August 2, 2014

Thrifty Travelers Trek to Thailand for Touring, Retirement

Even with all of its break-through success in recent decades, Thailand remains one of the best travel bargains in the tourism industry. Suitable for indie backpackers and luxury travelers alike, the Kingdom of Thailand boasts beaches, ancient architecture, affordable spa services, lush scenery and a low cost of living. What are some of the other things that make Thailand holidays so special?

History

The culture goes back some time. Not only is this evident throughout the country, but it is particularly obvious when visiting the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. You could easily spend several days in this city taking in the architecture alone. Booking a tuk tuk driver for the day is relatively affordable, and saves you having to flag down a new one after every stop.

Hub Access

Because the city of Bangkok is such an international air travel hub, getting into Thailand is fairly affordable from a number of other destinations throughout the world. Itís also a great hub within the country to get things done in between more rural road trips within the country. Biz meetings, custom clothing and general souvenir shopping are popular activities for travelers who frequent this city.

Food

Not only is Thai food popular around the world, the Kingdom of Thailand is home to an incredibly diverse collection of eateries featuring international cuisines from a variety of countries. This is due to a number of factors, including the international crowd that travels through the country for tourism and business purposes and the ever-growing expat population.

Community

The expat population is particularly large in the city of Chiang Mai, which is north of Bangkok. In addition to a thriving spiritual and foodie scene, the destination is also one of the most affordable places in the world to retire, according to a recent article on Yahoo Finance. Fully-furnished condos with multiple pools, laundry service and workout facilities can be had for less than $400 per month, and eating out regularly can cost less than most North Americans spend on groceries. The city also boasts a strong expat support network, affordable language classes and a strong historic atmosphere.

Have you traveled to Thailand recently? What were your favorite destinations, attractions or bargains?

Photo Credit: Trek Hound

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