You don’t need to enhance any photos you take in Thailand. It’s just stunning. – Nikita Hadskins
I can’t think of anything more exhilarating than going on a trip with a bunch of my best friends for a few days – island hopping, sipping cocktails, going elephant-back riding and spending all day in my bikini. Sound dreamy? That’s just the short of how Nikita Hadskins and her friends spent their time in Thailand. Take a look at why Thailand should be your go-to for a group holiday:
It’s really affordable
South Africans who love to travel can all tell you a tale about the time they were in Thailand, or at least that they’re thinking of going. It’s one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and also one of the few places on the planet where South African currency is actually worth more than the local currency – the Thai Baht.
The scenery is heavenly
Remembering her most memorable moments, Nikita recalls travelling by speedboat to four of the six islands that make up Phi Phi Islands. She recalls having a pretty bumpy ride en route to the islands but that it was well worth it. “My favourite beach to have visited on that day was Maya beach. It was absolutely beautiful. I honestly wouldn’t be able to think of any words that would justly describe how incredible it all was. The sand was warm; the water was clear, fading into different shades of blue and the surrounding scenery set the stage for a movie. In this new age, where social media has taken over, you don’t need to enhance any photos you take in Thailand. It’s just stunning.”
There’s so much to do and see
Nikita goes on to highlight how Thailand is the perfect holiday destination due to its variety for diverse travellers. “If you are planning to lounge about, soaking up the sun, there are beautiful beaches with clear, warm waters to unwind. For a wild shopping spree and bargains, explore the day and night markets and huge shopping malls that have up to 10 floors and sell everything that you could possibly imagine. If however, you’re feeling a bit adventurous and want to explore the beautiful islands, take a day trip to see the islands; swim and go canoeing or snorkelling. Thai people are extremely humble and very friendly which adds to the whole experience.”
The food’s not bad at all
“Before going to Thailand, a few people warned that we could get sick from eating local foods. We were extremely lucky as none of us had any bad experiences with the food – in fact, the food was quite tasty and often came in large portions. Most of the dishes that we tried were different curries or stir fry made from pork, chicken or shrimp and served with either egg-fried rice or noodles.”
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3 Major Thailand Survival hacks
Protect your skin
Pack lots of insect repellent to avoid pesky mosquitoes and sunscreen to shield from the sun.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate buying prices at the markets.
“Most of the time, their first price is already double of what they are expecting to settle at,” says Nikita.
Watch out for scams
While exploring the nightlife, she recalls coming into contact with people who tried to trick her and her friends into buying club tickets to clubs that didn’t charge an entry fee.
Follow Nikita on Instagram to view more photos of her experience in Thailand.