Reasons Why Not to Visit Thailand

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

Thailand is considered to be a central hubs for travelers who decide to explore Southeast Asia. Due to its geographical location, visiting Thailand is pretty accessible as onward journeys by land to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia are all part of the standard tourist route. However, despite its popularity, Thailand is also slowly getting a bad reputation among travelers. So to those that are on the fence on this, here are reasons why not to visit Thailand.

Don’t visit Thailand if you don’t want cheap and delicious food

I will boldly make the claim that Thailand has one of the best cuisines in the whole Southeast Asia. The street food there is to die for! So much flavor, variety, and well…did I mention that most of it you can get for $1? So if you don’t fancy affordable meals that are delicious…don’t visit Thailand. However, if you do want some mouth-watering eats, head to Thailand and don’t miss out on eating plates of Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, and Pad Krapow.

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Don’t visit Thailand if you don’t want to live like a king

One of the reasons why Thailand is so popular is because it is so affordable! Value for money, especially for accommodations goes far. You can get dorm rooms for as cheap as $5 or a private villa with a pool for as low as $50. The choice is yours! So if you want expensive basic rooms with little amenities, don’t visit Thailand. However, if you want a good bang for your buck, relish in the affordability of the luxurious amenities that Thailand has to offer.

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Don’t visit Thailand if you don’t want to marvel at beautiful architecture

The architecture of Thailand is beautiful! It represents the countries culture along with their religious beliefs. The often ornately designs which are all handcrafted is a sight to see when in the country. Don’t even get me started on the stunning temples! So if you don’t want to stand in awe of their intricate designs and architecture, don’t go to Thailand. On the other hand, if you want to see a countries culture so beautifully represented in their temples and buildings, head on over to see it for yourself.

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Don’t visit Thailand if you Don’t want to Get Wet

Every year, Thailand is home to the world’s biggest water fight celebration. The Songkran Festival happens every April and marks the Thai New Year. To celebrate, people take it to the streets and engage in one giant water fight which symbolizes the cleansing and coming of transformation and change. It is a massive festival which is celebrated all over Thailand. So if you don’t want to dance, party, and get wet in one of the world’s largest street festivals, don’t visit Thailand. However, if you want to enjoy and celebrate with both tourists and locals, make sure to visit Thailand during Songkran.  People squirting each other at a water festival

Don’t visit Thailand if you don’t want to bask on stunning beaches

Imagine yourself boating to uninhabited islands, swimming in crystal clear waters as you lie down in a pristine beach with a coconut in hand. The Thai Islands are really something else and is a picture of perfection. Skip out on the popular well known islands and instead, find your own slice of heaven visiting the many other around it. So if relaxing on beaches isn’t your thing, don’t visit Thailand. But if you want to bask in the sunshine and explore the beauty of the islands around you, do make time to visit Thailand.

Related: Best Thailand Beaches

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Don’t Visit Thailand if you don’t want to experience the Land of the Smiles

Lately, there has been a lot of mixed press regarding the Thai people. We can only speak from experience, but from our multiple trips to the country, we have found the Thai people to be friendly, humble, and helpful, especially those in the small provinces. People are always willing to help as they beam a big bright smile your way. Naturally, people can still have bad experiences. You are still in a foreign country expected to respect their land and culture. So if you don’t want to meet some of the friendliest locals in Southeast Asia, don’t go to Thailand. On the other hand, if you want to see the most genuine smiles while you’re traveling, visit Thailand. Need more convincing? Here are more reasons as to why people love visiting Thailand.A group of local children

Don’t Visit Thailand if you don’t like warm weather

Thailand is hot. Like seriously hot! The sun is often blaring down on you so if you don’t like the heat, maybe Thailand isn’t for you. However, if you enjoy days in spent in the sunshine as you do exciting activities like white water rafting, jungle trekking, or even just lying down on a hammock in some random beach bar, start planning your trip to Thailand now.  A beach in Thailand

Don’t Visit Thailand if you don’t want to get culture shocked

Culture shock doesn’t always have to be a bad thing…and believe me, a visit to Thailand would definitely give you that! The noise, the chaos, the exotic animals served as snacks. This is all part of the experience of traveling. Embracing another culture, no matter how different it is from yours. So if you don’t want to experience a culture that is completely different from yours, don’t visit Thailand (or any other country in Asia), but if you are open to the experience, you might just find yourself enthralled by the things around you.

A tribe woman playing a guitarI could go on and on but in reality, I think you get the picture. What we love about Thailand is the diversity of people, culture, food, and experiences. You can frolic around the islands and have a blast or spend a week hiking and traveling up North. The variety of experiences and the beauty of the country is something that keeps us coming back!

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17 thoughts on “Reasons Why Not to Visit Thailand”

  1. Huh, and here I was expecting a critique of sex slavery and child exploitation, which is why I decided not to go to Thailand. Well played, though!

  2. How was that for reverse psychology? lol You bring up so many great points about Thailand and I personally love that my American money can go so far there. Wow, live like kings in that country! I hope to make it to that area for travels in the near future. 😉

  3. I’ve been to Bangkok once before, and will be there for a few days at the end of May. Looking forward to the trip back, and to take part in all of these things. For hotel people, there are good deals, but as someone who likes to stick to Western brands, the deals are not THAT great. $100-$125 for a Marriott in Thailand is still a much better deal than you’ll find in other major cities, though.

  4. When I read the title, I was wondering why would anybody not go to Thailand. But was in for surprise! 🙂

    Couldn’t have agreed more. I have been to Thailand 8 times and everytime there’s something new to experience.

  5. We were in Thailand for a month last year, visited Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ao Nang and Krabi and I can attest to the delicious food! My favorite was all the fresh fruits and vegetables to be found in any street corner. I do miss the food very much.

  6. I don’t know how many people I’ve told that Thailand simply has to be the best place in the world, and yes…arguably the BEST food anywhere (and for that price!? Yes please, I’ll take another Pad Thai and Thai Iced Tea!)

  7. Loved this blogging style, showing the other side of “What Not” style. makes the post more interesting than it already is. Been to Thailand and will never get tired of going back!

  8. I loved Thailand, though I only spent 5 days in Bangkok. The food is incredible and I liked the people and the places. The people are really friendly, though I would not say it is the country where they always smile (did expect that actually, but found other cultures even friendlier). Hope, I will see more of those stunning beaches one day 🙂


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