Bangkok: Still the World’s Greatest Backpacker Hub

Bangkok the world`s greatest backpacker hub
Backpacker in Bangkok

The History of Backpacking in Thailand

Thailand is widely known as the Gateway to the East, the first stop for the adventurous traveler on a continent full of wonder and excitement, whether taking a rugged path, a spiritual journey or an exotic vacation for those with more refined taste.

Since the 1960’s and 70’s, when soldiers ending their service in Vietnam and globe-tripping hippies alike took to roaming the countryside exploring the country’s striking beauty, Thailand has been especially popular with backpackers, to the point that it became known as the “backpacking hub of the world.”

Even as the wandering style exploration of the Vietnam era faded and the time of the guided tour and travel guide book began, backpack trekking continued to flourish. Particularly popular and well-loved locations on the “Silk Road” went into the first hand-written guides passed between experienced travelers and novices alike, making those beloved places even bigger spots on the world traveler’s map.

Folks who might not have found the traveler’s jewel that is Thailand were invited by those who had been there to come and see. With the publishing of the famous guide books, The Lonely Planet, that evolution exploded. Word broke out: not only was Southeast Asia beautiful, but you could travel from one end to another, see the sights, experience a fantastic culture, and meet fascinating people from all around the world for next to no money.

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The Alternative Culture of Bangkok

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Thailand is one of the most colourful and vibrant countries in the world. In Bangkok, it has a capital that’s all that and much more. A city that has been exposed to a variety of western influences, Bangkok has maintained its identity while ensuring that tourists and residents also get a taste of the world with a Thai twist.

Taking you away from the night-life, street food and red-light districts of Bangkok, we take a look at some of the lesser known things that makes Bangkok a pleasure to be in.

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Which are the best places to visit in Thailand?

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Have you ever wonder which are the best places to visit in Thailand? Thailand is considered to be a sparkling jewel in the crown of Southeast Asia.

It is a holiday paradise that welcomes travelers with open arms regardless of their budget. Thailand is ideal for the backpacker as well as those who are looking at splurging.

Thailand is located right at the center of Southeast Asia and is aptly referred to as the heart of this continent. Read on to find out the 7 most interesting places to visit in Thailand.

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Grand Palace – Bangkok

Bangkok – Expect the unexpected at Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. This city has a mystical air about it as if it is trying to tell you a secret. The city is known for its famous and some infamous attractions.

As you step foot into Bangkok you may be overwhelmed with the crowd and the chaos. Roam the streets and sample the fresh street food that Thailand is so famous for.

Visit the various temples and get a feel of the faith and religion of the people. Explore the Khaosan Road, a short street that offers the visitors hotel accommodations, dance clubs and bars. The street comes to life after sun down.

Koh Samui – Koh Samui is the second largest and most beautiful island in Thailand. This island is the ultimate party destination and the Full Moon party held here is a highly anticipated event.

The island during the day is a great place to relax and unwind on the white velvety sand. The crystal clear water is warm and inviting.

Phuket – Travel in the south west direction to reach Phuket. This island is a great place to explore the gorgeous outdoors of Thailand. If visitors wish to indulge in a bit of sightseeing then this is the right place to go to.

Phuket has some of the beautiful sun kissed beaches with mesmerizing vistas. Visitors can also explore the underwater aquarium, feed hungry crocodiles at the crocodile farm and visit the enchanting butterfly garden.

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5 Places That You Should Not Miss In Thailand

Thailand is one of the leading tourist destinations in the South East Asia, but it is understandable why. For one, It boasts a perfect combination of awe-inspiring natural beauty, irresistible mouthwatering Thai delicacies, rich gothic architecture and more importantly renowned hospitality of the Thai people.

There is something for every tourist in Thailand, from the verdant green islands of the in-famous Andaman Sea to the studded mountains of the famous Mae Hong Son, to tranquil villages beautifully located along the Mekong River, not to mention the ever lively and pulsating dance clubs in the country, you can never get enough of Thailand.

Here are the Top 5 places you should never miss when you take a trip down to this famous South East Asian Country.

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Bangkok – this is the first must-visit destination in Thailand, the capital city of Thailand. It has an estimated population of over 12 million citizens (inclusive of the neighboring provinces), hence is the largest city in the whole of Thailand.

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Budgeting For Travel In Southeast Asia

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One of the many reasons that Southeast Asia is fast-becoming the most popular tourist destination in the world is the incredible value for money you’ll find in the region. If you’re planning a holiday to

and trying to form a budget, the good news is that it’s one of the cheapest places you can travel. From quality Vietnam hotels that come in under the $20 range to bungalows on the beach in Thailand for less than a meal would cost back home, accommodation is as cheap as chips, and don’t get us started on the food!

Here is a brief (and by no means comprehensive) guide for budgeting for travel in Southeast Asia.

Cheapest Countries

If you’re trying to get your pennies to stretch further, then Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines are going to be your best options. Your average meal in these countries will be between $3-$5, with bottles of beer coming in at between 10c and $1.

When it comes to accommodation, you can expect to pay around $5 per night for very basic accommodation without air-conditioning, and between $10-$15 per night for middle-of-the-range.

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See the Unexplored Thailand

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Situated in the centre of Southeast Asia, Thailand is a wondrous, exotic collection of islands full of beautiful temples, exotic wildlife, jungles, and beaches, unique culture, delectable spicy food and smiles wherever you go.

Thailand holidays are intoxicating and inviting: some who visit Thailand end up becoming residents, fully enraptured by its spirit and ever welcoming smile.

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Six Top Holiday Spots for Singles

Whether you’re an unattached man or woman, here are our top six destinations for singles that’ll ensure you have the time of your life…

1. Thailand

Exotic destination brimming with possibility? Check. You’ve seen The Beach right? Picture your trip to Thailand like that, except with a less violent and surreal ending. Not only that, Thailand offers heart-thumping adventure, sublime secrets waiting to be discovered and endless possibilities waiting to be explored – the spectacular natural and cultural sights alone are worth the journey.

To add to this though there are also various festivals, events and exhibitions that happen throughout the year which will keep any solo traveller entertained to the max.

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