Published 15th December 2015
Thailand is definitely one of the most popular destinations for TEFL teachers and it’s not hard to see why. Tropical beaches, friendly people and delicious food all make Thailand a traveller’s dream. But there are so many amazing countries that you could travel to, so what is it that makes Thailand such a good idea?
The Land of Smiles
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place known as the Land of Smiles? Thailand is famous for its friendly people which makes being there a very pleasant experience. Of course, living in a place means that you will realise that it’s not all roses all the time, but Thai people have a way of dealing with circumstances in such a way that nothing ever seems like too much of a problem.
Whether you’d like to spend your days off lazing on beautiful white beaches or trekking through the jungle, Thailand is such a big country geographically it has a lot to offer anyone. The south of Thailand has the islands which are spectacular in the beauty. Even if you’re not keen on sunburn, you can still find lots to do on the islands – hiking to waterfalls, elephant trekking, scuba diving and fishing are just a few examples. The north of Thailand is much cooler and better suited to adventures in the jungle, discovering local tribes or taking a cooking course. Central Thailand is where you will want to go if you want to explore ancient cities, visit traditional villages or chill out with monkeys. So you can see, whichever part of Thailand you go to, you’re guaranteed to find natural beauty and fantastic adventures.
If you are keen to venture further outside of town, why not cross her borders into one of the neighbouring countries? Travelling is so easy in Thailand and with just a short journey you could find yourself in Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar or Laos.
Festivals and Holidays
Thailand has numerous cultural festivals throughout the year. You’ve probably heard of Song Kran, Thai New Year, which is basically three days of water fights in the streets – definitely an insanely fun festival to experience. There is also the Chinese New Year which is celebrated across the country, and so many others. An added bonus, every year Thailand has 16 public holidays!
Thai food is famous around the world but nothing beats Thai food in Thailand. From street food to 5-star restaurants, pad thai to green curry, in Thailand you will never go hungry. What’s more, with the currency exchange rate, you’ll find that food in Thailand is cheap as chips. So you can eat to your heart’s content.
Thailand is an amazing country in so many different ways so it’s not surprising it’s so popular with tourists and TEFL teachers alike. It has so much to offer everyone and wherever you go and whatever you do, you’ll be guaranteed a great time.