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Thailand has an amazing variety of appealing destinations for seniors, including the following selected locations: Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Rayong, Phuket, and Nong Khai. Beyond these destinations, the country is your oyster; you will find hidden pearls in the least expected places. All you really need to bring is an open mind and a sense of adventure.
If you’re a mountain person, head north to Chiang Mai, and go from there. You’ll soon find yourself in beautiful mountain ranges speckled with the small villages of northern Thai or “mountain peoples” (sometimes called “hilltribes”), such as the Karen, Lisu, Lahu, Hmong, Yao, and Akha. The best part of all is how welcoming everyone is: drive into a village, and soon you’ll be surrounded by helpful and curious souls. (This is when having the appropriate phrasebook will come in handy.)
If you’re more of a sun, sand, and surf person, you could hardly do better than the world famous beaches of Phuket, Krabi, Hua Hin, Rayong, and Jomtien. Less well known, but equally enjoyable, are the beaches that begin appearing along the Mekong River after the rains end, from January on through May or June, typically, depending when the rains begin again.
Food stalls and restaurants open up on the “Mekong Beach”, inner tubes are rented out, and everyone totally enjoys a “day at the beach” on the shores of the mighty Mekong. The seafood – or rather river food – is delicious, and the hours fly by watching the traffic on the Friendship Bridge go back and forth between Thailand and Laos.
The following introduces you to some of Thailand’s key destinations, along with enough activities and attractions, resorts and restaurants, and information to keep you thoroughly entertained and engaged, no matter how long or short your stay in the Kingdom.
Pattaya, located on the Gulf of Thailand, is often called “Thailand’s favorite seaside resort”. A short two-hour drive from Bangkok takes you to an incredible tropical paradise by the sea.
Chiang Mai, known as Thailand’s “second city” is often rated as one of the world’s most livable cities. After the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, many visitors immediately fall in love with Chiang Mai and its laid back lifestyle.
Thailand’s world-class seaport, stunning beaches, and international spas and resorts attract about four million visitors a year. If you had to sum up Thailand’s largest island in one word, it would probably be “marine”.
Hua Hin is one of the Kingdom’s more attractive destinations for seniors; frankly, it’s one of Thailand’s most attractive destinations overall, though it is in many ways an open secret.
Rayong is a well-known destination for Thais, but a bit off the beaten track for most Western visitors, despite being only 35 miles from Pattaya.
In many ways, Nong Khai is the end of the line. If you take the overnight train into Isan, northeast Thailand, your final destination in Thailand would be Nong Khai.