Thailand economy thrives on tourism and Thailand tourism on an average contributes 6.7% to the country’s GDP. The number of tourists in Thailand has grown considerably over the years since 1967. According to the record, more than 14 million international tourists visited Thailand in 2007 which generated 547, 782 million Thai baht income. Tourism Authority of Thailand has pointed out that 55% of the tourists in Thailand come from the Asia Pacific region. Western tourists are from United States, Britain, Scandinavia and Germany. Recently, more and more Russians and people from Middle East are also visiting Thailand.
The peak period for Thailand tourism is during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Asian tourists are more interested in the historical and cultural sites in Bangkok whereas western tourists look forward to the southern beaches and islands. The passionate trekkers explore the northern region. The north east zone is still unexplored one. Separate tourism police operates in the major tourist areas to help the foreign visitors. Thai government is taking up lots of initiatives to promote Thailand tourism.
There is no dearth of attractions in Thailand. One will find sandy beaches, vibrant night life, historical sites, tropical islands, varied flora and fauna, museums, World Heritage sites, hill tribes and archaeological sites and lots more in Thailand.
Thai cuisine is surely another major attraction which has contributed immensely to the growth of Thailand tourism. It is said that it is tough not to get good food in Thailand.
CentralWorld in Bangkok being the largest shopping mall in South- east Asia attracts the passionate shoppers from all the corners of the world. Chatuchak Weekend Market is equally popular. Thailand is an ideal tourist spot where people spend on food and shopping. Night life is equally rocking. Moreover you have fascinating islands and beaches.
The fine combination of tropical wet and dry climate interrupted by tropical monsoon climate at the eastern end of the country offers a unique climatic comfort to the travelers. The most hyped tourist destinations in Thailand are Ko Samui and Phuket in the southern zone, Bangkok, Pattaya etc in the central region, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the northern Thailand and Phimai historical park and Khao Yai National Park in the northern eastern region.
The hospitals at almost all the tourist destinations offering excellent treatment facilities are promoting medical tourism in Thailand. You can now treat ailments and have a rocking vacation on the serene beaches simultaneously. One will find restaurants at every nook and corner of the country. Pubs and nightclubs are there to offer unlimited entertainment. All these factors have contributed to this significant growth of Thailand tourism.