour.

    11. Beautiful beaches. The beaches could be beautiful, but keeping the environment clean of plastic bags and other disposable wastes is not an activity foremost in the minds of Thais. And don’t count on being able to use the beach at will, especially in the rainy season where it can pour continuously for weeks on end.

    12. Moped and tuk tuks. The roads in Thailand are really hazardous – full of unexpected pot-holes and patchy surfaces.

    13. Night life. Yes, the night-life in Thailand is full of fun and adventure, but like everywhere else in the world, aggressive drunks can be a problem.

    Having said all of the above, I still choose to spend much time in Thailand. I might even live here one day because, well, because I have experienced all of the fun and enjoyable things the author communicates in this blog. I simply wanted to remove the rose-coloured glasses!

    1. I don’t have rose-coloured glasses mate, I just choose to focus on what is good. Thanks for feeling the need to enlighten me and taking all the effort to write this post. To be honest, I didn’t pay attention to it too much because I’m just not interested in the stuff that makes you bitter. I’ve lived in Thailand, I get all of this, but I learned to embrace it. I’m not interested in disturbing my sense of peace by being so embittered and frustrated by it. It might be better next time to write this on your own site and then you can link to this post stating it as a reply. I don’t think this comment really adds a lot of benefit to the readers.

      1. I’m surprised my comments were included on this blog, but thanks for doing so. I’m not bitter about Thailand – in fact, I hope to live there as soon as I can manage it – I just wanted to communicate the not-so-nice aspects of the country that I felt others should be aware of. I would take the same approach if people wanted a full picture of my country of birth, Australia. In any case, even though my comments could be seen as rather vehement, my intentions were not to disparage another culture. There is, indeed, much beauty in Thailand.

    2. Hello Mr, Eddie are you looking for bread so don’t go Thailand you can have it at home in your country don’t need to go to Thailand in Thailand people are eat rice eat Thai food eat noodle. you shoud go to China or Vietnam there people are so nice so smile very open and great food! or just stay at home don’t need to go anyway it’s so perfect your place.

  39. Amazing words Caz !!!
    Sitting at my work desk thinking … every fibre of my body aches to BE in thailand right now. So i search Thailand images in a desperate attempt to ‘feel’ thailand thru my computer screen to then find your summary of thailand….
    Your words on the Freedom, People & living in the Present are spot on. Incredible to agree with you regarding how you can actually miss Chaos. Nothing makes my heart smile more than giving a thai child something that they literally cherish (eg $1, deck of cards etc) which is considered worthless in my society.
    Life seems sterile here in Australia.
    May 2014 i will be in Thailand again… sleep i am counting 🙂

  40. Your blog is great and has given me lots of information on thailand and in fact my wife and I are taking our 2 children (1 and 3) there from Canada for 6 weeks in January!!

  41. I love this post! My husband and I are moving to Chiang Mai with our 5 year old in May and after reading this post I am even more excited than before. Thank you!!

  42. Ricardo & Patrícia

    What a coincidence stumbling in your blog, I’ll explain later. We totally agree with you guys! We’ve been to Thailand a couple of times, made Thai friends and we always brought with us that feeling, of not wishing to leave, at all, and we do mean, at all, for the rest of our lives. I guess the reasons relate to what you have written Cas; it’s like a sense of deep completeness that embodies us to a level beyond what we can and strive to experience yet, not being able to accomplish and we found ourselves wondering WHY? Why do we keep our stupid and exhausting “white collar” jobs? Why do we rationalize our fears and apprehensions? Why do we deny ourselves our own existence? Why can’t we, simply, BE HAPPY?
    Well, like many things in life, there comes a time when we actually stop to think about happiness and that time has come for us as well. We are now considering leaving Portugal and the concrete jungle for good however, it’s proving rather difficult to accept the feeling of parting with our English bulldog and leaving him with friends. We are not sure as yet if we can do it . . .

  43. I was just in Thailand for 2 months back in Dec-Feb. I LOVED it. The people are so kind, welcoming and loving. The atmosphere in MOST places is light and comforting. The food is absolutely amazing, despite the sometimes chicken bone every now and again in your soup. (ha!) And it’s so beautiful. I really love the simplicity of life over there as well. Hungry? Walk down to the market and get some food. Tired? Just relax, hang out in the sun, or go to a beach and bum around. Need to get somewhere? Call a tuk tuk, or song-tao and hop in. Or you can just stand on the street and one is guaranteed to drive by any minute and you can flag them down. Need to cross the street? Do it. Wherever, whenever. Just don’t get hit. Adrenaline rush. Ah. The smell in the air sometimes would make me gag, but I mean…. that’s alright. It’s just SO AMAZING. Anyway. 🙂 I miss it and want to live there too.

  44. My husband and I are planning our first international trip to Thailand. We are thinking of going a year from now. I love all your suggestions and pictures! It makes me wanna go more! Thank you for the wealth of knowledge! Please email me any time! I would love to meet up if you are there when we go! Gerri

  45. Hi, Caz. I´m planning a trip to Thailand on July, but many people that have been there said me that they don´t recommedn it; because it´s full of tourist (and the partying until late kind of tourists), garbage…etc. They told me to go to other countries in the region..but im sure that Thailand has to have beatiful places, not so crowded that worth the visit…but I keep finding information about Railey, Phi Phi, Ko Pganan…but those are the places that most of the people have visited…can you give me one or to ideas of where to llok or what places do you really recommend? Me and my husband (and another couple of friends) will be the for one week.

    1. Yes they are the party places, although Railey was lovely and quiet when I went there. It’s probably changed. Koh Lanta is a great island to escape the partying and there are plenty of quiet places on Koh Samaui

  46. Just try living here. You will see a very different side of Thailand. In the 20 years I have been coming here, things have changed for the worse.

    Yeah, come here for an holiday and get ripped-off with asmile on YOUR face.

    Do not trust the smile on THEIR face.

    Article above is just gush from the inexperienced.

    1. Maybe don’t live there then Patrick. You do have a choice! Perspective is a personal thing based upon what you project 🙂

          1. Everybody is entitled to their opinion guys. But that does not mean you should flat out say a place is good or Bad. Maybe visiting there was a Bad experience for you but I had a wonderful time.
            So,try to enjoy a bit while you are there.
            Thanks for the post Craig.

  47. Great blog Agree with all the points made. Their culture of friendly smile and Respect for everybody is what makes Thailand top of my list.

  48. A Thai here. Funny because I have live here for almost 50 years, got a lot of LGBTQ friends though I’m straight, still I don’t see any LGBTQ who couldn’t reach their top in career due to their sexual preference.

    May I ask if what hinder them is something beside their sexual preference? Like work manner, managing skill, etc. You know people who were disappointed with something usually find an excuse, scapegoat. etc. It’s simple defensive mechanism in psychology. Sadly this people usually go nowhere because they don’t see what they have to improve (which, as I said using my friends as samples, not their choice of sexual preference)

    Regarding …and the law is giving ladyboys a hard time… >>> Jope you don’t mind if I ask what law that give them hard time? I cannot think of that at all. Except the law does not support same sex marriage (but in practice, they do and accept by society. There are lots of news if you can understand Thai.), they can do anything they want.

  49. I agree with all of these, and have been wanting to travel to Thailand for the same. I am definitely planning a trip after reading this. What are the best places to visit there?

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