Thailand has a reputation for inexpensive travel options, but because of political unrest in 2010 there has been a drop in tourism. Even though things have smoothed out and the country is safe again, tourism has not yet bounced back. This means lower prices and better services than ever. Going to Thailand now not only saves you money, but it helps reemploy the Thai people who rely on tourism for income.
The southern islands of Phuket are well-known for their amazing beaches, but less-known for what could be called a diver’s dream. Catherine Bodry from Bootsnall.com calls the water glass clear and a great place for diving and snorkeling. Inexpensive diving classes are widely available for people interested in learning the fundamentals.
3.Family and Kids. No Worries!
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Empty tuk tuks are lined up outside hotels and many of them are likely to spend all day there. The spruikers in front of tailor shops seem even more despondent than usual. And the workers outside the massage parlours shout out to me – “Mah-saaaaa-ge” – but their hearts are not in it.
5. Security and safety
It’s an odd time to be in Thailand and posing with soldiers on the street is just a small slice of what’s happening here. I had commitments in Bangkok that were organised well before the coup that has led to martial law here. I decided to honour those commitments and it’s given me a good chance to see the reality of the situation here on the ground for myself. It’s also a good opportunity to share with you my thoughts on whether you should still travel to Thailand.