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Why Thailand is One of the Best Places to Visit in 2021

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We can’t wait to get back to the Land of Smiles again and, with restrictions gradually being relaxed, 2021 holidays to Thailand are well and truly on the cards. Best of all, this wildlife-rich, culture-packed and beach-filled destination is one of the safest places you can explore right now too. So, for those of you planning your 2021 adventure, here’s why Thailand is a great destination to visit during coronavirus:

Masks have been encouraged from the start

Almost as soon as the first cases were announced, public health officials in Thailand were urging everyone to wear a face mask at all times. This is a country where personal hygiene has been paramount during the virus, and the early adoption of face coverings are thought to be a key factor in the low transmission rate here.

Thailand has a pretty robust healthcare system

It’s thought that Thailand is among the world's leading medical tourism destinations. Indeed, healthcare professionals in Thailand are well equipped when it comes to pandemics and contagious diseases, are were quick to treat coronavirus patients successfully when the virus first hit.

Hugs and handshakes aren’t customary

In Thailand, the general greeting is the ‘wai’ – a small bow with hands held in prayer position. This makes social distancing an absolute breeze. Using the wai will also help visitors feel more integrated into Thai culture during their visit.

Coronavirus case numbers are low

With around 3,500 cases to date, most of which were recorded in Bangkok, the coronavirus impact in Thailand has been fairly modest – certainly when compared to the UK. The death rate is low (less than 60), and, at time of writing, there had been no reported cases of local transmission for seven weeks.

It’s got plenty of wide-open spaces

No need to stress about keeping 2m apart here – beyond the hustle and bustle of Bangkok there are plenty of offbeat (and quiet) locations to be explored. Think the lush greenery and natural wonders of Pai to the northeast, or the secluded yet paradisical island of Koh Chang in Eastern Thailand. Whether jungle trekking or sun soaking is your vibe, it’s easy to do that here without another soul in sight.

Responsible tourism is still a key focus

We may be in the midst of a pandemic, but responsible tourism is still as important as it’s ever been – if not more so. While we’ve all be stuck at home, not travelling as much, the planet has had a chance to breathe and recuperate. Wildlife and wilderness areas are thriving, something which has become hugely apparent Thailand. But then, the Land of Smiles has always placed a huge emphasis on travelling sustainably and, with a little bit of care and planning, we can continue to nurture nature when we explore this beautiful country. Check out our responsible wildlife experiences blog for more inspiration.

Written by Alexandra Cronin (Gregg)

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not getting up close to animals and sea creatures, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. 

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