Thailand in a new avatar is the leader in tourism market in Asia. The destination has created several tourist places in Thailand, popularly called ‘clusters’ – Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi, Ching Mai, Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Khon Kaen. And the tourist travelling around Thailand get a 360 degree knowledge of what the destination offers.
The “Land of Smiles” – Thailand, Before and Now
Thailand has quite a few times changed its positioning for the global leisure and business traveler. From the Land of Smiles to Asia’s City of Angels, the destination has come of age over the years. Today, Thailand is a land of great culture, hospitality, business and events. Global hotel brands and chains have their presence in Thailand to tap the ever increasing leisure and tourism market. The country welcomed 20 millions already this year, with 9 million business and events visitors.
For Thailand, India is the second largest tourist market, next to China, though for some part in this year, for the first time it outplayed China to become the top most market. But now again, by and large it remains at No.2 position. Thanks to the visa-on-arrival scheme for Indian travelers and many across the world, Thailand is just about a three-four hours flight from India.
As one lands in Bangkok, usually the first port of entry for all holiday travelers, you are hitched to the speed and vibrancy of the city, as you head either to the hotel in Bangkok or the first city you wish to stay (in most cases, Pattaya). But ones looking for peace, solace and tranquility, head towards Khon Kaen or Hua Hin. The young and the beach lovers reach out to Pattaya or Krabi or Phuket, Koh Samui while those on a wedding head towards Hua Hin. Hua Hin is a good wedding destination. A short 90-minute smooth drive from the Bangkok Swarnabhoomi International Airport, Hua Hin is quiet. An redeveloped old world charm railway station is still one of the major Thailand tourist attraction. And of course the Bangkok Pattaya tour is almost present on all itineraries, again a very short drive from Bangkok.
The Thailand adventure tours are some of the best the destination has to offer. Water Sports, Scuba, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Paragliding and Speed boat are just some of them one can indulge into.
Not just for leisure travelers Thailand is at same level for business and MICE travelers. First choice from India for a group MICE travel is for Thailand. Great meetings and conference facilities, Thailand is a preferred destination for Golf, especially amongst the Japanese. The pre or post MICE tours are a great way to let is loose. And on top of it Thai hospitality is simply the best. Infact close to that in India, the two nations have a common ground of hospitality, culture, tradition and warmth.
One good thing about Thailand group tours or individual tours is that Thailand offers something for everyone. Kids, elders, youth, elderly all alike, Thailand gives a reason to smile to all.