Thailand is a bucket list tourist destination that seemingly persuades every traveller to catch its sight. While this tropical paradise has always been a go-to place for Indian travellers, it has become a step easier for them to explore it now. How, you wonder? Soon after Sri Lanka, Thailand's prime minister, Srettha Thavisin, announced visa-free entry to Indian and Taiwanese tourists, for a period of six months from November 10, 2023 to May 10, 2024. Interesting, isn’t it? Travelling to Thailand is getting easier for us, what more one can ask. All set to jet-off to your favourite beachy vacation? If not, do plan it soon!
What you must know about Thailand being visa-free for Indians
Taiwanese and Indian travellers are permitted 30 days of entry into Thailand. This implies that before leaving Thailand for a continuous 30-day visit, citizens of these nations can enjoy its stunning natural surroundings, extensive historical legacy, mouthwatering Thai cuisine, and dynamic culture.
Looking at some tourism statistics with almost 3 million arrivals, Malaysians have been the biggest wave of tourists this year, according to data from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Chinese tourists, who accounted for 2.65 million arrivals by October 15, trail closely behind them. This year's tourism figures in Thailand were also heavily influenced by South Koreans and Indians. An even greater number of individuals can now take advantage of their vacations in this Southeast Asian treasure thanks to the temporary removal of visa requirements for citizens of Taiwan and India.
It is important to note that Thailand is not the only nation that allows Indians to enter without a visa. Additionally, earlier this month, Sri Lanka revealed that visitors from Thailand, India, China, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, and China are eligible to enter the nation without a visa until.
Things to do in Thailand other than partying and lounging on the beach
Experience the surreal marine life at Underworld Pattaya
Marine life never ceases to fascinate anyone, be it adults, kids or teenagers, taking a peek inside a beautiful world of exotic marine species will always stay as a memory with you. If you are in Thailand, Underworld Pattaya is a place you can’t miss to explore, see more than 5,000 captivating aquatic creatures, including manta rays, stunning sharks, and vibrant coral.
Explore the 100-metre underwater tunnel while taking in the diverse marine life. As you explore the aquarium, discover more about aquatic life. Participate in hands-on activities with marine life at interactive displays, such as koi feeding. Take a 180-degree look at the aquatic life in their natural environment by strolling through the underwater tunnel. Discover Underwater World Pattaya, which is separated into six zones, such as the Magic Tank, Touch Pool, and Coral Reef zones.
Mahanakhon Skywalk, Bangkok
Experience the awe-inspiring views of Bangkok skyline from the Mahanakhon Skywalk. Perched atop of the recognisable King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper, this exhilarating attraction provides stunning views of the city below from an outdoor skywalk on the 78th level as well as an observation deck with glass flooring. As you stroll along the suspended skywalk, which is 310 metres above ground, experience an adrenaline rush. Take breathtaking pictures of the captivating skyline, ponder over everything that you miss to comprehend.
Visit the spectacular Ayutthaya
Prior to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya, the historic capital of Thailand, was among the world's largest cities. It is also home to the ‘Buddha Head in the Tree’ and has the most spectacular collection of temples ever assembled.
A must-do activity when visiting Thailand is to see this historic city. Thailand's most exquisite temples are located on an island inside the city, which serves as the focal point of the area. You can have a completely different outlook on Bangkok and Thailand's culture after visiting Ayutthaya.
Explore Dream World Bangkok
Explore the well-known Dream World, a fun-filled amusement park, and have an exciting day together. Dream World, Bangkok offers a range of exhilarating rides, such as the Haunted Mansion, Tornado, and the kid-friendly Speedy Mouse. Await the appearance of your favourite cartoon characters at events and programs such as The Colours of the World Parade. Explore a snow-filled wonderland at Snow Town and have a sled ride in the -8°C weather. Wander across Dream World's themed zones, which include Snow Town, Dream Garden, Dream World Plaza, and Adventure Land.