Gap Years and Backpacking in Thailand

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Gap years and backpacking in Thailand is one of those things that you just have to do. Thailand is a magnet for backpackers and it's easy to understand why. Sun, sea, sand; it really is one of the jewels of the South East Asia.

It has great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture and some of the world's best beaches. There is every sort of accommodation, from backpacker hostels to some of the best luxury hotels in the world, and getting around is easy. And it's cheap, like really cheap.

Even though the tourism industry is highly developed, Thailand retains its distinctive culture and character. A number of backpackers arrive here and stay much longer than they intended - and some never leave.

Thailand really is a must on a gap year and it's fast becoming one of the most popular gap year destinations; just ask the millions of people who go there.


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Adam Lunn

Lunny is our country expert for Thailand. It's safe to say that he loves the country - just ask him how many times he's been there!

Lunny has travelled around the world and he still goes back to Thailand. It most be something in the water; it's definitely something in the food! Anyway, Lunny's written a great guide to Thailand. Step-up step-up and give it a read...