Last post on Thailand of this collection, I promise. I've got heaps of other stuff I'd like to share with you all that I'm excited for! It seems that people are starting to think about their next destination and planning for their trips, so with that in mind, I found it only appropriate to conclude this.
Everything that you've heard of Thailand is probably true:
- It's hot and muggy. The humidity is something that you'll have to get used to if you're not accustomed to such environments. If you're planning a trip to this wonderful Southeast Asian country, know that there aren't 4 seasons and rather 3. Between the hot (March - June), the wet (aka monsoon season from June - October), and the "cool" (from November - February) season, your best bet is to head there around the cool season and escape the winter if you're in the Northern Hemisphere.
- The people are insanely friendly. Thailand is nicknamed The Land of Smiles and it doesn't fall short of anything but that. Though long-ongoing political situations cause tensions in the country, people there are just trying to live their lives and enjoy it. They bring in over 25 million visitors a year from an array of countries (even with 'I (heart) Farang' stickers welcoming foreigners). From large expat communities to people on holidays/vacations, it's quite easy to navigate around the cities as signs can often be found with English translations.
- Beauty is bountiful. If you do a Google search of 'paradise' or have in your mind of what it looks like, you can find it in Thailand. White sand beaches, tall palm trees, hammocks, drinking coconuts on the warm sand with clear waters, it's there for you waiting in the south. But it's also a diverse landscape and you can find mountainous green terrain, hill tribes bordering Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, rice paddies, ancient temples, and old cities. And if you're a metropolitan type of person, there's that too. Beauty is found in so many forms, from the food to both the traditional and modern cultures that continue to be preserved and ever-evolving.
So, you convinced yet? My goal, as an avid traveler, is always to inspire people to go beyond their comfort zone and TRAVEL. There's so much that we can learn and take away from when we look beyond ourselves and our own everyday life. And while there are ideal times to go, it's always best to just go and experience it, than to not go at all.