Why You Should Visit Thailand
We’ve revisited a blog this week which highlights one of our favorite places in the world to travel, Thailand. If you haven’t explored Thai cuisine and culture (or even if you have!), this could be your season to visit Thailand. On our Thai culinary tour, our wonderful guides share expert knowledge in intimate settings, just like all our tours at Access Culinary Trips.
Thailand, located in the Southeastern subregion of Asia, is one Far Eastern nation that is particularly fascinating to Western societies. Bordered to the north by Laos and Burma, to the south by Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, and by the Andaman Sea to the west. Known formerly as Siam, Thailand is the world’s 51st largest nation and is well-known for its vast collection of Hindu and Buddhist temples, production of tin, and beautiful southern beaches. Thai culinary traditions, particularly the unique spiciness, have also been praised and adopted by Western cultures which have incorporated Thai food into everyday life.
Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice, shipping out over six million tons of the staple food each year. As such, rice production and exportation represent a large portion of Thailand’s economy and work force. Thailand boasts over 5,000 varieties of rice and over half of the land available for farming in the country is dedicated to rice production.
Thai Food Balance
Thailand culinary recognition took off in the 1960’s when the country became a vacation destination for American soldiers on leave from the conflict in Vietnam. While Thai cuisine is generally known for its spicy kick, culinary experts praise Thai food more for its ability to balance the other fundamental taste senses: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. To the untrained Western palette, Thai food may seem like a jumble of flavors. The truth is that Thai cuisine is highly complex, featuring a plethora of ingredients that can be mixed in boundless combinations by Thailand’s 40 distinct ethnic groups.
While surrounding nations like Cambodia and Malaysia were at one point colonized by the French and the British, respectively, Thailand was somehow able to remain free of European colonization. In fact, it was the only nation in Southeast Asia to do so.
The 2013 Global Destination Cities Index listed the Thai capital of Bangkok as the most visited city in the world. Bangkok is frequently hailed as a “must-see destination” by travel industry experts and earned Travel + Leisure magazine’s title of “World’s Best City” three years in a row. The tropical climate, clear waters, and scattering of coral reefs in the south entice thousands of scuba diving enthusiasts to visit Thailand each year. Thailand’s beautifully balanced and widely popular cuisine also brings foodies from all over the world to participate in Thai cooking classes.
Contact our team today so that we can help you plan to visit Thailand.