If you're someone whose entire friend-list seems to be partying at the gorgeous beaches of Thailand, but you haven't got around to planning a trip yet, I am here to tell you that there couldn't be a better time than 2019 to make a trip to Thailand. No, this time I don't just come armed with pretty pictures to convince you, I've also got data to support my claims.
Thailand received 1.6 million tourists from India in 2018 alone and we spent a whopping Rs. 160 billion on our trips. India ranks 6th amongst all nationalities who visited Thailand and thus, the country is opening gates to lure more Indians into their country.
One of the biggest steps that have been taken in order to promote Indians travelling to Thailand is withdrawing the ฿2,000 (₹4582) visa-on-arrival fees. This was eligible only till the end of 2018, but has now been extended till October 31, 2019!
In addition, Thailand Tourism is also attracting specific groups like honeymooners, first-time travellers, women travellers and families. At the same time, the latest 'Hidden Shades of Thailand' advertisement seeks to attract tourists away from mainstream destinations such as Pattaya and Phi Phi and show them the lesser-explored Thailand. Wat Phumin, Nan, Ko Tao, Surat Thani, Thale Noi, Phatthalung are destinations that are beautifully covered in the video.
Moreover, Thailand is being boosted as a "value-for-money" as well as a niche destination which is the perfect amalgamation of what an Indian tourist expects from a vacation. Travelling between the countries is becoming increasingly convenient with 307 weekly flights connecting 16 major cities to Thailand.
So what are you waiting for? Thailand is becoming more affordable and yet, promises an exquisite experience. Book your tickets and head to the country before April ends.