The Thailand Tourism has done extremely well to promote itself as a tourist destination. It created a space in the travel industry as a budget destination with all the right ingredients like temples, water sports and theme parks.
Thailand receives tourists from around the world and India is no different. So what is it that attracts the Indian tourist to Thailand considering there is stiff competition in the Asian sector with Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali and Laos around the corner?
1) Easy to get there
Honestly, it is not a big deal to go to Thailand anymore. Roughly four hours by air, most airlines, including low cost carriers like Go Air, Indigo and Air Asia run daily direct flights to and fro Thailand. The currency is cheap and the Indian tourist does not mind indulging. Even if you choose to visit Thailand with a tour agency, a basic package would cost you no more than 25,000 INR (all inclusive of return flights, accommodation, meals and sightseeing). Your trip to Manali or Spiti is likely to cost almost same, so why not go international?
2) No Visa hassles
While a lot of beautiful countries in Europe, U.S.A. and the Middle East require you to arrange for a visa ahead of time, Thailand throws that logic out of the window. Thailand has a visa on arrival facility for almost most countries including India, so you could even plan this as a last moment extended weekend trip.