6 THINGS YOU WILL MISS FOR LONG AFTER YOUR TRIP TO THAILAND
Thailand is an amazing place to travel. For backpackers I think no country can be better. Thailand is cheap, convenient, safe, and full of other travelers. I backpacked across the country for 15 days and survived on less than 1000 Rupee per day. And trust me, this was when I wasn’t playing it dirty. I could be super frugal. So yea, Thailand was amazing and I recommend every backpacker, particularly those who travel alone, to be there once.
And to speak a little about how my journey turned out, here are the six highlights, six things basically that I totally loved about the country:
1. One Baht water refill stations
I don’t understand why more countries cannot adopt this amazing, economic and environmental friendly idea. Thailand’s public water dispensers can be found everywhere. In Bangkok, I often found two or three in one block. Though sometimes you might want to buy cold water from the nearest 7 Eleven, those one Baht one litre machines were just too compelling to leave unnoticed. I remember when I went to Cambodia, straight after, I was bleeding about 60 Rupees for every 1 litter water. I missed these water refill stations in Cambodia like nothing else.
2. Convenience of a 7Eleven store
Like a communist party, that has no predator, the green and orange colored 7-Eleven are ruling the streets of Thailand. Not only are they convenient and help you survive during your first few days in the country – they are the only place, that come for your rescue, in the heat of hundred degree days, with their powerful, lifesaving air cons.
3. Love for Thai tones
Thai people are amazing, and their soft, lilting tones – is totally compelling. I loved how every time I wandered around a fresh market, all those singsong-like tones from the vendors keep me entertained. If there’s a quality I loved the most about Thais, it’s how sweet they can actually sound.
4. Khao tom for breakfast and lunch
While Thais eat Khao tom when they don’t know what to eat, I was happily eating it every day for breakfasts. After a few rounds, when I understood which sauce would rather go with it, the entire thing tasted even better.
5. Tuktuks and Motorbike Taxis
Despite being scammed a few of times, my love for tuktuk and motorbike taxi rides is undying. I’d happily exchange the boring auto rikshaws in New Delhi, with those funky tuktuks that come in all sizes, colors, and shapes.
6. Street Food
Eating out at roadside stalls in Thailand was super easy. You find a place you fancy. Try to explain the person-in-charge that you’re hungry. They name you different dishes in Thai. After a few confused looks you mutually agree upon eating something. You sit down. Wait for 5 minutes, and get a complete different thing than what you ordered. You dare to taste it. And presto! “No food can be better than this” says a voice inside you.
Street food in Thailand is totally amazing. It’s cheap, tastes great, hygienic and rich in variety. If ever – in near future – I decided to visit Thailand again, the food I had there will most likely be the compelling reason.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A full time travel writer/photographer, Dev quit his job in 2015 to travel the world. He now runs a blog, where he shares his stories with others, and inspire them to realize their travel dreams.