Why I Chose Thailand*

As I sat around the table with friends, sipping hot chocolate, one of them turned to me and asked,
“If you could travel only one country, which would it be?”
It was a difficult question, and one that I hadn’t considered before, but the more I thought about it the clearer the answer became. Whilst others excitedly answered “America” and “Italy”, the country that stood out to me was Thailand.
 
My love affair with Thailand started in March 2013 when S and I moved to Bangkok, but it wasn’t love at first sight. Having grown up in a small English city, Bangkok was a shock to my system. The traffic drove me crazy, the occasional waft of stagnant water made me heave, and living in another language had its difficulties, but after I started to explore my surroundings I was hooked.
 
Bangkok is filled with high rise apartments, large office buildings and hotels that line almost every street, but if you walk in between them you find ancient temples, smiling locals and food carts giving off the most tantalising aromas.
But Thailand is more than that, and more and more people are realising.
Thousands of people enter the country each day to get a glimpse into a country that has it all, yet there are still places untouched by the heavy footfall of tourist traffic, and whether old, young, an explorer or a beach bum, Thailand has something for everyone.
 
Beaches
 

 
Waterfalls
 

 
Shopping
 

 
Great food
 

 
Culture
 

 
Things to see
 

 
Things to do
 

 
And even somewhere to just monkey around
 

 
Thailand has been everything I dreamt of and more and if I was asked the same question again, I would stick with my original answer. There are various airlines that fly to Thailand, including Emirates (whom fly to both Bangkok & Phuket!)
 
So now it’s my turn to ask you…
If you could travel one country, where would it be?

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(This post was brought to you in collaboration with Emirates, but as always you recieve my honest thoughts, opinions and ramblings regardless of who is footing the bill)