Thailand receives tens of thousands of foreign tourists every year and although most of them may go for Thailand’s exotic beaches, others go for other reasons and here are some of those reasons.
Although far less popular for sex tourism than it was, some people still go to the country’s capital Bangkok as it was once known as the sex tourism capital of the world. This was a name it acquired during the Vietnam War when American soldiers would go to Bangkok on their R & R (Rest and Recuperation).
To cater to the needs of the soldiers, the Thai government reviewed and relaxed its laws regarding prostitution and as these relaxed laws were still in place after the war, it became the center for sex tourism.
Another reason people choose to visit Thailand is because of its rich wild life, being home to 10% of the world’s animals. This figure includes 10% of the world’s bird species and so is an ideal place for bird watchers but other animals of interest are Elephants of which there is thought to be over 2,000 still living in the wild.
The other estimated 3,000 have been tamed and most of which work for villagers throughout the country but some of course, are especially trained to provide entertainment for the foreign visitors.
Although no visitor would want to come face to face with one of Thailand’s King Cobras, the largest poisonous snake in the world, they do like to see the displays put on by Thailand’s snake charmers where they set a mongoose and a King Cobra to do battle in a pen.
Botanists also have much to see in Thailand as it is the world’s largest exporter of Orchids and is thought to have at least 1,500 different species growing throughout the country.
Some visitors also like to visit Thailand because of its rich history. Thailand has always been thought of as an exotic location, even in its former days when it was known to the world as Siam and there is probably nothing more exotic than the stunning Buddhist Temples that can be found throughout the country.
Although most tourists will get to see the main ones located in Bangkok, many of the others are also quite memorable.
If you are visiting Thailand to just go to one of the popular beaches, as the Thais in the tourism business speak English, you will have no real need to learn Thai before going but if you visiting Thailand for one of the other reasons, it is probably best to at least learn some Thai before you go.
As the Thai people are friendly and very appreciative of any foreigners that take trouble to learn their language, even if you do not really have a need to learn their language as you are sticking to the tourist areas, you will find it far easier to make friends among the Thai people if you know at least a couple of popular phrases.