Thailand Tourism – An Overview

Thailand Tourism

Bangkok is considered to be one of the most visited places in the world and the rest of Thailand is almost as popular. Thus, it comes to no surprise that Thailand tourism is a major contributor to the country’s economy. People from all around the world visit Thailand due to its numerous attractions that are not restricted only to famous islands and historical places. The country also attracts tourists because of the friendly Thai people and the relatively ease in which people can travel to and around it.

Thailand Tourism as Part of Economic Growth

Thailand Tourism is considered as one of the main economic contributors of the country. Tourism in Thailand has been improving a lot over the last 50 years; Millions of people are continuously coming to visit and enjoy the numerous attractions found within. Despite the fact that the amount of tourists visiting is in the millions and this number increases every year, Thailand tourism only makes up 7% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The country’s export industry, which provides 60% of Thailand economy, is still its bread and butter. As the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia, Thailand keeps on producing high quality fish and rice, textiles, rubber, automobiles, computers, electronic appliances, and jewelry for exports.

But no matter how little or big Thailand tourism contributes to the country’s economy, it still plays a major role in their economic progress. So why is Thailand still considered the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia? This is simply because you can find almost anything here, from breath-taking beaches and awesome jungles to exquisite food, bazaars, and a variety of hotels. Obviously, tourism in Thailand has more to offer for every kind of tourist, be it on a luxurious or economic kind of travel.

Thailand Tourism, Then and Now

Despite of some political instability in 2006 caused by a military coup formed to oust their Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and a historical dip in Thailand Tourism in 2008 caused by protestors who took over the Bangkok Airport, Thailand went back on track in 2010. According to Secretary General Taleb Rifai, the country made a huge leap with a 12% growth in their international tourist arrivals. Indeed, the country was still able to use its charm among many tourists all around the world.

As of this year, the Thailand government has come up with different tactics to keep Thailand’s name and image as the most visited country in the world. These tactics aim to ensure that Thailand tourism will keep on taking advantage of all the upcoming opportunities brought by the emerging visitors from different parts of the world. In line with this, they would also do their best to always  be prepared for any threats and challenges that might come up along the way. Thailand is set to a target of 22.22 million international tourist arrivals this 2013.

The Best Time to Visit Thailand

Thailand tourism is actually active the whole year round. However, it does still depend on the travelers’ preferences. There are tourists who would love to enjoy the sun and the beach or Thailand’s scheduled festivals and would head on without bothering much on the costs during the peak season (October to April). On the other hand, some will avoid the crowd and would prefer to visit Thailand during the rainy season or off-peak season (May until September). Whichever season you do pick to visit, you’ll still enjoy a lot of the same entertainments, attractions, and accommodations (the latter though would definitely be loads cheaper).

The Pride of Thailand Tourism

Thailand tourism would never have progressed so far over the years without the awesome places that tourists love to visit and explore.

Found in Southern Thailand, Ko Tarutao belongs to the 51 islands that are included in the Tarutao National Marine Park. Tourists are attracted to its exquisite wildlife, unspoiled beaches, waterfalls, great hiking trails, and breathtaking view.

Travelers will surely enjoy the historic Ayuthaya which is filled with the remains of temples and palaces. It was known to be the largest city in the world with 1,000,000 inhabitants. Back in 1767, the Burmese destroyed the city and the kingdom collapsed. Today, Ayuthaya has become a well-known historic park in Thailand.

Tourists who love to shop and are on the lookout for unique handicrafts, arts, clothing, and imported products find Chiang Mai as their haven. Chiang Mai has a famous night bazaar that was initially owned by Chinese merchants. Now, it is owned by many owners most of whom are Thais.