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Thailand: what's the attraction?

This question is entirely hypothetical, as I'll never be able to afford to go there, but I'm just curious: why is Thailand so popular as a holiday destination?
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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This question is entirely hypothetical, as I'll never be able to afford to go there, but I'm just curious: why is Thailand so popular as a holiday destination?
Cheap prostitutes, friendly locals.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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This question is entirely hypothetical, as I'll never be able to afford to go there, but I'm just curious: why is Thailand so popular as a holiday destination?
1. Easy to get there (routing-wise)
2. Cheap and affordable
3. Exotic culture with strong Buddhist tradition
4. Yummy food
5. Great beaches (if you're into that kind of thing)
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

It is affordable, compared to Mauritius, Maldives etc. I think that that is a big part of the attraction.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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This question is entirely hypothetical, as I'll never be able to afford to go there, but I'm just curious: why is Thailand so popular as a holiday destination?
Mostly, this I think.
In addition, beaches, food and....ahem...local flora & fauna
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Cheap prostitutes, friendly locals.
The first, of course, is a given. The second isn't unique to Thailand.

Yet many decent, ordinary (well, loaded and ordinary) people make the effort to go all that way for something more than cheap prostitutes and friendly locals.

What are they going for?
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Old 28.07.2011, 11:31
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It is affordable, compared to Mauritius, Maldives etc. I think that that is a big part of the attraction.
Mauritius/Maldives and Thailand target completely different customers. Thailand is for the cheapo middle class European or the American backpacker....whereas Mauritius/Maldives cater to a higher budget.
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1. Easy to get there (routing-wise)
But it's a hellishly long journey, compared to Spain or Greece.

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2. Cheap and affordable
It costs a lot to get there, though.

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These last three make sense.
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The first, of course, is a given. The second isn't unique to Thailand.

Yet many decent, ordinary (well, loaded and ordinary) people make the effort to go all that way for something more than cheap prostitutes and friendly locals.

What are they going for?
I think they just got for the cheap prostitutes.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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It costs a lot to get there, though.
Please determine "cost a lot".
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I think they just got for the cheap prostitutes.
Hmmm.... I do wonder...
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Please determine "cost a lot".
More than the price of a flight to Malaga or Athens.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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I went to visit temples. But I thought it was kinda creepy to see all of the middle-aged, overweight white men traveling solo in their tourist costumes. It makes me wretch thinking about what they might be there for.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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More than the price of a flight to Malaga or Athens.
Not necessarily....are you just assuming or is this a factual statement?
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Old 28.07.2011, 11:35
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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Yet many decent, ordinary (well, loaded and ordinary) people make the effort to go all that way for something more than cheap prostitutes and friendly locals.

What are they going for?
What else does a man's heart desire.

Keeps him busy while his wife seeks out that other Thai speciality, guaranteed genuine designer fashion items at cheap prices.
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Old 28.07.2011, 11:36
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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I went to visit temples. But I thought it was kinda creepy to see all of the middle-aged, overweight white men traveling solo in their tourist costumes. It makes me wretch thinking about what they're there for.
Middle-age overweight men are naturally attracted to Buddhism.

Buddhims's founder was middle-aged and overweight you know.

I cannot possibly think what else they were there for.
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Old 28.07.2011, 11:37
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

It shouldn't be so popular IMO - like Italy, it's luck and clever marketing. It's why Italian olive oil, noodles, rice and oven baked flat bread are all more popular than their Spanish equivalents. For me, Malaysia is the place, especially KL and Penang. And as for cost, you'll be surprised. A package holiday there can be cheaper than going to Greece. My first trip to Malaysia from London was flight and 4 star hotel for a week for 550 pounds. I saw an advert in the Sunday Times which I tore out. Amazing experience.
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Not necessarily....are you just assuming or is this a factual statement?
Assuming, based on what I've seen in travel agents' windows in the past.
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Old 28.07.2011, 11:39
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

Hmmm... so it's not as expensive as I thought to get there - but it's still a very long way away.

Seems like a lot of effort for a nice beach and a bit of dinner.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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Assuming, based on what I've seen in travel agents' windows in the past.
You need to shop around, Europe is cheaper for short holidays ( cheap flight, expensive when you get there), SE Asia is cheaper for longer holidays (the opposite)
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