Thailand remains a popular tourist destination despite a global recession.
July 16, 2012– Thailand’s tourism numbers are still up. Between January and May of 2012, international tourists arriving to Thailand increased by more than 7.25% even though the world has been slowed by the economic crisis. Britons increased their visits to the country by 12% in just May of this year compared to May of 2011. The strong results cement the Asian destination as one of the worlds most popular. Currently Thailand is ranked 11th by the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations.
The country has a number of different options to choose from while vacationing. Its beautiful islands of Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui and Phuket offer great accommodations and tours to allow people an insight into the cultures, traditions, landscape and wildlife of the islands.
The most famous island in Thailand is Phuket. It is mountainous and has sandy beaches that surround it with warm waters from the Andaman Sea that lap the shore. Holidays on the island can include cooking classes in local cuisine, sunset cruises with dinner and drinks in a traditional boat and other excursions including a trip to a marine park. Prices are not expensive as hotel rates start at only $50 per night.
Koh Samui, which was rebuilt after the tsunami of 2004, is more relaxed than Phuket with a number of beautiful waterfalls to visit and ancient temples to wander through. Thailand is still very safe for the traveler and has not been affected by the economic crisis like many other worldwide destinations.