It's because of the stunning scenery, friendly people, beautiful islands and their beaches and tasty food that many backpackers include Thailand on their round the world adventure. There are lots of islands to choose from for some rest and relaxation and you should try and visit several of them to experience some of the most beautiful places on earth. Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao and Koh Samui are the places to go for beaches, snorkeling and diving, whereas if you want to have one of the craziest nights of your life head to the full moon party in Koh Phangan!
If you're lucky enough to be visiting Thailand during the Thai New Year you'll experience a water fight like no other. Songkran is hard to believe! Everyone from the youngest Thai citizens to the oldest citizens, tuk tuk drivers, shop owners, tourists and anyone else on the street during Songkran will soak you with water. They use hoses, water pistols, buckets... literally anything they can get their hands on to drench anyone who happens to be in Thailand. It's seriously crazy and one of the most fun things I've ever experienced!
Thailand really does it have all. Every type of bar you can imagine, friendly locals, exotic wildlife, serene temples, some of the tastiest (and cheapest) food in the world, beautiful beaches, all kinds of massages (!) and a modern capital city.
It's a popular stop-off either before or after visiting Australia and New Zealand (and highly recommended by us!).