Thailand is widely understood to be the playground of the rich and famous, but it’s also got a huge amount to offer younger tourists who are footloose and fancy-free. Before getting weighed down with family responsibilities, it’s a great idea to travel and experience new things that will be difficult to afford when you are a few years older, stuck in a demanding career, and have less freedom of movement.
Here are a few things that millennials can enjoy on a visit to Thailand.
Explore the Islands
Thailand has plenty of sandy beaches, exciting bars, and daytime shopping to enjoy on islands like Phuket, Ao Nang, and Ko Lanta. Phuket is the largest island boasting the most infrastructure and party feel. Ao Nang is a beautiful location to take a day trip to see or spend a few relaxing days. Also, Phi Phi Island is a destination in itself with turquoise beaches and underwater scuba diving nearby.
Ko Lanta is a quieter location for younger people who prefer to get away from it all and enjoy a scene that’s less busy. Prices are lower, the nightlife is less hectic, and the people are possibly a little friendlier too because an easier time is being had by all. To find more island-based destinations in Thailand, check out tourist2traveler.com.
Heady Bangkok Party Scene
The combination of parties throughout the capital, the latest ritzy nightclubs, and upmarket sky bars with epic skyscraper views of the city keeps millennials partying the night away. Ease of transport with plenty of tuk-tuks and taxis drivers available to drop you back at your hostel or hotel once your night is overtakes the worry out of getting home. Just make sure you bring a business card with the hotel’s address in local Thai language, so the driver understands where to go.
Sumptuous Dining Experiences
While Thai food is well regarded for its range of spicy flavors, seafood and regional variety across the country, Thailand also has regional centers of excellence for other cuisines around the world. Hotels offer restaurants to customers and walk-ins covering different Asian and World cuisines.
Chinatown in Bangkok is one of the best in the world with a strong seafood focus compared to other Chinatown locations you may have visited in other countries. It’s accessible along the stretch of river that cuts across the heart of the city, or by MTS train and a quick tuk-tuk ride to get the rest of the way there.
Visit the North
Chiang Mai and to a lesser extent Chiang Rai are popular with people who wish to see local arts and crafts, visit hill tribes, and go on treks. Many trekking trips, elephant rides, zip line trips and white-water rafting is possible from tour operators that keep busy seven-days a week. The pace of life is still slower than Bangkok, but it’s catching up fast, especially in Chiang Mai.
A visit to Thailand for anyone who’s never visited Asia before is a once in a lifetime experience. There’s nothing in the Western world that compares to it; you have to see it for yourself.