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Thailand Travel Tips

Thailand Travel Tips

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A review of travel and tour possibilities to Thailand highlighting value for money properties, low cost budget airlines, places to stay, visa fee waivers, and Thai food options.
As The Tourism Authority of Thailand has oved to promote travel and tourism to Thailand in 209, the kingdom offers excellent value for money and we collect a number of tips to maximize value for money and to suggest unusual alternatives for those planning a jorney to Thailand in 2009 or beyond.
A review of travel and tour possibilities to Thailand highlighting value for money properties, low cost budget airlines, places to stay, visa fee waivers, and Thai food options.
As The Tourism Authority of Thailand has oved to promote travel and tourism to Thailand in 209, the kingdom offers excellent value for money and we collect a number of tips to maximize value for money and to suggest unusual alternatives for those planning a jorney to Thailand in 2009 or beyond.

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 Thailand lures back visitors with new and cost-conscious attractions
Thailand still maintains its appeal to visitors, with its golden, palm-fringedbeaches, its jungle-clad mountains, its welcoming people, its vibrantnightlife and world-renowned cuisine. And our experience shows that"there is no better time than 09" to visit!Whilst Thailand has not suffered the economic woes to the same extentas experienced elsewhere across the globe, it has definitely seen adecrease in visitor arrivals in 2009. In a country that is so dependent upontourism to prop up its foreign reserves and to provide employment for itsnationals, the importance of reacting quickly to the situation has notbeen missed, and every effort is being made to lure visitors back to thekingdom.
So what does this mean for us, the guests?
To start with, getting to the country has become cheaper. Oil priceshave collapsed and air tickets are now considerably less expensive thanin 08, and numerous airlines have special offers for trips to the majoraviation of Bangkok.Upon arrival, visitors have reported noting to a new attitude: whilst theThais have always been welcoming to foreigners, there is a suggestionthat whilst a steady flow of guests had previously been taken forgranted, there is now a genuine desire to ensure all visitors arewelcomed with open arms. Even visa fees have been waived for the firsthalf of 2009! (see below)
 
Places to Eat
Thai Cuisine is renowned for its spiciness and for its balance of five basicflavours - hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty, and bitter (optional). However,there is no such thing as one all-encompassing cuisine, and it is easier tobreak Thai food down into its regional parts: Northern, Northeastern (orIsan), Central, and Southern. It should also be noted that Thai food hassomething to please evry palate – so vegetarians or those who dislikechili, for example, can readily be catered to.Southern curries, for example, tend to contain coconut milk and freshturmeric, while northeastern dishes often include lime juice. The cuisine ofNortheastern (or Isan) Thailand is heavily influenced by Laos. Manypopular dishes eaten in Thailand were originally Chinese dishes whichwere introduced to Thailand mainly by migrants.Thai food is characterized by its generous use of fresh (rather than dried)herbs and spices, as well as nam pla(fish sauce.)
Places to Stay
When it comes to recommending where to stay and what to see, oursuggestions have now changed in the new climate. The visitor toThailand will find best value in seeking out properties either owned andoperated by locals, in their home towns or provinces (to which they havereturned after a period of economic migration to the capital), orproperties owned by foreigners now feeling the pinch and needing toseek a return on what were once dream holiday homes for personal use.So by all means book yourself a hotel in Bangkok for the beginning andend of your stay (and insist on a good package or deal!), but betweenthese capital breaks, sandwich a relaxing holiday in your own privatehouse or villa.Finding and renting a holiday house may not always appear simple, butif you target reputable sites specializing in Thai holiday homes, or identifyprofessional sites from standalone villa owners, you will not go wrong. Werecommendwww.thailandholidayhouse.com, with its limited listings ofonly five or so privately held villas, usefully sorted by region or province,with a description of the area itself. Most of these villas have privateswimming pools, and many offer full service when required, making yourvacation so much easier.

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